Solstice Exceeds all Expectations: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Terps

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Solstice Exceeds all Expectations

Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The Solstice is a sophisticated cruising experience. However, it was clearly good for families, too as there were plenty of kids and teenagers who seemed to be having a good time. We had a lovely room with a deck which we used to sit out and read or to look at the islands as we passed by. There was PLENTY of space. The closet was spacious with enough hangers, there was a dresser, and lots of room over the bed which we didn't even use. Granted, we have traveled a great deal and pack light (on backpack a piece), but even if we had brought one outfit a day, there was plenty of room. The bathroom was clean and the shower was fantastic. There are so many things to do on the ship from art (glass blowing) to entertainment (karaoke, musicals, etc.) to working out (gym and track) to relaxing. We especially loved the "pods" which were cushioned sofas with a retractable cover. We stayed in the solarium which was for 18 and over only. On the sea days, there was a bit of a struggle to More find a chair, but I mostly played basketball while my husband went in the hot tub. The staff was incredibally professional and friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable. The food was delicious.. way too much of it.. and ice cream all day and night!

The only negative for us was the constant attempts to get us to go on one of their excursions, so we could frequent their choice places to shop. We went on our own and saved money and had the time to go wherever we wanted to at our own pace. It's very hot during the summer, so we left out early and came back in the early afternoon for a nap. We are not wealthy and felt at times that many people on board were about shopping more than sightseeing, but we found others like ourselves.

Celebrity is very concerned about the health of the passengers, so they required that hand sanitizer be used when boarding the ship and entering the dining facilities.

All in all, it was an unforgettable experience. It was such beautiful scenery, elegance, and great history. Oh and the food!! Less

Published 08/25/09
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