Of course the food was over the top and the staff was very accommodating, friendly and courteous. Improvement - maybe a larger veranda room, they are quite small compared to other ships where we had balcony rooms. More clocks would be nice, we always had to check our phones to see what time it was and because we had different times zones, I did not know if they were correct either.
My overall experience was absolutely incredible. Booking the cruise was easy and the cruise was great with Celebrity! We had a group of 12 people and it was a great way to be together and still have time to do what everyone wanted.
Words cannot describe the beauty of this state. The mountains are never ending, people are incredibly nice and there are so many things to do! We saw dozens of whales and more bald eagles than we ever imagined. Also learned a lot of history especially about the gold rush era.
My favorite parts of the cruise was the food and the service, which was excellent. The staff was attentive and helpful, and spent the time to answer questions and resolve issues. The ship excursion to the fjords was awe-inspiring. The one so-so item was the evening entertainment, which was a bit inconsistent. I highly recommend this cruise.
juneau dog sled excursion was great. Ketchikan fishing excursion was fun. Post port excursion was a complete disaster. Concierge service was non-existent and not friendly. Main dining waiter and assistant was amazing.
The staff, cleanliness, attention to a quality guest experience, activities and visibility of the Captain made our journey to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice simply fabulous! I loved the Aqua Class restaurant "Blu", where they serve lighter, trendier and very yummy food. They accommodated my daughter's gluten intolerance very well. The food was well balanced, lighter in preparation, exciting and beautiful in presentation. Blu served new recipes that were as delicious as anything else on the ship. It left you feeling satisfied, not full, and you weren't hungry an hour later. Delicious and smart. The restaurant is for Aqua Class guests. Try it.
We enjoyed two excursions. One was a train ride in Skagway where we saw beautiful waterfalls, Alaskan wilderness, bald eagles, historical rail trestles and listened to live commentary all while traveling in a historical rail car along a railway track built through granite rocks, and along beautiful mountainsides. All of the train cars were wonderfully refurbished. Very cool. We also took a hike to see Mendenhall glacier in one of the National Parks. Being close to a glacier is sure a site to behold. The weather was sunny in Alaska during our cruise, and the Alaskan air was wonderfully clean and fresh. It makes one feel more alive!
The ships' activities were certainly fun as well. From nightly entertainment, to live music, to Top Chef contests, to dancing, Bingo, shopping, comedy, magic shows, exercise classes, massages, specialty dining, live talks about Alaska, in room movies, internet that works well, etc...etc... Everyday was filled with as much or as little to do or see as we desired. Everything we attended was top quality. Bravo, Celebrity!
One of the best events we attended was the Captains' talk and photo presentation regarding the building of the Celebrity Solstice ship. We saw and "experienced' the process of building the ship block by block, floating it and moving the ship, and testing every nuance of a brand new class of ship. It was a wonderful presentation and Captain Tasos was full of life, yet an honored Captain of integrity. Recommended!
I could go on and on as to how our experience was truly fabulous, but as every cruise is different, I encourage folks to themselves experience the Celebrity Solstice. One of our best cruises ever.
This cruise was after my RC Allure of the Season cruise...which was much bigger, better experience. Celebrity's staff was great...the boat is just worn and entertainers were sub-par...can't wait to go back to RC and check out Quantum of the Seas...just disappointed for the money it cost.
Everything on the cruise was great! Food was excellent - way beyond my expectation. Particularly my son and I really enjoyed the glass blowing show, all the evening shows (vegas style, magic show), and friendly staffs.
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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