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Celebrity Solstice Review

5.0 / 5.0
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First Celebrity Cruise

Review for Celebrity Solstice to the USA
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Sail Date: May 2013
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This was our first Celebrity cruise. We cruise often and have cruised with many of the other major cruise lines (Holland America, Princess, Norwegian, RC, Carnival). We did the CA Coastal repositioning cruise from Ensenada to Seattle. It is hard to rate this cruise because it was very much a mixed bag but overall, we were very disappointed in Celebrity and probably will not sail this cruise line again. We did have a great time but this was in spite of the cruise line. We met nice people and enjoyed the port stops (did all non-ship excursions, none with the cruise line.)

Ship - the ship was beautiful. We enjoyed the lawn, hot glass show and relaxation/indoor pool area. The layout of the ship was very easy to learn.

Enrichment/Entertainment - The productions shows were very good. If you wanted to attend the early show (8:30 and 10:30 show times), you had to arrive 30 minutes early if you wanted to get a seat (not a good seat but any seat). They had Brent Nixon do two enrichment talks but due to poor planning, the talk on Orcas was completely full 30 minutes in advance (They used the Celebrity Central, which isn't big enough). About 20 to 30 people were standing and they were trying to bring in more chairs. It was chaotic. Other talks from other speakers were so boring and dull, we had to walk out.

Cabin Review

I would not recommend this cabin. We thought we were between decks of cabins but had noise issues almost every night. We were close to storage or closets. We heard banging, moving of items, doors slamming and other noises.

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San Diego

Visited USS Midway and Balboa park on our own. We did the ranger free tour in Balboa park and it was very good. The USS Midway was very interesting and you will leave with a renewed respect for our great military.

Also visited La Jolla the day before our cruise. Maybe my expectations were too high but didn't enjoy it. The Cove and area with the seals was smelly, to the point that we had to be very brief and move on or risk getting sick from the smell.

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