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My husband and I traveled with our mid-20 year old sons and it was the first major cruise for all of us. Quick background if it helps (I scoured this site prior to leaving so it did help to have some basis for a review)): we are all in the hospitality industry and have really high standards in all areas of the business. In addition we are lifelong boaters and currently own 3 boats. For those reasons I was very nervous trying a cruise because we all felt the claustrophobic nature would be too much for what we like. But we all wanted to see Alaska and this seemed like the best way to go. A negative was the embarkation process. It almost had an Ellis Island feeling to it-one long line snaking around the room, like waiting for Space Mountain. It made us all a little nervous because we worried that it was the way the whole week would be. We were in balcony cabins so there was only one boarding area for non-upgraded passengers. We felt that it could be remedied with staggered times/alphabetical lines/refreshments etc. But once we got on the ship, our luggage had already arrived to our room and we headed to the top deck to watch us leave Seattle. I expected a Love Boat confetti parade but none occurred. We just left deftly from the shore and were on our way. ROOMS were spacious and our stewards were wonderful-very stealth in their care. There was plenty of room under the bed for our luggage and over for any items. The closet had a safe and there was a fridge with space for extra food/water. The bathroom was fine-you may want to bring your own shampoo/conditioner but it was provided. The balcony was lovely to sit outside when it was warm or bundle up and go out when it was cool. The room was not luxury really but was always very clean and comfortable. Frankly you shouldn't spend much time there because there is so much going on. FOOD/BEVERAGE were great. We did take the Classic Bev package as one of our two perks (the other being a $150 ship credit but we should have taken the pre-paid gratuities as it worked out to be more). They did ask a few times if we wanted the package but it wasn't too intrusive. It was worth every cent as it included all boxed waters, most liquor/wine/beer and incredible frozen drinks. It definitely paid for itself and was a great perk. We paid for a few martini upgrades but that was it. The servers and bartenders were always so attentive and polite. What a great staff. We opted to only dine in the main areas and were normally very pleased although we did start to refer to the top floor as the Zombie Cafe. The staff did a stellar job in replenishing and cleaning. But the passengers rarely looked out for each other and were only concerned at making sure they filled their plates. Very odd and scary thinking that we could potentially "share" lifeboats with these people. We tried to avoid it by using the main dining room and the burger bar by the pool. When we did go it was at "off" times as best as we could but it was always busy. EXCURSIONS: There were many options, we pre-booked 3 but one was cancelled and they rebooked us in a different one. It wasn't of interest so they switched us with no trouble. We ended up doing a sea plane in Ketchikan, the dog sledding in Juneau and glacier helicopter in Skagway. ENTERTAINMENT: We went to three shows: The Beatles salute, The Journey cover band and the regular current hits show. The times could be adjusted as they either felt too early or too late to do dinner properly but it felt sad that these performers often had many empty seats. It was great to just go and grab whatever seat you wanted and bring a drink in with you. Really nice theater. CASINO: We aren't gamblers per se but went to the blackjack table once and played a slot machine. We lost a total of $10 so not too bad. It didn't seem very busy for the most part so there was always room to play. RETAIL: Don't assume you'll find much in the way of anything you'll want to buy. The less expensive shops were mainly kitschy Alaska shirts/gear which are also everywhere at the ports. The pricier shops had very high end jewelry and not much else. The Tiffany's was fun to look through but do many people really want a $17K bracelet unless they've done well in the casino? There was no sundries type shop for forgotten items either that I could find. The spa shop was normally locked. SPA: The masseuses who did the massages were wonderful. The experience left a lot of opportunity. The location is at the front of the ship and is beautiful. There is a lounge there to wait but the reception team didn't do the "normal" arrival. We were shown the lounge but I had to ask my masseuse for a robe once I was in the service room. I wanted to take a shower afterwards. It was very clean but the only products in the bathroom were a combo shampoo/conditioner and shower gel. There was one hair dryer in the whole ladies room and no product, hair spray, etc. This surprised me as the prices were equivalent or more to an upscale spa. DISEMBARKING: At ports it went very quickly (we didn't even need our passport to get in and out of Canada). Final day a lot of people left early. We chose to carry our own bags and had breakfast in the main (non-zombie) dining room prior to leaving. It took only a few minutes. There are a lot of taxis available. We had ordered an Uber but didn't see the shuttle to the uber area so it was a fairly long walk with luggage. The cost for a large uber to the airport was $70. Would be worth finding out how much a cab would've been. Overall the entire cruise is one we would do all over again. Anyone who complains about it probably complains on all of their vacations. Celebrity isn't perfect but their team does their best to make sure that you have a great trip!

Wonderful Vacation!

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by notacelebrity

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
My husband and I traveled with our mid-20 year old sons and it was the first major cruise for all of us. Quick background if it helps (I scoured this site prior to leaving so it did help to have some basis for a review)): we are all in the hospitality industry and have really high standards in all areas of the business. In addition we are lifelong boaters and currently own 3 boats. For those reasons I was very nervous trying a cruise because we all felt the claustrophobic nature would be too much for what we like. But we all wanted to see Alaska and this seemed like the best way to go.

