A Great Crossing

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Transatlantic


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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13 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Barcelona)
Sail Date: May 01, 2011
Ship: Celebrity Solstice
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
The solstice class, and the Soltice in particular is a wonderful cruise vehicle. The layout is very similar to a luxury resort with the public areas concentrated away from the sleeping rooms creating a feeling of privacy not always found on other ships. The food was excellent, but the genuinely caring attitude of the service staff is outstanding. It is hard to quantify, but there is a genuine difference between the spirit of the staff on this Celebrity cruise as compared to other lines. The ship is graciously appointed and reflects a casual elegance that is appreciated by this veteran cruiser.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
As Aqua Class passengers we took all of our meals in Blu. The food was inventive and fresh and the attention to healthfulness was appreciated. We would like to have had access to the main dining room for an occasional change of scene, but we did not get the sense that this was encouraged. Moving around the dining room in Blu sometimes resulted in a service gap, but the management was quick to correct deficiencies when told of the situation. The scramble system in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) was not very user friendly, but the variety was appreciated.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The beyond the podium speakers were a nice variation, but on a transatlantic cruise what we most appreciated was the opportunity to do nothing but relax. The main entertainment was appropriate and enjoyable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As noted earlier, what sets the Celebrity experience apart from the others is the quality and genuine caring attitude of the staff. Unequaled in the mass-market cruise segment.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Although we prefer the mid-size ships with fewer than 2000 passengers, this ship is designed in such a way that we never felt part of a big crowd. The appearance of the ship is absolutely top-notch. The furnishing, fixtures, etc, are in excellent condition and the ship still looks new.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
the color scheme, the bathroom facilities, the big screen TV, the amount of storage, and the overall comfort level was exceptional. One of the best rooms we have ever experienced.
5 out of 5
La Ahlhambra is incredible. We will go back and spend more time in the future.
Don't Miss: Take the time and spend the money to visit Ahlhambra. It is one of the best site visits in the world. It rates right up there with the Acropolis, the Forum in Rome, etc.
3 out of 5
In port on a Sunday so most things were closed. Great internet cafe on the dock. We appreciated the Portuguese influence, but did not travel around the island outside of town.
5 out of 5
the Sherry tasting in Xerez was interesting.
Don't Miss: Walk the waterfront in old town Cadiz
5 out of 5
Must see Sintra and the St. James Monastery. Leave several hours for Sintra. We were rushed and did not get to fully appreciate the local scene. We did not have time to visit the castle or buy the local pastries. Lunch at the Curral dos Caprinos was outstanding.
Don't Miss: St. James Monastery

Pros: The ship, the service staff, and the time at sea

Cons: Crowds in the Solarium, service confusion in Blu

Recommends Celebrity Solstice? Yes!

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