Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by sonvoltken6
- Sail Date: May 2017
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: AquaClass
We landed in Seattle the day before the cruise and took the Link Light Rail to the Westlake station. We stayed the night before at the Mayflower Inn. The location was outstanding and the hotel was quite nice. We were upgraded for free to a corner suite. We did some sightseeing the day before and the morning of. We decided to try Uber to the port. Mistake number 1. Uber and other private drivers are taken to a staging area, while taxis are sent right up to the port. So much for Seattle being an Uber friendly city. We had our driver leave us and we walked about 2/3 mile by my guess to the terminal.
The embarkation process was the worst. San Juan, Barcelona, Bayonne - all smooth and easy compared to Seattle. The lines were horrendous and slow moving. It took us the better part of an hour to get on the ship, and as noted we were in Aqua (and are Elite). This was probably the biggest complaint but by the time we got on the ship, to our room and up to lunch it was all a memory.
The cruise itself was amazing. First off, Celebrity had both a Naturalist and a Cultural Historian as guest speakers. They were both excellent - entertaining AND informative. The guest entertainers, especially A Hard Day's Night (Beatle's Tribute band as you have probably guessed). The production shows were hit and miss. The Rock and Roll show was pretty good. The others were a bit bizarre. And Liar's Club as always didn't disappoint.
Dining was good. We were well taken care of in Blu for our dinners. The service was efficient mostly but not as personable as we had come to expect. Our biggest complaint was that two of the days breakfast service was really slow. I mean slower than dinner. But the food in general was good in Blue. Oceanview Cafe was hit and miss as always. Mast Grill was quite good. We didn't do specialty restaurants.
We really didn't do many of the other activities. Between the ports, the lecturers and entertainers and also relaxing (we are in the process of moving and this came at a really busy time for us!) we just wanted to enjoy the trip. More on the ports will come below.
Disembarkation was not too bad. We went through customs quickly. The line for a taxi was pretty long. Both ships in port that day fed one taxi line. But we were at our hotel in Pioneer Square by 9 am.
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