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10 Celebrity Solstice Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean from Barcelona

The whole experience was very professional and for the purposes of this review ,my comments reflect our thoughts on the ship and the facilities offered. Embarkation at the terminal was quick and efficient,our suitcases were taken by ... Read More
The whole experience was very professional and for the purposes of this review ,my comments reflect our thoughts on the ship and the facilities offered. Embarkation at the terminal was quick and efficient,our suitcases were taken by porters and we were advised they would be at our cabins shortly after we got on board.We were directed to our deck check in, in our case deck 7 and queued for a short time, Whilst queuing we filled in public health forms asking if we had suffered any stomach upsets or sore throats ,colds etc in the previous couple of days. This was handed in at check in.As we walked on board we were offered hand gel and a welcome aboard drink,we then headed off to the Ocean View Cafe on deck 14 for a buffet lunch.The buffet had superb selection,pizza,stir fry and salads and more.Throughout the cruise the Ocean View maintained this high standard of varied and well prepared foods and we enjoyed eating there. Tea,coffee and soft drinks were all available for free. We went to the Lawn Club on the top deck,for a cocktail and enjoyed the real grass area ,and relaxing.When we were advised our cabins were ready,we were amazed at how well laid out they were. We had adjoining cabins(7328-7326) and the attendant (Jose)arranged for the balcony partition to be removed and for us to have a double door,entrance and then our cabin door from the corridor. Throughout the ship, there were staff offering hand gel,there were also handgel dispensers available and it was comforting to see that Celebrity took health and safety very seriously. We opted for "select dining" and were lucky enough to have Sanjay and Tasha as our waiter/ess,so impressed were we by their service that we asked Khadine ,our restaurant hostess,if we could have them every night!! Khadine did everything to ensure that this happened ,and she must be commended on her ability to "juggle" passengers and table availability and still remain calm and friendly. The food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and every night we tried things that we would not normally have at home.Our 8 year old son ate frogs legs and loved them! The menu was interesting and diverse,and never failed to please. We were lucky enough to have William as our sommelier and his advice on choosing wines was extensive and welcome.His manner made us feel comfortable in asking for advice,something which you cant always do at home. We took in a few shows whilst on board, the highlights being Bruce Parker,soul/reggae singer and Paul Boland the impressionist which were very good. The theme nights were good fun by the poolside and it was good to see Pete Baker (activity manager) and Alijandra Torterroli (cruise director) leading the fun. The resident band was ok,but they need to increase their repertoire.The acapella group from Sweden,"The Ringmasters" were excellent and they attracted lots of attention from the teenage girls on board. We used the fun factory kids club for our 8 year old and he loved it.There was an excellent staff/child ratio and the activities were age relevant.Sadly our 12 year old son felt out of place as there was a high percentage of Spanish kids,and he does not speak Spanish,so he did not avail of the teen club. The bars on board In our opinion the best bar on board was the Martini bar, our waiter Ray was very pleasant. The next bar we enjoyed was the Sky lounge as the views were amazing. Our only criticism levelled at the bars,on two for one promotions,service became very slow,we were not sure if that was deliberate. We went to bingo a few times and that was fun-dont worry it is definitely not fast! Finally ,we chose to extend our stay as we had a late flight from Barcelona. For $59,95 per adult and $29.95 per child we stayed on board until 3pm. We enjoyed complimentary drinks and cakes at Cafe Bachio and lunch at Bistro at 5. We swam in the pools and chilled out ,this was ideal for us. There was a film being shown ,but we lost interest and walked out (we were the only ones in there!!). Disembarkation was a bit muddled.Some of the security staff were not familiar with the concept of extended stay ,and this led to some delay-I am sure Celebrity will look into this. All in all, this was a superb holiday and has left us all with a lot of good memories . We would have no hesitation in recommending this cruise ship to anyone,as it does "go that extra mile" (no pun intended). Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
After many hours trying to plan a land trip to Italy, I finally took a friend's advice and booked a cruise with Celebrity. We have a 9 year old and wanted both a very nice ship that was also kid friendly. Celebrity delivered. ... Read More
