Transatlantic was Great, Dodging the virus, Priceless...: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Cruise Whizzer

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Transatlantic was Great, Dodging the virus, Priceless...

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Barcelona
Where do I begin to say that I think Celebrity just likes to squirt people with santizer. Once I arrived to Barcelona and was handed a letter stating about the gastrointestinal virus that lingered on the previous cruise, I said to myself, this is going to be interesting...

Embarkation: There were in the process of disinfecting the ship. I got on the shipo @ 3:30PM after waiting in the crowded terminal for almost 3 hours. Were were supposed to set ssail at 5:00 and we left port at 6:30...We were told to go to the oceanview cafe which is the buffet area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place was packed. It was was too small to accomodate 2800 people at once. I was frustrated getting a seat for 1. Luckily I met a nice employee named Gladys and she found me a seat. Lugging my carry-on bags. I managed to eat whatever I was able to carry with me. No trays, just plates to carry to your table. Already I was not liking this...

Cabin: I was on the Deck 7 and my cabin was the More total opposite I was experiencing just 7 floors up. Cabin was great. After the hassle of lunch, I was relieved to be in my own sanctuary with balcony included. I relaxed a bit then explored the ship.

Ship: The Solstice was built in 2008, now, that doesn't seem old to you but in ship talk it can be. Some of the areas and furniture were run down. Needing a little sprucing up. Overall the layout was nice. Nice touches like the Martini Bar (my favorite place throughout the cruise) and the Bistro on Five.

Days At Sea: OK, sometimes when you are on a cruise and you don't want to sleep at midnight and maybe just hang out somewhere until the wee hours? Not on this ship. Shops close at 11PM, Martini Bar closes at 12AM :-(. Pizza and late night snacks, 1AM. The ship seemed like a ghost town when it got to 11PM. I was waiting for a tumbleweed to roll by. This ship didn't even have a piano bar, which would be a great idea. The ports of call were great. No complaints there.

People: Luckily I found a great group of people around my age that made my cruise a whole lot better. We would congregate to where else? At The Martini Bar! The majority of the passengers there were 60-70 and beyond. Enough said...

Overall: I had a great time with my new friends that I made on this cruise and we are all keeping in touch to see maybe we will meet again on another cruise. Service was outstanding, as was my cabin with balcony included.

As for the virus, with sooooo much sanitizing in and out of all areas, I heard over 40 people got sick including one of my dinner table mates. She is all better now, hoping she won't get squirted with any more sanitizer...

I might just buy some shares in the Purell company... Less

Published 12/18/11

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