We just arrived home and cannot think of our cruise on the Solstice without smiling. This was our 8th cruise and first Celebrity. The embarkation indicated we were in for a real treat and it just got better and better. We were greeted with smiles and friendliness quickly and efficiently all the way. The ship was beautiful, spacious and clean. We were guided to the areas where lunch was served, along with tours, should we be interested. Of course the music was playing and a drink was offered. We were ready!
Our luggage was brought to our cabin early. That was a wonderful thing. We met our cabin steward, who introduced himself and gave us some pointers. Wonderful man, Paul Irving, who worked with another gentlemen. Together they were dynamite!
We requested a large table at the second dinner seating at 8:30 pm. We all introduced ourselves and met our wonderful waiter Yuogo and his assistant Lenny.(Leonard) We all had wonderful conversations and continued after dinner together. We all did our own thing during the day and each night we met at the table telling each other about our day and our experiences. We all left together after dinner every night, having a great great time. The wine stewardess, Anna, and the matre di were there to greet us, each evening, friendly and courteous. Our waiter guided us through every evening's selections and we were NEVER disappointed.
The food.....the food! The food was the best we've ever had on a cruise ship. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.....and snacks on deck! We ventured to try Room Service which we ordered online from our cabin TV. Not only did it come on time, but they called to let us know it was on the way, and called us immediately to make sure we were satisfied....and it came HOT! We did this 3 times and it was perfect and punctual each time. We were in awe. This was never done well on any of our other cruises.
The chefs had a "Top Chef" competition with audience participation. They each had microphones and their interaction with the Head Chef was funny and entertaining. The Pastry Chef won!
The Cruise Director, Paul Baya and Activities coordinator, Maria, were so funny, talented, efficient and friendly.....so talented. They seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. Now that's different!
The performers, the bands, the singers and entertainment was absolutely top notch. Great choreography, costumes and themes.
The ship had a Glass Blowing Show! Bocce Ball! It had a genuine lawn (which I saw them mowing) on the top deck. Incredible is all I can say.
We did utilize the Spa. I had acupuncture, a stone therapy massage for the very first time, a swedish massage and my husband had reflexology for his feet. It was devine! Very professional.
Although no one at our table ventured to one of the alternative restaurants on board, we heard rave reviews from others we met. We did have lunch one day at the Bistro on Five. (on deck 5) The cost was only $5.00 per person. The service was friendly and efficient. Their specialty were crepes. They were open from 6 AM to 2 AM everyday. Out of this world delicious!
The Martini Bar had actual ice on the serving area! There was another bar that served drinks with smoking nitrogen! Very "artistic" and fun to watch.
Even though the ship was at full capacity, we never seemed to be in a crowded area. It was spacious and well planned.
Children was present but they were busy. They were restricted from the Spa area and the disco. We did see them politely enforce the rules. We compliment the staff on keeping that consistent. This ship did not have as many children's amenities as other ships do, yet enough to keep them happy. Very happy. Since we had the late dinner seating, most of the little ones were tucked in, I presume.
No matter what staff you saw, or stopped for a question, they ALL smiled and greeted us happily. Even though it might not have been their job, we were assisted pleasantly and efficiently.
Everyone from our dining table, (including the wait staff) hated to say goodbye. We exchanged email addresses and hope to keep in touch.
This cruise far exceeded our expectations in the most positive way. We are highly recommending Celebrity Solstice.