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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by millieandbill: Beautiful Ship

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Beautiful Ship

Sail Date: November 2008
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

The ships decor is beautiful. There are a lot of secluded & semi-secluded areas so you don't get a crowded feeling. There was no lack of bars & lounges & all were really nice. The furnishings were different & outstanding.

The main dining room was beautiful but had too many 2 top tables. Our waiter was not familiar with the menu. The menu was lacking variety & was not an easy read. NO LOBSTER NIGHT !! What they served was a rock lobster tail, 1 shrimp, 1 scallop over risotto which was overcooked, tough & dried out. There was no choice of salad dressings. No Baked Alaska parade. The food, for the most part, was good but not up to Celebrity standards. Having dinner at 6pm did not give us enough time to get to things scheduled at 7:45pm such as the Captain's Club Cocktail Party, Senior Officers Party, etc.

The cabins were nice with a lot of storage, including the bathrooms. Showers were nice. Beds were very comfortable. Balconies were large More enough for our needs. There was no clothes line in the shower to hang those little things up. I was told that there are exhaust fans in the bathroom but we couldn't find one. The cabin stewards were great. Room service was excellent and on time.

The Solarium was wonderful with the exception of the temperature of the pool water. It was freezing. The cabana type lounges and the hammocks were really different and great. The cushions on the lounges made them comfortable. The dancing waters and waterfall wall were magnificent and really relaxing.

I wish there had been more pool parties. This was a Caribbean cruise so there should have been more Caribbean music by the pool. There was no party atmosphere, with the exception of "Sizzle".

The casino staff was professional & friendly. There was not enough wait staff in the casino so getting a drink was really slow. The Captain's Club coupons given us were very limited with none for any of the table games.

The entertainment was outstanding. The shows were great, especially "The Solstice". The dancers were terrific. The "Oceans Four" a cappella group were wonderful.

This is our 8th cruise on Celebrity and we enjoyed it. It is a brand new ship and therefore has some things to work out but as a whole it was great. I'm sure improvement will be made. Those "little things" are what makes Celebrity a cut above the rest. Less

Published 12/10/08

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