It was an interesting itinerary, but 3 tender ports, which especially @ Bali, took forever. Therefore very ltd time in Bali which was disappointing. The two stops for the Great Barrier Reef were enjoyed by my husband snorkeling. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. The cabin steward was good, the ship was in pretty good shape considering it went into drydock when we arrived in Singapore.
The Main Dining Room suffers from either bland food or disjointed service, or on some nights, both. The specialty restaurants were great, esp Murano. Hefty upcharge, but on a long cruise it felt necessary. The shows were blah, the cruise director seemed a bit odd and some of his jokes seemed tasteless.
Had a wonderful massage therapist (Nun) who was fabulous. Usually the Canyon Ranch Spa is very good and it was really great on this cruise.
This is 5th Celebrity cruise in 18 months, and the cutting corners seems apparent, especially in the MDR. It was a nice cruise, but would have been much better if the tender ports were longer time to be off-ship and if the dining room would bring up the food and service qualities.
The cruise was very good, food was very good, service was excellent and so was the entertainment. The cabin was clean and in good orde . However, the ship is starting to show signs of age and some wear and tear. But on the whole it did not deter from enjoying the 10 days voyage.
The food was terrific and the service was outstanding. The excursions were fair. I was impressed that Celebrity made a great effort to accommodate my gluten free requirements. We will definitely sail with Celebrity again.
I didn't feel it was worth the price we paid for the cruise. There was also a lot of trying to up sell the beverage packages, excursions, restaurants on the ship, etc.
Our room #8226 on the 4th day, our carpet was VERY wet from a leak from the room next door. On the 5th day it was SMELLING horrible. When I brought it to our cabin steward, he said they would sprinkle carpet freshener on the carpet and it would be ok. I told him that I would be asking for a different room and he said that there were no more rooms, we would have to stay. To say the least, I'm very UNHAPPY with Celebrity Cruise and WOULD NOT sail with them again.
The food and score excursions were the best. Diesmbarkation was simply a nightmare. No one especially these elderly travelers should have to wait 2 hours in the line to get a taxi when literally the waterfront in BC was already downtown close to the train which took you directly to the airport and where you could have gone to hail another type of cab.
I thought this was a great cruise to get to experience Alaska. We particularly enjoyed getting to see the glacier up so close. Celebrity Cruise did a great job, all of the staff that we experienced were helpful and cheerful. They would go out of their way to make sure you got what you requested.
This is one of the best cruise experiences we have had. The Solstice was a great ship, clean and rooms very comfortable. The staff was very attentive always trying to exceed expectations. The itinerary was awesome, we loved Alaska, we fished in Ketchikan, whale watched and went to the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau and took the train through the pass in Skagway. I took four friends with us who also had an excellent experience. The shopping is very good, especially in Ketchikan. Everyone we met were friendly. It is very clean in each town. We stayed at the Hotel Ballard in Seattle and enjoyed a great wine tasting excursion. We will be planning another Cruise to Alaska in the future.
i also want to thank Tina Lorusso from for making all of our arrangements. She is a pleasure to work with and has great follow through and follow up.
( we were unable to go through Tracy Fjord due to,safety reasons but the captain took us to Dawes glacier which was beautiful.)
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.
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