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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Just completed the October 2017 Solstice from Hawaii to Sydney. We had a fabulous time. The staff were friendly and the activities team led by Shawna had picked two terrific bands who provided lively dance music to suit lots of different ... Read More
Just completed the October 2017 Solstice from Hawaii to Sydney. We had a fabulous time. The staff were friendly and the activities team led by Shawna had picked two terrific bands who provided lively dance music to suit lots of different age groups at different times of the evening.This meant that our group of party-goers were able to have fun every single night dancing either in the grand foyer, Sky Lounge or the nightclub. The three silent discos were a blast especially the one up the lawn where we danced barefoot! The headphones provided had three choices of types of music to suit most tastes. Food in the buffet and the main dining room was delicious and the service was always attentive. An exercise dance class with Shawna on sea days helped us to keep fit and not put on weight either ( combined with always taking the stairs not the elevator). One suggestion though- please provide more seats around the foyer on all the levels including the bottom one as older people such as my mother cruising with me cannot endlessly stand up to watch the entertainment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Well done Celebrity Solstice, we love and adore you. Your staff and ship are just awesome, we can't wait till our next one in Europe in 2019. So very sad to have to disembark after such an amazing time. Dining anytime was very well ... Read More
Well done Celebrity Solstice, we love and adore you. Your staff and ship are just awesome, we can't wait till our next one in Europe in 2019. So very sad to have to disembark after such an amazing time. Dining anytime was very well organised, loved sitting at different tables every night or just the two of us. Staff in this area were well trained and wonderful human beings. Our room steward was just more than happy and anything we asked was attended to immediately. Entertainment was awesome as expected, played bocce every sea day as port days taken up with tours. Evening Shows were amazing spectacular events, managed to make the majority of them but with so much to do on this ship didn't get to them all. Martini Bar was the place to be seen of an evening before or after dinner. Love the Lycheetini's, mmmmmmm. We cannot wait for our next Celebrity Cruise with we booked whilst on board for 2019 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our second cruise on the Celebrity Solstice and we enjoyed it very much. We stayed in Aqua Class cabin 1538 which was very large and well maintained. Our ports of call were excellent. We had most of our breakfasts and dinners ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Celebrity Solstice and we enjoyed it very much. We stayed in Aqua Class cabin 1538 which was very large and well maintained. Our ports of call were excellent. We had most of our breakfasts and dinners in Blu which was outstanding. We had several lunches in the main dining room which was very good. I thought the Ocean View Cafe, the buffet, quality of food and service had dropped substantially from our previous cruise on the Solstice 10 years ago. The pools were great and the hot tubs were wonderful. Both the entertainment and the ship's activities were very good. We attended every evening show and enjoyed them very much. We visited Honolulu, Maui, Kona and Hilo which were beautiful. We booked private excursions for each port with friends we met on cruisecritic. I highly recommend both the Celebrity Solstice and the Honolulu to Vancouver cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The captain of the Solstice made this journey very memorable. He was very personable, and approachable. He genuinely wanted to do what he could to ensure the passengers had a good time. He did a 360 as we passed the lava flows on Kona ... Read More
The captain of the Solstice made this journey very memorable. He was very personable, and approachable. He genuinely wanted to do what he could to ensure the passengers had a good time. He did a 360 as we passed the lava flows on Kona so everyone got a good chance to see it as it hit the ocean. I'd like to see this cruise hit another island -- maybe Kaui. Maui, Hawaii, and Oahu are getting fairly commercialized. However, the big Island never fails to give a good show and we enjoyed both our days there. We had a private jeep tour in Maui that was an excellent introduction to Maui and it's history. The only ding/con for this cruise (and it's minor) was the breakfast. The scrambled eggs out on the buffet were so soupy that if you wanted eggs, you generally lined up for omelettes or eggs benedict to order. It's always nice to have your eggs made to order, but sometimes you'd like to just grab and go. I could never seem to get cheese on my omelette that I ordered -- I ordered cheese each time, but when I got it, there was never cheese on the omelette. As I said, it's a very minor ding. The rest of the cruise was wonderful. The crew members went out of their way to provide lots of entertainment and relaxation. All 5 days at sea ended up being cloudy, windy, and cold, so the crew had their work cut out for them. Our cabin steward kept the room spotless even though we were constantly heading back to the room (we both caught a bit of a cold and needed to get extra sleep). Our dining staff were very attentive. Our waiter and his assistant learned our tastes early and kept our water filled (something important to me). We enjoyed our dinner mates and learned a lot from them. The sommelier was always prompt getting our wine and suggesting alternatives so we could try everything available on the drink package we had. We tried a specialty restaurant for our anniversary, but weren't really impressed. There was way too much food. And for the extra money, we would have been just as happy eating in the main dining room. Embarkation and Disembarkation were handled efficiently with little waiting. The ship notified us that there would be 3 ships in Vancouver on the day we were there and offered additional chances to get a direct transfer to the airport which worked out well. The crew of the Solstice made the journey and we thank them for a job well done! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We love Hawaii and wanted to do a cruise around the islands, and we thought it would be good to cruise to Vancouver to have a longer cruise and be back close to home. We picked the Solstice because we love the Hot Glass Show they have on ... Read More
