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The embarkation process was a madhouse. We had a suite, so we stood in line for an hour less than our friends who had a balcony stateroom. But once onboard, our cabin wasn’t ready for 2 hours. Since we had a “suite”, we had free WiFi but only for one device at a time. Non-suite guests had to pay over $300.00 for WiFi, again for only one device at a time. This cruise had 9 days at sea. Onboard entertainment was good but for 9 days. We booked this cruise specifically because it cruised the fjords of New Zealand. Due to medical emergency we returned to Melbourne. We lost 12 hours. Rather than use more fuel to get to New Zealand, the captain decided to skip the fjords. We had a suite that was simply a roomier stateroom so a sofa could be placed in the cabin.....so not really a suite. Common areas of the ship were well maintained. Not so in our “suite”. Sofa was so used that you sank into it....very uncomfortable. Fabric on arms was frayed. Bath towels were so old, they were thin and hems were coming out. Mattress was worn out. Deep indentations from previous occupants. Food was very good in sit down restaurants...not so good at the Oceanview Cafe (a buffet) which was only lunch option if you stayed aboard in port. The bright spot on this cruise was the staff. All were extremely friendly and helpful. Our butler was especially attentive. The bar tenders at the Martini Bar were exceptional and very entertaining. Shore excursions were so what. In Melbourne, we road a bus for an hour to take a 20 minute “vintage” train ride, then an hour back to the ship. In Akaroa (near Christchurch), the ship docked in the bay and we had to take tenders into shore. Our tour was cancelled so on our way back to ship, we sat on top open deck to get some pictures. The sea became so rough (without warning from staff) that we were nearly washed overboard. We had to sit on the floor and scoot to the stairs with help from crew. Doors were left open and the Greek Cowboy at the helm sped through waves causing us to get even wetter. The ship did launder our clothes. I was covered in bruises from bouncing around and trying to get down the stairs. The Picton tour was worse. We road yet another train for over an hour and dumped in a very small town with only one decent restaurant for lunch. Shopping and sightseeing were very limited. Another hour back to ship. Mediocre wine was sold for $5 for a tiny plastic cup. Only scenery from the train were a few vineyards.

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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Retireforfun

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The embarkation process was a madhouse. We had a suite, so we stood in line for an hour less than our friends who had a balcony stateroom. But once onboard, our cabin wasn’t ready for 2 hours. Since we had a “suite”, we had free WiFi but only for one device at a time. Non-suite guests had to pay over $300.00 for WiFi, again for only one device at a time. This cruise had 9 days at sea. Onboard entertainment was good but for 9 days.

We booked this cruise specifically because it cruised the fjords of New Zealand. Due to medical emergency we returned to Melbourne. We lost 12 hours. Rather than use more fuel to get to New Zealand, the captain decided to skip the fjords.

We had a suite that was simply a roomier stateroom so a sofa could be placed in the cabin.....so not really a suite. Common areas of the ship were well maintained. Not so in our “suite”. Sofa was so used that you sank into it....very uncomfortable. Fabric on arms was frayed. Bath towels were so old, they were thin and hems were coming out. Mattress was worn out. Deep indentations from previous occupants.

Food was very good in sit down restaurants...not so good at the Oceanview Cafe (a buffet) which was only lunch option if you stayed aboard in port.

The bright spot on this cruise was the staff. All were extremely friendly and helpful. Our butler was especially attentive. The bar tenders at the Martini Bar were exceptional and very entertaining.

Shore excursions were so what. In Melbourne, we road a bus for an hour to take a 20 minute “vintage” train ride, then an hour back to the ship.

In Akaroa (near Christchurch), the ship docked in the bay and we had to take tenders into shore. Our tour was cancelled so on our way back to ship, we sat on top open deck to get some pictures. The sea became so rough (without warning from staff) that we were nearly washed overboard. We had to sit on the floor and scoot to the stairs with help from crew. Doors were left open and the Greek Cowboy at the helm sped through waves causing us to get even wetter. The ship did launder our clothes. I was covered in bruises from bouncing around and trying to get down the stairs.

The Picton tour was worse. We road yet another train for over an hour and dumped in a very small town with only one decent restaurant for lunch. Shopping and sightseeing were very limited. Another hour back to ship. Mediocre wine was sold for $5 for a tiny plastic cup. Only scenery from the train were a few vineyards.
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite
Cabin S1 2117
Clean but shabby. Needs new furniture and linens.
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