This was our 19th cruise and our 5th with Celebrity Cruises. We liked sailing on the Millennium, Constellation, Galaxy and Century. We thought we knew what Celebrity was like, so we looked forward to trying a new class of ship. Boy were we surprised!
We've been to the Eastern Caribbean many times before so we were taking this cruise for rest and relaxation. We were also looking forward to seeing the Solstice class of ship. Overall the staff on the Solstice were great and the food was good.
What we really never expected from Celebrity was an over crowded ship with line ups and frequent waits for service. The Solstice had the same feeling as RCCL's Serenade of the Sea, it was nothing like the M class of ships we'd sailed on before. If this was our first Celebrity cruise, it would probably have been our last and we'd never return. By 1pm on the first sea day it was impossible to get a sun cot anywhere near the pool, this was the case for most of the sea days. The only place you could find to sit together was all the way forward on deck 16 unless you wanted to sit in a chair at the bar. Even the adult pool in the solarium was full!!! The sun cots are packed together like sardines and so are the passengers.