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Celebrity Solstice is a large ship, carrying 2850 passengers and 1246 crew, and sails from Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

Price: $$     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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"The food was very very good, the dining room service excellent." in 67 reviews.

"this was our first celebrity cruise and we would definitely rate celebrity among the..." in 24 reviews.

"We took advantage of the specialty restaurant s where, in all three, the food, service and was..." in 2 reviews.


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Loved it with a few exceptions...

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Celebrity is our favorite cruise line. Food wise the cafe is consistently very good, few waiting lines, and exceptional service, except on cruise days--- can't find a place to sit down very crowded. Pool areas are always clean and inviting, except on cruise days--- no where to sit, too many "saved" lounge chairs. We were in Aqua and always had excellent food choices and service in Blu. The "for fee" cafe on 5 was quite good and never really crowded, exceptional food and pleasant service. Aqua cafe on 12 for breakfast and lunch was a nice break, a lighter fare and quite good. Specialty restaurants Murano and Tuscan are quite good, on the expensive side (always ask for any deals when booking, we consistently had 40-50% off) and service is VERY slow, expect a 2 hour meal. Beverage packages though are quite confusing and inconsistently honored throughout ship. Sometimes we ordered anything we wanted and were served (we had the classic package) other times "no soup for you!" Heinekin bottle, yes, Heinekin draft NO! Go figure. Entertainment was a real downer except for one comedian but ship dance/singing group was always quite good. Also, could have more enrichment programs on such a long cruise with many cruise days. Overall a 4 star experience.

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Fantastic cruise.

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this is our first cruising experience, but luckily sit on the Celebrity, which we believe very unique, and we decide to do it again if there is any more such cruise, and hope to see different parts of world by cruise.

 

 

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Tasman Sea Last look before sailing Auckland readiness

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Solstice

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Nice ship.  Being located in the aft of the ship, disappointing that there were no stairwells or elevators in or near the aft.  Weather in New Zealand was disappointing.  Great time on sunny days.

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Dream Cruise

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This cruise was dream cruise for me. Since I was young I always wanted to go to New Zealand and Australia. The staff on board did what they could to make up for the lacking staff. We were informed several staff was off for the  holiday. The internet did not work.  Photographers had to be tracked down to get photos made even though I pre paid for the photos a head of time. The food in the dining area was cold at time. We had to  wait for water and refill as staff was not around.

The positives were the Bar tenders were great as well as the coffee bar staff. Our  room was cared for by a great crew.  The buffet staff was much more available then the  dining room staff.

The staff working the excursions was also great very  helpful too. I  enjoyed the port of calls and had a great  time talking with  the natives.

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Sunset in Tasmania Sunset on Pacific Money in Sydney

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12 Nights Auckland to Sydney

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All in all it was a good cruise.  Enjoyed the breathtaking views of New Zealand especially cruising through the sounds.  It met my expectations.

The Celebrity Solstice is a lovely clean ship. Lots of activities and entertainment aboard. 

Ending the trip in Sydney was fantastic.  It was so wonderful to open the curtain an see the Sydney Opera House up close and in person.  Always thought the roof or sails were white when they are actually beige.

Sydney is a lovely walkable city but expensive.

Looking forward to visiting Australia again, if not on a cruise definitely an on land trip to view more of the country.

Even though the flight and traveling was long, I highly recommend this itinerary.

Happy Cruiser

 

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second class

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The ship was nice and so was the staff, the sailing was fun.  We have been over 300 days at sea on a variety of ships.  This was my least favorite, because we felt like second class people.  We were told we couldn't go up front to see the sounds because it was reserved for the elite.  Celebrity, Princess cruises let everyone take turns going up front, maybe you should see how they do it. We were not the only ones that felt that way. Also they held seats for the elite, but they didn't release them when the show started. Why not, did they not want us to sit with them? There were children running unsupervised it seemed very dangerous 4,5, 6 years olds (I asked them their age and where their parents were, the parents were dancing or out by the pool?) you might want to check on doing something about that before someone gets hurt. 

Our rooms were clean perfect and the room service was very good, they were there to help us with any problems. 

 

 

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The cruise was nice but very bad experience on the jewelry shop.

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The cruise was very nice,the ship cleaned and well maintained. The food was good and the service really good on the main dining Grand Epernay but the food was poor quality on the Ocean view cafe.The stateroom was OK and the service really good in the cabin, well cleaned. The entertainment was really not at at a level we expected for Celebrity,especially for Christmas time. ( especially shows at the Theater)  . But the worst will be our experience at the jewelry shop.We bought a Tag Heuer watch ( 3000 US$value).After 2 days and a visit at the pool,the watch was full of water ( supposed to be a diving resistant), they did not want to repair or exchange the watch ( still have one in stock). This event has ruined a part of our cruise experience. The manager of the shop,a turkish girl was not professional at all. Those people are not able to manage a shop with luxury brands and are not a good publicity for those brands. 

 

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Quality of Celebrity has dropped

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The Celebrity Solstice main dining room tables are way too close - feel as if we are packed like sardines. The fish and meat were over cooked. The size of most dishes are also smaller than before. It's a shame.

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Celebrity not anywhere like it was

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If we hadn't cruised on Celebrity before, then our last cruise might have been totally satisfactory.  But the fact is, we have cruised on Celebrity many times before, where we have reached elite status on its loyalty program, as well as on three other cruiselines, and we preferred Celebrity because of its service, dining, entertainment, and general passenger make-up.  That Celebrity we knew is gone. 

 

The food is bland, even in the specialty restaurants.  Other long-time Celebrity passengers on board had the same comment.  Service in the formal dining room is acceptable, but the flair that the experienced waiters had before is no longer there.  Even the formal nights had been eliminated.  The nightly entertainment in the theatre was for a much younger generation, the mature clientele that Celebrity is supposed to have.  My luggage was damaged on disembarkation, and that would not have been a big deal if only the Celebrity staff gave me the correct information in the first place.  But the fact is, a Celebrity official on shore during disembarkation told me to wait as a replacement would be given to me (which I found surprising as I did not think the ship would be carrying an inventory of luggage).  After over 30 minutes of waiting and wasting my time, another Celebrity staff came after I asked what was happening and told me to fill up a claim form, which did not take more than couple of minutes.  So what should have taken five minutes took 45 minutes.  Cruising on Celebrity is just no longer what it used to be.

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sisterjunus1
Third Mate

Alter your meal times for lunch and supper, no lines usually and always plenty of foods in the full buffet on the 14th floor. Lots of healthy choices for a diabetic. We used room service for coffee and breakfast most morning. I am not familiar with any other food services on the ship.

fruffo
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Take advantage of the specialty restaurants. They are well worth the cover charge.

polar1912
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On embarkation day try Bistro on 5 for lunch. Yes it is $7.50 a person extra, but it is not busy and there is table service to boot. Try the Cowboy Crepe.

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