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Our family of 5 ( 2 adults and three children aged 7, 10 and 11) had a very relaxing time. The kids loved their kids clubs and the activities were lots of fun. They enjoyed splashing round in the pool and spa. The Lawn club looked Ok but by the end of the cruise most of the grass was roped off. This area could probably be put to better use. The highlight of the cruise was the outstanding food. We loved the choice at the Grand Epernay for breakfast and dinner. The Ocean View cafe had something to please everyone. We ate at Tuscan Grille ($30 pp surchage )3 times and the food and service were outstanding. The beautiful views add to the ambience. My husband and I ate at Murano and had the 5 course menu ($89pp ) paired with matching wines. We enjoyed it but the food was very rich and once was enough. Bistro on 5 had beautiful crepes and was well worth the $5pp charge. We enjoyed the entertainment. Michael Harrison the ventriolquist was hysterical. The Maori cultural group, Will Martin and Karen Grainger were very good. The kids enjoyed performing on the "big stage " when they did their talent show. The Mixology Bar had amazing cocktails and were great value at $13. Getting a drink with dinner in Grand Epernay was tricky. We would order some drinks and the food was often served so quickly, and the wine so slowly, that you had finished your appetiser by the time the wine came. After one complaint this improved. Our cabins were always kept tidy. I don't think they were cleaned thoroughly but on the surface they looked good. A brown mark on the tiles in our bathroom was there when we boarded and wasn't removed the whole trip. Common areas, especially bathrooms were spotless. We had a problem with noise in our cabin. At 330 am every day the life raft shelter directly below our cabin was hosed. This woke us up most mornings and it took 4 complaints to be sorted out. The Guest relations staff were a mixed bag. Some helpful and others downright rude. We will be cruising again but will look very carefully at the deck plans before we book.

A great introduction to cruising for our children

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Jaynic

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2013
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
Our family of 5 ( 2 adults and three children aged 7, 10 and 11) had a very relaxing time. The kids loved their kids clubs and the activities were lots of fun. They enjoyed splashing round in the pool and spa. The Lawn club looked Ok but by the end of the cruise most of the grass was roped off. This area could probably be put to better use.
The highlight of the cruise was the outstanding food. We loved the choice at the Grand Epernay for breakfast and dinner. The Ocean View cafe had something to please everyone. We ate at Tuscan Grille ($30 pp surchage )3 times and the food and service were outstanding. The beautiful views add to the ambience. My husband and I ate at Murano and had the 5 course menu ($89pp ) paired with matching wines. We enjoyed it but the food was very rich and once was enough. Bistro on 5 had beautiful crepes and was well worth the $5pp charge.
We enjoyed the entertainment. Michael Harrison the ventriolquist was hysterical. The Maori cultural group, Will Martin and Karen Grainger were very good. The kids enjoyed performing on the "big stage " when they did their talent show.
The Mixology Bar had amazing cocktails and were great value at $13. Getting a drink with dinner in Grand Epernay was tricky. We would order some drinks and the food was often served so quickly, and the wine so slowly, that you had finished your appetiser by the time the wine came. After one complaint this improved.
Our cabins were always kept tidy. I don't think they were cleaned thoroughly but on the surface they looked good. A brown mark on the tiles in our bathroom was there when we boarded and wasn't removed the whole trip. Common areas, especially bathrooms were spotless.
We had a problem with noise in our cabin. At 330 am every day the life raft shelter directly below our cabin was hosed. This woke us up most mornings and it took 4 complaints to be sorted out. The Guest relations staff were a mixed bag. Some helpful and others downright rude.
We will be cruising again but will look very carefully at the deck plans before we book.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
Cabin 2C 6149
We had 2 interconnecting cabins, 6147 and 6149. The greatest problem we had on our holiday was being woken at 330am every morning when the life raft enclosure was hosed with a high pressure hose. 6149 is directly above this and the noise is extremely loud. After complaining 4 times, the hosing stopped and we enjoyed two nights of peace. These cabins are also above the smoking deck and occcasionally we could smell smoke.
If you need a third bed, the lounge in 6149 is unsuitable as the sheets just sit on the top and fall off. Cabin 6147 has an upper bunk and our son slept well in this
I would not book cabin 6149 unless you are hearing impaired
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