Solstice AquaClass: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Tamino
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I cannot figure out why the designers spent so much space on the much touted lawn; if you wanted to experience lawns, why you would be on a ship? The pools and related facilities are fairly standard (which mean classy). But there are no salt water pools or the delightful Thelasapools from the earlier Celebrity models (a major disappointment). The rooms are similar to other Celebrity ships although the bathrooms deserve particular note: the design is greatly improved and the use of the small More space actually makes the bathroom experience pleasurable. Aqua class has showers with multiple jets, a nice touch.
The programming was typical Celebrity: light on itinerary-based on-board enrichment programs; lots of group games; fully produced shows (on this cruise, the performances and staging was at considerably lower level than previous shows experiences); good specialty acts. The new art auction provider appears to have less of a stock of diverse and interesting arts making the auctions end up with little to no bidding.
The design and cuisine in the buffet dining area was very good. The massive line problem has been entirely eliminated by multiple serving areas. As usual, the pastries were the weak link in Celebrity's cuisine. However, the balance of the buffet foods are very good for this style of dining.
Embark and disembark were efficient and pleasant.
While the ship has 2,800 passengers, you never feel crowded or are even aware of the number of people on board, even in the large assembly areas (dining, shows, etc.) Less
Cabin review: A2 AquaClass
Aqua class cabin was distinguished for a much better bathroom design -- shower was comfortable and had water jets that provided a massage with your shower. The balcony featured reclining lounge chairs with foot rests. Aside from those features, the cabin was the same as Celebrity's Concierge class.Read All AquaClass (A2) Reviews >>
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