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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Quick observations and context: We sailed the Pacific NW cruise from Seattle to Astoria, San Francisco, Victoria & Vancouver. We have previously sailed multiple times on the Summit (and like the ship very much). We found the larger ... Read More
Quick observations and context: We sailed the Pacific NW cruise from Seattle to Astoria, San Francisco, Victoria & Vancouver. We have previously sailed multiple times on the Summit (and like the ship very much). We found the larger size and newer design of the Solstice VERY nice. Decks 4 & 5 (where the $$$ is) flows better than on Summit. We noticed the extra width and felt it was a more luxurious and relaxed experience. We also liked having more entertainment "out" in that area vs tucked away in a lounge. MDR was excellent as was (I can't believe I'm saying this) the buffet. We're not buffet people, but found this to be the first we went to where a) the food was fresh and really good, b) laid out clearly and easy to get what you want without standing in a long line, and c) staff was quick to clean/clear, meaning you could actually get a table. Overall - ship was run very well, clean, and felt uncrowded (I don't think they sold out, probably 90%). We would definitely sail on this class again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
we chose this cruise totally based on price. we had planned to take a road trip in that area, and when we saw the price of this sailing, we felt that, while the experience would be different than a road trip, we would never be able to ... Read More
we chose this cruise totally based on price. we had planned to take a road trip in that area, and when we saw the price of this sailing, we felt that, while the experience would be different than a road trip, we would never be able to make the trip for less $$$. even though the ports on this sailing were familiar to us, we enjoyed each of the stops on this cruise. this was the first time that we sailed after being promoted to "elite-plus" in captain's club status. we enjoyed the perks of free laundry and more free wifi minutes very much! this cruise must have attracted many people who are at the higher levels in the captain's club, because at check-in, the lines for the higher levels (which are touted to be priority boarding) were the longest! i pretty much liked everything, and loved some things. the one thing that i did not like at all is the safety video that is shown for the safety drill. it is really stupid. it was probably made to improve the safety drill exercise, making it more entertaining, but, sigh. it is tiresome. we were able to have dinner once at murano (reservations for the earlier hours were very hard to come by!) and we loved that..service, food, wines, presentation... were all wonderful. we also had dinner at tuscan grill. this, too, was very good, but we were seated right by the window that is blocked out because of it being broken or damaged. we had to turn our chairs a little because we felt like we were facing a wall. we ate at silk harvest. without knowing anything at all about asian food. we told our server that, and she totally took care of us, making wonderful choices for our meal. it certainly exceeded our expectations. we had the seafood extravaganza at tuscan grill, and that, while very good, was our least favorite specialty dining experience. the rest of our dinner were in the main dining room, and we were satisfied with our choices there too. the buffet seemed less crowded than it usually does on ships, and the breakfasts and the lunches that we ate there were good...lots of variety. Read Less
54 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Just returned from Cruise- 2nd to 13 February 2016- Ship was very well appointed and food was fairly good- crew very pleasant service acceptable -cabin clean I am a solo traveler and paid almost double for my cruise- However I was very ... Read More
Just returned from Cruise- 2nd to 13 February 2016- Ship was very well appointed and food was fairly good- crew very pleasant service acceptable -cabin clean I am a solo traveler and paid almost double for my cruise- However I was very disappointed to find that the Solstice did not provide any specific activities or facilities form the solo traveler I approached guest relations who pointed out a small notice on the information board suggesting that solo guests meet every morning 10am in the Martini bar- I attended several mornings but as the bar was in the middle of a very public area and was not staffed- in order to introduce solo guests -not a good idea - no guests approached the bar. I spent long days at sea- aside from the gym nothing and no-one for company- meals taken alone- never experienced such total indifference to solo travelers on any previous cruise- Celebrity take the exorbitant amounts from solos and do nothing to provide even basic introductions to facilitate the needs of single guests. On sea days I found the entertainment insufficient and poor quality- not all your guests are interested in gambling and shopping. The disembarkation process was absolute chaos- port of Auckland was not too small to cope I will never recommend Celebrity cruises or go on another. they are over priced especially to solo travelers but you take the money but do not provide us with any basic needs Shame on Celebrity- I endured a miserable time on the Solstice Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our first experience with Celebrity cruises and over all we were very happy with the ship and cruise in general. We were on deck 6 and although our balcony cabin had a restricted view I would be quite happy to have this deck ... Read More
This was our first experience with Celebrity cruises and over all we were very happy with the ship and cruise in general. We were on deck 6 and although our balcony cabin had a restricted view I would be quite happy to have this deck again due to the good deal we were offered. We were happy with the food in Main dining and Buffet and Tuscany Grill and Munaro was a treat which we really enjoyed. Overall the cruise, service and food deserve a good rating , we had a fabulous time and the ship was beautiful. Disemarking at Sydney was well organised, our given time was 9am and we were give a number to wait for our call and all should have gone well. Maybe things did go well for the passengers who disembarked earlier or were in different sections to us. This is where it started to unravel. We were in a comfortable in a sitting area waiting for our 9am call which was late, there were no announcements to advise us of any delays.Our call finally came and passengers started to move to the designated area down to deck 2, I would estimate at least 150 passengers came to a standstill in the narrow passage on deck 2 and were banked up on the steps and landing and in hallways behind us. There was a delay and instead of advising us to go back to the sitting area we were all banked up in this small area for at least 20 minutes. It was a hot morning in Sydney. Some older passengers sat down on the steps, and appeared to be distressed with the heat , it was also claustrophobic . My husband has a heart condition I was very concerned for him, I have no doubt some of the other passengers would also hasve health issues. The situation was just dangerous and should not have happened. I can only hope that Celebrity learn from this experience and see how difficut it may have been if any one had collapsed. It was just a dangerous and unsafe situation to put any passenger in. When we finaly got of the ship our luggage was still not there!. Although although I was happy with the ship and cruise I am very likely to consider another cruise line if I take another cruise. In general I rate most of it a 4 . Disembarkment I rate a BIG FAT ZERO Read Less
Celebrity Solstice Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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