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Price: $$     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"...a of 8:30 and there were nine of us and we all ate in the dining room every evening." in 48 reviews.

"...a genuine between the spirit of the staff on this celebrity cruise as compared to other lines." in 17 reviews.

"As a whole the cruise was very nice but, I am still going back to Royal Caribbean." in 18 reviews.




509 reviews from our community




raq84
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First Time Cruiser

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 14, 2015

It was more than i expected....crews were friendly and professionals ....ship is immaculately neat and clean not to mention our stateroom.... the only disappointing on this cruise was the internet connection ....i did use their ILounge to get into my email ...created an account and chose rate per minute.... I was charge for 10 minutes or so for nothing....I wasn't able to get into my email ...it took me 2-3 minutes to get into a site or window....other than that...all is well ....

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Extraordinary Time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 08, 2015

From the time we left port to the time we got off we had nothing but first class service and the weather was picture postcard.  Food was great, our waiter was the best ever.  It made it even better with the wonderful Brent Nixon who had fabulous lectures about eagles, bears, whales and sea lions and walked us through the Tracy Arm, picked out bears, eagles and other wildlife and all what was going on.  I highly recommend this ship and the trip to anyone.  

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Even better the second time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 08, 2015

This was our second cruise to Alaska and we really enjoyed it.  Weather was great and the sights were fantastic.  As we expected, the crew of the Solstice were excellent.  If you are lucky enough to have "Miss Amanda" giving presentations on your ship don't miss her!!!! 

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May 2015 Celebrity Solstice-Alaska

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 08, 2015

Beautiful ship, incredible scenery, wonderful weather, attentive service, very good food (in main dining room/specialty restaurants).  Ship passengers predominantly rural, middle Americans with casual disregard for manners and social graces. Ports were strictly geared to 'kitch' souvenir shops and tourist trap restaurants.   Shore excursions were offensively over-priced and seemed designed to process as many tourists as possible in any given time frame.

 

 

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wORST CRUISE LINE EVER

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

CryingCryingStaff needs English lessons--also very surly.

Had to wait over 1/2 hour for dinner after ordering.  When waiter asked, was told they forgot about us.

Dining room food was good.  Specialty restaurants too expensive.  Other cruise lines charge $20 PER COUPLE, not $45 per person.

Excursion descriptions vague and uninformative.

Dining hours seemed to change randomly.

 

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Alaskan Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 01, 2015

The ship is beautiful and well maintained.  We had a concierge balcony we liked the arrangement of the cabin and the larger balcony was nice.  The food presentation was great but have had better food varieties on other cruise lines.  The drinks were not up to par with other cruise lines.  There were more personnel to serve you and service was very good.  Kevin was our cabin stewart and did a fantastic job.  Two shows the acrobats were very good the other just fair.

 

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cindymom
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great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: May 01, 2015

the service was great, along with great food.  we had wonderful weather which made it even greater.  the beds and pillows need to be upgraded (very poor quality) but other then that it was great.

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angelcrowson1
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ALASKA the BEAUTIFUL on SOLSTICE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 12, 2014

Our cruise was very nice - the ship itself is beautiful.  Suites are very nice and staff were outstanding.  Was a little disappointed in food quality and entertainment was not that great. 

Dining staff Sonny and Nepaul were fabulous - remembering our names and what we liked to drink and could almost bring our food without asking what we wanted by end of week.  Awesome guys.

Bar staff at the Passport Bar especially Dewa and Patricia and the new guy that has only been there for about 8 months so sorry can't remember name all of these folks were truly great - they also remembered names and drinks and were just so personable.  We love them all.

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rabarker
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Good cruise, not crazy-great.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 12, 2014

The ship was a nice ship, though I disliked the number of dead-end decks that made getting around a bit challenging.  The Blu restaurant was quite good, but employed mostly pretentious menu descriptions and was hardly worth the upcharge involved in "Aqua-class".  The Aqua-class spa is a bust.  It was obviously little-used, mostly because it was nothing more than a few heated ceramic lounges looking out behind glass over the bow of the ship on each of two decks.  The added charge for eating in Murano and Tuscan ($50 and $35 apiece respectively) were pretty absurd.  My opinion is that you have to have a high need for status to pay an extra hundred just for the privilege of eating a different menu one night.)  And the drink packages on the ship are pricey...we're not drinkers and would have been much better off if we had bought a coke just individually at each meal.

