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8 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Western Celebrity Solstice Cruise Reviews

This was my 7th cruise with Celebrity and unfortunately, not the cruise line I have come to know. My husband and I just returned from a 7 night cruise on the Solstice. While the Solstice is a beautiful ship, the service was seriously ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise with Celebrity and unfortunately, not the cruise line I have come to know. My husband and I just returned from a 7 night cruise on the Solstice. While the Solstice is a beautiful ship, the service was seriously lacking. Our stateroom attendant never was around and had to remind her on several occasions of various needs we had. It was a Concierge Class room, although I was left wondering if she was aware of that. With that said, the room itself was great. The public spaces on this ship are nice. The dining room was not very impressive and the chairs were so big, it was hard to walk around. I think they wasted some space with Team Earth and the extra large library. However, how about a selection of online books for Kindles?? Now I should mention that this cruise started off on a bad note. They did not allow us to board until after 2 pm - apparently Celebrity contacted all the passengers but I never got a phone call or email. Then, once on board, they did not allow us in our rooms until 6 pm! They claimed that between customs being longer than usual (the ship just returned from Europe) and the norovirus, they had to clean. There was evidence that some rooms were not cleaned at all, but at the end of it, we missed the entire first day of our trip, Guess what - that just made the cruise even worse. The upstairs buffet area was unbearable because you couldn't even get your own coffee! Everything was served. No books in the library, no trays to use, hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE, no ice in the staterooms! I also would like to know if there was an entertainment staff on this ship. There was barely anything going on - I spent an entire day at the pool and not one band, pool game, or trivia contest. I never saw the cruise director and the activities for the day centered around wine and lectures. The shows were also very mediocre. What was offered was a bit lame. I am wondering about this enrichment thing Celebrity is going for. The Lawn area is nice, but they could do so much more with it. I would also add that the entertainment staff was not accommodating when wanting to play croquet outside scheduled times. The pool area was okay. There were plenty of chairs, but the lack of a children's pool made this area a bit hectic. There seem to be a lack of pool waiters when wanting a drink from the bar. I only used the SPA once. Seemed fine but they push products way too hard. They wanted me to buy almost $400 of Elemis products after my treatment. That really bothers me when I am on vacation and just want to relax. I am a Captains Club member and the events were not good. There is nothing ever going on and it really does nothing for me for me to remain a loyal Celebrity cruiser. Overall, a disappointing cruise experience from Celebrity. Perhaps they should focus back on service and not building bigger and impressive ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We are veteran cruisers of more than 75 cruises on a variety of lines, including being Elite members with Celebrity. We received notification a few days before the cruise of delayed boarding due to the need for deep cleaning of the ... Read More
We are veteran cruisers of more than 75 cruises on a variety of lines, including being Elite members with Celebrity. We received notification a few days before the cruise of delayed boarding due to the need for deep cleaning of the ship because of a norovirus outbreak on the Transatlantic crossing. We arrived at the pier about 3:15pm thinking we would miss much of the chaos only to find disorganized lines snaking all over the place, people cutting in the lines and the boarding process had just begun. Celebrity could have handled the boarding process better than just handing out bottles of water, especially since they knew in advance there would be delays and I am sure they have had delays before. We finally boarded the ship about 5pm, only to learn the cabins would not be available until 6pm. All passengers and staff seemed equally tired and irritable. Once on the ship, we tried to forget about the first day fiasco and have what we hoped to be a cruise of normal Celebrity standards. This did not happen. Our cabin attendant was the worst we have ever experienced on any cruise. None of the extra amenities for the Concierge cabins were there when we boarded, and she explained that because of the cleaning, everything would be delivered the next morning. Same with basic items such as shampoo and soap. Fair enough. We understood. By the third day of the cruise, after asking her the second and third day, we still had not received anything. Luckily we had our own soap and shampoo. Our cabin did not have any extra toilet paper and we had to make calls in order to receive extra paper. The