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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by yanska

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  • Sail Date: Oct 2011
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class 2

We recently returned from a 12 night cruise in the eastern Mediterranean where we visited a total of 8 ports. two of which where at best "marginal".

Kotor and Dubrovnik where the the two. Shore excursions had obviously never been on either of the two tours or they would have undoubtedly canceled them both and re-vamped them. Kotor was a long bus ride up a mountain side with no room for anyone to pass in either direction. The hairpin turns and hundreds of feet drop offs made the trip exteremly dangerous. certainly we would not recoomend it. We would recommend that someone re-look at this excursion. Dubrovnik. A really nice old town taht we would have liked to have spent more time in. but shore Excursions struck again and took everyone for a long bus ride to a quaint restaurant that served us a stale piece of bread topped with a piece of cheese and another piece of the same bread with something they called Ham but it was more like tongue to us. Hardly anybody (out of two bus loads) ate any of it. Upon returning to Dubrovnik, many people left the bus and told the driver they would take a taxi back to the ship as the bus tour left us with very little time in the town. Another tour that needs re-assessing.

Arriving in Rome on All Saints Day, a Memorial Day Holiday and an annual Marathon Run that began and ended at St Peter's Square was perhaps the biggest faux pas. We couldn't get close to the Square nor the basilica. Everything else including The Vatican was closed.

Finally Marseilles. Another long ride in a bus. Someone in Shore excursions must have at one time worked for greyhound or Trailways as just about every ship tour involved a long bus ride to the highest point to take a few pictures while everyone wanted to be on the ground in the city buying souvenirs.

No more ship excursions for us. the Private Tours (of which we took four) we far better. Far better. Those we highly recommend.

All in all the cruise was disappointing. the schedule was heavy, very little time to rest. A day or two at sea would have been very welcome.

we did have two days at sea for the very beginning, but they were really need somewhere in the middle, to give folks a chance to catch their breath.

celebrity themselves were perfect as usual the dining was excellent and cabin service very good.

one comment for them. you could have done without the Glass blowing on the aft section of the ship and put the grill there out of the wind and gained more room. putting the grill on the Port side in the direct wind was not all that great. we didn't see a lot of people using it.

Sincerely Terry Hensey. Soltice Oct 23rd. Venice and the Med.

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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 2
Cabin C2 1026

We were in a Handicapped equipped cabin and it was very well laid out. Everything I needed was there. Lots of room and good closet space and a nice balcony.

as you probably know, the tables in the cabins are really tiny and room service was difficult. (Not enough space for the food, and no table on the balcony).

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Didn't need the one and a half hour bus ride up the mountain, nor the stale bread and cheese for lunch. Would have been happier in Old Town Dubrovnik for a longer time.


Total waste of time. A two hour bus ride up a very dangerous mountain road no wider that the bus itself. I ceratainly would never put the lives of so many people at risk.


Great Port. made better by an overnight stay.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Would have said 5 but we arrived on All Saints day a Memorial Day Holiday and a City marathon.

The best attractions were closed and those that were open were impossible to get in under the time restrictions.


Another long ride on a bus to drive around a city center with little to see except the guide continually saying that there were a lot of people n the streets. Not my idea of a tour, and then being given 25 minutes to try and find something to eat for lunch. this port we all could have done without.


Nice city. lots to see. We were lucky as we stayed overnight at the end of the cruise and it was well worth it.

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