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My husband and I are both 30 and this was the first cruise for both of us. We booked a Concierge Class room on the 12th deck (where the Pool and Spa were) and could not have picked a better location. We were at the very front of the hallway near the elevators, but never heard any noise from people walking by or the elevators. It was great to be able to walk right out of the room to the pool deck or just up one flight of stairs to the Oceanview Cafe. We signed up for a Cruise Critic "meet & mingle" party which proved to be a huge mistake as there were several people who showed up apparently just to complain. It was only the second day of the cruise and this loud obnoxious woman kept going on and on about all the things that she disliked about the ship. Another fellow was griping about the shore excursions. I'm thinking, you KNEW what they were before you booked the cruise, so if you weren't interested, then why did you pick this ship?!? Anyhow...it was a colossal waste of time, and I wish we hadn't gone. I actually felt sorry for the cruise director because I could tell he was caught off guard being bombarded with complains so early in the trip! Dining - we ate lunch mostly at the Oceanview Cafe. It was fine. Nothing spectacular. We ate breakfast there each day as well - also fine, but nothing to write home about. I enjoyed our dinners in the main dining room. Our waiter was great and the meals were good. Again, nothing over the top...not really as fancy as I was expecting. But not bad, either. We ate several meals at the Bistro on Five and it was excellent! Well worth the $5 per person service charge. Room - As I mentioned, we had a Concierge Class room with a balcony. It was really nice. Plenty of storage for clothing. Bathroom was big (compared to what I was expecting) with a roomy shower. The balcony was great, and I think I will never be able to cruise again without getting a balcony room. The bed was VERY comfy. With Concierge Class we got daily hors d'oeuvres delivered each afternoon. Some were good, some weren't. Staff - I found the staff to be very friendly, although some of the waiters on the pool deck were a little pushy with the drinks. I did feel like they were told to "upsell" as much as possible. Pool - I never got IN the pool (as the outdoor pool was always filled with children), but laid out on the pool deck quite a bit. They definitely could do a better job of monitoring the people who would throw their towel on a chair and then leave it for HOURS. That was frustrating when the chairs would fill up and you couldn't find a place to sit, yet most of the chairs were empty except for a towel or magazine thrown on them. Tenders - SHOW UP EARLY for tickets. My husband went down to get tender boat tickets for us for Santorini and he got there half an hour before they were supposed to start handing them out and there was already a line. The bottom line is that you are only in port for a few hours, so if you don't get on one of the first few tender boats then you are really cutting into your sightseeing time. Shows - Well, the shows starring the Solstice cast were painful to watch. The dancing was so simplistic and the Broadway-style shows were cheesy. Some of the singers were good, but my husband and I couldn't get past the cheesiness. It just all seemed like junior high level performance. The other shows with outside performers were all much more enjoyable. Do not miss the Hot Glass Show or the Martini Bar. Both are extremely fascinating/entertaining! All in all it was a fabulous experience. The ship is just gorgeous and we found ourselves continually in awe the entire week. We would definitely sail Celebrity again!

I think we are officially spoiled

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by alliesun98

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My husband and I are both 30 and this was the first cruise for both of us.
We booked a Concierge Class room on the 12th deck (where the Pool and Spa were) and could not have picked a better location. We were at the very front of the hallway near the elevators, but never heard any noise from people walking by or the elevators. It was great to be able to walk right out of the room to the pool deck or just up one flight of stairs to the Oceanview Cafe.
We signed up for a Cruise Critic "meet & mingle" party which proved to be a huge mistake as there were several people who showed up apparently just to complain. It was only the second day of the cruise and this loud obnoxious woman kept going on and on about all the things that she disliked about the ship. Another fellow was griping about the shore excursions. I'm thinking, you KNEW what they were before you booked the cruise, so if you weren't interested, then why did you pick this ship?!? Anyhow...it was a colossal waste of time, and I wish we hadn't gone. I actually felt sorry for the cruise director because I could tell he was caught off guard being bombarded with complains so early in the trip!
Dining - we ate lunch mostly at the Oceanview Cafe. It was fine. Nothing spectacular. We ate breakfast there each day as well - also fine, but nothing to write home about. I enjoyed our dinners in the main dining room. Our waiter was great and the meals were good. Again, nothing over the top...not really as fancy as I was expecting. But not bad, either. We ate several meals at the Bistro on Five and it was excellent! Well worth the $5 per person service charge.
Room - As I mentioned, we had a Concierge Class room with a balcony. It was really nice. Plenty of storage for clothing. Bathroom was big (compared to what I was expecting) with a roomy shower. The balcony was great, and I think I will never be able to cruise again without getting a balcony room. The bed was VERY comfy. With Concierge Class we got daily hors d'oeuvres delivered each afternoon. Some were good, some weren't.
Staff - I found the staff to be very friendly, although some of the waiters on the pool deck were a little pushy with the drinks. I did feel like they were told to "upsell" as much as possible.
Pool - I never got IN the pool (as the outdoor pool was always filled with children), but laid out on the pool deck quite a bit. They definitely could do a better job of monitoring the people who would throw their towel on a chair and then leave it for HOURS. That was frustrating when the chairs would fill up and you couldn't find a place to sit, yet most of the chairs were empty except for a towel or magazine thrown on them.
Tenders - SHOW UP EARLY for tickets. My husband went down to get tender boat tickets for us for Santorini and he got there half an hour before they were supposed to start handing them out and there was already a line. The bottom line is that you are only in port for a few hours, so if you don't get on one of the first few tender boats then you are really cutting into your sightseeing time.
Shows - Well, the shows starring the Solstice cast were painful to watch. The dancing was so simplistic and the Broadway-style shows were cheesy. Some of the singers were good, but my husband and I couldn't get past the cheesiness. It just all seemed like junior high level performance. The other shows with outside performers were all much more enjoyable.
Do not miss the Hot Glass Show or the Martini Bar. Both are extremely fascinating/entertaining!
All in all it was a fabulous experience. The ship is just gorgeous and we found ourselves continually in awe the entire week. We would definitely sail Celebrity again!
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Cabin 2107
Lots of storage, great location. Good sized balcony.
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