After many hours trying to plan a land trip to Italy, I finally took a friend's advice and booked a cruise with Celebrity. We have a 9 year old and wanted both a very nice ship that was also kid friendly. Celebrity delivered. We flew in to Barcelona 4 days before the cruise and stayed at The Casa Fuster Hotel. It was perfect. Great location and the city of Barcelona is fabulous. We hooked up with other cruisers through cruise critic and went on a day excursion to Costa Brava and Girona through spanish-trails.com What a great day. Met new friends, and had one of the best, most affordable tours on our vacation. I can't say enough about Derek, our Guide. The whole Barcelona experience is unforgettable. The tapas bars: especially Catalana Creveseria were amazing as well as Moniel Gastronimic in the Borne district. Wonderful. Getting on and off the ship was very easy, no problems. The port in Barcelona is close to the airport and I was given the advice to not pay extra for transports, taxis are everywhere. So true and saved $75. each way. We were upgraded to concierge class and given a new room that was on a higher floor. All appreciated. The room was perfect. It had plenty of storage and is beautiful. Very clean as well. Kid's club was good for my son. We had an issue on the last night that was unfortunate, the Director could have- or rather SHOULD have handled much better, but other than that, it was a good experience. Meals were all good. Some better than others. Given the number of people they are preparing food for, they did a good job. We ate at all the specialty restaurants more than once. We enjoyed the more uncommon much more than the usual; the beef tartar was so good at Tuscan Grille, but the fried calamari was just average at best. The arugula salad was great, the ceasar salad was not. We chose select dining, which for us was perfect. You are so tired when you get in from a port that you may or may not need wind down time. General Port Advice: Make solid plans prior to getting on the ship. Internet is expensive and a bit slow on the ship. Do all of your homework prior to going. Utilize trip advisor to the fullest. Book excursions- we used RomeInLimo for the big 3- Naples, Rome and Florence and tell them your personality, what you like to do and what is important to you and ask them to match a driver to that. We had 2 Rock Star drivers and 1 just OK, not because he was just OK, but because he would have been more well suited with a bit older history buffs. Carmine in Naples created memories for us that we will have forever. He took us to an amazing restaurant on the Amalfi Coast and it was breathtaking! La Tagliata, what a day with RomeinLimo and Carmine! Make reservations in each Country if food is important to you prior to going. The good restaurants are booked and you can't just walk in. Get off the beaten path! Crowds can be overwhelming. Do the big attractions first thing in the morning and then go somewhere amazing for lunch or strolling & swimming and leisure for the afternoon. We swam everywhere possible which was great on warm days and the water was clean and beautiful. We brought towels and a change of clothes and enjoyed ourselves. Getting out of the crowds and having a personal experience will be where memories are made in my opinion. This would be my advice for everywhere but Rome. Rome is a beast, and you will spend the whole day seeing everything you can. A driver or ship excursion in these 3 places; Naples, Rome and Florence, I found critical. Otherwise, you can plan your own days and have fun without spending the extra on an excursion. The beverage package debate: This can be costly. I found it good for us to do the premium non-alcoholic bev package. We almost only drink red wine and they allowed us to bring a couple of great bottles on the ship. In addition, other than sea days, you are in a port, drinking wine with lunch, not on the ship. We bought a package for 5 dinners at specialty restaurants and that came with 5 bottles of wine. This for us was perfect. The spa was nice, got a massage and a manicure. Both very, very expensive. Bring your own polish girls unless you have a big budget! We did not see any shows. Speaking of budget, make sure and get euros before going. This trip was a 10 of 10. I look forward to going again some day. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We boarded the ship in lovely Barcelona on 27th August. Check in was speedy enough process but delayed because our xpress passes had been unavailable, despite us having fully completed our online checking in with full details, including ... Read More
We boarded the ship in lovely Barcelona on 27th August. Check in was speedy enough process but delayed because our xpress passes had been unavailable, despite us having fully completed our online checking in with full details, including credit card information for sea pass accounts onboard. This is my second Celebrity cruise within a few months & same thing happened previously as well. Makes me wonder what is the point of going through it all online - only to have to repeat most of the process again at check in?! Also, what is the problem with Celebrity sending out the luggage tags requested pre cruise? Again for the second time in a few months, no luggage tags were ever received. You can get them at the port of course but it makes a bit of a nonsense out of the whole thing when they promise to send them-& then don't bother to! The ship itself is lovely and is extremely well maintained. Spotlessly clean throughout & a credit to the teams of hard working staff onboard. We were in a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was perfect for us as only other staterooms above & below us, so less noisy. We were on an early sitting -6.15pm- which worked out very well for us & meant the show time of 8.45pm were great. Well, apart from the times when they changed the timing of the shows that is! If it ain't broke....leave it alone Celebrity!! On the subject of the entertainment onboard. A mixed bag....the A Capella group...the