Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by alle
- Sail Date: May 2017
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
I'd like to see this cruise hit another island -- maybe Kaui. Maui, Hawaii, and Oahu are getting fairly commercialized. However, the big Island never fails to give a good show and we enjoyed both our days there. We had a private jeep tour in Maui that was an excellent introduction to Maui and it's history.
The only ding/con for this cruise (and it's minor) was the breakfast. The scrambled eggs out on the buffet were so soupy that if you wanted eggs, you generally lined up for omelettes or eggs benedict to order. It's always nice to have your eggs made to order, but sometimes you'd like to just grab and go. I could never seem to get cheese on my omelette that I ordered -- I ordered cheese each time, but when I got it, there was never cheese on the omelette. As I said, it's a very minor ding.
The rest of the cruise was wonderful. The crew members went out of their way to provide lots of entertainment and relaxation. All 5 days at sea ended up being cloudy, windy, and cold, so the crew had their work cut out for them.
Our cabin steward kept the room spotless even though we were constantly heading back to the room (we both caught a bit of a cold and needed to get extra sleep).
Our dining staff were very attentive. Our waiter and his assistant learned our tastes early and kept our water filled (something important to me). We enjoyed our dinner mates and learned a lot from them. The sommelier was always prompt getting our wine and suggesting alternatives so we could try everything available on the drink package we had.
We tried a specialty restaurant for our anniversary, but weren't really impressed. There was way too much food. And for the extra money, we would have been just as happy eating in the main dining room.
Embarkation and Disembarkation were handled efficiently with little waiting. The ship notified us that there would be 3 ships in Vancouver on the day we were there and offered additional chances to get a direct transfer to the airport which worked out well.
The crew of the Solstice made the journey and we thank them for a job well done!
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We had the beds pushed together to make a large bed. The bed is situated next to the sliding glass door to the veranda. This left a sitting area between the bed and the bathroom. Since the closet is parallel to the bed (on the other side of the sofa), this makes it easier to get in and out of the closet.
The closet is a bit smaller than we're used to on cruises. However, the bathroom has much more additional space than we're used to! In addition there are shelves with doors above the bed that provided good space for clothing. We were disappointed to find a 3-shelf stand on each side of the bed instead of the usual 2 drawer nightstand.
The hair dryer provided in the room required one to hold the button to keep it running. I was glad I brought my own!
We brought a ship-approved power strip that gave us 3 usb charging ports and 2 3-prong US outlets. That gave us plenty of charging accessibility.
We also brought 4 strong and 4 medium magnetic hooks that were essential to keeping order in the cabin. We strongly recommend bringing magnetic hooks. In addition the ship had two hooks on the wall opposite the bathroom door as well as two on the bathroom door and two in the shower. (We used two of our magnetic hooks to hold all the paperwork on the wall so it didn't overwhelm the limited counter space in the cabin.)
There was plenty of room under the bed for our two hard sided suitcases (and we put our carry on inside one of the suitcases), keeping the cabin free of the extra suitcases.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Island TourKyle picked us up at pier and gave us a running commentary on the island, it's history, and everything about what we were seeing. We started at Rainbow Fall and from there went to a coffee plant where we got to see how they plant, harvest, and process coffee (plus some wonderful samples). We then headed up to the Volcano National Park where we got to see the lava coming up in the crater as well as got a guided tour through the museum. Kyle then took us to places where we could feel the heat through our shoes and see the venting. We then had a guided tour through the lava tubes with Kyle explaining all the latest information on the lava, lava tubes, and volcanos. We stopped at an orchid farm on the way back down to the ship. It was a great tour!View All 29 Island Tour Reviews
HonoluluThe tour operator gave us history as we drove throughout the tour. He dropped us off at the Arizona Memorial where he'd arranged a specific timed tour in advance for us. Then we drove to a few spots in Honolulu and to the Pu'ali Lookout. He dropped us off at the mall for lunch and then drove us back to the ship.View All 12,792 Honolulu Cruise Port Reviews
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Helicopter TourWe booked a taxi ride independently to the airport through Laura's Taxi. Heather was a great driver with a wealth of knowledge and very personable.View All 9 Helicopter Tour Reviews
The helicopter ride was approximately 1-1/2 hours. We flew over old flows, over the crater where we could see some lava, down to the shore where the lava was hitting the ocean, and then back over above Parker's Ranch. Next we flew by a number of waterfalls, each more spectacular than the last, with the finale being Keyhole Falls which was just amazing. Directly after that, we flew over the wreckage of a WWII bomber that you could still see clearly on the mountainside. The pilot answered all our questions and gave us overviews of what we were seeing at all times. Definitely a highlight of our vacation!
Jeep TourWe were driven in a jeep around one side of the "butterfly", given extensive amounts of local knowledge, and history of the island, and shown beautiful views, gorges, and how a recent extensive rainfall engorged the rivers and changed the landscape. This was one of the best tours of the vacation!View All 3 Jeep Tour Reviews