Best cruise ever!: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Susan's Parents
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Best cruise ever!
This was actually our second time on the Solstice, having been on it for a Caribbean cruise in 2010 -- they hadn't changed or upgraded it at all that we could tell except perhaps for rotating the art work throughout the ship. We found it a wonderfully comfortable and well run ship both times.
We have cruised Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland American, Renaissance, Norwegian and generally have liked Celebrity the best -- we love their verandah rooms, level of service, and food. I found their coffee uniformly good, so the earlier review that panned it (may have been on the same cruise) must represent the fact that people have different tastes when it comes to coffee! I loved the Cafe al Bacio too, and had my vacation daily drink there each day - never had a bad one!
The only less than stellar experience we had on the ship/cruise was Select Dining. We liked the main dining room food and service very very much, so chose to eat there every night. On other cruises, including Celebrity ones, when we had open seating or select dining we simply appeared at the dining room when we felt like it and were always seated within a few minutes; often in the same area. But on this cruise, they asked Select Dining patrons to make reservations in advance. I could never find anyone at the desk to take reservations in the daytime, nor did anyone ever answer the phone at the number they gave for reservations. The only way to make a reservation was the night before, which killed the whole idea of spontaneity. And, whether we had a reservation or not, every night there was a long line for both (reservations or nonreservations) and a wait of 10 to 30 minutes before being seated. I couldn't figure out why they couldn't get a better system going, as all the other ships we'd had open dining on had.
We had been disappointed with them music/acoustics on this ship in 2010 (not the stage entertainment, but the music in other venues) and were happy that was not the case this time. There was a good variety of music styles; excellent singers; and the sound system was mostly quite good, not distorted or loud.
As always on Celebrity, crew and staff and accommodations were wonderful. This was the first time we'd seen a woman cruise director, and she. Patti Honecki, was very good, indeed. Less
Cabin review: 7298
7298 was a great cabin - verandah was wonderful; nice size; enough storage; mid-ship so hardly any rocking and no exterior noise.
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