Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Louisiana Belle: Cruising with Cousins
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Cruising with Cousins
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We flew to Rome on Monday and spent three nights there. Then we were escorted to the Port of Rome for our ten day trip. The ship is so beautiful. It was the 11th cruise my husband and I have taken and this was the most beautiful ship of all. Our cabin had a balcony, which we have gotten use to inn the last 5 cruises. The staff was excellent. We had wonderful bathrobes waiting in our closet. The bathroom was large and every well accomadated. The nicest one we have found so far. The bed was very comfortable. Overall we loved this ship. The food was excellent. Reviews on this board had us worried about the food. But, it seems they have gotten a new chef from France recently and he did a wonderful job. Each night we were able to have escargot if we wanted it. We had duck, lobster, lamb, prime rib, etc. The portions were huge. The salads were very unique each evening. One thing, you did not get to eat in the dinning room at lunch. That was different for us. But, the buffett was the best I More
have ever seen. The selections were excellent and I am sure no one went hungry. For the first time ever I did not mind eating at the buffett.
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
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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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