We arrive at least a day early to prevent airline delays from affecting departure. Seattle is a great city to explore. This trip, one day was sufficient to revisit the sites.
Surprisingly, the city infrastructure is not prepared for mutliple large ships to embark at the same time. It took over an hour to travel the 3 miles from our hotel to the port at 10:30 a.m. For two people, the shuttle would be fine and is the same price no matter how long it takes to the ship. We chose an Uber drive for the four of us and wound up paying more than the shuttle because of the traffic.
Check in was seamless, efficient and quick. The Solstice is an excellent ship. We are fans of the hot glass show, Luminae or Blu) restaurant, the grass lawn and the total cruise experience. We appreciate Luminae is open the first day and prevents mingling with the herds at the buffet.
The Luminae staff took excelptional care of our gluten-free and dairy-free daughter. These are not "fad" allergies and she had no reactions the entire cruise.
We particularly enjoy the educational lectures, which seem to be unique to Celebrity. Unfortunately, in recent years the cultural lectures too often devolve into liberal bias instead of good science. It seemed unnecessary for the cultural discussions to be focused solely from the perspective of a prostitute. Even if they do not endorse a conservative world view, there is no need to take this opportunity to impose their perceptions and weak science.
Sky Suite 2148 is an aft balcony. Further details are given in the cabin review.
Our Butler. Dharma, was exceptional. Attentive, helpful, professional and friendly.
Having been to these ports before, we chose walking tours. In Ketchikan we enjoyed the train into Canada. Previous excursions included the highly recommended dog sled and helicopter tour of the glacier and Hop on Hop off where available.
The ship design omits aft elevators making the central elevators busier than expected.
We are Elite Plus so we are fond of Celebrity and recommend it without hesitation.
Sky Suite 2148 is an aft balcony. Opening the balcony door to our kids in 2150 gave an exceptional panaramic view. The balcony chairs and ottomons are comfortable for hours of viewing the sea, the wildlife and the Alaskan coastline. This room was our first aft balcony and I do not think we shall do so again. The superior views were offset by the noise of the engines and constant noise from the Oceanview Bar above us. Even with the cool Alaskan weather, the chairs and tables were drug to and fro from early morning to late at night. Surely there is a rubberization technique or other insulation possible for such a grand ship.
The suite is spacious. The beds are comfortable and there is plenty of storage space. We were glad to have the Bulgari amenities back as well as the evening pillow-top chocolate. There is one plug on the desk, so bring an extension cord for bedside charging.
Our Butler. Dharma, was exceptional.
Seattle is a beatiful city and easily worth three days to explore. The Hop On Hop Off is a good choice. We enjoy Pikes Market, the SciFi museum, the Needle and the underground tour. Good choices for elegant meals and local fast food. Excellent fruits and veggies in the market.
We enjoyed a walking tour of the city. Quaint, historic, lovely.
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