Middle East & Asia on Celebrity Solstice: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by cliffnphil
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Middle East & Asia on Celebrity Solstice
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: incredibly straightforward, flew into Dubai, private transfer to the port, then a simple check in experience where the Sea Pass was issued and we were told that we would be able to board the ship at around 1pm. That was perfect for us as it meant we had less than a couple of hours to wait, but even better they allowed us onto the ship at around 11.30 so we could go exploring and have a bite to eat straight away. I only hope it is that simple next time!
Cabin: 7237, on the 'hump' as I believe it is referred to.
Could not fault the location of the cabin, mid ships on deck 7, right by the stars and More elevators but separated from any noise with its own privacy doors separating this cabin and the one next door from the corridor.
There is ample storage space, in the closet, the drawers and in the useful cupboards over the top of the bed where you can find your beach towel (we only used this on the balcony, as there are plenty of fresh clean towels available on each deck for use on the sunbeds).
The bed was very big, the balcony just right for two (two chairs that recline and a small table perfect for the wine glasses), and the bathroom just about right too. Note that in this class of cabin you are provided with shampoo and conditioner but no shower gel so take your own or buy it on board in the shop. There is a very useful night light in the bathroom which means there is no need to wake up your partner in the middle of the night. Unless you want to.
Ship: these are just general comments as there is much more detail available on CC....we were on freedom dining, and had no problems turning up for dinner each night between 8.15 and 8.45ish and getting a table straight away, either with friends or by ourselves.
The food in the main dining room was generally excellent, can not think of a single poor meal, and as we were on the Premium drinks package there was a comprehensive selection of wines available by the glass to suit each course. Speaking of which, I have read a number of reviews of this drinks package but I have to say we found it excellent, in terms of ease of use if not simply in terms of value for money. The choices were excellent (only a small number of wines cost more than $12), premium spirits and martinis plentiful and the concoctions available at the molecular bar pretty stunning. And if you didn't like any of them you could simply ask for a different one safe in the knowledge that drinks were already paid for... oh yes, all waters, juices, coffees, teas etc were part of this package too.
We dined in The Silk Harvest (Asian) and Tuscan Grille (Contemporary Italian) and were wowed in both. The view from Tuscan Grille overlooking the ship's wake whilst devouring a divine Fillet Mignon was truly memorable.
Nightlife: was what you made it really, contrary to popular belief the ship did not close down at 11.30 each night, there was always at least one venue/bar where there was dancing/drinking and general merry making. Generally this was the Sky Lounge as this had a dance floor and a big bar area. My friends and I certainly helped to get the dancing going and it's amazing how many people are prepared to join in !
The Martini Bar was a particular favourite and the bar staff an absolute blast, always smiling and happy that you are enjoying their creations. The wine bar (Cellar Masters) was slightly more refined, perfect for an aperitif on the formal evenings, and despite the very warm evenings it was great to see so many Tuxes and evening gowns on display.
All in all, we really enjoyed our first experience with Celebrity, made some great friends and were really impressed with the Solstice, and will certainly be booking with Celebrity again.
Hope this has been useful, if there is anything you would like to know about the cruise or the ports just let me know ! Less
Cabin review: 1A7237 Deluxe Veranda
Great location, on the hump of the ship, not overlooked at all and not obscured by the 'X' across the side of the ship. Perfect for privacy for those quiet sunbathing moments, and perfect for access to stairs and elevators...I would happily stay in this cabin again. Plenty of storage space, but no shower gel so take your own (but you do get shampoo provided) !Read All Deluxe Veranda (1A) Reviews >>
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