night before arriving in Cozumel, we had not received beach towels in the cabin and I called our attendant. She said "maybe I will bring them tomorrow morning". I told her we were leaving the ship early in the morning to go to the beach and asked if she could please deliver them tonight as they are normally delivered the night before. She reluctantly said OK and brought them to the cabin. The little flowers that are in the concierge class cabins add a little touch of color and brightness, and, they, too, were not delivered until the 3rd day after I inquired at Guest Services as to whether or not the concierge class amenities were going to be received this week. We did, after all, pay for the amenities. Flowers and sparkling wine finally received half way through our cruise. Cabin attendant acted as if she were doing a big favor and as if she really did not want to be there. Out of all of our cruises, we have never had a bad cabin attendant until this cruise. I guess there is always a first, but I did not expect it on Celebrity. We found food in main dining room to be so-so at best. Service was the same. Waiter was good, and also had to pick up the slack for the assistant waiter. Asst. waiter would bring water/tea when we first arrived, and we would never see him again. Waiter would bring us refills. Not even any fresh ground pepper anymore. I got the impression that Celebrity, just like many other mass market lines, are purposely serving mediocre food with mediocre service in main dining room so that you will pay another $40 per person for specialty dining. It also seems service has always been so-so when the lines went to auto tipping. Would love to see the cost of a cruise be a little more and have better quality food and service in main dining rooms once again. Oceanview Cafe very chaotic most of the time. Because of norovirus lockdown, you had to wait in line for juice and coffee, and instead of waiters offering to bring you such beverages, the only thing they were doing was trying to sell you some. By the time you stood in line to get everything and not being offered any assistance to find a seat, once you finally sat down to eat most of the time your food was cold. No condiments, and hard to get service to get any. However, I found it strange they had salt and pepper shakers on the tables in the dining room but not in the Oceanview Cafe. The best thing about our main dining experience was our wonderful new friends/tablemates, and we looked forward to visiting with them every evening. We found the evening shows and music geared to those eating sometime before 7pm. If those dining at 8:30 wanted to listen to or dance to ballroom music, they either had to do it at 5pm (which is way too early for someone with 8:30 dining to be dressed for dinner) or not at all. The last set of dance music was from 9pm-9:45pm, which meant if you had late dining, you missed out. No dance music of any kind in any of the lounge and public areas other than the disco. The first production show was excellent. Others were OK. The other entertainment and lecturers were nothing special. Captain, senior officers, Guest Services, Cruise Director and his staff all seemed very impersonal. The only senior officer who approached several of us at one of the past passenger parties was one who had only been with the cruise line for a month and was just learning the business. He walked around, asked how everything was going and tried to be friendly. Overall seemed to be a very dysfunctional staff and crew with lack of good management. The gala brunch that is normally held on one of the sea days did not take place. Many past Celebrity cruisers were looking forward to it as it is usually a very nice event. We were never told why, but several passengers said they heard it was because of the norovirus and being unable to have the staff serve everyone. Everyone was served in the Oceanview Cafe, so it could have happened if they wanted it to. The Solarium used to be a nice adults only sanctuary. They now allow children in there for an hour in the morning and an hour in the middle of the afternoon. We will cruise with Celebrity again, but never again on the Solstice and maybe never on another "S" class ship. Newer, bigger and fancier is not always better. We much prefer the "M" class ships as they seem to have better management, food quality, service, entertainment and staff. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale to Western Caribbean on the Solstice Ship - I was very disappointed in the embarkation process for this trip. I there was a serious problem, the Virus, on the sailing from Spain to Ft Lauderdale and had to ... Read More
Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale to Western Caribbean on the Solstice Ship - I was very disappointed in the embarkation process for this trip. I there was a serious problem, the Virus, on the sailing from Spain to Ft Lauderdale and had to have the entire ship sanitized. I was only notified the day prior to sailing that there would be a delay in embarkation, instead of 1:30 PM, it would start at 2 PM, without any further explanation. It was only after I arrived at the port shortly before 1 PM, and dropped off the suitcases curbside to check in for the cruise, then parked my car in the garage, and went to form a line, when we were told that embarkation was further delayed due to necessitated cleansing of the ship due to the virus, when many were taken ill. The boarding did not actually start till 3 PM, and we did not get onto the ship till almost 4 PM, due to the long lines. So we stood on line for 3 Hours waiting till boarding the ship ! Once onboard the Buffet cafe was packed, hard to find a table to eat, which was not at 4 PM, eating lunch. Then we were told that the Staterooms would not be available till 6 PM> Then we were told that the luggage would not be delivered to the cabins till sometime later that evening. Needless to say walking around, trying to eat lunch with small carry ons, and not able to get to our stateroom prior to dinner to rest some was deplorable. So we went to dinner in our shorts, with no way to shower and change clothes. Not a very relaxing way to start the cruise. And then of course there was the lifeboat drill, mandated by the coast guard, which did not take place the afternoon of boarding, but on the next day, first full sea day, late morning. So that interrupted the morning activities as well, for me at the gym, for my partner in the pool. We should have been advised there was a health problem on the ship when we were called about the delay in embarkation. I also noticed that the first few days on the ship the entire crew had a certain anxiety about, and also in the manner the meals were served in the cafe buffet on deck 14. It was all served by the crew. Management did not have enough personnel there to afford a speedy process in going from station to station for the different food items, as there were lines all over and they moved slowly. I booked this cruise four months prior to departure, paid my fare passage, and on my sailing date at the port only to learn about the Virus outbreak for many days on the ship after departure from Spain. This was not a Celebrity cruise to remember and was very disappointed after paying my Fare for Passage, not receiving what I paid for nor what I was accustomed to in a Celebrity cruise. There were many apologies by the staff for the delays at embarkation as well as while on the ship. However Celebrity did not offer any compensation for the delays or inconvenience. I was very surprised that when I inquired at the Guest services area on the ship about any compensation, I was informed, by Anna, none would be given. What a disgrace that was ! I had enjoyed the Celebrity cruises in the past, however from all the major cruise lines I have been on in the last 25 years, I have never written a letter to complain nor requested compensation. As a baby boomer I plan on doing a lot more cruises and considered Celebrity Cruises one of the more upscale lines to cruise on, however I was very disappointed this time around. This cruise was a bad experience and we should have been advised of the health condition prior to the trip so as we could decide whether to postpone and reschedule. If it was truly about passenger safety as was emphasized by the crew staff all week long, then advance notice should have been provided by Celebrity regarding their serious illness problem as it returned to Fort Lauderdale. Management certainly did a poor job in advising the passengers what was really going on. Cruising is enjoyable however maybe should look at other Cruise lines that would be more responsive in the event of a major problem with more skilled management at the top to handle it properly from a customer service point of view. I have written to Celebrity Cruises as well to voice my concerns on this particular cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Just had a chance to compare Princess and Celebrity back-to-back on Caribbean cruises. This review does not include the ports- just ships and the attitude and experience between the two cruise lines. First of all, the attitude between ... Read More
Just had a chance to compare Princess and Celebrity back-to-back on Caribbean cruises. This review does not include the ports- just ships and the attitude and experience between the two cruise lines. First of all, the attitude between the cruise lines in noticeable right away. On Princess, the customer is always right, on Celebrity, the attitude is that the passenger is always wrong. On the second day, I was asking about adjusting the gratuity amount upward on Celebrity as this is something we invariably wind up doing, however, two employees at the customer relations desk thought I was going to adjust it downwards, and I was told that it is "mandatory". As an experienced cruiser, I knew it wasn't mandatory so I asked for the form. It was refused to me. I was told it was "basically mandatory". What is "basically mandatory", I asked. I was referred to their website. No gratuity increase was completed and I came close to insisting on adjusting the gratuity downward just to make the point. Beware of the policy of Celebrity regarding the security of your stateroom. We came back to the ship early one day from port to see our stateroom wide open with a stranger standing outside. Our steward