Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

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4 out of 5

Great way to see the Pacific Northwest

Sail Date: May 06, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

The trip did not start off well for many as the transport arrangements from San Diego to Ensenada were beyond poorly organized. Some people had to wait up to 4 hours for their bus and some buses were poorly maintained. We had arranged a private driver to take us to Ensenada, but even that was confusing as we were not given clear instructions from Celebrity on where to check in or where to leave our baggage.

Once on the ship, we were pleased with our room (as usual) and glad we had booked Aqua as Blu provides a good dining service. We went to the Specialty restaurants a few evenings and they were quite good.

We rate the entertainment on Celebriy as "fair" but it was not an issue for us as we usually listen to piano and jazz.

This cruise did not provide good transport in ports if you are not on one of their tours. That is a bit frustrating as it is not good to rely only on local "trolley's" which are infrequent. We were on the Reflection in February and felt local transport was better organised and more frequent.

Disembarkation was as expected and not as chaotic as some other cruises.

All in all, a good holiday with some minor annoyances. We will cruise with Celebrity again, but ask more questions and do more research about local sites before we go.
Ship Quality
Some signs of repair needed, but overall good
Food and Dining
Good in Blu and speciality restaurants
Cabin / Stateroom
Good size, not great storage
Service and Staff
Dining staff could be more attentive in the buffet
Entertainment
Entertainment a but amatuerish
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Ensenada, Mexico
Unfortunately it was raining, but fun to see
San Diego, California
Great city with lots to do
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Unless you arrange to go somewhere, very little near the port. We waited over two hours to rent a car at Enterprise
Santa Barbara, California
Great; easy to walk to everything
San Francisco, California
Easy to get around and lots to see
Astoria, Oregon
Not much to see if you stay in the downtown area, but the people are lovely and helpful. Visit the Maritime museum.
Victoria, British Columbia
Beautiful..totem park a must see. The waterfront is great to people watch
Seattle, Washington
Beautiful city with lots to do and see

Tip

Plan your own transport wherever possible. Do your research in advance so you know where you want to go in each post.



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