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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Mixed bag

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by EricArthur

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2009
  • Destination: Transatlantic

Solstice is a beautiful ship with many great facilities.

Eating in the cafeteria on deck 14 gave good choices and quality of food, but dining in the main restaurant was a disappointment. Despite many complaints the food was serves half-cold every night.

Entertainment fell far short of the level we have enjoyed on previous Celebrity cruises. Apart from the Lindsay Hamilton and 'Solstice' shows, which were excellent,it was scarcely worth walking to the theatre.

We experienced chaos in both of the shore excursions we booked. The first departed two hours late, the second one hour late. We got no apologies for either of these late departures.

For the first time we felt a real benefit from being 'elite' members of the captains club, with cocktails and good tours of the ship.

We received not one 'thank you' for the gratuities that were automatically put onto our account. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful, but clearly the 'gratuities' have become part of their regular income.

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Cabin Review

small but adequate

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Florence (Livorno)

we were scheduled to stop at Livorno (Florence) but we ended up at La Spezia. The tender service to that port was terrible; Celebrity did a very poor job of dealing with the change on arrival port.


Much better job with the tender service.

pleasnt town for walking


always pleasnt to visit and walk through the city

Madeira (Funchal)

A terrible experience with dis-embarkation, and re-boarding. Very long waits to get off and on the ship. Celebrity blamed the state of the tide; but they must have known the state of the tide from the tables many months before we arrived.

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