We have just arrived home from the Celebrity Solstice after 12 days in the Med from the 4th November 2011.
Embarkation: Due to the fact that they had about 100 cases of Noravirus on the previous cruise Celebrity decided to have a deep clean of the ship which meant that they could not let us on the until 3pm and we could not get into our stateroom until 5.30pm, in fact we were so late that muster drill was left until 10 o'clock the following morning (god knows what would have happened if they had a problem that night) The deep clean worked because we had no problems during the whole 12 days.
Stateroom: I still think that the Solstice class ships have the best rooms and the Stateroom attendant and his assistant were fantastic.
Main Restaurant: We were a party of four and had a two other people with us on the table we all got on very well and had a good time.
The food was top quality and the service was also excellent Sanjay and his assistant very efficient and attentive but not overpowering.
We heard some people complaining that the food was cold but we never had that problem in fact one of our party burned their mouth on the soup.
Murano's: We had dinner in Murano's one night and found the quality of the food and service to be excellent but not sure it was worth the extra cost when the main dinning room food was so good but it is nice to have a change of venue for one night.
Ocean View Restaurant: Due to the problems of Noravirus on the previous Cruise the staff had to serve you for the first 3 days but after that everything went back to normal, if I had a problem it was that the ship did not give us reasons for their actions or how long it would go on for I had to ask on two occasion how long the the loss of self service would continue.
First day at sea was wet ALL day but we spent the day in the indoor pool and had a good time.
Second day: We were in Livorno and decided not to go to Florence as we had been there a few times before and got the shuttle bus ($8each) into the town and had a look around not much there but we enjoyed the day.
Third day: Civitavecchia, we had been to Rome a few times and again decided to get the shuttle bus (free)into the town we found a great open air Market and the town has a great beach promenade I would recommend a visit to this town.
Fourth Day: Naples, We did Pompeii and had a good day, it helps if you have a good guide which we did.
day five: Crete, We had a taxi to show us round some of the island again a good day and we liked the island.
day six: Turkey, we did shopping and looked round the town checked out the carpet shop we love the Turkish people very friendly.
Day seven: Day at sea weather was good.
day eight: Athens, very cold windy and a bad guide on our tour of the city, best forgotten.
Day nine: Day at sea weather average.
Day ten: Malta, got a taxi round part of Malta, it was well worth a visit In fact we have decided to to visit the island some time in the near future.
Day eleven: Day at sea
day twelve: Disembarkation: As our flight was early we decided to carry off our own luggage, we got a 6.30am slot but left the ship at 7.20 with no problems at all, very smooth.
We had a great cruise weather was very average but it was November.
Complaints... The brunch was moved from the main Restaurant to the Ocean view cafe BIG mistake it lost it's whole class and hope it doesn't happen again. CD and her whole staff were first class Zac had a great sense of humour (CD had a great voice) I hope Celebrity never get rid of the Orchestra's on their ships they add something special to the entertainment.
Entertainers were OK I will leave it at that.
Overall I would recommend this ship.
by the way Errol in the passport bar was great.