We love Hawaii and wanted to do a cruise around the islands, and we thought it would be good to cruise to Vancouver to have a longer cruise and be back close to home. We picked the Solstice because we love the Hot Glass Show they have on board. Embarkation went very smoothly. We arrived around 4pm and went right on. Disembarkation was a big mess. We were told that we should have the transfer shuttle to the airport as there were going to be 3 ships in port at once and it could be 3 hrs to wait for a taxi. So we paid the $30 each and went to get our bags. We were told to go in and go out the same place to get our luggage. That was not very smooth. Then we were in a crowd and there were no signs to tell you were to go for the shuttle. We found out there were 2 ships in at that time, and finally found the line for the shuttle. We waited at least 1 & 1/2 hrs to get on a shuttle! Some people missed there flight. We made it, but no time to get lunch. We should have had a few hrs to spare. The ship is very nice. The cabin was good. We were in Aqua with a balcony. We got to dine in Blu , the specialty restaurant for Aqua class. It was very nice. Smaller and more intimate than the MDR. It was smaller portions, but still plenty and you can always order more. The did have a lot of sea food and lamb... that we don't like, but there was always steak. Deserts were really good, especially the chocolate cake and the cheese cake! Entertainment was disappointing. It was very loud, everything, and not many good guests. However we loved the Hot Glass Shows and went to all of them! Service is great! We had really great servers in Blu, we got them most nights. Also our room attendant was so friendly and helpful! We enjoyed the Ports. You can't go wrong with Hawaii. We did a ship excursion in Maui, Lahaina , the Dolphin and Snorkel tour to Lanai. It was good. They took us to a bay in Lanai. We saw 3 bottle nose dolphins on the way. The snorkel spot was kinda deep, so it was hard to see a lot, but we saw some turtles and fish. If I go again, I think I want to spend more time in Maui or Kona...so probably not a cruise. It was hot the first day at sea, but it got colder after that . I would go on the Solstice again . Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The itinerary was great, service was fantastic, with so many of the staff that we could name that went the extra mile. One waiter was Bobby, although there were many others. The ship, although the largest we have siled on did not appear ... Read More
The itinerary was great, service was fantastic, with so many of the staff that we could name that went the extra mile. One waiter was Bobby, although there were many others. The ship, although the largest we have siled on did not appear too big as getting around was not a problem, the lifts were so convenient. Even when we had to use a tender for getting ashore it all went very smoothly and no great waits even with the number of passengers. The food was very good and even when there was nothing that we liked on the menu there was always a choice of steak, chicken or fish available each night. The entertainment was average as having sailed with Thomson they take some beating for entertainment. There was plenty of activities to get involved with as we were 5/6 days at sea, with quizzes, table tennis and talks. The captain was really funny when making his daily announcements, but very good at making sure we saw all the sights such as the volcano lava flowing inti the sea as we passed. Wonderful cruise, brilliant ship and great staff, thank you Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My wife has waited for 40 years to see Hawaii but this trip was the worst ever. The ship was very good but the excursions are not set up for passengers with disabilities as there was nothing that could accommodate an electric portable ... Read More
My wife has waited for 40 years to see Hawaii but this trip was the worst ever. The ship was very good but the excursions are not set up for passengers with disabilities as there was nothing that could accommodate an electric portable scooter . We saw nothing of Hawaii only the shops around the dock area. The entertainment was so poor that the passengers were leaving the theatre as the shows were going on , some shows were over a year old as seen on an Alaska cruise before. Staff and food were very good but a complete waste of money for us would not do this again. This could be our last cruise on Celebrity or Royal Carribbean as we feel like that the qualiy has dropped below the standard we expect from them.Tendering is a complete nightmare for those with a disablity as we were informed 3 times that we could take her travel scooter on the tender and when we got to the tender we were informed that it was not possible to take it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have booked Aqua Class cabins since introduced on the Solstice. Check in was easy, enjoyable (with happy checkers) and fast. Then check in process took maybe a total of 10 minutes. The embarkation was handled very poorly. A woman ... Read More
We have booked Aqua Class cabins since introduced on the Solstice. Check in was easy, enjoyable (with happy checkers) and fast. Then check in process took maybe a total of 10 minutes. The embarkation was handled very poorly. A woman named Francine (who was very clearly stressed out and unorganized) was directing the embarkation process. She herded us to a seating area she told us was for Aqua Class cabins. We watched a multitude of people with bag tags clearly for other areas. (Aqua Class on Solstice is limited to Deck 11). We observed many people with lower decks and tags embark with the Suite customers. (We cruise often enough to recognize which tags and areas are indicated). It was frustrating to watch. It would have been simple as we have experienced in the past to have signs indicating which area to be seated in with customer service agents directing traffic. Previously in Aqua Class you received benefits like fresh flowers, bottled water daily , Persian Garden access, sparkling wine on embarkation, fresh fruit, priority embarkation, etc. These benefits have been curtailed, abandoned or are now only upon request. Celebrity should really notify guests when this occurs rather than causing frustration to travelers beginning their vacation which should be less rather than more stressful. Also, the menu in Blu has been kept the same for the past 8 years and really deserves an update at the very least. Celebrity has now instituted nickel and diming guests for every activity or event it seems. There used to be complimentary yoga or Pilates classes, not anymore. Now all there is are paid classes or if "complimentary" then you endure a sales pitch. The Persian Garden hours are limited when we previously enjoyed an after-dinner or show visit to relax before retiring for the night. Now it closes at 8 p.m. On sea days and 9 p.m. for port days. The shows were very disappointing and lack luster with the exception of "Rock", which the performers seemed to enjoy working in. I actually slept through one whole performance without recognizing even one alleged Broadway tune. Embarkation was an hour late starting and the women's restrooms were disgusting and backed up. I would be interested if other had similar experiences. Read Less
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