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i frequently cruise with celebrity and past experience has been excellent. this sailing fell short of meeting expectations because of all the extreme (albeit, necessary) measures that were in place because of an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness the previous sailing..an outbreak that presisted throughout the october 30th sailing. the sanitation of the ship delayed boarding, creating long queues and a bit of chaos. all library books had been removed from the library, as this was seen as a possible means of disease transmission. all table-top drink menus had been removed. this was particularly annoying for passengers who had purchased premium drink packages, because there was no way to know what drinks, wines, beers were listed as premium options. all salt and pepper shakers had been removed. all food, coffee, water in ocean view cafe were served by ship's staff, slowing down the pace of meals and creating more congestion than is normally seen in that venue. breakfast and lunch in the ocean view cafe were unpleasant experiences because of all these precautions...meals that i generally look forward to now became ordeals to be endured. the australian/new zealand itinerary is very good. because many of the attractions in the ports visited are a good distance from the port, it is good that port stops were long enough to enjoy the sights that were far away. aside from the fact that there were no salt and pepper shakers on the table, we enjoyed all of our meals in the main dining room. the food and the service were very good. we had "select dining", and we traveled with a group of ten people. once the hostess knew our preferred dining time, she was able to find a nicely located table for us each of the nights that we ate at that venue. we had several meals at tuscan grill...we really like the food, the scenic venue, and the service at tuscan grill. we had one meal at murano. that experience fell short of my expectation. our group of ten was seated in a room that also houses all the wine. it did not feel like we were in the restaurant at all, but more like we were in a closet. the sommelier was often darting in and out and around and behind us to fetch bottles of wine for all the diners in the restaurant. he seemed harried and overworked and late delivering wines requested by us. we also ate one meal at silk harvest. the food was very flavorful, and we were very happy with our meal there. cafe bacio is a very popular place on the ship. it provides a nice atmosphere to enjoy a cappuccino and a sweet treat. because of its popularity, the area needs to be expanded. the designs of the high back yellow chairs and the design of the chairs at the little round tables are all wrong for comfortable seating. most often we enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails in the ensemble lounge. the live entertainment there was varied and quite pleasant, though, at times, the volume was too high to allow for conversation. it is hard to focus on the details of this cruise, because the presence of illness dominated all things....the presence of illness dominated all things....the presence of illness dominated all things.....the presence of illness dominated all things...ad nauseum!

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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by flobo

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i frequently cruise with celebrity and past experience has been excellent. this sailing fell short of meeting expectations because of all the extreme (albeit, necessary) measures that were in place because of an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness the previous sailing..an outbreak that presisted throughout the october 30th sailing. the sanitation of the ship delayed boarding, creating long queues and a bit of chaos. all library books had been removed from the library, as this was seen as a possible means of disease transmission. all table-top drink menus had been removed. this was particularly annoying for passengers who had purchased premium drink packages, because there was no way to know what drinks, wines, beers were listed as premium options. all salt and pepper shakers had been removed. all food, coffee, water in ocean view cafe were served by ship's staff, slowing down the pace of meals and creating more congestion than is normally seen in that venue. breakfast and lunch in the ocean view cafe were unpleasant experiences because of all these precautions...meals that i generally look forward to now became ordeals to be endured.

the australian/new zealand itinerary is very good. because many of the attractions in the ports visited are a good distance from the port, it is good that port stops were long enough to enjoy the sights that were far away.

aside from the fact that there were no salt and pepper shakers on the table, we enjoyed all of our meals in the main dining room. the food and the service were very good. we had "select dining", and we traveled with a group of ten people. once the hostess knew our preferred dining time, she was able to find a nicely located table for us each of the nights that we ate at that venue.

we had several meals at tuscan grill...we really like the food, the scenic venue, and the service at tuscan grill. we had one meal at murano. that experience fell short of my expectation. our group of ten was seated in a room that also houses all the wine. it did not feel like we were in the restaurant at all, but more like we were in a closet. the sommelier was often darting in and out and around and behind us to fetch bottles of wine for all the diners in the restaurant. he seemed harried and overworked and late delivering wines requested by us. we also ate one meal at silk harvest. the food was very flavorful, and we were very happy with our meal there.

cafe bacio is a very popular place on the ship. it provides a nice atmosphere to enjoy a cappuccino and a sweet treat. because of its popularity, the area needs to be expanded. the designs of the high back yellow chairs and the design of the chairs at the little round tables are all wrong for comfortable seating.

most often we enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails in the ensemble lounge. the live entertainment there was varied and quite pleasant, though, at times, the volume was too high to allow for conversation.

it is hard to focus on the details of this cruise, because the presence of illness dominated all things....the presence of illness dominated all things....the presence of illness dominated all things.....the presence of illness dominated all things...ad nauseum!
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Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 1B 9246
starboard room. well-designed, except for mirror by vanity, which is too short. comfortable, quiet and not a bad location. carpet is beginning to look shabby.
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  • Auckland
    this was a private tour arranged to accomodate the interests of ten people. as it was the last day of our cruise, the driver was very considerate to pick us AND all our luggage up at the cruise port and deliver us to hotel to store our luggage prior to the tour. almost immediately we headed out of the city into the countryside climbing to the arataki visitor center...a place with great views, and a center with much information about the plants and animals of the area. the tour included a wine tasting at soljans winery and a two-course lunch with wine (or beer) and coffee and dessert. the meal was very good! we had requested that we drive by a dairy farm, but our guide surprised us by having made prior arrangements with the manager of the dairy to actually visit the dairy farm just as the cows came in from the paddock for milking. very interesting. then we drove on to see the nesting colony of gannets on the rocks of the black sand beach of muriwai...stunning beach views and ever so fascinating to see all the gannets and their babies. tour guide also surprised us by buying us fresh strawberries for our drive back to our hotel. a great tour!
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  • Dunedin
    very expensive tour, but so worthwhile! absolutley loved seeing fjordland park, queenstown, dunedin and all points in between. we rode on a small bus across the south island of new zealand, with excellent commentary from both the tour guide and the bus driver. we spent the night in queenstown at millenium hotel...a very nice place. that evening we rode and old steamboat to walter peak station for a magnificent buffet dinner..a meal that totally exceeded my expectations...and a sheep shearing demonstration. there was also a sheep dog demonstration, but it was actually too dark by then to see much of anything. there was a fun sing-along on the steamboat on the way back to hotel. we saw the original bridge where bungy jumping began, ..etc. very organized tour. very well thought out. timely stops for bathroom breaks. we loved it!
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  • Melbourne
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