Ringmasters were superb...on stage the first night and around the ship at various times & locations throughout the cruise. Amazingly talented group of 4 young Swedish guys. Also worthy of special mention is a superb vocalist called Philip Brown, he was first class & my husband & I agreed we have never heard a better rendition of Old Man River or Mr Bojangles. As good as the original singers! Superb! The Solstice singers & dancers were excellent also & we especially enjoyed the show where they performed their version of Riverdance & Broadway musicals. We did not really enjoy the Cirque de Soleil type show on the last night as much, very talented people but started to drag after 20 minutes or so. Too much of the acrobatic type stuff and not enough music or singing. Several people around us left half way through the show, which is never a nice thing to witness. The food in the Grand Epernay restaurant is excellent & service consistently good. Worthy of special mention here are Francisco & Sergio (not our main waiters but they both served us at lunch (open seating) & we agreed that we would have loved to have had either of them as our waiter in the evening at fixed seating dinner. Ours was good...not excellent. Another point here which I feel I should mention is that it is more than a bit unsettling, not to say ungracious on the part of the waiter concerned is that upon giving him an envelope with a gratuity in excess of $100, he felt it more important to urge us to mention him by name on our comment card, rather than to say thank you for the envelope. Am I right in thinking that tips are not mandatory or compulsory bur rather an acknowledgement/appreciation of services rendered? Same as with stateroom attendants, we left an envelope on our bed on last evening before we went for dinner at 6.15pm containing well in excess of the recommended tip amounts & yet no acknowledgement whatsoever. Envelope and extra gift had been taken but, unlike on our previous cruises when the room attendant came to say thank you, this time the was nothing whatsoever. Leaves a bit of a bad taste & is poor form in my opinion. Just some basic good manners & common courtesy would have been appreciated. Our fellow passengers were a mix of all nationalities in varying degrees, a lot of Spanish onboard, to such a large extent that Alejandro, the cruise director, had to make his announcements in the theatre in both English & Spanish every night. Also a significant number of North Americans as well as Brits & Scandinavians. A good mix of age groups as well, although fewer children than on previous cruises, probably due to school holidays now over. All in all a great cruise on a beautiful ship and with a superb itinerary. One thing I would say is that the shore excursions are vastly overpriced & a bit misleading for Celebrity to say there is nothing to see in Livorno (because they are selling tours to Florence!?!) when it is actually a lovely place and well worth seeing. We spent a wonderful day there & enjoyed a great boat trip where we learned a lot about the Medici family's influence in Livorno etc. Highly recommend Livorno as Florence tour is very tiring. The only thing I need add is that if you are reading this review before doing a cruise on lovely Solstice is...have a wonderful time and Bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We have been on 19 cruise and this was our second time on Solstice and our 6th Celebrity cruise. We decided to spend 2 days prior to the cruise at the Hotel Silken Las Rambla. The two days at the hotel gave us time to get into ... Read More
We have been on 19 cruise and this was our second time on Solstice and our 6th Celebrity cruise. We decided to spend 2 days prior to the cruise at the Hotel Silken Las Rambla. The two days at the hotel gave us time to get into 'holiday mode' and we were able to enjoy the delights that Barcelona has to offer. Embarkation was smooth and we were soon able to get our cabin in order. This time I had booked cabin 7354, it was starboard aft and had a slightly larger balcony thanks to it's irregular shape.The cabin was fine but on reflection I think I would have chosen the next floor up for a slightly better position. Having said that, the starboard side for this cruise was great! The stateroom and his attendant were excellent. The food both in the Oceanview Cafe and Main Dining Room was of excellent quality. We were on the Constellation at Christmas and I have to say that the food on the Solstice was by far superior. I think that the food had improved in quality and the service we received in the restaurant was wonderful. The 'brunch' buffet was amazing and was well worth attending even if you didn't eat anything! We are now Elite members with Celebrity so we were invited to a special social hour each evening at 'Michael's Club'.This was very well presented and gave us an opportunity to meet fellow cruisers over a pre dinner drink.We also attended another couple of 'Captains Club' events that were very enjoyable. The entertainment on the ship was good and this was definitely helped by the fact they had a brilliant cruise director called Alehanjdro from Argentina. He had lots of energy and really helped the ship 'rock'! The ports of call were great and we enjoyed getting off the ship and exploring, particulary Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Venice and Valletta. Our son who is 17 also travelled with us and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise too and met a good group of friends. I would definitely book another cruise aboard this friendly ship! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Overall our family was delighted with our 12 day Mediterranean Venice cruise. On the plus side: Superb ship design, easy to get around. Rarely felt crowded (except at Ocean View on embarkation and Venice arrival) Superb (better than ... Read More