left the door open while she went on an expedition for towels or something and was completely out of sight for about two minutes. We were deeply concerned about this and indicated this to our cabin steward. She argued with us that it was ok. I complained to the customer relations desk about this incident. The woman at the desk tried to argue with me that this is ok and it is nothing to worry about when it happens. I cut her argument off immediately and told her that there is absolutely no explanation for leaving a cabin room wide open. She was going to refer my concern to the manager of housekeeping. I am still waiting for either an apology or an explanation or even a sense that there is some accountability by the crew for this behavior. The result was that we did not get cabin service for the next two days and always put the do not disturb sign out. We did not get notices, disembarkation information or nothing thereafter. It is a shame that we could not trust the behavior of the steward and that there was no apparent corrective action or explanation that the ship wished to make. The food is ok, but nothing special. The buffet always seemed to have coffee machines and juice machines out of order for breakfast. You have to hoard table service as soon as you see it on the buffet line or it will be gone. The production shows are good when singers and dancers perform. The entertainment is below poor when the stage is given to other forms of entertainment. The grass on the top deck was brown, trampled, and practically worthless as an attraction. Celebrity needs to dump this idea. The ship is beautiful and we want to especially commend the bathroom attendants in the public areas. These are people who worked hard all of the time, their efforts were noticeable and appreciated by many passengers. The solarium is a nice feature and better than the costly Sanctuary idea on Princess. We have sailed many times and frankly, Celebrity seems to care less about the passenger than any other cruise line. During the entire week on Celebrity, I was afraid to ask or comment about anything because I invariably would get a pompous and arrogant attitude from the personnel. The ship managed to rescue a man overboard in the middle of the night in open seas and I don't want to minimalize this spectacular result. Passengers mostly see the service personnel though, and this ship needs an attitude adjustment in a hurry. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
This was our fourth cruise but first on Celebrity. We had heard so many good things about the food and the ship. The ship is beautiful. Good things: Food quality and presentation in Oceanview cafe is very good; I liked having water, ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise but first on Celebrity. We had heard so many good things about the food and the ship. The ship is beautiful. Good things: Food quality and presentation in Oceanview cafe is very good; I liked having water, lemonade, ice tea, fruit punch and orange juice being available throughout the day. Being greeted with ice cold towels and cold drinks when returning to the ship was most welcome. So So.. The entertainment was ho hum..fairly predictable tributes to Broadway and Motown. The "cirque du soleil" shows were too mechanical...watching the performers attaching themselves to their harnesses lacked any element of surprise. Clearly at least one performer was scared of heights and "froze". Lindsay Hamilton had a beautiful voice as did the Cruise Director which he showed during a duet with her. The headlining comedian, James Stevenson III, was a bold choice given the predominantly white middle class audience. Why 7pm and 9pm shows? We prefer to have dinner at 8:30 and then go to the a 10:30 show.. The "club" comedian, Jimmy Dunne, did the same show for 3 nights. Poor Generally, the food was of a lesser quality than I would have expected. Service was sloppy and inattentive. On a number of occasions I had to pour my own wine, waiters never offered fresh ground pepper or offered Parmesan cheese with pasta dishes. Needs alot of work in order to be described as fine dining. Tendering in Cayman took way too long; it took over 90 minutes from being issued a tender number to reaching the island. Unacceptable. On embarkation, my son cut his foot on shards of glass on the balcony, When we informed the stateroom steward she said she was aware of it but hadn't have a chance to attend to it. We'd have waited the 10 minutes it took to clean-up the glass rather than start the holiday with a bleeding foot. Guest Services were sympathetic , they offered assistance setting up a doctors appointment but were swamped with complaints about cell phones plans (I know you need a maritime plan...) All in all, being on a cruise ship beats being at work but as my fourth cruise the Solstice is outside my top 3. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We just got back from our 7th cruise—all have been on Royal Caribbean(5) and Celebrity (2). We love taking cruises as it is the best way for all of us to relax 110%. We counted down from 120 days as we were so excited. Thirteen of us ... Read More
