Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Paris1971: Blind Western Caribbean
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Blind Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
With a desperate need for R & R, my husband and I booked this cruise last minute. Consequently, we simply booked on price and didn't care about the ship or the itinerary. Both ended up being wonderful surprises.
This was our second cruise with Celebrity and it was every bit as spectacular as the last if not better. Although the service and food weren't quite as good as what we had on Celebrity's Century, it was still top notch.
The food, unbelievably, was fantastic on the buffet and consitstently excellent in the main dining room. We did not dine in any of the specialty restaurants on board but talked to many other who did and rated their experience very highly.
The itinerary was pleasant (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan - see individual reviews) although weather precluded us from visiting Grand Cayman. We did not book any excursions through the ship, but had amazing experiences at each port we went to.
Although we were More searching for nothing but a get away we walked away with memories that will last a lifetime. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Booking was professional and efficient and set the tone for the entire experience.
Our experienced tour guide, Joel, gave us an exceptional tour of the Chaccoban Mayan ruins and then accompanied us to the home of an authentic contemporary Mayan family for a hands on lesson in how to make tortillas followed by a mouth watering Mayan lunch.
It was one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had interacting/learning about a local/indigenous culture!
After arriving in Cozumel we simply hailed a cab ($10/one way) to Chakanaab Park. Checking in was very organized and efficient, they had our reservation and knew what interaction we had booked.
We specifically booked the "swim adventure" which included a kiss, hug, belly push and boogie board pull. It was a life changing experience to be able to interact with these exquisite animals. After that, because our group was smaller they took us to the manatee interaction and we were able to pet and feed these amazingly docile creatures.
Down the beach from the interaction site is a beach with umbrellas and chairs to relax. They also have a restaurant for food/drinks. The snorkeling was also quite good even though the weather was a little windy.
The only thing that was mildly annoying was their push to sell you pictures/video of your interaction. My husband and I weren't interested so we simply said we'd think about it and then never went back, but if you did want them I would recommend haggling b/c they start with outrageous prices and was told that they will lower them considerably.
All in all the entire excursion cost us roughly $175 (including entry into the park, dolphin/manatee interaction, drinks at the beach and cab fare) and it was worth every penny!
We wanted to get an overview of the island, visit the monkey habitat and do some snorkeling.
Although we did all of it, the weather was not wholly cooperative so unfortunately our snorkeling adventure was cut short. I would have liked to spend time visiting/snorkeling at Tabyana beach which looked absolutely fantastic.
All in all, our experience was only a 4 b/c of weather. Cardy was a fantastic tour guide and Roatan is an unexpected paradise.
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