Celebrity Solstice Review


Review for Alaska Cruise on Celebrity Solstice
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2014
Traveled with children

This is our second time to Alaska and second time on Celebrity. We cruise very often with RCCL, and being Diamond we were given Elite status on the Solstice. Pre-cruise we stayed one night at the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle -- it was just okay, nothing special. A quick tour of Pike's market then off to bed to get up early for the Solstice!

We had a Celebrity Suite, so arriving at the Pier we had express check in, and were escorted on to the ship and right into Michael's club, which is the lounge for Suite guests. It could not have been more than 10 minutes from the curb to Michael's club. Efficiency and service at its best! Once in Michael's club, we met Samantha our concierge for the week. I can't speak highly enough about Samantha. Best concierge on all the cruises we have been on. Personable, yet professional. Always available to help and it was like she was a mind-reader -- always anticipating our needs. Celebrity (and guests like us!) are lucky to have her. Our Butler (sorry, I cant remember his name!) escorted us to the Suite and introduced all of its features. The Suite itself was the one minor disappointment. It was rather small, and unlike nearly every other cabin we have been on (from small ones to large suites), it was very awkward in design. I was always bumping into corners, doors, etc. And, storage was at a premium. But, who were we to complain! It had everyone one could want and made for a comfortable sleep. Weather was too cold to really use balcony, but it looked very inviting.

The ship itself is elegant but casual. Passenger flow is excellent. Never seemed crowded, except for the buffet -- as others have mentioned there simply is not enough seating. That was annoying. And while the Service overall was fantastic, the buffet team left a bit to be desired. They seemed to just watch guests search for tables. They must be used to it.

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