There was nothing wrong with the food or service. This review has more to do with ship and the premium to sail with Celebrity.
Embarking was fine as we were the only ones in the "Suite" check-in.
Once on-board we began to see a single pattern to the design and ambiance. Everything is very polished, shiny and lit with trendy colours. Like pink & purple for the elevator directional lights.
From the main dinning room looking to something out of Jane Fonda's Barbarella
to the frosted bar top at the Martini Bar to the crushed ice at the vodka bar, it all looked too trendy. This design unfortunately got very tired and old looking during a short 7 night cruise. There were not enough different options.
We enjoy variety, and it felt like after leaving the casualness of the pool bars, there wasn't anything in-between these " too hip to be cool" venues.
Both RCL & NCL had pubs and places were you could feel comfortable in khakis and a button down. Solstice did have the sunset bar which was deck 15 aft, but it was always too windy as it was outside.
We opted for the Classic Beverage package and after the 2nd day the bartenders started to realise that they weren't getting the 15% per drink every order so they slowed service . We found ourselves having to tip on top of the 15 grat we paid for the package to be served at a slow bar within 10 minutes.
We like the adult only pools & solarium's but this one should have been called Senior Soup. The air & water temperatures were so uncomfortably hot that we didn't use them. Swimming in 95 degree water when it's 95 degrees is not refreshing. The zen music they piped through the entire area (change rooms and sauna as well) was irritating. To use the steam room you had to pay $99 for the week.
As for the cabin. RCL's GS is perhaps the best use of space we've ever booked. Equivalent in size but much better use of the space. The CS had a separate bedroom and the bathroom was half the size. Balconies were shallow and smaller.
At the end of our cruise,we found ourselves thinking was it worth the premium ? We decided that the extra $1100 over RCL was not.
We say to anyone reading this, to each their own. These were just our observations. Perhaps we picked the wrong ship...