Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Varied and exciting cruise!

Sail Date: June 19, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was well-appointed with a good library and great rooms. Our bed was the most comfortable bed I've ever experienced on a cruise. The cabin stewards were outstanding as were the food service staff. The food was varied and wonderful and included Indian and Thai food. There were ample vegetarian options for us. Our only quibbles were the shore excursions which weren't that great--and the organization of them could be improved. Due to our personal preference, we didn't care for the "medley" style shows but we loved the illusionist and the dancers. We didn't use many of the amenities (except the fitness center which was good) because we preferred to read on our balcony a lot of the time we weren't in port.

Pros: The food was outstanding, as was the service. The rooms are much larger and we loved our balcony!

Cons: The cruise excursion department was not up to par. Four of our excursions were canceled and we weren't notified on one until that day, leaving us to take a leftover excursion. Some of the excursions were not worth the money.

Recommends Celebrity Solstice? Yes!

We didn't care for most of the entertainment but that is just our perference. We would have preferred more intellectual stimulation and less "medley" style shows.
Ship Quality
It was immaculate everywhere. They were really into
Purell which became almost humorous.
Food and Dining
The food was really outstanding. It is the best of any cruises we've been on.
Cabin / Stateroom
It was a bigger and better appointed room than we expected. We were delighted with it.
Service and Staff
Santorini, Greece
LInes were very long. There were too many shops for our taste. Be advised that walking the 700 steps back to the ship may save time (lines for the cable car are long) but you will walk around donkeys and dodge donkey droppings the whole way down--plus it stinks!
Naples, Italy
We visited Pompeii and the Amalfi Drive which turned out to be our favorite excursion. It was made better by our fabulous guide, Mathilde. She told "food" stories which amused us no end. The Amalfi Drive is gorgeous.
Don't Miss: Pompeii is worth a visit and the Amalfi coast is also a don't miss.
Mykonos, Greece
I loved this island with its white and blue churches and buildings and wonderful beaches.
Don't Miss: Just walk around, take it in. We couldn't do Delos because of the windy weather.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
We had been there before. We did an olive oil excursion that wasn't worth the money. It never showed us anything about making olive oil--just gave us wine and a snack.
Don't Miss: If it's a first visit, definitely visit the Sistine Chapel
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Very hot and crowded. Tour guide was not very useful--wanted to just drop us in the city when we knew nothing about the city--and we'd have to take a cab back.
Don't Miss: Acropolis--but long lines and big crowds.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
We liked the ruins at Ephesus. Our tour guide wanted to sell us carpets which was very annoying. We hated the carpet selling.
Don't Miss: Ephesus
Valletta, Malta
Blue Grotto boat ride is worth it but too short. Miss the fishing village where I got my camera stolen. It is just a shopping place.
Don't Miss: Blue Grotto

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