Let’s start with the ambiance ….utterly amazing walking onto the boat you get the feel of class and royalty with 1st class treatment the boarding process you can’t avoid but from the second you walk onto the boat you are nothing short of amazed at every level of the ship from the Cafe al Bacio to the Gelateria to Specialty Dining. Being mid ship is pure beauty while on board and the atmosphere just makes you want to stay mid ship and never leave. The live singing and jazz playing during the evenings is glorious and amazing while enjoying a cup of coffee or you favorite spirit. Want the ambiance and atmosphere to get a little more tropical? Head to the adult-only spa area and enjoy the feel of a tropical rainforest with smooth jazz minus the bugs and malaria. The jacuzzi and pool with the waitstaff attending to your every need is whimsical just ask and it can be done.
Heading back to your room? Better strap on your rucksack and get ready almost rough it throughout the night because this is where it starts to become an adventure. The doors of the cabin are at a 45 degree angle and open outward so if are standing there and your neighbor decides to open the door in a hurry you better practice your ninja moves to avoid that steel frame door for it means business and you’re not going to stop it. Once your in your cabin the bed is made beautifully, the dressers are just asking to be used and it feels so welcoming like you just want to make yourself at home. Unless you are used to packing light for a cruise, I don’t know where you are going to put all your belongings that you swore to yourself you were going to need. Ladies or guys you love shoe’s… your closet doesn’t! sure you can put them at the top of the closet but most likely someone (your spouse) used all the dresser space and you need to put your stuff up as well. So you start hanging clothes up and storing things above your head (above your bed) because with the boat rocking through the waves that is the perfect place to store things right above your face…..while your sleeping. Sleeping sounds like fun right nothing like cozying up in to your bed with your comfy comforter and revealing in the amazing day and all the breathtaking ambiance of the boat. You can do all of that on a Celebrity Cot, yep I said it a cot with a makeshift mattress is what it feels like, that comfy comforter your dreaming of resides only in your dreams the bedding is not amazing at all think motel 6(not 8) with a celebrity cruise feel. Now this may not be for every room BUT for 6291 something falling and knocking you into a minor coma would be kind of welcoming since at 2 or 3 am every morning there is a banging, clunking, grinding, knocking sound of metal or plates for like 10 -30 minutes randomly.
So while you're awake already lets slip off to the bathroom for a mini escape. Entering into the bathroom you immediately get a “ WoW” factor the shower is built for 2 and is quite nice the tile flooring and cabinetry with complimenting backsplash and mirror is amazing after a long day of sightseeing and excursions you can look forward to a wonderful shower, the pressure of the water is very nice the water temp ranges from Cool to blazing droplets of HELLFIRE! Once out the shower and you feel amazing your back on cloud nine humming cruise toons, drying off with the lovely towels preparing yourself for the day ahead. Want to stay on cloud nine? NEVER use the bathroom unless you like using 1 ply toilet paper, yep I said it nothing says luxury like using 10 grit sandpaper on your nether regions! If you're on a long cruise you will start to tear up a little every time you think of your future lil girl/boy bathroom visit wondering am I being punished? Although drying your hands after you wash them is quite nice since the towels in the public restrooms are quite plush and soft as I mentioned earlier, you can even use them to gently dry your tears.
As you get out of that glorious room that is stocked and dressed so neatly you never want to leave grab that “What’s Happening On Board Daily Sheet” see what’s happening on the ship. This is when I honestly felt the most betrayed by Celebrity. The daily activities are truly not that great from a 35 year old standpoint when you get the catalog you see people that are early 30’s to late maybe early 40 to 50’s. My Wife and I would look at the daily activity sheet and wonder what is happening that would sound appealing to us or someone in our age group let's see trivia?..NO, Bingo?.. Maybe later in life, learn to line dance? I got that covered , Texas Hold’em? ..I doubt I’m that good, Hawaiian Lei making? ...No Thank you, Water Volleyball? ...That sounds Fun and this was like every day. I asked around to the other 2 couples that were about the same age group as us and the consensus was the same onboard activities were all not that great. Yet these are just the at Sea Days the port activities and/or excursions are as great as you make them sure Celebrity offers them but you can always put a little custom spin on them yourself to make them your own so you can have a great time, you will find them very accommodating no matter what the expectation. The excursion desk is always willing to help and suggest what the best option is for making your trip wonderful, although I feel they tend to push their own excursions a little to hard but they are very helpful. The only thing I wish they would disclaimer more was tendering I know it seems like no big deal but depending on the sea’s that day your favorite little island could be a hell of a boat trip when riding to , loading or offloading there lifeboat. I have a baseball sized bruise from the pitching and yawing while trying to disembark and to some the experience can be quite terrifying (nothing like seeing the rubber get ripped from the lifeboat because the boat keeps pitching, yawing and slamming back into the dock). Yet if you feel as though the tendering is too much for you that day you can easily take a trip up to the excursion desk for a refund and they should be able to make that happen.
After a looooong hard day of adventuring throughout your long awaited excursion you can head on up to the dining areas to pick your food preference. On Celebrity Solstice you have multiple options the upstairs dining buffet which has a selection of food for every pallet that's different every day and time of the day. On some lunches/dinners they will have a specialty night depending on where your cruise is headed maybe Taste of Hawaii, Taste of India, Taste of America, Taste of Australia each is very interesting and “usually” pretty good right down to the burgers and fries. Want something a little more formal head down to the main dining room for breakfast, lunch or dinner the portions are small but of course you can always ask for more than one of your favorite entree.
Departing the boat was of breeze they make it so easy no cluttering buildup of people and some of the staff are actually kind of sad to see you go. We didn’t have to wait since we took our own bags, as soon as the call for self-assist is sent out you can just disembark so quick and so easy.
In my overall review