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I have been on almost 30 cruises, mostly Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. I have always been satisfied with past cruises and looked forward to going on the Solstice as it was a newer ship. I was extremely disappointed in the layout of the ship. The lounges were very small and lined the hallways with the exception of the one at the top of the ship. There was no entertainment in the dining room. The dining room was partitioned into smaller sections so you felt quite isolated. Fortunately we traveled with six in our group so kept each other entertained. The wait staff did a great job as did our room steward. The cruise director was a woman and did not do a great job. She told us the first night she was responsible for everything on the ship so I would assume that meant the entertainment in the lounges, etc. The theater entertainment was very good but the rest of the entertainment in other sections of the ship consisted of gals "yelling" rather than singing. You had to almost plug your ears as you went from the dining room to the theater. There was no variety of entertainment. The food in the dining room was not presented in the fine manner as on other Celebrity ships. The specialty restaurants had a demonstration one day where they displayed their food in a central area and it looked disgusting. I was pretty surprised. Even sampling what they had did not taste very good. I would not recommend the Solstice or its sister ships to anyone that is expecting Celebrity quality. I have been on about 13 Celebrity cruises and in particular like the Millennium-class ships. All other Celebrity cruises (outside the Solstice) were excellent. I gave my comments to the company and so far no response has been received.

SHIP A DISAPPOINTMENT

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by barbwms58

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2014
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
I have been on almost 30 cruises, mostly Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. I have always been satisfied with past cruises and looked forward to going on the Solstice as it was a newer ship. I was extremely disappointed in the layout of the ship. The lounges were very small and lined the hallways with the exception of the one at the top of the ship. There was no entertainment in the dining room. The dining room was partitioned into smaller sections so you felt quite isolated. Fortunately we traveled with six in our group so kept each other entertained. The wait staff did a great job as did our room steward. The cruise director was a woman and did not do a great job. She told us the first night she was responsible for everything on the ship so I would assume that meant the entertainment in the lounges, etc. The theater entertainment was very good but the rest of the entertainment in other sections of the ship consisted of gals "yelling" rather than singing. You had to almost plug your ears as you went from the dining room to the theater. There was no variety of entertainment. The food in the dining room was not presented in the fine manner as on other Celebrity ships. The specialty restaurants had a demonstration one day where they displayed their food in a central area and it looked disgusting. I was pretty surprised. Even sampling what they had did not taste very good. I would not recommend the Solstice or its sister ships to anyone that is expecting Celebrity quality. I have been on about 13 Celebrity cruises and in particular like the Millennium-class ships. All other Celebrity cruises (outside the Solstice) were excellent. I gave my comments to the company and so far no response has been received.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 1B 7207
Our room seemed smaller than others I have stayed in. There was not as much storage and it did not seem to be very convenient, i.e., some cabinets high up over the bed. The room steward was okay but did not get an ice bucket until we asked for it. Only one night did he do an animal with the towels, etc. Did not seem to be the extras that we have experienced on other Celebrity ships.
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