Overall our family was delighted with our 12 day Mediterranean Venice cruise. On the plus side: Superb ship design, easy to get around. Rarely felt crowded (except at Ocean View on embarkation and Venice arrival) Superb (better than Disney) kid's program at Fun Factory. Overall, friendly, accommodating staff, from officers to washroom attendants. Great itinerary. Superb meals at Murano and Silk Harvest (the latter great for families)and very good, but not great, meal at Tuscan Grill. Service in specialty restaurants consistently outstanding. Amazing variety and quality at Ocean View buffets. Cabin very well designed. Very comfortable bed and linens. Great photo gallery staff (we purchased all photos package before sailing, a great value). Wine tastings are a lot of fun and good value, especially Riedel workshop. The Corning hot glass show is exceptional and the Lawn Club a great innovation, super for families. Needs improvement: Grand Epernay main dining room food variety, quality and service very uneven: sometimes excellent, often disappointing, to our surprise. There is too much hard selling of dining, wine and spa packages. There is a fine line between gentle suggestions and rampant hucksterism. Entertainment is uneven, with the Broadway and acrobatics show being strong, other acts just so-so. We took two shore excursions with Celebrity: very good quality but overpriced. Suggest Romeinlimo in Italian ports and independent touring in ports like Villefranche and Split. Buy the Rick Steves Mediterranean ports guide an free audio tours. Huge price drops after final payment date quite frustrating: Celebrity needs to avoid giving disincentives to booking and paying early. Bottom line: Excellent cruise but main dining needs improvement. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Our family of five (2 adults, 3 older children/teens) all had a wonderful time on our first-ever cruise. We all had a few concerns prior to this adventure (i.e. would we have enough room in the cabin? would we like the ship/itinerary? ... Read More
Our family of five (2 adults, 3 older children/teens) all had a wonderful time on our first-ever cruise. We all had a few concerns prior to this adventure (i.e. would we have enough room in the cabin? would we like the ship/itinerary? etc, etc), but by the end of the trip, we were all cruising converts. STATEROOM: We were very pleased with the Family Veranda stateroom. There was plenty of space for all of us and all of our luggage. Beds were very comfortable, and our attendant was kind. The only negative was that, with that location on the ship, there was a LOT of noise during docking on the mornings we came into ports (i.e. up at 5:30 with no alarm clock!). Note that the 2nd bedroom is very small...perfect for teens or children, but adults would not be happy in there. DINING: We took most of our meals in the Grand Epernay dining room. With the exception of a few mediocre salads, all of the meals were quite good. We enjoyed the variety of choices and the exceptionally attentive service. We chose the Select Dining feature and were glad we did (never had any problem being seated within 10 minutes). We did eat in the Oceanview Cafe for several breakfasts, lunches and snacks but preferred the Grand Epernay. Because we were traveling with our children we did not try any of the Specialty restaurants. PORTS/EXCURSIONS: We chose to visit the smaller ports (Split, Kotor) and Venice on our own but chose RomeInLimo (private 7 passenger van) for our shore excursions from other Italian ports (Naples, Civitavecchia, and Livorno). We thoroughly enjoyed our tours with this company and felt that it was a much more comfortable, easy, efficient way to see the sights. We took a Celebrity excursion bus from the port of Toulon (into Cassis) and discovered that we did not enjoy seeing the sights by tour bus (too hot, too slow). We were a bit worried about tendering into the small ports, but it was not too bad. The process was somewhat slow but well-organized. If you are in a hurry to get into port, I would recommend sending a family member to get in line for tickets as soon as the ship is docked. We were worried that we wouldn't have enough time to see the cities of Kotor and Split after our delayed departure from the boat, but there was plenty of time. OTHER ACTIVITIES ON BOARD: My husband, daughter and older son used the FITNESS facilities on a regular basis and were very pleased with them. The POOL/SUNDECK area was very nice but extremely crowded during sea days and later afternoons in port (my two complaints there: lots of all-day chair "saving," and I was surprised that glassware was allowed in the pool itself). Our three children all tried the KIDS AND TEEN CLUBS, and while my youngest thought it was just "OK," our teens became regular fixtures there every evening after dinner and made quite a few new friends. My daughter and I both used the SPA and thought it was quite nice...not amazing, but nice. My husband and I visited the CASINO and the SUNSET BAR at the LAWN CLUB on more than one occasion. The Lawn Club and Sunset Bar were my favorite areas for peace and quiet almost anytime of the day. The Casino staff was very welcoming and accommodating, but there is