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Cruisin' is a blast!

sisterjunus1 reviewed 2 months 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 39 reviews.

"Very helpful, cheerful, and excellet host This was my 3rd Celebrity cruise." in 14 reviews.

"my family has been onaseveralother cruise lines( royal caribbean , carnival, norwegianand princess) and this by of..." in 14 reviews.




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rabarker
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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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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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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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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Traveled As:
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Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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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Kakalina
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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Highly recommended!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 05, 2014

Rating this cruise was tough--I'd say 4.5 stars is closer to my vote. The scenery in Southwest Alaska is spectacular. The seas were 'bathtub calm'--not at all what I expected in September. Sunny, with warm temperatures for 85% of the week--couldn't be better. The Solstice is a beautiful ship; very clean and modern. At about 2900 passengers, it was the largest ship we've sailed on. That's a lot of people, but in most cases, the numbers were handled well. Exceptions to that: the Dining Room table assignments--many people (like us) were "double-booked" on tables, and that was rather chaotic for a couple of days. My husband and I actually prefer to have an "assigned" table each night, as Celebrity does, and was a major factor for our ship choice. Also, the ship did not dock in Juneau like other cruise line ships did. Tendering this large crowd ashore was disorganized, and poorly handled--especially for the hundreds of passengers that had "independent" shore excursions (not sold by Celebrity). The ship's wait staff and cabin attendants were excellent, but its Guest Relations staff needs to have a refresher course. All in all, it was a VERY good cruise experience, and we recommend it.

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Solstice Review

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 05, 2014

The ship was large, clean, and modern however they seemed to be lacking in scheduled activities and during bingo and battle of the sexes entertainment I found the host unpleasant and in a hurry to finish the activity causing not only myself but many others attending frustrations where we had to ask multiple time for them to slow down so we could keep up.

 

I was also displeased with the SinCity Comedy Show, not the comedy itself but what they called "Burlesque".  Not only did I find it degrading to be sitting there watching what I would refer to as a "Strip Show" (yes I am a woman) but I lost all respect for Celebrity Cruise Lines.  The are suppose to be a respresentation of class and sophistication and I must say they failed.

 

The other situation which I found to be truly the most disorganized system ever seen in place was when celebrity tendered us to Juno.  We were at our destination 10 minutes before the scheduled time and they had us waiting nearly a hour and half..........they wasted by time which I paid dearly for.

 

I also must state, though I know many frown on smoking today, I am a smoker and I was displeased with the arrangements they had set up for smokers outside.  It would have been considerate of them to provide some heating systems in these areas but they made it feel as I was considered an outcast and put me in the cold weather (Alaska).  I should also state on my recent cruise on Carnival in July 2014 I was allowed to smoke on the balcony of my room and though I should have read the find print of Celebrity's rules and regulation in more detail, I wished I would not have booked a balcony, I would have been satisfied with an interior room since I had to go out in the cold weather and smoke anyway.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Amazing Trip!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 05, 2014

Great way to celebrate our 25th anniversary!! I would highly recommend this cruise to everyone interested in going to Alaska. The service was excellent, everyone was very helpful and very friendly. This was the first cruise that we had taken. The stateroom we had was great. Plenty of room. They kept everything very clean. The food was very good. Happy

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Alaska

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Sep 05, 2014

Outstanding naturalist speaker who also narrated the Tracy Arm Fjord quoting John Muir.  Two dinner nights featured "Top Chef" recipes that were outstanding. There were different high quality shows every night. There is a wonderful "adult only" pool and Jacuzzi area with poolside service.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Great cruise! Service could be better though!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Aug 29, 2014

This was a great cruise with a fantastic itinerary! The ship is well kept and very clean. The service at the bars and main dining room were not up to par though which left us disappointed. Service in the Specialty restaurants was excellent! Food in the main dining room was very bland and nothing special. Getting a drink on this ship was at times almost impossible. Each bar didn't feel like it had enough staff and did not seem to be stocked with popper necessities. How does a Martini Bar run out of glasses after being open after 45 mins? We watch countless people walk away because they were not being acknowledged or served. Around the deck area we had to track people down to order drinks and a lot of the staff appeared like it was their first day working with drinks. Not to worry though, service kicks up a few notches when its guest comment card time which I feel is a bit tacky. We still had a great time though!

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fruffo
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Excellent surprise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Aug 29, 2014

We were in concierge class.  The stateroom was roomy with a king-sized bed.  We took advantage of the specialty restaurants where, in all three, the food, service and ambiance was outstanding. I have cruised for many years on much smaller ships (ie "Windstar) so I was reticent to cruise on a large ship with so many passengers.  However, on Solstice, we hardly noticed the number of people since it was so roomy with many activities and amenities. I will now consider other cruises on these ships at the same level as smaller ships since they both have their unique charm.

One negative. I received a massage and although the masseuse was excellent she "tricked" me into buying some body potions that I would have never purchased ( she presented them as if they were part of her service and then automatically added them to my bill--they were expensive)

Other than that overall, it was a great experience.

 

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Cruising experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Celebrity Solstice | Sail Date: Aug 29, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise to Alaska.  All the crew members were very pleasant and helpful.  We thought the specialty dining was absolutely outstanding!!  The Murano was our favorite and the service and food was exquisite and over the top.  

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mkcal
Purser

If you have a suite you have to ask for the pillow menu and if the ship does tender service to shore don't wait in line just go down to the tender level you have priority service.

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
Third 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.

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