Review of Celebrity Solstise
Seattle/Ketchikan AK/Juneau AK/Skagway AK/Victoria BC/Seattle
August 24, 2018
Day One – Seattle. Arrived on the dock at 9:45 and we were sipping bubbly onboard by 10:15. Very efficient. As we were in a Concierge Class cabin, we had lunch in the Main Dining Room, the Grand Epernay. The menu was limited, but quite varied considering how few selections there were. Got to our cabin at about 1:15. As others have commented, we were quite disappointed with the storage. The closet is no more than two feet from the bed which means only one person at a time can be in it. The nice wide drawers of the M class are replaced by much smaller drawers in the dresser. The storage over the bed might be fine for six+ footers, but we are not tall enough to effectively use it. We met Davian, our Cabin Steward and he did a marvelous job all week long. I found one of our ‘amenities’, the foot rests to be in the way on such a small balcony. Canapes were nice and delivered each afternoon. We had seen the comedian, Fred, Klett, about two years earlier on the Infinity and we anticipated his show. He did not disappoint. The audience was in stitches and not a hint of profanity. Yes, it can be done. We had late fixed seating and we could not have been happier than we were with Romeo, Elvin and the Sommelier Jelena. They were all fabulous the entire week. A stop at the Martini Bar where they bent over backwards to find my favorite Scotch then off to bed.
Day Two – at sea. We ordered coffee and toast from room service. We got the coffee, butter and jam but no toast. Where they expected us to put the butter and jelly – who knows. The delivery person had our order form with him and the toast was, in fact, listed on the form. It arrived about ten minutes later. At breakfast ran into a Brother Mason and we and our wives had a great time talking. We went down to Guest Services to order a robe to replace my wife’s, which had worn out over the years. This never got delivered until we went back down again on the last full day where nobody seemed to know it had been ordered. We picked it up then. ‘Celebrity Chic’ night brought out most women dressed up and very few men following. I wore my full formal kilt and got many comments and every photographer wanting to take our pictures. The first large show was, as were all three of them, a disappointment for us and many others we spoke with. The choreography seemed contrived and virtually all the singing was screamed to us. Very nice meal in the MDR, my Scotch from the Martini Bar and off to bed.
Day Three – Ketchikan, AK. I had a fabulous day visiting a cousin I had not seen in over 30 years under sunny skies and low 70’s. An all around perfect day. The show was a ‘Journey’ tribute band. Not our style, but extremely well done. With their lead, they could have easily also done the Stones.
Day Four – Tracy Arm Fjord to see the glacier, then off to Juneau, AK. The trip up the fjord was fabulous, dodging small bergs as we went. About ½ mile from the glacier, the Captain did the ‘cruise ship pirouette’ and we went to Juneau. We had a tour to the Mendenhall Glacier, which we really could not see due to fog and rain. We only had one hour which left us barely time to walk to the view, take pictures of the fog, walk back to the Visitor’s Center for a bathroom break and back onto the bus for whale watching. These people really know what they are doing and we saw several. I was lucky enough to get some really good pictures. Back to the ship just in time for the ‘singers and dancers’ and our late seating. Due to many late tour arrivals, the MDR staff was not really set up until people actually arrived, then everything went as smoothly and pleasantly as ever.
Day Five – Skagway, AK. Ugly weather. We had (of course) a walking tour of Skagway which included a tour of the former brothel upstairs in the Red Onion Saloon. Very enjoyable and would have been better had we not gotten soaked in spite of umbrellas. Pleasant – and not too expensive(!) – lunch in the Red Onion, a little shopping, then the shuttle back to the ship. The best show of the cruise was a former member of the Lettermen, Mark Preston. He had the audience in the palm of his hand within 30 seconds of hitting the stage and we were all on our feet screaming at the end.
Day Six – At sea and ‘Celebrity Chic’. We spent a bit of time in the Casino playing Video Poker and actually quit while ahead a bit. Absolutely LOVE the smoke-free casino! Booked a future cruise for Fall, 2019. Another production number, ‘Rock City’. Loud and louder with screaming vocals.
Day Seven – Victoria, BC with 5:30 arrival. We stayed on the ship rather than spending $13.00 (!) for the shuttle to/from the city. Afternoon show with a pretty good comedian. MDR was open seating due to people off the ship. Got seated with our Assistant Waiter, Elvin in charge. Our Chief Waiter was in town. Elvin just as good as Romeo but really missed our Sommelier, Jelena.
Friday Morning – We got kicked off the ship. Really though, the disembark was the smoothest we have ever encountered. Again, being Concierge Class, we got to sit in the ‘Silk’ café where we had coffee, tea, juice, sweet rolls, etc. All in all, a great cruise with horrid weather for much of it and too short for us. Our next one will be 14 nights. Please do something, anything with those production numbers. They were, in our opinion and all we spoke with, the worst we have encountered in seven cruises.
We very much disliked the storage in this cabin. The closet was no more than two feet from the bed which meant that only one person could get to it at once, and then barely. The large drawers of M Class were replaced by small drawers in the desk. The above bed storage might have been fine for 6+ footers, but we are not and could not use it. The balcony is small so the foot rests that came with Concierge Class were really in the way. Our cabin steward, Davian, was wonderful. The bed was comfortable and we had Davian remove the pillows we did not use to make extra room. I have suggested to corporate that there should be an outlet next to the bed for all us CPAP users so we don't have to run an extension cord all across the room. Davian said that he had three others in his rooms that needed that.
Not enough time at Mendenhall. Great whale watching - they really knew what to do. We saw many whales and I got some great pictures.View All 971 Mendenhall Glacier Reviews
Superb walk through of the city with a great guide. Too bad the weather was terrible. We ended up at the Red Onion Saloon with a tour of the former brothel upstairs.View All undefined undefined Reviews