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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because the last time we sailed on celebrity we had a wonderful time and rated celebrity as the top of the line. We were originally planning to sail on Norwegian but switched to the Solstice when we saw it. Big ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the last time we sailed on celebrity we had a wonderful time and rated celebrity as the top of the line. We were originally planning to sail on Norwegian but switched to the Solstice when we saw it. Big mistake. It was the most boring cruise I have ever taken. I have been on 15 cruises on 4 different lines. Celebrity is now at the bottom of my rating. The entertainment throughout the ship was very good especially the cello and violin duo and the band featured on deck 3. The big problem with the band on deck 3 was that there was no room to sit and listen them. there was rarely even room to stand on deck 4 or 5 and look down at the band. The entertainment in the theater was pathetic. This was a cruise to Hawaii and their big entertainment was a dance school recital. Great if you happen to be a parent of one of the children who did 5-10 minute hula but not what you would expect as entertainment on a cruise ship. There was an acrobatic show that was very good. Everything else was mediocre at best. The on board activities were a joke. There was a lie making class, held in a small bar with not enough seating not enough needles for making the lie and not enough flowers. people had to make lies in shifts. They made Hawaiian bracelets. Unless you got there early you were out of luck. They had enough supplies for about half the people who showed up. The third non athletic activity on the 10 day cruise (5 sea days) was adult coloring. They had enough coloring books but not enough colored pencils. They also scheduled the activity in a small bar along with the trivia. There was no place for people to sit and those who did have a place had to compete with the trivia groups. When the trivia was over, about 30 minutes, they took back all the colored pencils. The food was terrible. There was only one main restaurant depending on whether or not you had a scheduled eating time or had open dining. The service was generally slow and the food wasn't anything to get excited over. There were some really good menu choices, unfortunately they were all offered on the same night. If they were open at lunch time we were not able to find which one was open and when it was open. We made the mistake of eating lunch in the cafe and then going back for dinner because there was nothing appealing in the main restaurant. We were surprised to find that the choices were the same as they had been for lunch with the exception that there weren't as many choices. The menu choices were the same every day for 10 days. The only thing that changed was the carving choice. It alternated between chicken and pork. there was at least one time when there was beef. A few of the other dishes changed. If it was good you never saw it again. The bread was often raw in the middle. On one occasion when we came back on board and tried to get something to eat, the staff was picking up the food as people were trying to put it on their plates. The ports do not compare to the ports we stopped at on an earlier Hawaiian cruise with another cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We really enjoyed this cruise. Be ready for smaller portions than the usual American size that I have come to know. There is plenty of more portions, all you have to do is ask. The buffet was not portions, so make your picture. I did ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise. Be ready for smaller portions than the usual American size that I have come to know. There is plenty of more portions, all you have to do is ask. The buffet was not portions, so make your picture. I did not like the 5 specialty restaurants. We did eat at the Asian Silk Harvest one time. They advertised king crab legs. They should have said ONE king crab leg. Same smaller portions. Ok, I get that. I ordered the unlimited photo package, it is two days post cruise and we are still waiting to get the so called easy download. I emailed twice, and they said that I should have downloaded them on the ship, but if you don't have the wifi package, then how can you download them from the Celebrity wifi. 250 dollars cost? Hawaii, well worth visiting, I was very impressed with ALL the onboard activities and the talks From Beyond the Podium! Hey were all great as well as the shows. Equal to or better than Las Vegas. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity and first time in Hawaii! Overall we really loved the cruise! We had five days at sea and loved the relaxing, slow paced days! We could be as busy or as not busy as we wanted... it was ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity and first time in Hawaii! Overall we really loved the cruise! We had five days at sea and loved the relaxing, slow paced days! We could be as busy or as not busy as we wanted... it was wonderful! We loved exploring Hawaii and we thought doing that via a cruise was awesome! It was nice being able to spend at least a day or two in each place and take the time to see all we could. Each evening after exploring the islands we were excited to go back on the ship as it just felt like home! We loved that! We heard the food would be absolutely amazing on this ship and we didn't necessarily be the case. The food in the dining room was good, but not jaw dropping. We did love the buffet and thought the breakfast was amazing... fresh waffles with whipped cream? Yes, please! We missed having more "typical" foods in the buffet and dining room.. perhaps thats the point with a higher class ship, but we missed some of those comfort foods. Don't forget to try the free pastries and treats at Cafe El Bacio- they were amazing and I didn't learn about them until our cruise was almost complete. You cannot get those same pastries and tarts anywhere else on the ship. YUM! Don't miss out! Overall our service was amazing.. people were ready and willing to help whenever and wherever they could! The only place we had a bit spotty service was in the dining room. We had a different server every evening and some were great and some were not so great or friendly. I think they were just busy, but there was definitely a noticeable difference. We would definitely cruise on Celebrity again and had an AMAZING cruise, but don't think we will make Celebrity our go-to cruise line. Norwegian felt to be on a similar scale to use with more restaurant options! But we really did love this cruise! Hawaii was incredibly beautiful and we loved visiting many islands! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Choose this cruise to return to Hawaii after 33 years. We are from the east coast, so we thought it would be a good way to get accustomed to the time change to Hawaii (it was). With five plus sea days to start out, it was relaxing, but ... Read More
