Celebrity Solstice

4.1 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    
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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.

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Great Vacation!!!!

My husband and myself had a great time.  The silent disco was really fun.  Service was... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great cruise

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The Solstice is a great choice.  The Captain of the Solstice does two announcements per day, very informative and a very funny guy.  The ship is exceptionally clean and service is terrific.  The Alaskan scenery is absolutely worth every penny paid for this cruise.  

 

From a dining standpoint, the only real downside is the 24 hour "buffet" or Cafe as it is referred to aboard the Solstice is not great.  The selection was wonderful, but every meal there was cold, the only exception being the cooked to order items such as pizza, omelets, or stir fry.  And the experience of the Cafe was like a bad cafeteria in terms of crowds and rude passengers. Don't stand in the way of the mobs, they'll run you over. 

 

The Main Dining was fabulous.  Service and food were excellent, menu choice was more limited than the buffet, but always very good choices, meals were hot and delicious.

 

The itinerary was a very good one.  Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and of course the Tracy Arm Fjord were spectacular.  The cruise out of Skagway is awe-inspiring!  The captain made sure we spent quality time at the glacier in the Fjord and even did 360's to make sure everyone got a great view. We had sunshine in each port, so we were lucky in that aspect as we saw mountain tops and fjords that are typically cloud covered.  All three ports were fantastic, very clean small towns, albeit with way too many jewelry stores per capita (found out the cruise lines own the jewelry stores, no wonder!). 

 

The only downside to the itinerary was that both the cruise-line and Marriott showed the itinerary map as leaving Seattle then traveling north through Vancouver BC area and the Queen Charlotte Strait, but we went through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and out to sea instead.  No explanation, just went to sea.  We booked this itinerary specifically for the opportunity to travel next to Vancouver BC and the Queen Charlotte Strait as this was our first cruise and we wanted to get our "sea-legs" before hitting the open ocean, and we wanted to pass through that area for the scenery.  

 

We would recommend both Celebrity an/or Marriott for booking cruises. Other than the points earned from Marriott, there really is no reason to book through them rather than through Celebrity as the prices are the same.

 

Overall the cruise was fantastic.  

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

excellent cruise

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wonderful service, food, staff, loved the drink package, the excursions were wonderful. loved the amount of time in ports and the captain was amazing and engaging.  the shows by the on staff productions were mediocre but other than that everything was wonderful.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Terribly Noisy Room - Placed directly under the busiest part of the buffet! No Sleep!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Your rep placed us under the busiest part of the buffet. 24/7 of rolling cars, vibrations from those carts and heavy footsteps. We literally did not sleep for 7 nights!  You are supposed to be cruise experts - you should be aware of customer complaints regarding rooms and know which rooms are better on the ship. We trusted your "experts"! We learned while on the ship that our room has constant complaints regarding the noise!  We booked this 11 months in advance so there were plenty of choices!  This was an expensive trip - the cruise costs us over $6200 and for that we had no sleep. We are extremely disappointed with your company and intend to make sure that others do not have their vacations ruined by your "cruise experts"!  Completely unacceptable !

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Great Vacation!!!!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

My husband and myself had a great time.  The silent disco was really fun.  Service was great!

Carla at the restaurant made sure all 10 or 12 us sat together every night for dinner.  Thanks!

Denis and Ismil were out services most of the nights.  Denis hurt his back so he did not service us later in the cruise.  Jimmy stepped in and was wonderful!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Awesome Alaska Cruise!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The ship and crew were absolutely the best! Captain Tasos was very funny and we will never forget 'doing donuts' with the ship in the fjord so everyone got to see the stunning views! Food was excellent and we were told the weather we had this last week was really great, barely any rain at all on port days.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

WE PREFER CELEBRITY CRUISES

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

First and foremost, the staff on board made our trip!  Michael's Club (Sylvia & Alexandra) & Luminae (Tyrone, Yan, especially were awesome, but so was everyone else) were top of the line for service, commitment and wonderful social skills!  With so many "at sea" hours to transport back and forth, these 2 places kept us fed and comfortable.  We liked Luminae for several reasons - the staff, the food and the selective access.  As a special restaurant for our suite level, it was very much appreciated.  Our Head Butler, Jose Fernandez, was every bit a professional and service-focused in keeping us comfortable.  Our stops in Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway were awesome.  The Captain of our ship, Solstice, was awesome - keeping us informed, taking time for us to experience the glacier, the fjords and docking was incredible.  He brought that ship in smooth as silk in 45mph winds in Victoria - and it was 1st rate.  We loved the ship and its staff.  This was our third time with Celebrity (Summit, Reflection) and the specialty restaurants were not up to par as the other two.  Silk was totally disappointing.  Truly, they were all good, but menus vs flavor just didn't mesh.  All in all, we loved our trip, from beginning to final departure.Love

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Captain Tasos makes this trip special!

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The captain of the Celebrity Solstice, Captain Tasos made this trip for us!  His funny remarks every morning were a joy to wake up to, as well as his ability to maneuver the ship to go right up to the Dawes glacier (where the smaller boats go), we went "bear watching" against the shore in the inland passage and he guided our boat through a storm and 57knot winds!

I would of rated this trip a 3, due to the mediocre food at the buffet and MDR.  In addition regarding the excursions-everything was well organized up to the point where you left the ship-then you didn't know where to go.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Great scenery

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Our favorite part of the cruise was the beautiful Alaska scenery. I wish we had more time on excursions to experience it. The least favorite part was the crowds and constant sales pitches. The Celebrity beverage plans were unnecessarily complicated and caused lots of confusion with guests and crew. This confusion resulted in inconsistent services from the crew. Meals in the restaurants were good but we avoided the buffet on deck 14 because the food quality was poor, service was lacking and dining areas were not always kept clean.

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5 out of 5

Felt like a Queen!

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we were greeted with a glass of Champagne and that started the cruise off to a great start!  All our needs were met and the staff went above and beyond any of my expectations.  everything was made as simple as possible for excursions and all activities.  Anytime you asked someone a questions it was answered immediately and with a smile!

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Entertainment Deck

The Entertainment Deck features the Solstice Theater, Bistro on Five, Tuscan Grille, Silk Harvest, Murano, Micheal's Club, Ensemble Lounge, Blu, Cafe al...

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Promenade Deck

The Promenade Deck features the second level of the Solstice Theater, the Grand Epernay, Cellar Masters, Crush, Martini Bar, Fortunes Casino, Quasar and...

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The Lawn Deck features the Lawn Club, the Patio on the Lawn, Hot Glass Show area, the Sunset Bar, bocce lawn bowling, Lawn Club Shop, XClub, Funfactory,...

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sisterjunus1
Contributor Level: 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
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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

polar1912
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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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Price

L

Size

Nov 2008

Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

2850

Total Passengers

2.29

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1426

Total Cabins

31

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