We just got back from our 7th cruise—all have been on Royal Caribbean(5) and Celebrity (2). We love taking cruises as it is the best way for all of us to relax 110%. We counted down from 120 days as we were so excited. Thirteen of us from our family went. Overall, we had a good time— how can you not have a good time on a cruise ship? But, overall we were disappointed. Why? Mostly due to the low quality of service—something was just missing. We have become used to staff that bend over backwards to help and always have a smile or at least are polite. They may at times appear tired (they have tough jobs with no breaks!), but they are always positive and professional. Unfortunately, not on this cruise. We have never been snapped at so many times on a cruise by staff—at the pool, at the bar, ordering room service, delivering room service. As I have done on previous cruises, I tried to strike up multiple conversations with staff (i.e. what a pretty day) and several of them barely made eye contact, grumbled, and walked away. I have never seen anything like it. It was clear they were unhappy. We witnessed on more than one occasion pool butlers being chewed out in public by "bosses" watching over them. They looked beat down. It was tough to watch. The overall morale was very low. I could go on and on but I am guessing you get the picture. The final (rude) straw was during disembarkation we realized my husband had packed away his "sea pass" as well as our kids. I had mine. I walked up to the activity director who always came across as positive—initially she was positive when I walked up to her. However, when I told her what had happened, she turned sour and said "apologize to all the people behind you and get in line and deal with it" (at this point there was no one behind us). It really didn't take more than a few minutes to fix it and disembark—plus, there were 2 separate lines so others just exited through the other line. My husband and I stood there for a bit after getting off the ship asking "Did we hear what we think we just heard?" The other major disappointment was how un-kid friendly the ship was...they should just state "This cruise ship is not for kids". It was ridiculous. The kids program was poor (they even lost a 3 year old for a while). They have 3 pools on the ship but the inside one is adult only. That is fine but they also made one of the outside pools "Adult only". This leaves one 3 foot wading pool that is about 15 x 15 ft for >700 kids! What are kids supposed to do during the day? They don't shop, gamble, drink, sunbathe, play bingo...they swim! Why not make the "adult pool" outside a pool for kids above 10 during the summer months when more kids are on the ship? If adults want to be alone in the pool, they can go inside to the very nice pool area where kids are not allowed. The staff were often rude to the kids who were extremely well behaved. The one exception was our restaurant waiter who was great with the kids and served them first, etc. He was fantastic and it was a welcome change. As far as overall day to day service, our dining room waiter and room attendants were all excellent. We did miss the animals made out of towels and extra touches we got used to on Royal Caribbean, but our room was kept neat and the attendants were very polite. The food overall was just OK—we liked the Oceanview Cafe better than the restaurant (although the menu rarely changed), in general (that's a first). I love sorbets on ships with all the tropical fruit flavors—however, their sorbet was not good. It was clearly watered down. I did buy the gelato for $3 and it was delicious-tasted like the normal sorbet I remember, so they do know how to make sorbet. Clearly, they want you to pay for the good stuff. As for the stops—we enjoyed 2/4—Cozumel and Roatan were both wonderful. I will state up front we love the beaches and snorkeling (and do some shopping for local items). Costa Maya was a joke unless you wanted to see the ruins which were supposedly very nice. I don't think the ship should stop there-the place is still a mess from Hurricane Dean. Grand Cayman has unfortunately not recovered as far as the reefs from the major hurricane which hit is some years back. The ship was beautiful. We enjoyed the Cirque de Soleil like show a ton. Also, there was some very good entertainers at night. However, overall there was far less activity. No midnight buffets which appear to have been eliminated. No fruit or ice carvings as we have always had before. The little special touches were just plain missing. There were times the ship was almost completely shut down as far as entertainment during the late afternoon. No pool activities (they were too crowded even if you wanted them). They hid the "steel band" on another deck and had a terrible band play by the pool (but not playing reggae or any other music you associate with Caribbean music). What is a cruise in the Caribbean without a (full) steel band by the pool playing in the afternoons?? Their version of a "steel band" was one guy with a drum! There was a guitarist that was quite good and played in various locations on the ship. The best part of the entire ship were the glass blowing shows--they were a real treat. Dane, Chris, and Matt were superb both as glass blowers and narrators. Overall, we like the entertainment on Royal Caribbean much more—more relaxed and humorous and less stuffy. The staff are much nicer. Celebrity clearly caters to older cruisers, and doesn't hide once you get on the ship (which is too late!) that they are not a "kid-friendly ship". I'm not sure if we will ever sail on Celebrity again—if we do, it will be after our kids are over 18. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
