Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Solstice April 10 2011

Sail Date: April 10, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

This is my second time on the Celebrity Solstice, and I would cruise again on this gorgeous ship. It is beautiful,clean, fun, easy to navigate,and the crew was professional. The food is awesome, and service is top shelf. Celebrity has hit a home run with its line of Solstice class ships. There were many seniors on this cruise, and most of the entertainment shuts down around 11 PM to midnight, but there were many activities during the day and evening. I love the Persian Garden and relaxation room - a great place to get away from it all. I did see honeymooners, and families with younger children,and everyone seemed to be having a great time. This is definitely a classy cruise - with wine tastings, gourment food demonstrations, informative lectures, and broadway style shows, but you can still dance the night away in the disco, sing karaoke in the lovely sky lounge, watch a movie, catch a late night comedy show, or spend time in the casino.

Pros: The ship is gorgeous; the decor; the service; the ambiance; the cuisine, the entertainment

Cons: There was not enough attention to solo/single travelers; felt like we were largely ignored; the hard sell for the spa products after receiving an already exorbitantly priced spa service; it was as if they were forcing you to buy their products.

Recommends Celebrity Solstice? Yes!

Ship Quality
Excellent layout: food and related venues on one end; entertainment on the other, and shops and guest relations/shore excursions in the middle. Layout and directions located in between the elevator panels on each level , along with directions on the small ship icons, make it easy for anyone to navigate the ship.
Food and Dining
The food is exceptional. Service in the Grand Epernay - the main dining room, was fast and professional. Our waiter and assistant waiters were great. The variety was good and served quickly. However, there should be 24 hour eatery. Everything was shut down by about 1 am nightly. Room service was adequate.
Cabin / Stateroom
I had a balcony cabin; it was roomy, with light woods; a roomy enough private balcony, and lots of storage space, in addition to the storage space under the bed. There is an interactive flat screen television, a shower with a rounded glass shower door, and a fog free bathroom mirror. The bed was quite comfortable and the decor was pleasant. My cabin attendant kept my room spotless; I rarely noticed him but whenever I returned to the room my bed had been made up, my ice bucket was full, and the curtains had been opened. He was cheerful and attentive whenever I needed something.
Service and Staff
My waiter, head waiter, assistant waiter and stateroom attendants were excellent. Whenever I needed something, I received it in a timely manner. I never felt rushed or neglected.
Entertainment
It definitely helps being a Captains Club member. We received back stage invitations to the theater, the galley, and two apprectiaton events where cocktails and food were served. We also got to meet and interact more with the cruise director and the officers. If you want to keep busy there are sufficient things to do such as shore excursions, bingo, lectures, movies, cooking demonstrations, dance competitions with the senior officers, sports competitions, music, shows, computer I lounge instruction, language instruction, dance instruction, etc.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Magan's bay is nice, but be warned that you must pay for a beach chair! Our guide neglected to tell us this. Also no lunch included for the tour I took. And by the time ordered and ate lunch, there wasnt enough time to spend at the beach. However the bay is beautiful and calm. The observation point is a gorgeous place to take pictures and to do some shopping. The next time I will visit St. John instead.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
I visited the fort in San Juan, and we made a few stops, however there didnt seem to be much to do. The good thing is that the shopping is located right across the street from the port, and there were some nice restaurants to visit. Also we were there until 10 PM, so you didnt have to rush back to the ship.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The was my favorite port. It is the prettiest of the ports visited on this cruise. We went to Orient Beach - gorgeous water and sand. Very clean, and lunch was included. The restaurant is located directely behind our group of reserved c hairs, it is covered, classy and the food was delcious and served promptly. You had a choice of chicken breast with french fries, barbecued ribs, mahi mahi with rice and veggies; and the french bread was out of this world. We were on the French side. Remember to take money - the umbrella rental for the beach costs $3.00. There are also water sports available. It's all so pretty, and our guide was excellent, entertaining, informative and funny. Be warned, it's located next to a nude beach, and we did see some topless bathers walking the beach.
Don't Miss: Orient Beach


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