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We took this cruise because our friends really wanted to. Wasn't on our bucket list but we were game. In the end we enjoyed ourselves but it wasn't what I would call the cruise of a lifetime. Our overall take back is the cruise companies have over extended how many people these ports can take. We were going into ports where there were up to 6 mega ships parked that could triple the size of the population. Crowds were unbelievable and it certainly wasn't a nature trip. I guess it is an easy trip for Americans to do but they need to find a way to cap off the crowds. Worse yet, we hear that there are plans to add even larger ships in the near future for these ports. Now to Celebrity Solstice. Start with the good. We loved the suite level perks. Private lounge and dining room were worth the extra money. Cocktail time and dinner felt like a small ship experience with great service. But not really sure what the butler did or was suppose to do. Seemed to be an unneeded position. The specialty restaurants were very good. Never went to the main dining room. The buffet was fine. Good selection but often overcrowded to the point where it was difficult to get a seat. This was our first trip on Celebrity. It wasn't quite what we expected. There were times when it felt more like we were on a Carnival party cruise. We were hoping for a quieter more peaceful cruise but that wasn't the case. Nothing like sitting on your balcony trying to enjoy the views and having drunks yelling and swearing two decks down. The only place any kind of dress code was enforced was in the private dining room. Actually saw I guy who showed up for dinner in shorts told he needed to go back and put on pants. Just getting off and walking around any of the ports (other than Victoria) weren't a good experience. The crowds on the street were worse than Manhattan. You need to book a shore excursion that gets you away from the port as quickly as possible. We enjoyed ours especially the jeep/canoe ride, Alaska golf and dog sledding. Forget the shopping. It is the same "junk" in every port. I can't really recommend an Alaskan cruise unless you desperately want to do it. Would likely be a better experience to just fly there and see Alaska away from the cruise ports.

As much a review of Alaska cruise as Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by drummondcreek

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite
We took this cruise because our friends really wanted to. Wasn't on our bucket list but we were game. In the end we enjoyed ourselves but it wasn't what I would call the cruise of a lifetime. Our overall take back is the cruise companies have over extended how many people these ports can take. We were going into ports where there were up to 6 mega ships parked that could triple the size of the population. Crowds were unbelievable and it certainly wasn't a nature trip. I guess it is an easy trip for Americans to do but they need to find a way to cap off the crowds. Worse yet, we hear that there are plans to add even larger ships in the near future for these ports.

Now to Celebrity Solstice. Start with the good. We loved the suite level perks. Private lounge and dining room were worth the extra money. Cocktail time and dinner felt like a small ship experience with great service. But not really sure what the butler did or was suppose to do. Seemed to be an unneeded position.

The specialty restaurants were very good. Never went to the main dining room. The buffet was fine. Good selection but often overcrowded to the point where it was difficult to get a seat.

This was our first trip on Celebrity. It wasn't quite what we expected. There were times when it felt more like we were on a Carnival party cruise. We were hoping for a quieter more peaceful cruise but that wasn't the case. Nothing like sitting on your balcony trying to enjoy the views and having drunks yelling and swearing two decks down. The only place any kind of dress code was enforced was in the private dining room. Actually saw I guy who showed up for dinner in shorts told he needed to go back and put on pants.

Just getting off and walking around any of the ports (other than Victoria) weren't a good experience. The crowds on the street were worse than Manhattan. You need to book a shore excursion that gets you away from the port as quickly as possible. We enjoyed ours especially the jeep/canoe ride, Alaska golf and dog sledding. Forget the shopping. It is the same "junk" in every port.

I can't really recommend an Alaskan cruise unless you desperately want to do it. Would likely be a better experience to just fly there and see Alaska away from the cruise ports.
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