Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by jenlynmc: Great cruise on Solstice
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Great cruise on Solstice
We arrived in Barcelona on May 12 and stayed at the Hilton Diagonal. I will go onto the port review sections and post more detailed port review there. We took a cab to the cruise dock around 11 on May 14 and check in was very easy and quick. Because we were booked into Aqua Class, we planned to eat most meals in Blu, but I booked the three meal package for variety. We had also prepurchased the premium alcohol beverage packages. We ate lunch at the grill and started enjoying the beverage package while we waiting for the room to be ready! We found the ship very clean and elegant. Our cabin was very nice, functional but not elaborate. We had regular size, a little to the back of mid ship. It was quiet except for occasionally hearing some chair movement above us. We enjoyed the balcony the most when docking and just on sea days. We ate breakfast there on early port days too. Bathroom of the cabin was fine and the shower was great. We had plenty of storage, requested more hangers and got More
them easily. Pretty much anything we asked for was provided by our excellent cabin steward, Cyril.
We ate at each restaurant on the ship and Blu was our hands down favorite. Jesse was our waiter and he was great. Erlich the sommelier was also very good at recommending wines. My only complaint about Blu was that one night we asked to be seated away from the windows because of some sun glare and we were in no mans land for a good while with no food or water or service. The food at Blu was SO good. I love trying different things and this was the place to do it. The portions were just the right size to be able to eat something from each course without being stuffed. My favorite things there were a lamb dish with lamb done 2 ways on the plate, the lobster, the coconut creme brulee, and the rum cake with caramel ice cream. Silk Harvest was our second favorite place. We didn't hate but didn't love Murano or Tuscan Grille. We almost never ate at the buffet except to get a snack or gelato. My husband ate at the Mast Grill and really enjoyed the bar and cigar smoking up top.
For drinks, we frequented the Martini Bar. We liked the location and the crowd. The Molecular Bar had some great drinks--the Coming up Roses was fantastic. We also spent lots of time at the Cafe Bacio with frappes every day. I didn't care for the regular coffee on the ship and was very happy to find that with the Premium Beverage package we could get the specialty coffees at the Cafe Bacio or even at the bar as you go into the buffet area.
We did not attend shows every night, but did enjoy the ones we saw. I attended the cooking shows and learned a lot and had fun there!
The casino was fun--we did Cruise Critic slot pull and broke even. My husband fared better than me and enjoyed a couple of the tournaments.
We made minimal use of the spa and Persian Gardens. We did have room service breakfast and it was quite good, but we liked eating in Blu when we had time. We only asked for the afternoon Aqua Cabin snacks a few days and they were fine.
We thought the cruise was great and would go again in a minute. Celebrity is our favorite line due to the smoking policy (no smoke smelled on our balcony and no smoke in the casino!) and now the Aqua Class because of Blu. Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Solstice 1623
Great location. Bed near Balcony. Only occasional noise--nothing that ever woke us up and I am a light sleeper. Cyril the attendant is Magic!!
Port and Shore Excursions
We did the HOHO bus to get a good overview of the sites. Only problem is that if you get off, you may be waiting to get back on for a while! We walked Las Ramblas which was very crowded, toured La Sagrada Famila, and walked through several other areas. We LOVED the architecture and the food. My husband encountered two children pickpockets but had wallet zippered up and quickly realized what was going on. Other than that, it was a safe and beautiful port.
For anyone wondering, we docked at 6 am and had a 10 am flight. We walked off with our luggage, getting to the doors about 6:30 and finding 20 or so people with us. We were off in about 15 min but the line behind us was long. We hailed a cab and were at the airport by 7:45 and it was a weekday. It made us a little anxious, but it was fine.