a lingering smoke odor there (assuming this is from previous years when smoking was allowed in there?) which kept our visits short. One of the main reasons we chose Celebrity was their restrictive policy regarding SMOKING, and we were pleased that smoke was really not a problem on this ship. It is allowed in a few areas, but they are fairly easy to avoid. EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: The embarkation process from Barcelona was simple and quick (probably 45 min total). Celebrity seems to do a good job in accommodating requests for disembarkation times, which I wish I would have known prior to the trip. Our return flight time was moved up to 12:30 pm, and I was concerned that we might not make it off the ship by 9 am in order to make it to the airport, so I changed our travel plans; however, this would not have been a problem. The whole process is very well-organized and efficient. We all thought it was a fantastic trip and look forward to doing something similar in the future. We would certainly choose Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
As experienced cruisers with the big cruise lines including Celebrity, we were very comfortable and well served on the Solstice class ship. The embarkation process was excellent and we did receive the favorable check-in that a suite ... Read More
As experienced cruisers with the big cruise lines including Celebrity, we were very comfortable and well served on the Solstice class ship. The embarkation process was excellent and we did receive the favorable check-in that a suite purchase is promised. The food as with all Celebrity cruises was excellent and without room for any complaints. The variety in the free dining areas and service coupled for a much better experience than the less luxurious lines like sister line RCCL. Entertainment was stale and at times embarrassing. We chose to stay away from shows after the first few nights due to the subpar quality. Dancing was usually only available in the main foyer area of the front desk with the same band playing the same music almost every night. The public areas were understated and contained some interesting art. Dark wood and dark rooms kept most rooms feeling yes "DARK". No happy party feel to any of the decor. Mature, moody and slow characterized the feel from the decor. The unique lawn area did present some fun entertainment playing bocce ball and other lawn type games. This was a pleasant surprise. Overall shipboard activity was missing excitement and options. The library was multi-storied in the centrum area but the Team Earth room below it seemed to serve little or no purpose what-so-ever. The prettiest lounge in the upper deck forward, Sky Lounge, was not used in any interesting way except for Karaoke and Captain's Club Parties. The most frustrating experience on the cruise was the very poorly managed Florence/Pisa/LaSpezia port stop. Since we did not follow the other cruise lines to Livorno we had to tender into LaSpezia and take comfortable buses on very long (2+ hours each way) trips to Pisa and Florence. The Celebrity sponsored excursion did not provide adequate facilities for us. We reached Pisa and was given less than an hour to use a woefully small bathroom facility and see the leaning tower. This was just plain cruelty. Women had to wait in a lengthy line that took almost the entire hour to get access. The problem was one small restaurant was used by all the competing cruise lines. This would not have happened if we went to Florence first as promised on the excursion print-out. Please do not take the combined Pisa/Florence excursion if you love your wife and children! Take an excursion that does less. The remaining excursions and ports were excellent. Ajaccio, Corsica was boring and more of a rest day than activity day. Celebrity was elegant yet boring compared to the more youthful cruise lines like sister line RCCL or NCL. You will enjoy and find something to like. We did love the Murano specialty restaurant and the Tuscany restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We found two weeks of the summer in the schedules of 4 busy people, that we could disconnect from the real world and get away to celebrate college graduation, birthdays, and 25 years of marriage. We blended a tour of the World War II sites ... Read More
We found two weeks of the summer in the schedules of 4 busy people, that we could disconnect from the real world and get away to celebrate college graduation, birthdays, and 25 years of marriage. We blended a tour of the World War II sites of Normandy with a mediterranean cruise. After 3 days in Normandy, we flew to Barcelona for a few days prior to the cruise. Barcelona is fabulous and has to be one of the best cruise ports! Embarkation was smooth and we were pleasantly surprise with the size and quality of our concierge class stateroom. Our sons were in an inside state room nearby. Probably not the best choice due to the lack of light and difficulty getting them up for port days, but the price was right. Hats off to the cruise director, the captain, the kitchen, and of course, the cabin stewards. We were so well taken care of!! The ship feels new and fresh; plenty of activities and the food was always fresh. We did not try the specialty restaurants. We understood that reservations were difficult to get due to a company event that booked 2/3 of the cruise. Ports like Cannes,Barcelona were great. But Civitavechhia and Livorno are really quite far from major attractions. If you have been to Rome and Florence, opt for something closer. Recommendations to the cruise line: 1) create some sort of activity for 18-25 year olds to meet. Singles night at the martini bar attracted mostly 40+. Teens seemed to connect quickly at events but nothing for college age. 2) communicate that cruise is significantly booked with 1 company--many of the events seemed exclusive for the company so the atmosphere on board was different than that of most cruises where you meet people from everywhere. Fine for us since we were with family, but not as much fun as it could have been for our sons. