Lovely Cruise: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Nanagoes

Celebrity Solstice 5
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Lovely Cruise

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Our cruise began with an easy check-in, which was wonderful after experiencing the Galveston zoo last February! Had room access by 1:30 following nice lunch at the buffet. We chose the open dining and liked it very much. We liked the layout of the ship because it never felt crowded. We prefer this to the open mall layout of Royal Caribbean. Service was effortless, prompt and courteous. We especially appreciated being greeted with icey towels and cold water after long, hot days in ports.

The Solarium was terrific. Loved the comfort and the fact that towels are there for your use without having to be checked out, counted, etc. Along this line, Celebrity doesn't feel like a long encounter with a shopping network as Carnival does. You certainly can make purchases if you wish, but you are not hounded constantly by desperate people wishing to sell you stuff while you are on this ship.

The itinerary was varied and enjoyable. Cannes is fine for just walking around. We took More ship excursions to Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice, and all were excellent. We left the Venice excursion before return to ship so we could explore on our own. The next morning we took the people mover to the vaporetta stand and rode down the Grand Canal.

Highlights of the cruise: Imperial Rome tour was very good and made me want to return to Rome to see more. Amalfi coastal drive is unbelievably beautiful. Kotor was unexpectedly lovely as a walled city, and the sailaway was stunning. Sailing through the Strait of Messina was noteworthy. We chose the open seating dining and found the food and service to be excellent.

I appreciated the attention to detail, the courteousness of the crew, the calm demeanor of everyone we encountered and especially the rapid, well-executed disembarkation. In less than half an hour, we left our cabin, went to the dining room to await our appointment time, departed in a very small group, picked up our luggage on the carousel at the bottom of the escalator and got in our cab to go to the airport. We will sail Celebrity again. Less

Published 07/20/12

Cabin review: 2D6204 Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)

6204 has a partially obstructed view because of the tender's location, but it's the portion below the rail on the balcony. This was not a problem for us.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Barcelona is worth extra time at the beginning or end of a cruise. We loved it! It's easy to get around via taxi, with set fare rates, Metro and on foot. La Rambla is interesting and visitor friendly. Loved the market and the restaurant found in back of it. Barri Gotic is wonderful for exploring. Love the Parc Guell, the Sagrada Familia and Picasso Museum. Two can share the Metro's 10 euro card for 5 rides each. That's about what you need in a couple of days there.
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Cannes is okay for walking around but nothing special. We walked up to the castle for the views and enjoyed the winding passageways. Friends on board told us the excursion they took here was very unpleasant because of the quality of the guide, bus breakdown, etc.
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Dubrovnik has a lovely location and the scenery is gorgeous, but it's terribly crowded in July and very, very hot. We finally located the cable car for a ride up the mountain. This is worth the effort and cost. I imagine Dubrovnik is very nice in April or September, but I'd avoid it in July.

City Tour

Glad it started out with the view from the hill overlooking Florence. Wish we could have gone to the Uffizi Gallery and inside the Duomo, but time was limited. The lunch was just okay. The room was quite elegant, and the wine was nice, but the food was rather ordinary.

We walked here on our own and thoroughly enjoyed this quaint walled city. The sail away is the best part, however. The views are incredibly beautiful as the ship goes through the fjord.
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Amalfi Coast

Words cannot describe how lovely this is. Take a good camera. You'll be glad you did!

Pompeii Walking Tour

Wear sturdy shoes, wear a hat and take water. Very interesting but strenuous in hot weather.


Excellent tour with fantastic guide! This was the Imperial Rome tour through Celebrity. Colosseum is very, very, very crowded.

Historic Tour

Walked from Trevi to and through Forum and then to Colosseum. Guide was wonderful at explaining what we were seeing with knowledge and humor.

St. Peter's Square

Because it was Sunday afternoon, this was not crowded and very enjoyable, albeit hot. Entered St. Peter's without a wait and enjoyed it very much.

Trevi Fountain

Crowded but had to do it.

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