Celebrity Solstice was a great ship to sail on.The service on the ship was very good but not overly smothering. when we required something from the stateroom attendant it was done quickly and cheerfully. My wife needed ice for a knee problem, not only was it there when we asked for it,but he made sure the ice bucket was always full.The room was clean and well appointed which made it a pleasant home away from home. The balcony was larger than I expected so it did not feel confining.
The food was surprisingly good,as I expected less. The food at the Ocean view Buffet was decent for buffet fare. Breakfast had items from British cuisine as well as more traditional foods. It was good and satisfying,however the coffee was very strong, which was a standing joke between the waiters and the passengers.
The baked items were better than expected and plentiful. The dessert items were very tasty and always had good items that were sugar free or no sugar added. Pizza was also very More
The Epernay Restaurant was the main dining room. The food was varied and tasty. I felt there was something for every taste. The wait staff was attentive,except as one night when the kitchen featured a special staff program. Other than that the only criticism was that the wine was overpriced for the quality. The wait staff was generally friendly, caring and efficient.
They really aimed to please. By the way,does anyone want to get rid of those phony formal nights?
The entertainment was where the quality was mediocre. They had a Cirque de Soleil type show that was too long and boring for my taste. You needed to be in the balcony to enjoy it without getting a neck strain. There was a magician/comedian who was pretty good,and a stand up comic who was hilarious without being too suggestive.He was the best The rest of the production shows were corny and boring. The singer had a wonderful voice but could not connect with the audience. The Ship's Captain performed for us,playing a guitar and singing. he was quite good.
The main disappointing aspect of the cruise was the number of senior citizens on the trip. They were actually amusing trying to get on the elevators first because they passed their bedtime watching the late(9:00)show. Because of that it seems as if the late night life was lacking.We really needed more young people to liven up the trip.
The Crew, including the Captain, participated in activities at night and in the pool,which I found to be very refreshing. It personalised them to the guests
Also the shill who promotes particular shopping sites w\did her thing but it wasn't anywhere as bad ads on a previous cruise.
All said, I was very satisfied with this vacation and would sail Celebrity and the Solstice again. Less
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Small, lovely place. Shopping area close to the port,and a tram to take you back to the ship. Actually a fun place as there is a place to swim(and drink) right in the shopping area. Clean and friendly.Negotiating skills are at a premium. Can get some things at a good price if you hold out long enough. Therre is a Senor Frog's and a Carlos and Charlie's(actually commonly owned) their ood is expensive. Drinks are good and it is a real fun atmosphere. Gotta stop in for a drink and experience it for yourself.
Loved Cozumel. Some passengers didn't like the hawking at all the shops or the negotiating that you had to do, but that is their custom. They are working for a living and are not on a government handout. A simple "no gracias" will suffice and they will stop. Some of them were actually entertaining. Stopped at a local restaurant,the food was good and relatively cheap. This was an enjoyable stop.
Nothing special here unless you do an excursion. Small port area with some shops. No need to go beyond the port without an excursion A poor island but I felt that it was a beautiful hilly island with plenty of potential. I loved the diving.