Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Beauty is only skin deep.

Sail Date: August 07, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

We sailed from Civitavecchia for Sicily, Athens, Mykonos, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Naples, and Rome. 2 years ago we did a cruise through the western Mediterannean including Palermo, Naples, Villefranche, Barcelona, Florence, Marseille, Rome and wanted to go back to Europe.

The ship was beautiful, clean, plenty of elevators. Children, however, found inconsistencies in activities. Despite the fact that the guide Solstice Today did not differentiate between family, adult and children activities (or identify age groups), our kids (aged 10-19) found that they could participate in activities on one day and later were told it was "adult only." When we told guest services of this issue, we were told that the listed items were adult only (only for the 14 year old to exclaim, "look, Catholic Mass is on the list, that's adult only too!").

Turnsout we enjoyed the Grand Epernay restaurant and Tuscan Grille. We all did not like Murano (though the food presentation was great, it was not tasty). Bistro on 5 was good as well (did not try the other restaurants). Plenty of seating at Oceanview Cafe.

The statement of account was not delivered to my cabin. We stayed on board as late as possible waiting for a pre-arranged taxi to the airport and it never came. 6 days after getting home, it posted to my account.

Guys at the martini bar were great performers. Nice bar, ice on the counters was a nice touch.

Shows were really bad. Some in our group felt they were ok but there was no story telling here. The closest thing to a story was Ghost Light b ut in my opinion it was a story told at the beginning and then a sequence of song performances (each representing a memory of a cast member) concluded by a closing. Sometimes late seating diners had shows before dining, sometimes really late afterwards. I can't speak for the earlier shows but some of the humor by the cruise director at the late night shows would not be appropriate for young children who had to see this if they were late seating dining.

Rooms needed more storage. We used every drawer and hanger and space above the beds. Lucky for us we brought luggage that was sized such that they could nest in each other and then fit under the bed. No towel animals every night, just 2 animals through a 10 night cruise.

Glass blowing on the lawn (aft) was great. really gets you intersted in visiting the corning museum of glass in Corning, NY.

Pros: Ship was beautiful, Clean.

Cons: Solstice Today poorly stuctured. Smokers under verrandas.

Recommends Celebrity Solstice? No.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Great ruins. Mary's house beautiful.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Acropolis, Parthenon. Pay attention on the bus you may see the changing of the guard.
Santorini, Greece
Oia (pronounced EE-YA). Gorgeous views. Shopping! Wine was so-so (I could have skipped that but there was a great photo opp there as well).
Mykonos, Greece
Beautiful port city. Easy to maneuver town or get to the beach on your own via bus. Petros the Pelican was there! We chose Paradise Beach on our own. Not hard to get to. $1 Euro via bus.
Naples, Italy
Perhaps because we did this before and this time just went to Capri on our own.
Messina, Sicily
Taormino was excellent. Amazing! Look for cafes off the main road. Theatre was ok (after comparing with other ruins). Not enough time to cover everything in detail.

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