It's hard not to compare to previous cruises on Celebrity Solstice but to sum up first Sun Princess is an older ship with older guests. Solstice excels on style and dining but that's not what matters , what does matter is "did we enjoy ourselves????..YES we did ! "
Sun Princess had .....
Excellent happy crew , genuine service, no hard sell, no long waits for a drink at a bar, brilliant open air cinema , Adult only Sanctuary (fee) comfortable clean cabins , new beds and bedding , easy embarkation and disembarkation plus friendly fellow cruisers.
We don't go for destinations or excursions, cruising is a very individual experience . We like good dining and good service , quite places to relax and read , and a choice of on board entertainment and enrichment offers.
Dining in MDR was a pleasant experience because of the excellent waiters however the quality of cuisine and presentation was well below the standard we experienced on Solstice.
Only serious issues was that Noro Virous has plagued this ship on subsequent cruises. We were fortunate to benefit from numerous deep cleans , and were not aware of any major outbreaks on our cruise . However there were some restrictions such as closed library, waiter serve only at Horizon ( lifted in last 2 days ) no handshaking and the obvious delayed departure and constant updates on health issues. We presumed that other passengers were happy to comply with strict hygiene to have a healthy cruise. We carried on our on deep clean in our cabin taking onboard detol soap, sprays, wipes gels and a huge bag of medications . We have had Noro as well as the bronchitis cough on Solstice so like to take as many precautions as possible.
Other negative was our Deck 9 Aft cabin corridors had a disgusting smell please see cabin review.
We were aft Deck 9 with Balcony on side . We're pleased with hanging space and overkill of wooden hangers great start. New mattress , pillows and bedding were top quality and we enjoyed the most comfortable nights sleep onboard. Cabin steward was attentive as was room service, happy and friendly crew , brilliant. Room a bit smaller than what we had on Solstice and a bit older but really only complaint was disgusting smell up and down our corridors. Can only think it was a plumbing issue as we saw numerous maintenance crew in and out of cabins and doorways. It was quite off putting when heading to dinner and sometimes the smell wafted into our cabin . This seriously needs to be addressed.