We flew into Barcelona on Nov. 14th after a 7 hr. layover in JFK. We started at 6:45 am from West Palm Beach, FL on JetBlue which was a great flight and then transferred to American for Barcelona. We used the train outside the JFK airport to go from terminal 5 to terminal 8 and had to go back through secruity but were at our gate within 1 1/2. We landed in Barcelona at 7:10 am went through Customs, got a cab at went to the W Barcelona immediately. We were immediately upgraded to an oceanview on floor 5 and allowed to check in. We were very happy with our stay at the W Barcelona and we got a great price on Priceline.com for $180.00 when I bid for it. I really did not expect to get it. It was raining in Barcelona so we decided to sleep for a few hrs. and see how the weather was. We awoke about 1:00PM and it was raining hard so decided to just stay at the hotel and eat in the bar. It was $62.00 for two hamburgers and 4 diet cokes. But it was good and convenient. We went back to sleep and then checked out the next morning, got a cab to the port for 30 euros and checked in and was on board by 11:00 am. We went to the buffet and ate and started exploring the Solstice. We had taken a cruise the previous year on the Solstice so looked around a bit and at 1:30 PM went to our cabin. About an hr. later we got all of our luggage and proceeded to hang up and put away all of our clothes and store the empty luggage under the bed. We had the lifeboat drill at 4:30 PM and then at 5:00 PM sailed out of Barcelona harbor.
We had Celebrity Select Dining so every night we were at the doors at 6:00 PM to request a table for two by the window when possible. They accomodated us almost every night. The food was very good and the service was excellent also.
I could not find anything to complain about on the cruise. We are very happy with Celebrity and they are now our #1 cruiseline. We arrived at every port on time but we did have to change the first port from Nice, France to Cannes, France because of damage to the docks from two weeks previous. We did three private tours in Florence, Rome and Naples with RomeinLimo and they were all excellent. We always got back on time. We just walked around Cannes, France and had sunny weather, private excursion in Florence, Rome and Naples, in Dubrovnik we took the ships tour of the family cablecar ride to the top and it is well worth it with a short walk through the walled city. This was the only port that it rained, other than Barcelona. In Venice we took the public water transportation (can't remember the name)to St. Mark's Square and walked around a little and then went back to the ship. The next morning we walked around for a couple of hours and then prepared for the sailaway in Venice which is spectacular. Took alot of pictures sailing in and out of the Grand Canal in Venice. We then went to Kotor Montenegro and the sail in through the fjords was spectacular. Get your cameras ready for that one. We had sunny weather in all ports except Dubrovnik. It was great. We took the ship's excursion of the Montenegro hightlights with cuisine and was not that happy with it. It was too much riding in the bus to get a few pictures of the ship in the fjord down below and then it was all back country and nothing to see. We did have a great lunch of veal prepared by a local restaurant and that proved to be the highlight of this excursion. By the time we got back it was already dark so we just went back to the ship.
We met alot of nice people and did the private excursions with fellow cruise critic members which really made the cruise great.
All in all this has to be one of our best cruises ever with Rome being our favorite stop of all. The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Collesium, Trevi Fountain were great. In Florience the Leaning Tower of Piza was great and in Naples the private tour that we had of Pompeii was outstanding and the Amalfi Coast was beautiful.
Thanks to Celebrity for another great cruise. We will be back.
We had an oceanview balcony on deck 9, room 9284. It had ample space for your clothes but they could give you some more hangers. The bathroom and shower for fine. We were on the hump and right in the middle of the ship and very close to the center elevators which was very convenient. Not noisy at all and was a great location. We were on the starboard side. I think either side would have been OK.
This was our embarkation port. We arrived one day early and stayed at the
W Barcelona on the beach and were allowed to check in at 8:00 am and upgraded to a great oceanview. Because of the rain we never got to see anything in Barcelona.
We just walked around as this was an unexpected change for our itinerary. It was a beautiful port but didn't do much.
We did a private tour with RomeinLimo with fellow cruisecritic members and it was outstanding. We went to the Leaning Tower of Piza and then toured the town of Florence. We went to the Academia Museum and saw the statute of David which was excellent.
This was our favorite stop and we did another private excursion with RomeinLimo. We first went to the Collesium, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, ate lunch, went to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. We had a private guide for the Vatican and she was outstanding. We had great weather and it was amazing the history and art in that city. Will definitely want to go back there.
We took another private excursion with RomeinLimo and it was outstanding. Very knowledgeable guides. We went to Positano, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and had a private tour of Pompeii which was outstanding.
Would definitely want to go back there. Had great sunny weather there also.
We did the Ship's tour of the cablecar ride to the top of the mountain overlooking the harbor with a city tour by foot. Very interesting and we had a grat tour guide. You get some great pictures from the top of the mountain.
It rained in this city so we went back to the ship. Very pretty port if it was not raining.
We just walked around and went to St. Mark's square and used the public water transportation. Used the people mover for 1 euro each to get to the water transportation. It was 16 euros for 12 hrs. It is very slow as they make alot of stops but it gets you where you are going.
Venice was awesome to be there and glad that we went but not my favorite port.
We did the ships tour of Montenegro highlights with Cuisine. Was a little disappointed in this tour as it is a long bus ride in the back country and very torn up from the war that happened in the 1990's. We did have a great lunch of veal prepared by a local restaurant. It was a spectacular sail into the harbor, which is a tendered harbor. The fjords are great and you can get some great pictures. If I had to do it again I would not have taken a tour but just walked around the walled city as it was beautiful.