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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Watch out for cell phone roaming charges.

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by pdxstocks

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2015
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: AquaClass 1

We had an OMG moment when we got our cell phone bill. For much of the cruise I had the phone turned on so that I could use the wifi function for which we paid the ship wifi charges that were outrageously expensive. On top of that little did we know, you need to go into your settings on your cell phone and disable all ROAMING. Why??? Because the ship out of the goodness of the little heart charges, via your cell phone company, roaming fees! I had no idea and the ship certainly overlooks telling customers to wise up and shut down there cell phones. Our carrier is Sprint and they told me there is nothing they can do, that if the phone is turned on and I haven't disabled roaming the ship can stick it to me. Thanks so much Celebrity.

We also booked in Aqua Class. Not sure if getting vitamin water and canapes in the room was really worth it. Blu restaurant is ok. Decent enough food, but really not that much better than the dining room. The Persian Garden (another perk of Aqua) was also very so-so for us and on many occasions all the seats were taken so you couldn't enjoy it if you wanted to. Not sure we would book Aqua Class again. Our friends stayed on Concierge level (the rooms are the same as Aqua) and they felt the same way. They weren't sure there was that much more you were getting for the extra money.

It's very smart marketing on the part of the cruise line, to create some "perks" that cost them next to nothing and market a higher price point cabin to people like me who will pay for the distinction of knowing I'm somewhere others can't go. So that said...we've done it and it wasn't something we will necessarily do again.

The ship itself is beautiful. Public spaces are incredibly well done and in good working order. Most of the restaurants are average at best. Some of the specialty restaurants didn't do it for us. Silk was very very average in our opinion. We did enjoy Tuscan and Murano, but the Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants Giovannis and Chops are just as good in our opinion.

We went to the elite cocktail hour but being younger we didn't feel like socializing with a bunch of old people behind a velvet rope. Some of them were sweet, but some them are all caught up in how many nights they've sailed blah, blah blah. We also upgraded to the Premium Drink package. I would never pay full price because we just can't drink $77/day worth of booze. We would have been just as happy with the classic drink package that we were given when we booked the cruise, but we upgraded because it seemed like the thing to do.

Entertainment was poor in our opinion. There were a couple of ok guest acts but the onboard talent was the worst we have seen on any cruise. The gym/workout area was phenomenal. Really very good, clean and spacious. Two thumbs up on the gym experience.

Ships tours are pretty spendy, far more than if you step off the ship, walk down the dock and get on one of the tours that local tour companies offer at each of the ports. For those who feel they need the security of the ships staff to hold their hands, just know that you will pay upwards of 50% more for the same thing. The ships tours also seemed like they were geared towards the lowest physical ability. In other words if you can't or don't move much, these tours are for you. With a little research on Tripadvisor, talking to friends, etc we made all our tour plans without the help of the ship and saved a tremendous amount of money.

We will look to sail on one of the new Celebrity ships just to see how they have been upgraded...and we will definitely leave the cell phone with the roaming function turned off. We got scammed in our opinion, but buyer beware, we won't make that mistake ever again. Word to the wise, TURN OFF ROAMING on your cell phone as soon as you board the ship.

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Cabin Review

AquaClass 1
Cabin A1 1270

Standard outside cabin with balcony. We usually book Junior Suites on Royal Caribbean, so this felt small, but eventually we acclimated to the size. Closet was small for what we packed.

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