Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by dansedufeu: First Time on Solstice
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First Time on Solstice
The main dining room food was 'eh. It seemed to be just a plated version of the buffet upstairs, with a few exceptions. The most unfortunate exception was whenever the chef called for an entree wrapped in pastry. With such large quantities to be made, inevitably the pastry was soggy when it arrived at table.
There is a $50 surcharge added to your meal in the specialty restaurants -- where the REALLY EXCEPTIONAL food is served -- which is offensive, considering you are paying extra to dine there anyway.
Upstairs buffet was OK but not great.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT???? We were cruising the Alaskan coast and NO ALASKAN SEAFOOD SERVED ANYWHERE!!!! Ya think?
BIGGEST SURPRISE???? (OK this was my first big girl cruise) The majority of the jewelry venues and shops at the ports of call are owned by the cruies lines! BBW -- if you like supporting local merchants, you have to ask! (My first clue on the jewelry? The abundance of tanzanite being pushed -- in More Alaska? It's from Tanzania!
LOVED LOVED the ships layout! Easy to find everything. I hung out in the spa area and solarium when I could -- very well done. Beware, it's open to kids 2 hours a day.
The glass blowing demonstration is on top deck and is a must see! Brett Nixon is just the best asset the ship could have. Loved the magician. Not so much the other entertainment. Observed the art auction and saw some great deals. Decent variety of art. Shipboard shops disappointing. Other than branded merchandise, most of the stuff could be found at Nordstrom (we're talking Michael Kors, Coach).
Grass on top deck is a wonderful surprise and a good hang out.
Aft deck is wonderful for afternoon coffee/tea. Best cafeteria option at 4PM --the scones! (really!)
Excursions offered were good, we zip-lined in ketcikan, visited a dog sled training camp in Juneau, and canoed/hiked the Davidson glacier in Skagway. All wonderful experienced during decent, if rainy weather at the beginning of the trip.
Solstice staff professional and cheerful at all times. VERY FOCUSED on keeping us healthy - hand washing messages and purell everywhere.
Embarkation process easy. My travel companions insisted on getting there early ,10:00AM, and it made a difference. Disembarkation process was surprisingly smooth. Less
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The stateroom we had was very nice and well cared for (as were we) by our room steward team. Everyday the room was cleaned and at night the turndown service was good. We only got chocolates on the first night, that was random, I expected them every night. Our room had a balcony and that was kept clean as well. (Planning note: our room was located where the "X" logo intersects the side of the ship. The mirror film made our glass deck railing cloudy so we had to stand to see the view.)
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