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Celebrity Solstice Review

5.0 / 5.0
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2121 reviews
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West Coast to Bali to Top End , down East Coast of Australia

Review for Celebrity Solstice to Australia & New Zealand
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starsareplenty
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2013
Cabin: Ocean View 7

My husband and I chose this ship because it was only 4 yrs old and in Australia. We always wanted to see the rest of our own country. The Solstice is a beautiful modern ship with mixtures of modern and classic styles and very clean. The demographic is mostly 40-80 and older. So all are in bed by 1am. There are some younger people under 30. The children that are on board are well behaved as there aren't many. A cruise is what you make it and there are always going to be unhappy people and happy people. The most disappointing part of the trip was getting sick from a flu virus on board which we were not told about. As we have never been sick before on other cruises. We met many people who caught the virus,it was very nasty indeed.

Passengers where mostly Americans and Canadians, some International(European) and Australians. The accommodations are very comfortable, but our room attendant was hopeless compared to other cruises. Our bathroom was always cleaned well but not our room. The toilet paper is cheap. It took me about 5 days to realise I could put our suitcases underneath the bed and I thought shouldn't of the room attendant tell us. We both hated our cupboard but the bed and lounge are very good. I think we upset him because we were preoccupied when he came to introduce himself and thus we didn't get the best service from him.

We purchased the Premium Non-Alcoholic packages and bought alcoholic drinks as we wanted them. We bought the dining package on the first day as you get a discount. Both good value. You will find bars are only opened certain hours and sometimes they close early depending on the weather and business. The bar staff seemed to spend a lot time doing stock take. We found Level 15 to be particular slow workers and lazy but entertaining. The Molecular and Martini Bar are great but the ice bar was broken. All specialty restaurants are good. The shops are good onboard. There's everyday shopping on the casino level and high end shopping the level above. The usual programs of things to do and see onboard. What is unusual is the grass lawn and grass lawn games and the Glass Blowing shows. The gambling games are expensive onboard eg bingo or lotto tickets and don't use your mini bar unless you can afford it.Even the Casino doesn't stay open that late. Shows are standard depending on your tastes.

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Ocean View 7

The solarium is beautiful and outside you always got a turn in spa. Overall its a pretty good holiday but it would of been so much better if there wasn't so many stuff ups from the Celebrity side of things. Some officers acted like they were above you, as their paying guest on board I didn't like that,but I must say the Captain did a amazing job keeping us out of danger from the crazy weather.

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