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We planned our first cruise to celebrate our honeymoon and Celebrity cruises did not disappoint. Embarkation was smooth and quick. The downside was the immediate selling of drinks packages and specialty restaurants. We both went for a non-alcoholic drinks package, however we did not feel we got our moneys worth as there is only so much coke zero you can drink. We found it more affordable to buy any alcoholic drinks. The food in the main dining room was fabulous every night. Our waiter had great suggestions that we thoroughly enjoyed. It would be advisable to book if you have flexible dining. They always very helpful to get us seated when we didn't have a reservation. The buffet had a great variety of choices, however I could get busy at peak times but we always found somewhere to sit. The ship was a good size and it gave a variety of things to do. We never stood in queue for anything and could get a lounger by the pool. Coffee's and teas at Cafe al Bacio are worth the trip and you can enjoy free pastries. If you want to do the hot glass activity its worth getting booked in early. There was a variety of evening entertainment and having shows at 7pm and 9pm gave you an option for dinner etc. On the Victoria docking day they do the show at 2.30pm and it is worth a watch Solomon Jaye was a fantastic entertainer. It is a shame that the film times are at unusual times (4.30pm and 10.15pm) so we never got to watch a film. The seminars by naturalist Brent Nixon and historian Miss Amanda were fantastic and informative and worth a visit. Brent even went on the bridge to give announcements to whale sightings. The port and shopping seminar was informative to a point but then there was a lot of pushing for the same shops in every port. We were surprised my how early we disembarked but it did give us a whole day in Seattle. We left the ship at 7.50am quickly and easily. Our luggage was easy to locate and cabs were well managed and we at the top of the space needle by 9am.

Fabulous food and service

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by kathryn_lambert90

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
We planned our first cruise to celebrate our honeymoon and Celebrity cruises did not disappoint. Embarkation was smooth and quick. The downside was the immediate selling of drinks packages and specialty restaurants. We both went for a non-alcoholic drinks package, however we did not feel we got our moneys worth as there is only so much coke zero you can drink. We found it more affordable to buy any alcoholic drinks. The food in the main dining room was fabulous every night. Our waiter had great suggestions that we thoroughly enjoyed. It would be advisable to book if you have flexible dining. They always very helpful to get us seated when we didn't have a reservation. The buffet had a great variety of choices, however I could get busy at peak times but we always found somewhere to sit. The ship was a good size and it gave a variety of things to do. We never stood in queue for anything and could get a lounger by the pool. Coffee's and teas at Cafe al Bacio are worth the trip and you can enjoy free pastries. If you want to do the hot glass activity its worth getting booked in early. There was a variety of evening entertainment and having shows at 7pm and 9pm gave you an option for dinner etc. On the Victoria docking day they do the show at 2.30pm and it is worth a watch Solomon Jaye was a fantastic entertainer. It is a shame that the film times are at unusual times (4.30pm and 10.15pm) so we never got to watch a film. The seminars by naturalist Brent Nixon and historian Miss Amanda were fantastic and informative and worth a visit. Brent even went on the bridge to give announcements to whale sightings. The port and shopping seminar was informative to a point but then there was a lot of pushing for the same shops in every port. We were surprised my how early we disembarked but it did give us a whole day in Seattle. We left the ship at 7.50am quickly and easily. Our luggage was easy to locate and cabs were well managed and we at the top of the space needle by 9am.
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Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom
Cabin 10 1032
Our cabin was a good size and well looked after by our room attendant. I was a shame that that there was not a sofa only two chairs that were at different places in the room.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Whales, Bears and Glaciers
    Unfortuantely the dock is very far from town so we did not get to see Juneau. The shuttle would be 10 dollars. The tour guide was very knowlegable and was able to lead an interesting tour. The mist over the water was a shame when viewing the glacier. We thought we would be closer to the glacier not just viewing it from small beach on the other side of the lake. We did manage to see a black bear but the mountain ranger presence was noticeable so reassuring.The whale watching as exceptional. The boat was comfortable and well designed for its use. The driver was well skilled in finding and viewing the whales from a safe distance.
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  • City Tour
    It is easy to get into town from the ship. We walked around the town a little before our tour. We found the office and got out tickets. Unfortunately our shuttle was 30 mins late. The tour guide as knowledgeable but it was hard to hear her over the sound of the old engine. She took us to a river and we did get to see some eagles but it wasn't quite what we were expecting.
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  • Potlatch Park
    We then got on a different bus to go to the park. It was free to enter and was a little rundown. There was a large group in front of us, so we did have to wait to move through. The poor guide was not prepared as he was covering but he did try his best.
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  • Scenic Drive
    The van was comfortable and the guide knowledgeable. The weather was not on our side so very misty and rainy. We were able to get off for photos. It would of been enjoyable to do a walking tour around the city first and she could of given more information at the cemetery.
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  • Butchart Gardens
    Very big bus so difficult to see out of the windows when he was talking about the city. The Gardens are lovely and the 2 hours we got there was enough time to see them. Due the time we docked it was dark when we left the gardens, though we got driven through the city to see the landmarks we would have enjoyed walking around.
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