I was very impressed with a lot of thing about Celebrity Solstice and very disappointed with other things. The shows were great, especially the Alaska shows. I was a little disappointed in the age of the ship but it wasn't dirty just a little aged.
The Ocean View Cafe was great if you were of Asian or Indian background or if you love their food. The American fare was poor. The food looked right but it definitely didn't taste right. The sauces for the pasta was runny, the eggs were runny, the hamburgers were burnt, and the selection was almost nonexistent. There were very few waiters/waitresses on the floor so you just had to make do with pushing used dishes out of the way.
The main dining room was terrific. The food here was outstanding. Our service was slow (we don't drink) and we spent too much time waiting on our waiters to serve the food and take our dessert order. But the staff was extremely nice.
Our cabin steward was the best. He worked very hard every day to make sure that everyone was happy and had everything needed,
We just sailed on May 10, 2019, so our experience is fresh, The ship is well suited for couples. Of course, we sailed during the school year.
Our excursions were through Viator instead of Celebrity. Other than almost missing our connection in Juneau, we didn't have any trouble finding our tour groups. The bus tour through the Yukon, in Skagway, with our tour guide Mike, was the best. We saw 2 bears, mountain goats, and a young moose. Our tour guide had sharp eyes and he was very entertaining.
I believe anyone will enjoy this cruise and we are looking forward to our next one. The departing from the ship was extremely streamlined and it didn't take very long for everyone to be on dry land. The Celebrity excursions were the easiest to find since they were the first ones you came upon when docking.
There were always other ship at port when were got to port so we were usually the farthest from the city. The other ships had mostly already unloaded their passengers when we first were let off the ship. Getting back on was a breeze. I brought two lanyards to hold our sea passes and we just had to show them when we boarded. Having the sea passes on the lanyards worked well for dining as well. We just showed them to the waiters and they used them to bring our sodas.
The ship had a lot of things going on so you weren't bored at any time. We had to make time to go swimming and look around the ship. It was a wonderful experience and we had a great time (other than the fact that we brought our colds with us from home, but we found that the ships liquor store had things that you would normally buy in a pharmacy. Nail polish remover, cold meds, etc.)
I recommend this ship and the experience to anyone wanting to discover Alaska! I no I don't have a reference point to compare this sailing to but I really enjoyed the experience. The captain came on loud speaker (outside the ship) he was Greek and a little hard to understand but he continued with the same message in a different way a few times so we were able to understand his message.
The cabin had more than enough space to hold our belongings. I did bring an over the door accessories holder which proved invaluable and extra hangers which we would have needed. The couch was comfortable and the bed was heavenly. We are used to a firm mattress and the mattress was acceptable and comfy. The TV swiveled so we could see it from the bed. The refrigerator worked, the shower and sink didn't leak, and we kept our sliding door open a lot of the time even though it was May.
The steward, Rex, was friendly and he worked very hard to make sure that he knew how to pronounce our last name, which was a little hard for him but he got it right the first day and remembered it throughout the cruise. He made sure our cabin was always clean and welcoming (I did keep it picked up). He fluffed our pillows and closed the curtains every evening to make sure that the cabin stayed warm. I really enjoyed his personality.
You do a lot of walking from the time you are left off at the deployment center to the time you get on the ship so you better be in good shape and ready to walk,
We had a great time with our tour guide Mike. He explained about the city and how it came about. We had a tour of Kelchikan, the Totem Poles and lodge, we had a bathroom break where we could also purchase snacks and drinks, we had a tour just outside the city on a walking bridge, and Mike was very knowledgeable about Alaskak, the economy, and the living conditions there. He even explained about the people who lived on the hills having to climb several sets of stairs to get to their homes (even with groceries).View All undefined undefined Reviews
When we first asked the shuttle women about meeting the tour guides they instructed us to wait with others for our tour guides to show up. We asked a Celebrity tour guide if they would mind calling the phone number for us since our phones were on the ship, she called and let us know that we should have been on the shuttle and gone into town to meet with the guide. The guide told us to hurry over and they would make sure that we were able to catch the Whale Watching even though we had missed the Mendendal Glacier from land part of the tour. She deducted $20 per person off of our bill to make up for this problem.
The Whale watching was not disappointing. We saw two mother's and their calves. The calves were active while the mother's were more lathargic. It was a beautiful day and we were one of many boat's out on the water watching the same sight. So it didn't really matter who you booked with the same sights were seen by about everyone there.View All 906 Whale Watching Reviews
We enjoyed the Yukon from a wonderful bus that made many stops for photos. We stopped and had a great lunch where there was a museum of wildlife, a gift shop, sled dogs and rides and a few buildings housing history of the area, After lunch we went on into another city and had ice cream and we could wallk around the city. It was Carcross, After we had more photo ops. During the riide we were entertained and educated by the tour guiide who was very knowledgable about the area, He told us aboout his decision to move to Alaska full-timem, what it was like, and what living there was like. He was a blast, He also saw and slowed down so we could photograph a black bear cub, an eagle, a full grown black bear, mountain goats, and a young moose. The trip took us 140 miles inland so we were in Canada most of the time, This was by far the best trip we could have taken in Skagway. I highly recommend this trip, we saw more than the people on the train and got the full day to enjoy it.View All undefined undefined Reviews