Our family of six, mom, dad, and adult kids ages, 24,23,21, and 20 planned to spend our Christmas on the SOLSTICE Ship. Our previous cruises were on RCCL Independence of the Seas and Oasis during this same time period. We booked the Solstice with the recommendation of great food, if not the best in the cruise line industry. Embarkation went smooth and our rooms were available by 2pm on deck 8 in the forward of the ship. The first two days of sailing were very rough at sea with one daughter becoming seasick the first night until the following morning when she applied the patch on her ear to cure motion sickness. Unusually strong winds persisted throughout the first four days of this cruise. The ship is magnificently decorated as well for the holidays with live bands playing throughout the ship day and night. Limited lounge chairs were available close to the small pool during the day, but if you wanted the sun only you could find chairs further away from the pool, but the upper decks weren't a choice due to the high winds blowing. The ocean cafe which is your morning, lunch, and dinner buffet had many nice choices and finding a table was never a problem. A nice option is this ship has outdoor seating from the cafe and you can sit outside while eating.
The dining room at night was lovely..our waiters were prompt and friendly and food was great..we were not fond of the meals all coming with some kind of sauce on it, and each time most of us requested the sauce be on the side. Desserts were plentiful. Our concern about this ship when we booked was the night time activities available to our adult children, given that this ship does tend to cater to an older than middle age crowd, which was present as well. It seemed most activities winded down around midnight or so leaving you to sit in the lounges without music and just talk without much else going on., our kids like the nightlife and felt somewhat restricted at this level.
The shows were geared towards an older crowd with songs from Elvis and Neil diamond impersonations which our kids found entertaining at first, then not so much after....same with some broadway music. The juggler from England was hilarious and entertaining to all levels, but when it came to audience interaction, there was none, not like what RCCL offered. Kareokee was only offered three nights in the lounge, my kids would have preferred every night and daytime pool activities were fair...more geared towards the staff keeping it under control. As adults of these children, we loved everything, but next year we will probably go back to RCCL for more of an active cruise life style for our family. Loved the ports of call.. St. Thomas, st. Maarten, St. &Kitts and San Juan, which we could have skipped in our opinion.
Just a note, my son did become sick the last day, but not sure from what. the ship was sailing smoothly..we reported this to the medical team and they gave us medicine to help him feel better and it did.
My husband and I would try another Celebrity Ship, but not our kids.