Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by unfdoug: Welcome to Celebrity Life
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Welcome to Celebrity Life
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation was super fast. We arrived at the terminal around noon. Terminal 18 in Fort Lauderdale really has things streamlined. We got out of the cab and was on the ship in 15 minutes max. Once we boarded the ship, lunch was ready in the Oceanview Cafe.
Food. Food on this ship was above and beyond. Celebrity has there game together on the dining. Plenty of elbow room and space to walk around. Not once did I walk into the Ocean view Cafe and not find a seat, they were a plenty. We dined in Tuscan Grill which is a speciality restaurant as well as the Murano steak house, both were excellent and a true dining experience. The main dining room was as equally good. A good selection of food, great service and an attentive waitstaff.
Entertainment. Wow. Celebrity really pumps some money into their entertainment department. There was a cirque style show in the main theatre that will knock you socks off, if not by the plot, the special effects. The Cruise Director Lisa More Richard was pretty amazing. She used to tour with Momma Mia and has an amazing set of vocal pipes. She actually sings a song from Momma Mia during the voyage. There was great enrichment programs on board too like navigational talks with the officers, behind the scenes tours and cooking demonstrations. The lawn club on the top deck was nice for picnics as well as the outdoor glass blowing shows. There is a lot of entertainment in the atrium too.
Stateroom. We were on deck 9 and had a balcony stateroom with a queen bed that separated to make two double beds. A nice sitting couch and table was in the room as well as a large flat screen TV. Pay close attention to the flat screen TV in the room, it is really state of the art. You can book excursions, rent movies, check your folio, make dining reservations, get online and order room service all from your remote control. Pretty savvy technology for sure.
The bathrooms in the stateroom were nice. For the ladies there is a shower bar to put your foot on when you are shaving. A nice glass circular shower area and plenty of vanity areas and cabinets to store your items.
Public Areas. The public areas were very nice. I spent a lot of time in Michael's lounge and the Sky Lounge. The Sky Lounge has an unrestricted 180 degree view of the bow of the ship. You could see for miles around. I want to say it was on deck 14.
Disembarkation was a breeze because we carried our luggage off and didn't have to wait for our zone to be called. We were off the ship, through customs and into our cab in just a few minutes tops. Once again, they have this really stream lined at terminal 18.
Overall, this has to be one of the best ships that I have sailed on and I have been on quite a few cruises this year. Celebrity Life is exactly what it sounds like! Less
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