A negative was the embarkation process. It almost had an Ellis Island feeling to it-one long line snaking around the room, like waiting for Space Mountain. It made us all a little nervous because we worried that it was the way the whole week would be. We were in balcony cabins so there was only one boarding area for non-upgraded passengers. We felt that it could be remedied with staggered times/alphabetical lines/refreshments etc.

But once we got on the ship, our luggage had already arrived to our room and we headed to the top deck to watch us leave Seattle. I expected a Love Boat confetti parade but none occurred. We just left deftly from the shore and were on our way.

ROOMS were spacious and our stewards were wonderful-very stealth in their care. There was plenty of room under the bed for our luggage and over for any items. The closet had a safe and there was a fridge with space for extra food/water. The bathroom was fine-you may want to bring your own shampoo/conditioner but it was provided. The balcony was lovely to sit outside when it was warm or bundle up and go out when it was cool. The room was not luxury really but was always very clean and comfortable. Frankly you shouldn't spend much time there because there is so much going on.

FOOD/BEVERAGE were great. We did take the Classic Bev package as one of our two perks (the other being a $150 ship credit but we should have taken the pre-paid gratuities as it worked out to be more). They did ask a few times if we wanted the package but it wasn't too intrusive. It was worth every cent as it included all boxed waters, most liquor/wine/beer and incredible frozen drinks. It definitely paid for itself and was a great perk. We paid for a few martini upgrades but that was it. The servers and bartenders were always so attentive and polite. What a great staff. We opted to only dine in the main areas and were normally very pleased although we did start to refer to the top floor as the Zombie Cafe. The staff did a stellar job in replenishing and cleaning. But the passengers rarely looked out for each other and were only concerned at making sure they filled their plates. Very odd and scary thinking that we could potentially "share" lifeboats with these people. We tried to avoid it by using the main dining room and the burger bar by the pool. When we did go it was at "off" times as best as we could but it was always busy.

EXCURSIONS: There were many options, we pre-booked 3 but one was cancelled and they rebooked us in a different one. It wasn't of interest so they switched us with no trouble. We ended up doing a sea plane in Ketchikan, the dog sledding in Juneau and glacier helicopter in Skagway.

ENTERTAINMENT: We went to three shows: The Beatles salute, The Journey cover band and the regular current hits show. The times could be adjusted as they either felt too early or too late to do dinner properly but it felt sad that these performers often had many empty seats. It was great to just go and grab whatever seat you wanted and bring a drink in with you. Really nice theater.

CASINO: We aren't gamblers per se but went to the blackjack table once and played a slot machine. We lost a total of $10 so not too bad. It didn't seem very busy for the most part so there was always room to play.

RETAIL: Don't assume you'll find much in the way of anything you'll want to buy. The less expensive shops were mainly kitschy Alaska shirts/gear which are also everywhere at the ports. The pricier shops had very high end jewelry and not much else. The Tiffany's was fun to look through but do many people really want a $17K bracelet unless they've done well in the casino? There was no sundries type shop for forgotten items either that I could find. The spa shop was normally locked.

SPA: The masseuses who did the massages were wonderful. The experience left a lot of opportunity. The location is at the front of the ship and is beautiful. There is a lounge there to wait but the reception team didn't do the "normal" arrival. We were shown the lounge but I had to ask my masseuse for a robe once I was in the service room. I wanted to take a shower afterwards. It was very clean but the only products in the bathroom were a combo shampoo/conditioner and shower gel. There was one hair dryer in the whole ladies room and no product, hair spray, etc. This surprised me as the prices were equivalent or more to an upscale spa.

DISEMBARKING: At ports it went very quickly (we didn't even need our passport to get in and out of Canada). Final day a lot of people left early. We chose to carry our own bags and had breakfast in the main (non-zombie) dining room prior to leaving. It took only a few minutes. There are a lot of taxis available. We had ordered an Uber but didn't see the shuttle to the uber area so it was a fairly long walk with luggage. The cost for a large uber to the airport was $70. Would be worth finding out how much a cab would've been.

Overall the entire cruise is one we would do all over again. Anyone who complains about it probably complains on all of their vacations. Celebrity isn't perfect but their team does their best to make sure that you have a great trip!
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ROOMS were spacious and our stewards were wonderful-very stealth in their care. There was plenty of room under the bed for our luggage and over for any items. The closet had a safe and there was a fridge with space for extra food/water. The bathroom was fine-you may want to bring your own shampoo/conditioner but it was provided. The balcony was lovely to sit outside when it was warm or bundle up and go out when it was cool. The room was not luxury really but was always very clean and comfortable. Frankly you shouldn't spend much time there because there is so much going on.
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