Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Believe the hype

Sail Date: May 11, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

For an immense ship, this ship does not feel crowded. Exception to this rule would be meal time but there are many choices aboard. We found the specialty coffee bar (not free - get a drink package) to be exceptional. Bars were wonderful with special shout out to the "Molecular Bar" where delicious concoctions are created. Hot tub is average. Kind of shallow and not that comfortable unless you're alone and can spread out. Aqua spa is overpriced and overrated. Save your money. Shore excursions are hit or miss, I would suggest go with the ones that allow you free time because the "scripted" ones leave you wanting more time to experience ports of call on your own. Read up on the ports of call to see what pros like Rick Steves has to say about shore excursions. You don't need one in every port! Staff on board was exceptional in every way! These guys really want to make your vacation as good as possible! Very personable and friendly.

Pros: This sh ip is all that and then some

Cons: It is still a ship and as such, foodborne illness can be an issue

Recommends Celebrity Solstice? Yes!

Ship Quality
Ship is outstanding! Many things on board for all tastes. A very large ship that feels small... A virtual floating 5 star hotel although cabins are still cabins... Nice but still just a cabin. Service is excellent!
Cabin / Stateroom
Excellent service. Cabin was good, clean, and comfortable. Awesome view from the veranda!
Food and Dining
Formal dining room was wonderful! Buffet was OK... Specialty restaurants were above average with the Murano being the best and Silk Harvest also exceptional. Tuscan Grill was OK.. They need to figure out if they want to be a steak house or Italian restaurant because they can't be both...
Service and Staff
This being my thrid cruise, this was by far the most attentive staff and worthy of their reputation in the industry! 5 stars!
Entertainment
Good shows and activities. Shore excursions are mostly good but not all are up to snuff... Half day in Venice for Murano glass and lace is a waste of time oand money. Most of the time was on a boat getting tot he islands and the rest of the time was for shopping. Save your money there.


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