Fabulous Solstice: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Grumpy100

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Fabulous Solstice

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We had never cruised with Celebrity before so thought we would try them. Wow is all I can say. It was outstanding. We are a married couple in our mid fifty's and live in South Florida. We drove to the port which is only 40 minutes from where we live. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale around 11:00 am and after parking our car and walking about 2 blocks to the ship we dropped our luggage with the porters, tiped them and then started our check in process. We were very impressed with the way everything flowed so smoothly with the embarkation process. We checked into our "letter of last name" with absolutel no wait and then stood in line for about 10 minutes and that was only because the computers were down for the check in with your sign and sail card. Afer about 10 minutes we were on board. We got our champagne and then went immediatly to deck 14 and had a great lunch. We were on board by 11:30 am and got to check out our balcony room by 1:15 PM. We dropped our carryone luggage and then More started to explore the ship. We then checked in with the restaurant staff to make sure we had a table for two with early seating and were assured that we did. We had our lifeboat drill at 3:30 PM and then were out on our balcony when we left the pier in Ft. Lauderdale for our 4:30 PM departure. We then changed for dinner as our bags arrived about 30 minutes before dinner, checked our table and had a fabuluous dinner. Our waiters were delighful and made the whole dining process wonderful. Everyone that we encountered in the dining room was very happy with their service and the food was the best we have ever had.

Our first sea day was nice and we did the behind the scene tour of the galley and took some pictures. The ship is only about 2 years old and is in great shape. The only weat and tear that I could find was the balcony railings on the private balcony's in your staterooms need some new varnish but other than that it is being taken very good care of. We especially like the 1/2 acre of realy grass on the top deck. That was so cool. Our entire cruise experience was outstanding and the only complaint that I could find was that it took about 3 hrs. to disembarke in Grand Cayman because of the tendering. Other than that the coffee was a little strong but absolutely no other complaints.

We enjoyed our ports in Grand Cayman, Cozumel and had great weather. In Costa Maya it rained and in Roatan it also rained.

Once again a fabulous cruise with no complaints and just about everyone that we encountered ageed with us. We had lobster on our second formal night and on the first formal night we had filet mignon and all the food was great. A great selection every night. The week went way to fast and every morning we got room service and had danish and coffee on the balcony. I like the way they call you about 2 minutes before they delivery it so that we are awake we they deliver it. It was sort of a wake up service. We decided to do the self-disembarkation and it was very well organized. We were off the ship by 7:45 PM and home by 9:00 am. We would definitely recommend Celebrity and will definitely be crusing with them again.

Our oversized balcony was a plus and the shower was great with glass closing doors. Perhaps in the Mediterrean. Happy Sailing. Less

Published 11/15/10

Cabin review: 1A8285 Deluxe Veranda

Cabin 8258. We had a port side balcony, mid ship in the area where the ship bends where the X for celebrity is. It was a great location with ample space for everything a great shower with glass doors, and an oversized balcony. This was our best cabin ever and the biggest balcony also. Close to the central elevators but not too close

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Port and Shore Excursions

This was our favorite port. Unless you book an excursion there is not alot to do. We went to Banditos and had some drinks and it was fun.

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We had nice weather this day also and just walked around. The people that own the shops are very aggressive in trying to get you to buy things.

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There were 6 ships in harbor that day and it was very crowded so we just walked about a bit and went back to the ship. We had nice weather that day,

We booked an excursion with Celebrity for the Glass Bottom boat and village tour. It was a rip off. The glass bottom boat was actually an converted boat like a submarine. The air conditioning did not work and we only got less then ten minutes under the water. Alot of people almost got sea sick including myself. Don't book it it is a rip off. They take you to a run down village that is like shanty shacks and hassle you till you buy something. We did buy a necklace because we felt sorry for them. This is a very poor area.

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