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We boarderd in Sydney , and thanks to the Concierge class , we had a shorter line to embark. Found the ship to be luxurious , beds super comfortable and the staff most attentive. The stateroom with a balcony was a great assett. Food on the ship was of an excellent quality and the specialty restaurants Murano,Silk Harvets and Tuscan were well worth paying the additional $us 99.00 per person for all 3. Nightly entertainment in the theatre we on the whole excellent . The crusie line pushes the drinks packages very hard , but we didint buy into it . You have to buy the package for the whole voyage , and when you consider how many days you will be off shore - not worth it for us ( and we're not big drinkers) . You can always get softdrinks and water/ tea and coffee from the self serve restaurant on deck 14 . Wish the cruise line would do something about the people who have breakfast/lunch in the Ocean View Cafe and linger long after they have finished , despite seeing people wandering around looking for tables to have breakfast / lunch .Thoughtless people . Found its better to book tours off the ship. 1/2 the price and less crowded.There are tour operators waiting in all the ports Bay of Islands, Auckland,Mooreau, Papeete,Bora bora and Lahaina. For example Bay of Island 5 hour sailing tour on the Phampton Yacht cost NZ $110..as opposed to US $ 174.00 through the cruise line.Papeete Circel island tour booked on the pier was US$ 50.00,which was also airconditioned. Shops Island Circle tour in a non airconditioned "Le Truck" was over us$100.00. If you want the glass bottom boat tour in Bora Bora , you have to book through the ship , as the crusie line hires the only boat doing this for the whole day . The Celebrity Solstice had an older crowd with the average age being 70. No more than a dozen kids under 18 were in the cruise with us .We are in our early 50's . While the cruise was great , 18 nights got to be a little tedious . We thought when we got off in Honolulu , we would jus get a taxi to the hotel on Waikiki Beach.Disembarking was a horrendous episode. Huge lines for the Taxis with over an hour wait . Best off pre booking Roberts Hawaii Tours transport to get into town.

Great Ship, Food, Facilities; 18 Nights Too Long

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by gerranium20

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
We boarderd in Sydney , and thanks to the Concierge class , we had a shorter line to embark.

Found the ship to be luxurious , beds super comfortable and the staff most attentive. The stateroom with a balcony was a great assett.

Food on the ship was of an excellent quality and the specialty restaurants Murano,Silk Harvets and Tuscan were well worth paying the additional $us 99.00 per person for all 3.

Nightly entertainment in the theatre we on the whole excellent .

The crusie line pushes the drinks packages very hard , but we didint buy into it .

You have to buy the package for the whole voyage , and when you consider how many days you will be off shore - not worth it for us ( and we're not big drinkers) . You can always get softdrinks and water/ tea and coffee from the self serve restaurant on deck 14 .

Wish the cruise line would do something about the people who have breakfast/lunch in the Ocean View Cafe and linger long after they have finished , despite seeing people wandering around looking for tables to have breakfast / lunch .Thoughtless people .

Found its better to book tours off the ship. 1/2 the price and less crowded.There are tour operators waiting in all the ports Bay of Islands, Auckland,Mooreau, Papeete,Bora bora and Lahaina. For example Bay of Island 5 hour sailing tour on the Phampton Yacht cost NZ $110..as opposed to US $ 174.00 through the cruise line.Papeete Circel island tour booked on the pier was US$ 50.00,which was also airconditioned. Shops Island Circle tour in a non airconditioned "Le Truck" was over us$100.00.

If you want the glass bottom boat tour in Bora Bora , you have to book through the ship , as the crusie line hires the only boat doing this for the whole day .

The Celebrity Solstice had an older crowd with the average age being 70. No more than a dozen kids under 18 were in the cruise with us .We are in our early 50's .

While the cruise was great , 18 nights got to be a little tedious .

We thought when we got off in Honolulu , we would jus get a taxi to the hotel on Waikiki Beach.Disembarking was a horrendous episode. Huge lines for the Taxis with over an hour wait . Best off pre booking Roberts Hawaii Tours transport to get into town.
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Concierge Class
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Great beds, bathroom and cabin service , Balcony was a real bonus.
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