Newly Wed or Nearly Dead: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by NJHAIR
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Newly Wed or Nearly Dead
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I am not going to write out minute by minute what we did, just some things that stuck out to us.
Celebrity Transfers from airport to ship - Very easy and convenient. Will use again.
Luggage Issue - Our luggage handle was totally bent in half broken when it arrived at our stateroom and bottle of wine inside was smashed. It came off the airplane fine, not broken, didn't smell the wine. When it got to stateroom we smelled it right away. I had to have half our clothing sent to the laundry. It was packed very well, so they had to really be rough with it to bend a metal handle and break the bottle.
Oceanview Cafe - Excellent food! Very clean, and tidy. Good variety. We ate breakfast here every morning. No complaints at all.
Outdoor Pool - Very comfy loungers, a little small for amount of people, More but still nice, also played great music - no elevator stuff.
Indoor Pool - Pretty to look at and walk thru to get to spa, but not for us. It was really for the older crowd, because that's all who was in there. But if sun isn't your thing, it's good to use, but then again, you're on a cruise!
Stateroom - We were in 1263 Concierge class. We did not pay for this room, but the ship was not even close to full, so we got upgraded for free. The only difference is, the fruit and champagne when you board, and canapes in the afternoon. You have to choose what time you want them delivered, which was kind of annoying. They were never hot, so they could have been left in the room. The bathroom was nice! Plenty of room to move around, and lots of storage. Our balcony was fine, but people on the "humps" could totally see into other balconies.
The shows - Michael Harrison, a ventriloquist, was very funny. Sean O'Shea, not so much. Very D-List. The shows were good, not great. The singers were very good!
Grand Epernay dining room - Decorated beautifully! Staff was great. We did select dining. It was great, we just walked to the dining room anytime and got a seat immediately. Never waited, and didn't have to share! Always got table for 2. Food was beyond awesome! We loved everything! The BBQ Sea Bass was the best!
Shopping - The onboard shopping was nice. Always had good sales in the corridor area. I bought a lot of Swarovski jewelry, very pretty and on sale! The boutiques on Deck 5 were nice to look at, but pricey.
Ports - Grand Cayman was a raining, cloudy mess. We still walked around a bit and I got my charm from Diamonds International. Cozumel was gross right where we got off, lots of annoying hagglers wanting to sell stuff. We found a nice couple in the taxi line an shared a ride with them to Chakanaab. It was nice there. Saw lots of iguanas! Costa Maya was a very small port, you were forced to pay for an excursion if you wanted to do anything. They luckily had a pool there, so we hung out at the pool all day. There was a tequila store there, so we bought a bottle of tequila and then just ordered soda from the bar to mix our own drinks. it was cheap and mexican tequila is THE best! (We would like to thank the nice fellow passenger who took our picture in front of the ship, we don't have any recollection of this, but thanks!) Honduras was also a small port area, but lots to see. We went to Gumbalimba Park, mainly for the monkeys. It was okay there, the tour guide was good, Teddy. The monkeys were hilarious! But the staff wanted tips for everything! It was kind of annoying.
AquaSpa - I had an excellent facial! It was the Elemis Oxydermy Facial. Kind of expensive, but worth it! My only complaint about the spa is the rooms have windows which let in a lot of light. I prefer a dark room, it's more relaxing. The window space could be used for something else? I love that the Steiner company which runs most spas on cruise ships, now uses Bliss products. They are wonderful!
The Lawn - To us it was really wasted space. It looked pretty, but I don't think anyone really went on it?
Crew - Our room steward, Maria, was the best! Very friendly. The captain, Dimitrios, was hilarious! Too funny. The cruise director Lisa was very personable, but not overly "fun". (We went on a cruise last summer, and that director hit it out of the ballpark!)
Overall - We loved the ship! It was so modern yet elegant. We also liked the other couples we met on board. Except for one large group of people at dinner one night, very loud and rude. We liked that there were not a lot of kids on board, it was fairly quiet. Less
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