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Everything about this cruise was just perfect for us. We're a family of 5, two adults and three children (3,9,13). Cruised before with various cruiselines, but this one was the best so far, have nothing bad to say, nor to moan about. ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was just perfect for us. We're a family of 5, two adults and three children (3,9,13). Cruised before with various cruiselines, but this one was the best so far, have nothing bad to say, nor to moan about. All our children loved it! My husband had a premium alcoholic package and I had a premium non-alcoholic package as i don't drink. We were glad we got it as it was well worth it. We had two balcony cabins next to each other on deck 8, we requested for the partition wall on the balcony to be opened up, so we had one huge balcony, and our 3 year old found it really good to be able to walk from one cabin to the other through the balcony. Ports of call were good, we had previously been to most of them, so didn't bother getting of the ship every day, but Dubrovnik, Venice and Kotor were our favourite as we'd never been there before. We had our dinners at the main dining room almost every night, food was just fantastic. The buffet restaurant was our favourite for breakfasts and lunches. Always something to choose from, great service, and even though the ship was full, we never had to wait for a table outside. The biggest highlight of this cruise was when our 3 year old daughter met the Captain, she became his biggest fan. She has loads of pictures taken with him and she even appeared on the cruise video. Bless her. 10 out of 10!!!! Can't wait for our next cruise, and I have a feeling it might be with Celebrity once again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
After a long travel day/night from Portland, Oregon to Amsterdam, then to Barcelona, we spent the night before the cruise at the Diagonal Hotel. A reasonably good experience, but far from the best. (We were not aware that Celebrity's ... Read More
After a long travel day/night from Portland, Oregon to Amsterdam, then to Barcelona, we spent the night before the cruise at the Diagonal Hotel. A reasonably good experience, but far from the best. (We were not aware that Celebrity's "Choice Air," made our flights any smoother, etc) The next morning we were transferred quickly to the Celebrity Solstice, with the boarding procedure going pretty smoothly. We found our Veranda Cabin delightful --whoever planned it had to have a degree in architecture --quite an improvement over the similar cabin we had aboard the Constellation. The best cabin of our five cruises. The cabin steward and his assistant were okay, but nothing special. At times they were lacking in energy and enthusiasm ---perhaps overworked. The steward was excited that he would see his family after this cruise! The layout of the ship is excellent -- with it easy to find our way. However, somehow we seniors kept getting confused on our deck nine, when it came to the numerical orders of cabins. (Must have been senior moments) As on the Constellation, we loved the Aqua Spa Cafe, for its delicious,but very healthy menu. The dining room food was again excellent, with our head waiter and his assistant excellent. However, the wine steward was a real pest, high pressure. The Wine Tower or Wall loomed close to our table, and the wine guys were ever busy making money for Celebrity! We had requested a table of six at the early dinner. That's what we got, only we were the only people at our table! The friendly mother and daughter at the next table, also primarily by themselves, requested we all be seated together, but to no avail. (I'm thinking Celebrity Solstice has so many different eating choices and specialty restaurants, that they really need to rethink the way they seat people in the traditional dining room) Entertainment at the nightly Theater Show was overall the best we've experienced, with great variety. Once the shows began we were not pestered by waiters pushing drinks, as on previous cruises. A welcomed change! We are a retired clergyman and nurse, so we did not have the money to try the specialty restaurants, especially after our $3,000 plus airfare took up 38% of our total expenditures. I'll cover the shore excursions under the space allotted, but say here that the organization was hassle-free and well planned. Getting off the ship, we experienced the usual crew attitude, "we're through with this group, let's hope they get off soon, so we can get ready for the next bunch coming on later today." As usual, they stood there, not particularly concerned about the passengers getting off the ship and on their flights home. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Celebrity Solstice Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.5 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 5.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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