Just arrived back from an amazing Holy Land cruise aboard the Silhouette Solstice, the ship itself is lovely and the way it is set out doesn't make it feel as big as it is, feels like still room to move about in public areas.
The staff in all grades are fantastic, the food in the main dining room excellent, didn't feel a need to go in speciality restaurants, ant thought the extra cost is a little bit steep anyway. The drinks package is still way over priced - we were told last year on Eclipse that it was being reviewed .. well yes it has been - it's gone up again. Wine at ridiculous prices.
We went on some amazing trips, and due to the nature of places visited felt the need to book through the ship ... some were worth the expense, some were clearly not, felt ripped off on a couple. If we were to visit the area again would book independently, even with a guide apparently worked out cheaper.
The entertainment was excellent, the Ships own company of singers and More
dancers were one of the best we have seen.Why are cruise ship photo's so expensive and why do they not take heed of passengers comments, bring down the price - sell more. How many are thrown away - what waste.
Hope that Celebrity keep standards up to 5*as there are enough casual ships on the high sea's now,were told there was 3 formal nights only got 2, one other being described as Cocktail...what a strange one that was, in the dining room we were sat in evening dress, sat next to someone in a polo shirt and even on formal nights men not in a tux which is fine but let in to dine with open shirts on and one woman seen in jeans .... Come on Celebrity this is not what we expect.
Ashdod not on list. Typical busy port in fact was told one of the busiest in the world. Lots of cars stored there as it's cheaper to ship them from there. Even though very busy it was clean and felt safe. This was our port for two night for our visit to Jaffa, Tel- a -Viv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Overall our 12 days spent on this wonderful ship will be one to remember. Less
Celebrity Solstice Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
Our cabin we found to be good, bathroom good size and shower must be the best we have had. Wardrobe space excellent and good amount of hangers. Balcony and furniture excellent. Short walk to lifts and stairs. Plenty of toiletries replaced daily, and bed and pillows very comfortable.
Was very busy again but not so organised some how, our stop for our trip to Capri, had a short walk going to our smaller vessel, but on return had a longer walk to shuttle bus, which was a bit challenging to say the least.