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Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice
Member Name: oldtownboy
Cruise Date: January 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: SV
Cabin Number: 8340
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 1.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5+
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Celebrity Solstice 1/30/2011
I am posting this because I imagine there will be many negative reviews of this cruise. They will stem from the fact that there was a significant norovirus epidemic and the crew had to engage in many inconvenient processes to control the outbreak. For example, all the library books were removed, one could not take food from the buffet- it had to be served, hand sanitizing was ubiquitous, and announcements were made over the loudspeaker about the problem.

But in fact the crew worked incredibly hard to not only attempt to control the outbreak, but also to be helpful in all other aspects to make the cruise enjoyable given the circumstances.

The food was very good, the service was very good, the cabins were great-and of particular note was the size of the bathroom-which was much larger than that on other cruise lines.

Embarkation was difficult as the crew had to work extra hard to clean the ship-meaning that we were left for hours waiting to get on board- but as difficult as that was - I believe it was justified.

One person in my party became infected and was out of commission for 2 1/2 days, but somehow his spouse never came down with anything- so method of transmission is difficult to ascertain.

Entertainment on the ship was great, with particularly notable performances by Lindsey Hamilton, Hyperion Knight and the Metro singers.

If you are taking the cruise, and I would not discourage you from doing so, just do as suggested and wash your hands again and again.

Publication Date: 02/07/11
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