Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by luvbermuda
We are just back from an amazing cruise!! This was a "ladies" getaway for us without our husbands but we are all going on a cruise together in the Fall. We are two ladies in our early 60's. I had been on the Norwegian Gem (didn't compare) with my husband last Fall and this was my friend's first cruise.We flew in from Philadelphia on US Air (which was packed and tight). I hired Romecabs (Stefano) to pick us up as I had used them before on our last trip. They were there waiting and I would recommend them highly. We arrived at 8:45 AM and went directly to the port about an hour ride.We had about a 20 minute wait after we arrived before we were allowed on the ship which was great! We were told to go right to the buffet which was very good and not too crowded- no problem finding a seat. As rooms were not ready, we enjoyed sitting outside and relaxing with a cold drink.After an hour, we took a walk to locate our room and it was ready (Cabin 1275 midship in Concierge Class). Our attendants were wonderful and actually went for our luggage right away so we could unpack. Throughout the trip, they were great and on the 3rd day, I wrote a letter to guest relations about them (this is noted on their record and they will receive extra time off, etc, I was told).Our cabin was very nice with a normal size balcony with 2 chairs, ottomans, and a table. Our beds were near the front of the cabin which worked fine althought it was tight getting into the closet. Since we had the bed split into twins with a table in between, it probably took up more room than if the bed was left queen size. The bathroom wasn't large but new and shiny clean.We had no complaints about the food at all. In concierge class, you can order a full brakfast which we did on port days if we were leaving early. Otherwise we had coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice delivered at 6:30 each morning as we are early risers. The breakfast buffet was great and we never went to the main dining room for breakfast as we enjoyed the selection.The food was always good - especially the creme brulee and cheesecake! Formal night was lovely and we really enjoyed the lobster!We thought the ship was beautiful and offered so much for everyone. We attended one shopping lecture (we are shoppers and spent much time in every port shopping) plus a lecture on perfumes. We only went to one show, a female vocalist and celebrity impersonator, who was wonderful. We gambled a little in the slots each night and wound up even at the end of the cruise. The bars and lounges were all nice although I found that the pomegrande martini's were not as good as I get at home- even at the martini bar. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants but did eat at LeBistro for crepes 3 times which has a $5 cover charge- delicious!! The only negativity we experience were with the shore excursions in Turkey. Each tour manages to sneak in a carpet demonstration. This is fine if you are interested but it should be an option. In Kadashi, we took the tour of the Turkish Towns and Villages- Sirince was amazing and you felt you were back a hundred years or so in time. Tire was just okay. We stopped at a charming restaurant on the way back. Afterwards, we had an hour stop at another carpet company for another demonstration. Several of us were very upset about this and after a half hour, they sent us back by a private van to the ship. After several letters back and forth to the shore excursion manager, we received 40% of the money back for the tour as we felt it wasted limited time and it was not noted correctly on the tour description. However, they listened to our complains and resolved the issue nicely.We went to Santorini, Mykonos, and Sorrento (by ferry from Naples) on our own as we just wanted to stroll the streets and browse the shops. In Istanbul and Athens, we booked tours.Disembartion was very organized. Be sure to go to the lecture about it as the cruise director, Dru, made it fun!! We left at 6 AM as we had an 11:15 AM flight. We assembled in the MDR, and were free to leave after about 5 minutes. Our luggage was waiting in the terminal. Once again, Romecabs was right there waiting. This was a wonderful experience. I spoke to several seasoned cruisers and they all agreed other ships would have a hard time to beat the Solstice!! I did hear some complaints but they were so silly, it was ridiculous. I hope to take a cruise again on it with my husband!!! I loved it!!!
luvbermuda’s Full Rating Summary
Cabin 1275 Concierge class- not a far walk to elevators and quiet at night. Wonderful room stewards.
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