First, let me explain that we are a retired couple living in south Florida and that this was our 71st cruise.
Last year our first Transatlantic was the Celebrity Equinox eastbound to Rome in April 2010 and we loved it so much that we decided to try in again, this time on the Celebrity Solstice to Barcelona. We couldn't have had a better time on each cruise!
We found the service, food, entertainment, ports and Beyond the Podium speakers on the Sostice to be excellent. We have sailed on each of the 3 ships (Solstice, Equinox and Eclipse) in this class and find the ships to be elegant. The design is simple, the look is upscale and yet is extremely functional and well thought out. We particularly like that the casinos on this class are always smoke free.
The entertainment was first rate each night with one exception...the magician, who really was not at the same skill level as each of the other acts. The last of the 3 production shows "Solstice" was especially wonderful with the acrobatics interplaying with the singing and dancing. We were really surprised and impressed to see the Captain singing and playing the guitar on 2 occasions. He also participated in a cooking competition with the Cruise Director and was often seen around with ship talking with the voyagers. All of this really added to the wonderful experience of this journey. We were also fascinated by the at-sea day talks given by Nigel West on syping and counterintelligence. His breadth of knowledge and skill in presenting each talk without notes or visuals and yet capturing the audience was truly impressive.
We enjoyed this cruise so much and we're now booked on the Celebrity Ecplise westbound Transatlantic this October.