As a veteran of many Celebrity cruises, Ive come to expect things to be done the Celebrity way on all of their ships. The Solstice was a major disappointment. First, my luggage, packed that morning in my hotel, was destroyed. They took ... Read More
As a veteran of many Celebrity cruises, Ive come to expect things to be done the Celebrity way on all of their ships. The Solstice was a major disappointment. First, my luggage, packed that morning in my hotel, was destroyed. They took it to see if they could fix the crushed supports. I asked about it on the 3-6 days on the cruise and got the same answer-its at the upholsterers, I will personally check on it,etc. I didn't get an answer until in frustration at 11pm and we had left our last port and chance of buying new, I told the Guest Relations rep I would leave the ship with my stuff in 2 large garbage bags telling everyone what had happened. At 8 am, my cabin steward(THE BEST) came with his supervisor, my broken bag and apologies for what I already suspected. I understand traveling risks, but I just need a copy of the form to claim it on my travel insurance. I explained that to the supervisor along with the bluff that I was meeting with the captain that afternoon and Guest Relations was on my hit list for causing me anxiety over wondering HOW Id get through Customs with a Hefty bag. Long story short, I got a new case and I'm thankful, but I felt I earned it over the way they strung me along for 6 days. Second- food The main dining room is way to small and poorly laid out. We were a mere 6 inches from the next table!! No kidding! Our waiter was great, but his assistant was slow. Ronny the wine steward saved the day by keeping me in Chablis. They have a new McCelebrity( stuff they serve anytime) menu in addition to the daily specials which weren't that special. Tuscan Grill is where its at for great food. Murano was exceptional as well if you can get a reservation. Pass on the Asian. Ewww. Third- service I NEVER had to wait on a drink, towel or the time on any other ship. Solstice has drink packages, but you have to do it yourself. Get out of your sun chair and walk to the bar. Not just for alcohol, but water and sodas. Only one time did I see an adequate number of service people. The pool area is small and woefully understaffed. Ive never seen so many adults in one pool in my life. Just nasty knowing everyone is sweating like a mule like you. The other small pool was for the kids and crowded to the point of being unsafe. Paul, the activities host, is just plain rude. He walked past us after a performance and we asked the name of the clowning performer (Adam- another gem!) and he looked at us and said, "I don't have time. I have to close a show." I guess the shock registered on our faces at his rudeness and he stopped, smiled and said "Adam. Read his bio on the boards." I'm still not over being yelled at. Especially by someone who did such a poor job of activities on the ship. Be ready to be bored unless you gamble. Fourth- Smoking I include this for the people who like to smoke on the balcony. Forget it. Its a 250 fine and possible debarkation. There are cameras everywhere so believe it. I have no problem with designated areas, but the smokers complain that there are 3 on the ship with the lounge area being in the corner in the dark behind a stage. fifth- debarkation A NIGHTMARE. Plan on at least 2 hours in line for 2800 people. In conclusion,if you remember the grand service, beautifully presented food,smiling personnel of Celebrity, smile. Solstice signals the end of the Celebrity tradition. I for one am saddened and actively seeking a new cruise line that wants my money and is willing to treat me like a Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
My girlfriend and I selected Celebrity after looking at several of the reviews on Celebrity Cruise Line. Overall, we had a positive experience, but had to re-assess our expectations early in our cruise. E is 30, I am 43. Both of us had ... Read More
