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.
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,
Victoria is a beautiful city and if we had been feeling a bit better we would have explored it. Instead, we stayed onboard and enjoyed a great dinner and our traveling companions.