Celebrity Solstice - 2012: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by BeachBumOR

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Celebrity Solstice - 2012

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We were part of a group of 3 couples (family & friends) that decided to take this cruise together. We all were on Deck 10 and all had rooms with a veranda.

Boarding & Departure - The boarding process was very smooth. I think we arrived at the port around 11:00 am and after dropping off our luggage, proceeded into the terminal area for processing. The line moved along quickly, and we received our cruise card and had our picture taken. Waited in the holding area for about 15 min., then proceeded up the gangway into the ship. Once aboard, we proceeded to the Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14 to grab a bite to eat. Nice selection of food to choose from and then we headed out on deck for the departure.

Stateroom - I think the rooms were available around 5:00 pm, so we headed to the room to unpack. The room was setup very nicely, with ample storage and lighting. The veranda contained a table and 2 chairs each with a footrest. During the entire week, I only had 2 complaints More with the room and both were in the bathroom. The water spout in the sink extends out half the diameter of the sink which makes it difficult to splash water on your face using both hands. The other item is that the cold water is not cold. Basically room temperature, so it's not too enjoyable when brushing your teeth. The bed setup was great, and very comfortable.

Dining - We opted for the scheduled dining in the Grand Epernay dining room. Our group chose the 8:30pm dining time, and it seemed to work out just fine. On the port days, the ship usually departed at 5pm or 6pm, so we didn't want to have to get back on the ship early in order to make the early dinner. The meals were fabulous. There were enough menu items to select from, so it was enjoyable for everyone in our group. Can't say enough good things about our waiter Eladio and his assistant Corina. They were so much fun to interact with that we always looked forward to seeing them each evening. We had 2 formal nights (Monday and Friday), so it was fun dressing up for those evenings.

Entertainment - Since we opted for the late dinner, if we wanted to see a show, we had to catch the 7:00pm showing. I think we only saw a couple of shows, and they were very good. We opted more for getting together as a group before dinner at one of the many bars for drinks and conversation. Our favorite bar was the Martini Bar on Deck 4. Gede was our main server that we enjoyed. I think there were 3 Gede's at the bar, so I'm referring to the tall one with the big smile. One evening, we did catch the comedy show at 11:00pm and were really glad we did. We did not stop laughing for the entire show.

Ship tour - The 3 guys in our group signed up for the "Inside Tour" of the ship. There is a $150 charge for the tour and it lasts around 3 hours and includes lunch with wine. They generally limit this to around 15 people, so if you are thinking about it, you need to sign-up early. It was well worth the money. They allow you to take pictures, but no video. We toured the Bridge, Engine Control room, Theatre backstage and dressing room, Heli-pad (the most forward point of the ship), Crew lounge area, Crew library, Kitchen prep area, Food storage areas, etc. It was a great tour. Less

Published 03/17/12

Cabin review: C21211 Concierge Class

Cabin was situated toward middle of ship with easy access to library and elevators. Nice veranda, comfortable bed, ample storage.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beach Break

Fabulous place! The road there is a bit rough, but the beach is well worth it. All inclusive food and drink. We had a palapa for the 6 of us and several had massages on the beach. The staff is super, and a couple of us did the sand golf course. Zach is great. We finished the day with shots of Tequila before heading back to the ship.

Beach Break

Had a great time here. All inclusive food, drink, chairs, etc. Only 2 of our group did this excursion. Nice relaxing beach day.

Beach Break

We read a lot about 7-mile beach, so we took a taxi and had him drop us off at cemetary beach. We soon realized that there were no facilities in the area, and the closest eating area was a store a couple of blocks away. We then hiked along the beach back toward town, and wound up at Tiki Beach. We rented chairs and hung out at the beach. We were disappointed in the restaurant there. The prices were not in US dollars, so we should have asked for the conversion. We each had a basic sandwich for lunch, and the total was around $40 each.

Our group booked an excursion through Rony's Tours. We paid for a driver for the day and for the 6 of us, it was only $25 per person. 4 in the group wanted to zip-line, so we went to Pirates of the Caribbean for the extreme zip-line. They really enjoyed themselves. We also stopped at a monkey and bird exhibit where you are guided around and actually go into the cages. It was interesting and glad it was only 45 min. We did some sightseeing and stopped at a few places for souvenirs. We stopped for lunch at a seafood restaurant which was OK. Got tired of driving around, so we didn't hit a beach, and went back to the shop around 3:00pm.
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