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2 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Europe - Western Mediterranean Celebrity Solstice Cruise Reviews

The night prior to embarkation, we stayed at an Embassy Suites in Boca Raton. Good price and very good choice for the convenience to the port, while away from the congestion. We dropped our luggage at the ship and turned in the rental car ... Read More
The night prior to embarkation, we stayed at an Embassy Suites in Boca Raton. Good price and very good choice for the convenience to the port, while away from the congestion. We dropped our luggage at the ship and turned in the rental car at the airport. The cruise line along with the car rental agencies arranged a bus from the airport to the pier. All rental agencies and all cruise lines qualified I believe, and the driver did check your rental receipt.Check in at about 2PM was a breeze and we soon found ourselves in the stateroom with our luggage awaiting us. So far, just wonderful. However it came apart quickly.The room was crowded. A couch blocked access to the closet and there was a shortage of drawer storage. We do not travel with a lot of clothes, so we were surprised. Concierge class, indeed. We did have a wee bit larger veranda because it is an end room and we enjoyed watching the other ships depart from our balcony. Very cool, but then we went to register for an internet package which offered a bonus for first day sign up. We had a discount because of being Captain's Club members, but no coupon to give the internet people. The sheets of coupons wee not in our room and the coupon must be presented at sign up. A pain, but resolved.The food and dining were the most disappointing. Good food poorly prepared and the wait staff "couldn't get it right" for anyone at our table. Condiments and utensils were constantly missing and the waiters pushing wine and drinks were simply rude. We spent more time than we planned at Passenger Service.The entertainment was fine. One lecturer in particular was very good, but the shops were a waste of space. The staff attitude was fine, but the competency level was severely lacking. We cancelled our fall reservations on Solstice and will try another boat or cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
This was a repositioning cruise that left Ft. Lauderdale on April 19th and ended in Rome, Italy on May 4, 2009 on the Celebrity Solstice. This was our third cruise on Celebrity, most of our dozen cruises have been on Princess and ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruise that left Ft. Lauderdale on April 19th and ended in Rome, Italy on May 4, 2009 on the Celebrity Solstice. This was our third cruise on Celebrity, most of our dozen cruises have been on Princess and NCL ships. We found the Solstice to be modern and clean and,certainly, in its physical appearance, a very nicely arranged ship with the public rooms very attractive. However, the cruise overall was disappointing; after a few days at sea, it really became quite boring. There were a lack of activities on the days at sea, and considering that the cruise began with five straight days at sea, this lead to boredom as far as we were concerned. There was a lack of interesting lectures and most of the ship's activities at sea consisted of bingo and trivia games. Movies were shown at inconvenient times and speakers, too few in number and variety, were scheduled also at inconvenient times and in rooms that were frequently too small and noisy.The food selection for dinner was also disappointing. Unless you went to the scheduled dining room dinners, there was really little alternative dining available. The specialty restaurants, three in number, was all tried by us for dinner,and they were very good, but at forty and fifty dollars a couple for dinner, could not be a daily alternative. The dinner buffet was sorely lacking in selection; having the same food every evening. It should be noted that distinguished from the breakfast and lunch buffets, the dinner buffet was reduced in both the selection and amount of food available. The Ocean View Buffet room was only partly utilized for dinner, with about half of the food stations being completely empty.We think that the problem with Celebrity, in general, is that their cruises are meant for people who like schedules and little flexibility. We are sure that many of the passengers who like traditional scheduled dinners, with few alternative dining choices available, were very happy with the dining on the Celebrity Solstice. Likewise, people who like their bingo and trivia games were probably also happy with the ship's daily activity schedule. However, for people like ourselves, who prefer a more flexible, independent cruise, this ship was lacking in choices,specifically the variety of food and activities. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
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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