Choose this cruise to return to Hawaii after 33 years. We are from the east coast, so we thought it would be a good way to get accustomed to the time change to Hawaii (it was). With five plus sea days to start out, it was relaxing, but everyone was getting a bit stir crazy. Since it was late in the season for Vancouver, the first few days were cloudy and cool. The remaining sea days were sunny and progressively warmer. With so many sea days up front, one had to rely on Celebrity to keep you entertained. The speakers talking about Hawaii were very good. On Board sporting events (one/two per day) were very spotty and very poor (there was not one ping pong tournament which is a first in any of our cruises!). Other entertainment were typical cruise activities, Evening entertainment was normally very good with several acts from Vegas. The Celebrity singers and dancers were average at best. This is the first cruise that we used anytime dining. Our last few cruises at the late seating for dinner were frustrating as we typically dined by ourselves. This cruise, we ate with different people every night and met several other couples at different tables. We thought this was very enjoyable. As typical for Celebrity, the food was excellent and the specialty restaurants were very good as well (Murano twice and Tuscan). The shore excursions in Hawaii were expensive, but were very enjoyable (Snorkeling in Kona, lava flows in Hilo, and waterfall hike in Maui). None of that compared to seeing the lava flow hit the ocean at midnight as the ship passed within a half mile. Make sure you book the excursions you want before you board the ship or you may be on a waiting list. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Once again, Celebrity provided top quality, top service and a great experience. From cabin steward, Dominic to our wait staff Ian and Vincent to Debbi the Event Coordinator and Josef, the Concierge everyone was very professional; service ... Read More
Once again, Celebrity provided top quality, top service and a great experience. From cabin steward, Dominic to our wait staff Ian and Vincent to Debbi the Event Coordinator and Josef, the Concierge everyone was very professional; service oriented and provided excellent service. The main dining room: excellent service for our large group. Wait staff, Ian and Vincent were exemplary. From remembering each cruisers drink request to special requests for "back pillows" for shorter legged women; our menu selections were varied, from fish to filet to lobster. Great selection. Cafe au Bacio: Variety of coffees and pastries. Spa service: easy to make reservation and great service. Ice Bar/Martini bar: We met up with a bartender, Yodi, whom we had met on the Equinox two years prior. Bartenders were entertainers while serving a mass of cruisers each and every day! Stores/shops on board: Usual variety if merchandise, They were selling all Alaska items at discounted rate since we were headed towards Hawaii. Photos: Finally, they have stopped printing photos! The kios where you swipe your sea pass cards were easy to use and after viewing photos, you could delete those you did not want. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We wanted to see Hawaii and thought this would be the best way to go. Stayed at the L'Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver for 3 nights before our cruise--an elegant hotel within walking distance of many conveniences. Vancouver is a beautiful ... Read More
We wanted to see Hawaii and thought this would be the best way to go. Stayed at the L'Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver for 3 nights before our cruise--an elegant hotel within walking distance of many conveniences. Vancouver is a beautiful modern city, very clean and friendly. We rented bikes and rode around the sea wall in Stanley Park and the following day we went to Grouse Mountain. Embarkation was extremely easy especially since The Solstice was the only ship in port that day. Amazingly all rooms on the ship were ready by 1:30. This was our fourth trip on Celebrity, all of which were in AquaClass. We like the fact that we can dine in Blu where there are tables for two and there is no scheduled dining time. The service in Blu is incredibly good and everyone is very friendly and welcoming. We think that some of the meal choices are becoming too "foodie" or too odd for normal diners. Yes, you can always choose one of the three everyday choices but that gets a little tiring sometimes. We did just go to the buffet a few times and ate in Lahaina one night. We received excellent service as we usually do on Celebrity. The crew was extremely friendly. We attended many of the excellent Beyond the Podium talks given by Brent Nixon, Eric Ball, and Mary Amanda Fairchild. Had a lot of fun with ukulele lessons with an excellent teacher. The production numbers were not that enjoyable for us though the singers and dancers are extremely talented. It's just that the shows are not really shows but just a mélange of singing and dancing. Did enjoy the singer Jesse Hamilton and the Australian singer from Las Vegas. Really enjoyed the classical music duo and some of the other entertainment in smaller venues. The Atlantis Submarine excursion was just great as was the walk across the Volcano Crater in Hilo. We would definitely recommend against the Road to Hana excursion. The guide was excellent and he was a very good driver, but the trip was 9 1/2 hours--just too long with not that many things to see and the last hour was in the dark. The trip to Haleakala the next day also was just too much driving and not enough to see. Stayed a few extra days in Honolulu at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort--a great place to stay! Had a balcony overlooking the beach where we had breakfast each morning. Took an E noa tour to Pearl Harbor which turned out very nice. We had a great guide and everything was well paced. And the next day we climbed Diamondhead and then enjoyed the beach and water. All in all, a great trip. