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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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2,157 Reviews

Great cruise, beautiful ship but we felt like we were in a hospice

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by messej01

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class 1

We choose this cruise because the last Solstice trip (to Sth Pacific) the average age was around 60, still way older than us but ok. This time is very around mid 80s and most people were not mobile. Getting around the ship was very frustrating and the music on board was obviously to cater for them - 30s and 40's (which my husband and I can't stand).

We don't have children (by choice, they annoy me); so it was good that there weren't too many to be seen or heard.

The ports were mostly good but I would get rid of Lautoka and Suva and try and use a beautiful outer Fijian island. I've been to Fiji a few times and the ports are not a true reflection of the beauty of the Fiji.

We both really enjoyed Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga - we did shore trips in each location but not through the ship.

We did the Oolala trip, with the ship, in Lautoka and it was terrible - I went two years ago and everything has changed for the worse. It was overcrowded, mean and the food was inedible.

The entertainment was generally ok, if geared towards very old people.

The dining was good but portion sizes are very small. I'm a size 8 and I had to eat 2nd dinner in the buffet some night as I was still starving.

One of the guys (a professor) giving talks was so boring and his material very old. Surely they can find people who are actually interested in their material and pass that on to the cruises.

Cost for gym classes is a bit expensive at $17US

Why is the spa so expensive? I would love to have treatments but not at twice the price of Australia.

The shops are ridiculous - LV and Tiffany - seriously???? why not have nice brands that your target market can afford.

Get rid of the stupid art show - just have nice stuff around the ship to admire (not to purchase)

Based on this cruise, we have decided to cruise again in about 20 years time - unless Celebrity really do something to encourage a younger (but Childfree) market.

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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 1
Cabin C1 1182

There was no benefit in Concierge. Room was nice though.

Please get rid of the hors d'oeuvre; they are disgusting and no one wants them. Why not just a couple of pieces of nice cheese and crackers?

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Crowded, inedible food (could have given people food poisoning), cheap wine and only one glass. Very sad as it was so much fun last time.

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