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We've cruised Windstar, Princess and Oceania on multiple cruises. This was our first time on Celebrity. Comments in order of best to worst. The food on Celebrity Solstice far surpassed every other cruise and cruise line - except the Murano specialty restaurant. Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grille were outstanding and worth the upcharge. Oceanview café was good with great variety for being a giant cafeteria. Baylon, Ron and Merta took great care of us in the main dining room (Grand Esperey) and the food was surprisingly good as long as you stay away from the soups. Murano (specialiy restaurant) was disappointing - pretentious, stuffy, and the sommelier was no where to be found. Food was still generally good there. The veranda cabins were good choices for a combination of quality and value. Other passengers who chose Aqua level consistently said it wasn't worth it. Fitness center was really great and no difficulty gaining access to machines. Entertainment was above average ("Elton John" show, the illusionist, singers and acrobats). None of us cared for Ken, the cruise director, though. Edward, the executive chef, was actually much more engaging. Excursions were good, not great. Wine events were mixed. Wine pairing event in Blu was outstanding. Wine around the world event in the casino was awful. Too many sea days at the end of the cruise, especially when we all realized the trip to the Sounds was a sea day, too. The worst - which might cause us never to sail with Celebrity again - was the UPSELLING. We were constantly being accosted to buy photographs, buy another upcharge to restaurants, buy the beverage upgrades, buy this watch, this bracelet, this X, Y and Z. And $6 for a bottle of water? You have to be kidding. It was like taking a vacation with telemarketers. UGH.

Overall solid, but stop the UPSELLING

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by lviehmyer

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We've cruised Windstar, Princess and Oceania on multiple cruises. This was our first time on Celebrity. Comments in order of best to worst.

The food on Celebrity Solstice far surpassed every other cruise and cruise line - except the Murano specialty restaurant. Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grille were outstanding and worth the upcharge. Oceanview café was good with great variety for being a giant cafeteria. Baylon, Ron and Merta took great care of us in the main dining room (Grand Esperey) and the food was surprisingly good as long as you stay away from the soups. Murano (specialiy restaurant) was disappointing - pretentious, stuffy, and the sommelier was no where to be found. Food was still generally good there.

The veranda cabins were good choices for a combination of quality and value. Other passengers who chose Aqua level consistently said it wasn't worth it. Fitness center was really great and no difficulty gaining access to machines. Entertainment was above average ("Elton John" show, the illusionist, singers and acrobats). None of us cared for Ken, the cruise director, though. Edward, the executive chef, was actually much more engaging.

Excursions were good, not great. Wine events were mixed. Wine pairing event in Blu was outstanding. Wine around the world event in the casino was awful. Too many sea days at the end of the cruise, especially when we all realized the trip to the Sounds was a sea day, too.

The worst - which might cause us never to sail with Celebrity again - was the UPSELLING. We were constantly being accosted to buy photographs, buy another upcharge to restaurants, buy the beverage upgrades, buy this watch, this bracelet, this X, Y and Z. And $6 for a bottle of water? You have to be kidding. It was like taking a vacation with telemarketers. UGH.
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Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 1A 8220
Cabin was well laid out. Good storage space. Bathroom bigger than some other veranda staterooms. Comfortable bed. Mini-bar was NOT equipped, but it was fine except the forms suggested you were being charged for things that weren't stocked.
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