My girlfriend and I selected Celebrity after looking at several of the reviews on Celebrity Cruise Line. Overall, we had a positive experience, but had to re-assess our expectations early in our cruise. E is 30, I am 43. Both of us had been on several cruises prior to this voyage and were looking forward to more of an upscale cruising experience. After looking through several websites and talking with Celebrity personnel online, we felt the Solstice would offer less of a complete "party" atmosphere, with higher end food, service and room accommodations. Through our research we selected a travel agency that offered us onboard ship credit and gratuities included in our package BOARDING: Boarding the ship was a very easy process with friendly staff. Dropping off bags took less than 5 minutes and there were no lines to check in. Celebrity's website and 1-800# staff really do assist you in pre-boarding to make the "onboarding" experience, simple. The cruise line does not "push" with the obligatory onboard photo and we were on the ship within minutes. SHIP DESIGN: The ship is very nice and easy to get around. Neither too big nor too small. The dining room is quite nice with a modern, European feel. The Oceanview Cafe is more of a "cafeteria" experience, providing a great alternative for days when you are in port. Bars are plenty and the Casino is not the center focus of a deck. All areas are very clean. ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS: We had a balcony cabin. We really enjoyed the view and the light. Great service (Muriel). The room was perfect. ENTERTAINMENT: Unfortunately on this cruise, we found most of the entertainment targeted for an older age group. There were multiple 50s nights and 60s nights with trivia events and dancing focused on this time period. The piano player was very good. There was a 4 piece string quartet, a comedian (which we heard from another couple was poor), an acoustic guitar player (playing songs from the 60s and early 70s), and the ship's band, Sipra, who were very good and versatile (best entertainment on the ship if you were born in the late 60s and later). All evening entertainment was directed towards an older generation, with poolside music being the only opportunity to hear more current songs. The Sky Lounge was relegated to karaoke nights and ballroom dancing, often quiet after 11pm. We never saw anyone in the Quasar disco after the first night. One night our choices were the piano player, an acoustic guitarist (playing songs from the early 70s) and the four string quartet (needless to say we went to bed early). The Martini Bar is a bright spot, offering a nice area for people to mingle, playing dance music. The drinks are slightly higher priced than in the other areas and after the third day, all the bartender's tricks of spinning bottles and pouring drinks for multiple glasses gets familiar and not worth the $3.00 premium/drink. On the 6th day of the cruise we spoke with the Guest Relation desk.. There was a helpful senior person who informed us the current Cruise Director prefers entertainment geared for 50-70s time period. It would have been nice to know this prior. PORTS OF CALL/SHORE EXCURSIONS: We did not select this cruise for the ports of call and focused on beach activities. Grand Cayman was very nice. I had been there two times prior. We shopped for a short while then headed to the beach. The ship over-promotes jewelry shopping and it is best for the non-savvy shopper to do their research on the vendor. We thought it a bit humorous and were not looking for jewelry. Cozumel was Cozumel and most are familiar with this port. We selected an excursion to a private island (Isla Passion). The tour promotes a voyage by catamaran, a private island and nice food. The "catamaran" is a dual hulled metal tender. The island is very windy and subject to wind advisories (which tourists are not made aware of and tourists are informed to stay within a close area from where they are dropped off. We found out their are small crocodiles on one side of the island. Costa Maya was hit by a Class 5 Hurricane Dean in 2007. The devastation is still evident and the cruise line should reconsider this port of call. The beach we went to in Costa Maya had nice accommodations, but the beach still had litter and left over debris from the storm. Roatan was our last stop and is an incredible island-well worth the trip and we would go their independently again. The islanders are friendly and non-pushy. We selected the Tabayana Beach Break tour which had an incredible beach, white sand and star fish. We even fed fish in the shallow water. A very nice stop. Overall the shore excursions we felt were fair at best, with relatively poorly informed desk attendants. The cruise focuses heavily on shopping related events. FOOD/BAR: The food was standard cruise fare. Good. Neither great nor poor. Seating was a bit challenging in the Oceanview Cafe and getting coffee/juice could be slightly overcrowded. Drinks had very little alcohol in them with and very sweet (pina coladas, etc). We did not drink much at all due to this as most drinks were heavy on the "mixers." OVERALL: It was great having time off but we would have selected another cruise line if we knew the focus was going to be for a different age group. The ship's voyage had an older age group and at times, we felt our entertainment choices were highly limited and went to bed earlier. We changed our dinner seating to the later selection and ended up sitting with another younger couple. They had similar experiences. We also noticed multiple colored room cards onboard. Celebrity favors their frequent cruisers (gold, platinum, and blue cards) and we noticed our room always faced the water and never the dock.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
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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