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The Solstice is a big, beauty kept spotlessly clean by a staff who must be hung and quartered if they don't smile and greet every guest at every possible moment. The cabin was bright, airy, very functional, comfortable and quiet. Couldn't ask for more. Balcony was terrif. Can't imagine cruising without one. Public spaces were beautiful, clean and inviting with no crowding, no hassles, no aggravation. Food in buffet was good, but not outstanding. Breads and other baked goods are mediocre at best. Expected variety in dining room to vary regionally based on where we were (Greece, Italy, Turkey), but it never happened. It should. Food quality was good, though. Upgrade restaurant, Murano, was excellent, went twice. Didn't try others since no one we talked to raved about them. Entertainment was average, at best, but our 2000 new friends provided loads of entertainment. All veteran cruisers we spoke with concurred the entertainment was poor. Very diverse crowd, from many nations. No one was particularly obnoxious and most were a pleasure to be around. Solstice seems to have no draw for those under 40 though, and that's a shame. Departing ship at ports was poorly handled by ship crew when tendering and led to problems. Some people didn't get off the ship until mid-afternoon and there were injuries from falls while boarding the tenders. More in ports section, below. Re the ship. Top deck has grass. Our fave spot. Putting green had grass, but not cut to putt on. Bocce area was great fun. Good bar. Really nice place to hang out. Pool deck was really nice, indoor, outdoor, both lovely. Bars all over the ship and all are beauties and comfy. Ship seems to have been designed for wide-bodies-all chairs were ample and comfy. Library is really just a nap room. There are few books and no effort made to provide anything current, no magazines, no newspapers, no travel books, no novels. It's just a pretty room. Shops were nicely stocked and prices seemed reasonable. Casino was pleasant, not crowded and another well-designed room. Concierge class was supposed to get shoe shines-never offered. Supposed to get pillow choices, never offered. Don't believe we got anything extra (except a bottle of champagne) for paying extra for Concierge class. Service: Cabin steward was okay, not great. Did keep the room clean but the attitude seemed lacking. Waiters in dining room were good, efficient and always brought more than asked for, instantly. Ship concierge was marvelous. Didn't take any ship excursions, but feedback from others was not good. Never heard a positive review of ship's excursions. Some told us Solstice was one of the best ever, ship-wise, but lacked entertainment and activities other ships offer. As for us rookie cruisers, we were very pleased.

Rookie cruiser pleasantly surprised

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Jeffthefish

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The Solstice is a big, beauty kept spotlessly clean by a staff who must be hung and quartered if they don't smile and greet every guest at every possible moment. The cabin was bright, airy, very functional, comfortable and quiet. Couldn't ask for more. Balcony was terrif. Can't imagine cruising without one. Public spaces were beautiful, clean and inviting with no crowding, no hassles, no aggravation. Food in buffet was good, but not outstanding. Breads and other baked goods are mediocre at best. Expected variety in dining room to vary regionally based on where we were (Greece, Italy, Turkey), but it never happened. It should. Food quality was good, though. Upgrade restaurant, Murano, was excellent, went twice. Didn't try others since no one we talked to raved about them. Entertainment was average, at best, but our 2000 new friends provided loads of entertainment. All veteran cruisers we spoke with concurred the entertainment was poor. Very diverse crowd, from many nations. No one was particularly obnoxious and most were a pleasure to be around. Solstice seems to have no draw for those under 40 though, and that's a shame. Departing ship at ports was poorly handled by ship crew when tendering and led to problems. Some people didn't get off the ship until mid-afternoon and there were injuries from falls while boarding the tenders. More in ports section, below. Re the ship. Top deck has grass. Our fave spot. Putting green had grass, but not cut to putt on. Bocce area was great fun. Good bar. Really nice place to hang out. Pool deck was really nice, indoor, outdoor, both lovely. Bars all over the ship and all are beauties and comfy. Ship seems to have been designed for wide-bodies-all chairs were ample and comfy. Library is really just a nap room. There are few books and no effort made to provide anything current, no magazines, no newspapers, no travel books, no novels. It's just a pretty room. Shops were nicely stocked and prices seemed reasonable. Casino was pleasant, not crowded and another well-designed room. Concierge class was supposed to get shoe shines-never offered. Supposed to get pillow choices, never offered. Don't believe we got anything extra (except a bottle of champagne) for paying extra for Concierge class. Service: Cabin steward was okay, not great. Did keep the room clean but the attitude seemed lacking. Waiters in dining room were good, efficient and always brought more than asked for, instantly. Ship concierge was marvelous. Didn't take any ship excursions, but feedback from others was not good. Never heard a positive review of ship's excursions. Some told us Solstice was one of the best ever, ship-wise, but lacked entertainment and activities other ships offer. As for us rookie cruisers, we were very pleased.
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Cabin C2 1034
1034 was terrif. Near forward elevators. Balcony was great, unobstructed.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Acropolis is terrif. New Parthenon Museum is an absolute must see. From Acropolis, walk down to Plaka and have a great lunch. Athens was a great surprise. Had heard some not great things but found it marvelous.
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  • Istanbul
    Third world country?? Muslim's are bad?? This'll cure you of all your biases and preconceptions. A modern city with great transportation built amoung centuries old sites that overpower and overwhelm anything built in our lifetimes. The Turks, mostly Muslim, are friendly, helpful and welcoming. But there are pickpockets everywhere so beware and be prepared. Don't miss the Topkapi, Blue Mosque, Caverns, etc. Eat there-not on the boat. Food is too good to miss and the restaurants are clean, good and want your business. Use the tram from ship-takes you right to the sites you want to see. Take the excursions and tours if you went to Turkey to learn how to buy a rug.
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  • Kusadasi
    Ephasus is amazing and not to be missed. But you already know that. Hired www.Kusadasi.biz for private tour and it was perfect. Then to leather store (our request) and bought gorgeous jackets at probably too high a price but... Kusadasi is tourist town selling all the same stuff.
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  • Mykonos
    Gorgeous, friendly, great hiking up and down paved paths. Really friendly folks, superb lunch at seaside cafe. This is the real deal of Greek Islands. Couldn't stop humming Mama Mia songs. Don't miss taking picture of Zorba's with the windmills behind it. One picture IS a thousand words. Tendered but without hassles of Santorini. We want to go back!
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  • Naples
    Naples has always been a drive-by. Drive by it to get to Pompeii, drive by it to get to Capri, etc. This time, we explored naples. It is modern, hectic, smoggy, but loaded with gorgeous architecture, stylish people, great food (Naples pizza is the best), and marvelous sites.
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  • Santorini
    Pain in the butt to get onto and off of. Tendering caused long lines and no organization by crew to get us off smoothly. Some waited 7 hours to get off the ship. Then cable car to Fira was only real choice (unless you like donkeys). We wanted to see the highly touted town of Oya (sp). Paid excessively for cab and was totally disappointed-not much there. Not worth the time or expense. Back to Fira and a long line (one hr wait in the rain) to board cable car. Fira was okay, had a good lunch at a nice cafe, but overall, not our favorite port.
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