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We're a family part of 5 adults. This was our first time on Celebrity, eighth cruise overall. We were in C3 cabins forward on deck 10.Overall, we were very pleased. We stayed pre-cruise at Inn at the Market, because we wanted to be near Pike Place Market --- it's IN the market. Lovely, if a little pricey but every Seattle hotel seemed on the expensive side. We took a taxi to the pier. Embarkation was not too lengthy. Once on board there was a feeling of graciousness and relaxation. Slightly less vibrant than RCI, not as sleepy as HAL. We noticed few children on board considering it was summer break. Service was good, especially cabin attendant. Helpful and patient Guest Services counter. It seemed to us that there was a bit more difficulty understanding and being understood than we experienced on previous cruises, as though the level of English proficiency required was a notch or two lower. Lovely public spaces especially the Solarium, which we loved, Bistro on 5, Lawn Club with its beautiful views and natural grass were standouts. Plenty of space to swim and soak - 2 outdoor pools and 4 hot tubs plus indoor solarium pool and 2 hot tubs indoors. Very generous towel policy. Big fluffy towels on all loungers - no checking in or checking out, very much appreciated. And on deck 15 by the lawn club, there are stacks of warm plaid blankets to keep the cold wind away. Only two banks of elevators, but we had virtually no elevator jam ups or long waits. Easy to navigate the floors, a logical layout. Cabin was modern and understated in decor. Nice bathroom, plenty of drawers, comfortable bed. Our third person started out in a pullout loveseat, but the cabin attendant brought a rollaway asking if it might be more comfortable. Loved the balcony. Decent to good food all around. I was not crazy about the Oceanview Cafe, a little hard to find your way around the numerous stations, but even at the most crowded times there were seats. We had early seating in the Main Dining Room - every meal was good. We were thrilled to learn that Solstice has gotten rid of the stupid napkin-waving waiter-singing ordeal. We had booked with the 1-2-3 promotion and had the classic beverage package. What a great deal. Easy to have wine with dinner, specialty coffees, the drink of the day (or two!) - we loved it. Our final on board bill was much lower than normal. DH and I had breakfast and coffee in the Aqua Spa Cafe - a neat little spot in the Solarium, never crowded, with beautiful ocean views. Another great spot for food was Deck 5 with Cafe al Bacio, the Gelateria, and Bistro on 5, all together with comfortable seating and nice windows. We had dinner one evening at Tuscan Grill - it was terrific - outstanding food and service. The one big disappointment in the food line was room service, which we usually enjoy. The first morning we tried it, breakfast was late, wrong, cold and unappetizing. Try the Martini Bar, with its ice layer to keep your drink cold! It was one of the most friendly places on the ship. The Ensemble Bar was also fun. If you need a sports bar fix, the casino bar has sports programming non-stop. Entertainment had its highs and lows. We went to the music stage shows in the Solstice Theater. It is very generous in size - no fighting for seats as we've experienced on other ships. The singers and dancers were some of the best we have ever seen at sea. They also had specialty acts - jugglers, aerialists, gymnasts - very talented and fun to watch. Fred Klatt the comedian was also good. On the other hand, the small band playing in the foyer was just terrible - and loud - you couldn't escape. Brent Nixon the naturalists went a bit overboard as far as expressing his enthusiasm, but if you could get beyond his over the top style, he had a lot of very interesting info to impart on all the great things we were experiencing. At least there was a naturalist - we appreciated the opportunity to hear him. Your basic fun ship day activities - trivia which we always think is a hoot in a group. One unique thing you don't want to miss is the Hot Glass Show. I don't know how this got to be a ship activity - it doesn't seem to belong at sea- you might think it would be a snooze, but to watch the three artists make something beautiful in front of you, when the littlest error with the blazing hot molten glass could wreck everything, is really a neat experience. They say Alaska is the excursions. We went down Tracy Fjord in the small boat trip, took a float plane to Neets Bay to watch bears and flew over Glacier Bay National Park. They were all outstanding - we will never forget the excitement and beauty. Disembarkation - the easiest and fastest we have ever experienced, maybe because our number was one of the last called. Even Customs was a walk through - i couldn't believe how fast it want. We bought a ship transfer to the airport - all very easy with plenty of ship personnel in cruise terminal to make sure you got where you were supposed to be. In summary - lovely ship, great tip. Would definitely book Solstice again.