 

The food in the Grand Epanay dining room was really excellent.  The staff throughout the ship were uniformly top-notch.  Friendly, helpful, and thoughtful.  The ship seemed clean and well-maintained.  The grass lawn on the top deck seemed like a silly use of space to me--don't we all have a lawn to take care of at home?

 

We hit wonderful weather, and so our float-plane ride, train ride, and visit to Buchaert Gardens were all absolutely memorable and worth the price.  That garden is NOT one to miss!  Whale-watching was good, though September is not the best month.  We did see some whales and porpoises from the ship as well.

 

The shows on board were quite good.  We had Lindsey Hamilton sing, which was awesome, and enjoyed a juggler, an electronic zylophone artist, a couple comedians, a very good Broadway review, an acrobatic show resembling the Cirque, Delisco--an excellent pop artist--, an impressionist musician, and regular entertaining and informative lectures by the ship naturalist.  The hot-glass artists were remarkable for their physical and intellectual virtuosity, but it was cold up in the open air watching them. 

 

The stops on this 11-day cruise were all worthwhile except for Icy Strait Point and Nanaimo, which both offered very little to get excited about.  The days at sea were relaxing, as they always are.  We hit an interesting day of rolling seas after Juneau, unpleasant for some passengers but nothing particularly challenging.

 

All-in-all, it was a very nice way to see some high points of Alaska and a pleasant ship to travel on.  I don't think I'd bother with Aqua-class again, though.

 

 

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sisterjunus1
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Cruisin' is a blast!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 12, 2014

The cruise was so nice!  Very friendly workers all!  The cruise ship was very clean, neat and festive.  Many offerings of food choices and things to do.  Everything seemed well organized and set up...pretty much a rote routine.  

 

My concerns were with the charges for simple things such as a soda, $3.50, laundry being charged piece by piece, that was ridiculous!  Even a full load offered at the end of the cruise for $45.00 was too extreme!  We had saved and planned our trip for almost two years. I am a computer/FB junky and I missed the connection, but could not afford the prices offered for the internet service on board. Also the TV opportunities were limited and our TV never worked properly.  The screen kept 'spotting' out and would cut off shows before the end for no reason. The costs were expensive enough without having to be charged for everything else on the cruise!  We made do, as we always do.  We are good at that.

 

Our room was just right for us, and my agent who booked for us, Jerry Guard (1-800-972-7447, extension 78084), was very thoughtful and seemed genuinely interested in giving us the best that we could afford.   He got us a room right in the main happening of events, live band every evening, dancing, service center, elevators, stairs, restaurants or drink bars, and also the excursion counter for outside the ship trips.  So convenient to all levels, elevators was within a short walk of our room, as were the stairs.  All were very friendly and helpful if we had a puzzled expression!  :o)  It was wonderful.  The food in the main buffet was a wide variety of food choices and a friendly, busy atmosphere!  We ate there practically the whole cruise, except for off ship trips.  A wide variety of choice for a diabetic and recovering cancer patient!  Jerry, also called afterwards to assure we enjoyed the cruise!  He is a pleasure to talk with and sharing stories and concerns.  A very personable young family man with complete knowledge of his job!

 

The excursions were planned out so well.  Everything was well organized and accommodating to those with bum knees!  A wheelchair and help were always available.  An assisting hand was always there.  The guides on the tours off the ship were very interesting and entertaining.  Each excursion was very informative and educational.  Let alone the spectacular sights and views!  Fantastic!!  Yes, there's a lot of walking and yes, there is a lot of up and down, but to the most part, I count it as worthwhile to see all the beauty this cruise through Alaska and Canada provided.  God's beauty is always appreciated, no matter the circumstances!

 

This was our first cruise.  Hopefully it will not be our last.  We would have loved to continue on with the cruise extending to Hawaii and to Australia, but the money was not there.  Not sure if we could have afforded ship life either!  I do approve of the gratuity charges daily, I too was a waitress once upon a time and know that each person usually works hard at their particular job.  It would have been more personal to give it to them personally, but I can see why it was done this way.  It was also a joy to getting acquainted with our room steward, Anselmo.  He was fantastic!  Very helpful and caring of us.

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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.

rabarker
Second Mate

Eat in the dining rooms whenever possible. The Oceanview Cafe was so-so, though a good spot to get ice-cream and gellato. The Bacio Cafe gave nice sweets just for the asking and were good to take back to the cabin. The hamburgers at the Mast Grill were very good.

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

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