We've now cruised twice on Celebrity Solstice class ships (Eclipse and Solstice), and both believe we've found our ideal cruise line. Quite simply put, the most well designed ships afloat. Elegant, classy, easy to navigate etc. Kudos to the ship's designer and Celebrity.
Our embarkation was very quick and painless. We took a cab from the airport to the cruise port, and had our luggage taken by a local porter. The entire process didn't take more than 20 minutes and then we were on the ship. A word of caution on cabs though....they should cost roughly 30 - 35 Euros, but our driver (who was very nice) charged us 48. We didn't realize until after that she scammed us a bit, as there was NO traffic and a direct trip. On the return trip, we were in a rush hour traffic jam and it was only 31 Euros.
For once, the cruise line closed all the doors and did not allow passengers to go to their cabins until about 1:30 PM. This allowed a proper cleaning and all the old people didn't constantly wander the hallways checking on their room. I wish all cruise lines would do this!!!! Makes perfect sense.
We tried Silk Harvest specialty restaurant, and it was really good. That being said, not as good as Qsine on the Eclipse. Pretty good value at $25 pp (and better than $40 for Murano).
Overall we find the drink prices on Celebrity ships to be very reasonable. Cans of soda for $2? You pay that almost anywhere (or more in most hotels, arenas and convention facilities). Wonderful wine selection too. Some are very good at a reasonable price (under $30 a bottle!). If you pay mid 30's then you get a very good quality wine.
Disembarkation was not at all like embarkation. It was a clusterf*$k. They lost both our bags!!!! How do you lose bags on a cruise? It was so bad we had to go to the airport without ANY bags. They eventually found one and transferred it to the airport in time to have it checked. But the other was not found until later in the day. If it wasn't for the hard work of Aer Lingus, we doubt we would have ever seen it again. Thank you Aer Lingus. This process has to be improved by Celebrity.
The actual people process is great and well done by Celebrity. They provide a full serve breakfast in the main dining room, or an express breakfast in the other side of the dining room, or the full buffet upstairs. Wow! Great options. Even the express breakfast was eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and juice.
Overall....wonderful cruise. Celebrity is a first-class cruise line.