Beautiful and Relaxing

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by bwaz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
We're a family part of 5 adults. This was our first time on Celebrity, eighth cruise overall. We were in C3 cabins forward on deck 10.Overall, we were very pleased.

We stayed pre-cruise at Inn at the Market, because we wanted to be near Pike Place Market --- it's IN the market. Lovely, if a little pricey but every Seattle hotel seemed on the expensive side. We took a taxi to the pier.

Embarkation was not too lengthy. Once on board there was a feeling of graciousness and relaxation. Slightly less vibrant than RCI, not as sleepy as HAL. We noticed few children on board considering it was summer break.

Service was good, especially cabin attendant. Helpful and patient Guest Services counter. It seemed to us that there was a bit more difficulty understanding and being understood than we experienced on previous cruises, as though the level of English proficiency required was a notch or two lower.

Lovely public spaces especially the Solarium, which we loved, Bistro on 5, Lawn Club with its beautiful views and natural grass were standouts. Plenty of space to swim and soak - 2 outdoor pools and 4 hot tubs plus indoor solarium pool and 2 hot tubs indoors. Very generous towel policy. Big fluffy towels on all loungers - no checking in or checking out, very much appreciated. And on deck 15 by the lawn club, there are stacks of warm plaid blankets to keep the cold wind away. Only two banks of elevators, but we had virtually no elevator jam ups or long waits. Easy to navigate the floors, a logical layout.

Cabin was modern and understated in decor. Nice bathroom, plenty of drawers, comfortable bed. Our third person started out in a pullout loveseat, but the cabin attendant brought a rollaway asking if it might be more comfortable. Loved the balcony.

Decent to good food all around. I was not crazy about the Oceanview Cafe, a little hard to find your way around the numerous stations, but even at the most crowded times there were seats. We had early seating in the Main Dining Room - every meal was good. We were thrilled to learn that Solstice has gotten rid of the stupid napkin-waving waiter-singing ordeal. We had booked with the 1-2-3 promotion and had the classic beverage package. What a great deal. Easy to have wine with dinner, specialty coffees, the drink of the day (or two!) - we loved it. Our final on board bill was much lower than normal. DH and I had breakfast and coffee in the Aqua Spa Cafe - a neat little spot in the Solarium, never crowded, with beautiful ocean views. Another great spot for food was Deck 5 with Cafe al Bacio, the Gelateria, and Bistro on 5, all together with comfortable seating and nice windows. We had dinner one evening at Tuscan Grill - it was terrific - outstanding food and service. The one big disappointment in the food line was room service, which we usually enjoy. The first morning we tried it, breakfast was late, wrong, cold and unappetizing.

Try the Martini Bar, with its ice layer to keep your drink cold! It was one of the most friendly places on the ship. The Ensemble Bar was also fun. If you need a sports bar fix, the casino bar has sports programming non-stop.

Entertainment had its highs and lows. We went to the music stage shows in the Solstice Theater. It is very generous in size - no fighting for seats as we've experienced on other ships. The singers and dancers were some of the best we have ever seen at sea. They also had specialty acts - jugglers, aerialists, gymnasts - very talented and fun to watch. Fred Klatt the comedian was also good. On the other hand, the small band playing in the foyer was just terrible - and loud - you couldn't escape. Brent Nixon the naturalists went a bit overboard as far as expressing his enthusiasm, but if you could get beyond his over the top style, he had a lot of very interesting info to impart on all the great things we were experiencing. At least there was a naturalist - we appreciated the opportunity to hear him.

Your basic fun ship day activities - trivia which we always think is a hoot in a group. One unique thing you don't want to miss is the Hot Glass Show. I don't know how this got to be a ship activity - it doesn't seem to belong at sea- you might think it would be a snooze, but to watch the three artists make something beautiful in front of you, when the littlest error with the blazing hot molten glass could wreck everything, is really a neat experience.

They say Alaska is the excursions. We went down Tracy Fjord in the small boat trip, took a float plane to Neets Bay to watch bears and flew over Glacier Bay National Park. They were all outstanding - we will never forget the excitement and beauty.

Disembarkation - the easiest and fastest we have ever experienced, maybe because our number was one of the last called. Even Customs was a walk through - i couldn't believe how fast it want. We bought a ship transfer to the airport - all very easy with plenty of ship personnel in cruise terminal to make sure you got where you were supposed to be.

In summary - lovely ship, great tip. Would definitely book Solstice again.
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