Spent a total of 40 days on the Solstice starting in Auckland and ending in Vancouver. The good news is I didn't gain any weight. The bad news is the the quality of the food. I'm a elite member of celebrity and always loved the line because of the food. I don't know what happened but I was definitely disappointed with this cruise. Also felt the wait staff was very rushed and for a cruise line that advertises it meets all your needs even before you knew you had them, it certainly didn't come through with it's promise. Even when we asked for certain things we were often told they weren't available.
The ship itself was very clean and the room stewards were wonderful. The public rest rooms usually had a staff member assigned to it. The hand rails were constantly being cleaned which is really good for keeping illness down. But the ship is definitely showing it's age especially in the cabins.
The entertainment was average with the exception of the show Solstice which was fabulous. Their enrichment program which I have always loved was not up to par as most of the speakers were boring or not related to the cruise we were on.
The ship didn't seem to have a user friendly flow. Having to hang over the balconies to watch shows in the grand foyer was very uncomfortable. For a ship that caters to an older crowd here were only 7 tables dedicated to card playing in a very noisy area of the ship as it did not have an assigned room. On the last leg of the trip from
On the last leg from Hawaii to Vancouver the ship changed it's activity director and things improved somewhat. But even with that I think this will be my last time sailing on the Solstice category.