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This cruise was basically a repositioning cruise. It went from Vancouver BC to Hawaii and then continued on to the South Pacific and Australia. Our cruise spent 5 days at sea and then another 5 days in the Hawaiian Islands. The ship ... Read More
This cruise was basically a repositioning cruise. It went from Vancouver BC to Hawaii and then continued on to the South Pacific and Australia. Our cruise spent 5 days at sea and then another 5 days in the Hawaiian Islands. The ship itself was very clean, and it's a beautiful ship. We were initially in cabin 3126 but it had some kind of mechanical noise coming through the floor that sounded like a hydraulic pump. The service department was very attentive and helpful and they moved us to another cabin, cabin 3133 on the port side of the ship. Our new cabin was very quiet and our new cabin attendant was awesome! On this cruise, we decided against visiting the specialty restaurants and ate dinner mostly in the Main Dining Room. Apparently many other guests did the same thing because the specialty restaurant staff was constantly walking around the ship advertising the specialty restaurants. The MDR was great and our waiter and assistant waiter were very attentive and pleasant. Also the food in the MDR was very good! We usually had both breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview (the buffet) and enjoyed the food and the service there. Although at times it was quite crowded, we never had a problem finding a table for 4 people. We didn't attend all of the shows but the ones that we did attend had great entertainment. Yes, some of the shows were excellent and some were just a little better than average. But, none of the shows were "bad". Also the musicians around the ship were all pretty good and we enjoyed all of the entertainment in general. We found the staff around the ship to be very friendly and attentive. They all seemed quite happy and it showed. An example of note was in the Elite Lounge in the Sky View from 5pm to 7pm every night. Our main server always had our regular drinks on a table for us when we got there at 5pm. She was awesome! And, she was one of the many that we interacted with that showed genuine attentiveness to the guests. The only thing that we didn't like about this cruise is that the "Early Seating" was moved up from 6pm to 5:30pm. This was only a half an hour but it was not pleasant and we were always about 15 minutes or more late for dinner because of it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We had previously sailed on the Solstice in Alaska and also in Australia/New Zealand. We recently cruised on Solstice on a repositioning cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii because we love the layout of the ship and the professionalism and ... Read More
We had previously sailed on the Solstice in Alaska and also in Australia/New Zealand. We recently cruised on Solstice on a repositioning cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii because we love the layout of the ship and the professionalism and friendliness of the crew and we had not visited Maui or the Big Island before. Snorkeling in Kona and Maui as well as Ziplining in Hilo were outstanding excursions - all booked through Celebrity. This was our first stay in a suite and we are ruined for life! Stevo, our butler went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed and Lezlie kept our room spotless! The suites-guests-only (Illuminae) restaurant really spoiled us, too - we haven't eaten filets, NY strips, and chateaubriand anywhere that were even close!! We will ALWAYS book a suite or will stay home! The service (and room) was outstanding! Can't wait to go again. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This cruise was amazing. All the ports were outstanding. The Solstice is in excellent condition. There were lots of activities for sea days: ukulele lessons, hula lessons, Maori Poi Ball dance, cooking classes, a passenger chorus, ... Read More
This cruise was amazing. All the ports were outstanding. The Solstice is in excellent condition. There were lots of activities for sea days: ukulele lessons, hula lessons, Maori Poi Ball dance, cooking classes, a passenger chorus, outstanding lectures (Pacific Ocean, WWII, Women of Pearl Harbor, Volcanoes etc). Blu and Oceanview Cafe were both great. Crossing the Equator ceremony was lots of fun.. Damian our CD was very entertaining. The crossing was smooth with only one day out of New Zealand a little bumpy with 15 ft swells. The Sail Away from Sydney is the most beautiful I have ever experienced. We sailed at night and the Opera House was all lit up. Unfortunately the new production shows are not very good with the worst one the supposedly "Mozart" show. The guest entertainers were very good. One of the best tours we took was on Oahu from Escape Waikiki Tours. Kevin was a high energy fun and knowledgeable guide and the warm breakfast donuts are not to be missed. He will tailor a tour to the size (2-14 people) of your group and include whatever you like, but his knowledge of secret beaches and views on the island really sets this tour apart. The other tour was "Patrick's " snorkel tour on Bora Bora. It was an amazing experience with snorkeling and a pig roast on a private motu (small island) with wine, champagne and beer. Definitely plan on staying in Sydney at least three days before the cruise. It's a beautiful city and there is so much to do. Read Less
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