Celebrity Solstice - May 24, 2019

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  • BOLOCRUISE
    BOLOCRUISE June 1, 2019 8:06 pm

    Another excellent Celebrity Cruise!  Wonderful entertainment as always on X. Shows were the best IMHO we have experienced on Celebrity.  Food was delicious and came with a great selection and fantastic service.  Captain Tasos was hilarious as always!  Drinks were very good most of the time (some items were low inventory). Crew was top-notch as always.

     

    On Embarkation Day went perfect!!  We left the airport at 9AM by Uber and we were ON the ship by 1030AM, so Day 1 was a complete day on the Solstice.  

     

    Alaska was in the 80's so it was definitely not the normal Alaskan Cruise.  The Endicott Arm cruise was cut short by too much ice, but we docked 2.5 hours early in Juneau.  The extra time gave us time for Juneau touring as well as Whale Watching and Glacier sightseeing excursions!  

     

    The hot temps gave us pool time 🙂

     

    We can't wait until our next Celebrity Cruise!!

  • lovecruzin
    lovecruzin June 1, 2019 6:56 pm

    Hopefully everyone had a great cruise? We didn’t make it to the CC party, too early for our first morning when we like to start slowly!

    I was disappointed by the hot temps! We had appropriate clothing but I like to bundle up a bit in Alaska! 

     

     

  • lovecruzin
    lovecruzin May 25, 2019 11:35 pm
    22 hours ago, Pierlesscruisers said:

     

    Thanks for the nice words. In a way I have a connection to a cruise line in that my wife and I work at Pier 91 in Seattle and when we started working there a few years ago, we were actually employed as seasonal Princess employees during the Alaska cruise season in Seattle. Then in 2015, Carnival Corp. which owns 10 different cruise lines, decided that none of their subsidiary companies would do their own shore operations so Princess and Holland-America, both of which ran their own shore ops in Seattle and Vancouver, BC had to go to a 3rd party to do their shore ops which meant that check-in and all associated ops went away. So now Metro Shore Operations does check-in at the pier, passenger services (meeting passengers) at the airport and getting the passengers from the airport to the pier and vice versa for Princess, Holland-America and Carnival, and most of the operations for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. I started doing the info posting for Princess and Holland-America cruises out of Seattle and then when we started doing the same work for Carnival, RC, and Celebrity, I just started doing it for those lines too. Probably a dumb thing to do since it's volunteer/unofficial work and completely unpaid work, but I still do it.  How long will I continue doing it? Darned if I know, but maybe as long as I'm still working at the pier, but I'm pretty sure that if/when I stop working at the pier, I'll stop doing the info postings. I may be crazy, but I'm not completely crazy! :classic_biggrin:

     

    Tom

     

    Your efforts are appreciated! It was a mess getting to Pier 91 yesterday, we left our hotel (Hotel Andra) around 11:15 we were not on the ship until 12:15, most of that time was spent in the taxi. Check in was breeze. We actually requested a taxi to pick us up at 10:50 but were told there were delays getting cars due to the port traffic. Just as I was getting ready to request an Uber, the taxi arrived. In hindsight, Uber would have been a better option, it appeared most were being dropped off and dragging their bags, I’m sure that was faster!

     

    My husband met people in the morning, leaving for the pier before 10, the porters said people were arriving way to early, before everyone was disembarked! We would have been better off leaving the hotel at noon! 

  • Pierlesscruisers
    Pierlesscruisers May 25, 2019 12:44 am
    19 hours ago, lovecruzin said:

     

    Tom,

     i love the link you post with weather and ships in port. You are so kind to answer our questions. Are you just helpful or do you have a connection to the cruise line?

     

    Thanks for the nice words. In a way I have a connection to a cruise line in that my wife and I work at Pier 91 in Seattle and when we started working there a few years ago, we were actually employed as seasonal Princess employees during the Alaska cruise season in Seattle. Then in 2015, Carnival Corp. which owns 10 different cruise lines, decided that none of their subsidiary companies would do their own shore operations so Princess and Holland-America, both of which ran their own shore ops in Seattle and Vancouver, BC had to go to a 3rd party to do their shore ops which meant that check-in and all associated ops went away. So now Metro Shore Operations does check-in at the pier, passenger services (meeting passengers) at the airport and getting the passengers from the airport to the pier and vice versa for Princess, Holland-America and Carnival, and most of the operations for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. I started doing the info posting for Princess and Holland-America cruises out of Seattle and then when we started doing the same work for Carnival, RC, and Celebrity, I just started doing it for those lines too. Probably a dumb thing to do since it's volunteer/unofficial work and completely unpaid work, but I still do it.  How long will I continue doing it? Darned if I know, but maybe as long as I'm still working at the pier, but I'm pretty sure that if/when I stop working at the pier, I'll stop doing the info postings. I may be crazy, but I'm not completely crazy! :classic_biggrin:

     

    Tom

  • KevanW
    KevanW May 24, 2019 5:24 am

    Hello Everyone,

    We just booked this cruise as we live in the Seattle area.

    This will be the second time on this ship/cruise.

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