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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Tamino: Solstice AquaClass


Tamino
2 Reviews
Member Since 2007
4 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

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Solstice AquaClass

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

This ship reflects Celebrity's usual strengths: excellent food; a mature, stylish focus; low-key on-board experience. The big surprise was the extraordinary cuisine related to Aqua class' Blu restaurant. Aqua class passengers are assigned to this restaurant (although they can still go to the main dining room). The cuisine in Blu is on a level of gourmet specialty restaurants and the service is impeccable -- the staff offered to make me a custom specific dinner based on my desired dishes.

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


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Cabin review: Celebrity Solstice

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.

Port and Shore Excursions


Plenty of shops and historical sites within walking distance from the ship. The only stop on this cruise that was not dominated by jewelry and electronics stores.

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Shopping here is similar to St Thomas with a heavy emphasis on electronics. The electronics do appear to be price a bit below good state-side prices. The beaches are very nice, although on the docking side they are very crowded. The ships dock in the Dutch section. TIP: Taxis to the French side are expensive but buses (actually large vans mark as official buses) run every ten minutes or so on the street above the main shopping street. They are only $2 and provide a scenic trip to the more sedate and stylish French side of the Island.


The main shopping street is full of souvenir, jewelry, and related shops. Unless you go to the beach, there is not much of interest. One exception: there is a very interesting synagogue just above the main street with docent who is friendly and knows the history of the temple and its relationship to the development of the island.

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