We wanted to go to New Zealand and Australia. Overall we enjoyed the trip. However, we generally prefer smaller ships. For this trip, the Solstice was a good choice.
Our room was a designated handicapped room with balcony (we didn't require a handicapped room, but it was available and the shipboard location was good). The room size was generous for a cruise liner.
Dining was good though not outstanding. We ate most dinners in the main dining room. The entertainment and activities were of the level that we expected. Service was pretty good for a ship that was serving this many people.
We actually chose Celebrity specifically because of the ports and shore excursions that were offered. We also looked at Azamara (having cruised on that line before and liked it very much). Azamara is the smaller ship line in the Celebrity family. Both lines offered the same ports and shore excursions. Since this trip was planned much later than we normally plan our trips, we opted for the Celebrity Solstice since it still had better cabins available for this cruise.