Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by tinkertoy9000: A LIVE GRASS LAWN ON A CRUISE SHIP .... WOW
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A LIVE GRASS LAWN ON A CRUISE SHIP .... WOW
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We normally drive to Florida (from North Carolina) for cruises but I found a good fare on Jet Blue Airline and we decided to give them a try. It turned out to be a great move as the flights were great. We had on-time departures and the only delay was a landing delay in Ft Lauderdale. The plane had 2 seats each side of the isle and plenty of leg room. The served soft drinks and unlimited snacks; that very different from other airlines.
After retrieving our luggage we took a taxi to the port. Although we had priority boarding because we are Elite members of the Captain's Club, we went through a regular check-in line and were on the ship in less than 30 minutes. The cruise line had a check-in line for each floor and one for suites. There were really no lines, just a couple people at each counter.
We were greeted when we boarded with a glass of champagne and since cabins were ready we went straight there to check it out and drop carry-ons. The cabin doors are very More unusual because they open out into the corridors rather than inward. But since the cabin entryways are recessed you don't have to worry about hitting someone with a door when you exit, unless its the persons in the cabin next door to you.
I give the cabin an A+. It had the largest bathroom I have ever seen in a standard balcony cabin. The shower in particular was large and had two sliding doors instead of one or a curtain. It had plenty of storage spaces; cabinets rather than shelves. the bathroom had a built-in nightlight so there's no need to flip on a big light when you go in the middle of the night. The cabin had a 32 inch flat panel TV, a sofa, small oblong coffee table, and a very comfortable bed. The balcony was very large and had THE best balcony chair I have seen on any ship. It was a mesh with a high back but it also reclined. So it was very much like having a lounge chair on the balcony; I give it an A++.
The Centrum on the ship is several stories high and has 4 glass walled elevators on each side. There are very comfortable easy chairs and sofas all over the Centrum area. The showroom was OK, nothing unusual or negative except as usual a few seats with views blocked by support poles. The spa and gym are on the front of the ship and seemed to emphasize spa services rather than gym use. You have to walk through the spa area, past its sign-in desk, to get to the gym. The gym was average size with a good mix of equipment. The lounge on the top deck is huge and comfortable. The Solarium (covered pool area) was very nice, lots of padded lounge seats and a few unusual hooded round loungers. the pool was in the middle with hot tubs on each side. One side of the solarium has a food bar that specializes in healthy foods. The outdoor pool was OK and seemed to have plenty of lounge seating. The walking track around the pool deck was rather small and got crowded at certain times. The only outdoor activity was a basketball court (1/2 court) on the front of the ship; not a good location due to the breeze when the ship is moving.
The buffet was very good and features stations where you could order or pick up items rather than a continuous line So you didn't have to stand and wait for the people in front of you. It had a good variety of food for breakfast and lunch. And finding a table was not a problem. This ship is designed very much like the Royal Caribbean Radiance class ships with a terrace on the back of the ship. So after you get your food you can go sit outside. The food was excellent and there were staff members available to help you find an item and/or a seat. cleanup was also pretty quick.
The most unique part of the ship is the lawn club; an actual live lawn on the top deck. it has a lawn crew to cut and trim the grass and keep it green, It turned out to be a very relaxing place to sit in very comfortable easy chairs. It also offered lawn croquet, boccie, and a bean bag toss game.
The main dining room is two level and has one entrance for people doing the anytime dining. We always request a table for 2 and we always have to go check to see if that is honored. This time they assigned us to a table for 6 but we got that changed with no problem. One thing I did notice about the main dining room was many table were very close. So a table for 2 could be very close, not even an isle's width, from a table for 4 or 6. So your table for two or four could be in fact much bigger.
We went to only one show in the main showroom, on the first Formal night. It was OK, more like a circ d Sole than your typical stage show. The listing n nightly entertainment there just did not draw us there. The ship has a nice disco but we never saw anyone using it and heard any music played there. The casino was nice with a good variety of games and slots. Less
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