Cruising with Cousins: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Louisiana Belle
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Cruising with Cousins
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The entertainment was no so good. The usual type of entertainment and nothing to rave about.
The ports were great. Ephesus was the main attraction. We chose a private tour for that as well and Athens. Used the ship's shore excursions for all other ports. The tours became a little of the same after a while. All of the Greek Islands were basically the same sites. They were beautiful, but after a while the ruins got to all run together in our minds. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast were my favorite.
Things that were not as great as other ships...they seem to no longer make the little animals out of the towels for your room. I noticed this on the last two Princess cruises as well. The photos of you coming on the ship and off were poor. The gladiator and Roman had on tennis shoes. Who wants a picture with the Roman wearing tennis shoes? Not us. There was no meet the Captain personally. He was on the stage at the theatre and spoke to everyone as a group. What's up with that? It use to be so nice to get your picture taken with the captain. No more. And the champagne was awful with no appetizers like you usually have. It was not a party at all.
But, I don't want to be negative. The cruise was wonderful. The staff was excellent. The ship is just beautiful. I would go on it again. The ports were great. We had not been to any of them except Rome and Naples and even enjoyed repeating those. I would highly recommend the Solstice. Less
Cabin review: 6174
Balcony was smaller than on Princess. Only two chairs that did not recline. Bed was wonderful and huge. Bathroom was biggest we have ever had. The shower was a nice size with a glass door. Lots of storage in the bathroom. Not as much storage in the cabin as Princess or Royal Caribbean. The large suitcase had to be stored in the room by the balcony. Princess has a nice closet with shelves. There were no electrical plugs near the bed. I have a CPAP machine and I had to get an extension cord and have it cross the entire room to plug in. One in our party tripped on the cord in his room and had a black eye and busted nose and had to be treated each day for bandages.
Port and Shore Excursions
There was no room for the other two ports, Naples and Santorini. Naples we took a tour of the Amalphi Coast and Sorrento. Both beautiful towns. The winding roads and scenery was breathtaking. We had lunch included in our tour and it was a typical Italian lunch with delicious food.
Naples was where we were docked. We stopped at the cameo facotry and I got a pendant to match a ring I had bought there 32 years ago.
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