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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Ship: Celebrity Solstice
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryThe Celebrity Solstice was a design and decorating masterpiece, with attractive, often ingenious details everywhere you turn. It won't appeal to more traditional tastes, though; it looks like a combination of the starship Enterprise and a disco.
Use of space is generous to say the least. The central atrium was mostly for show, but I could swear that the corridors were a good 20 or 25% wider than on other ships just a few years older. It's enough to make the corridors appear spacious instead of claustrophobic. The stateroom was also larger, including the bathroom--not quite spacious, but very usable and very livable for a week.
I could have lived without some of the artwork, but the ship itself is also a work of art.
Food and Dining
We don't hang out in cocktail lounges, so we can't comment on some of the performers, but the groups that we saw ranged from exceptional to really excptional. The steel-drum player is obviously talented, but the recorded accompaniments have never been my favorite, and a little steel-drum music goes a long way.
The shore excursions were well-organized, but it was heart-breaking to see how the reefs have deteriorated. I remember vibrantly colored coral and shoals of colorful fish; now the coral is mostly gray and the fish are greatly reduced in number, size, and variety.
Service and Staff
There were a number of passengers in wheelchairs, so the ship must be set up for accessibility. It's so seamless that I barely noticed it.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: fellow passengers, food, decor
Cons: dead or dying coral