Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

solstice was best ship yet...decor and food!!

Sail Date: August 01, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

After 13 cruises on various cruise lines...4 being in Alaska, this cruise on the Solstice exceeds them all.

 

The beds were very comfortable (they provided memory foam toppers and pillows), the bathroom was much roomier and the shower has thoughtfully designed.....including a rod across the corner for ladies to rest foot on when shaving legs! the balcony had very comfortable chairs that allowed for several reclining positions. The buffet upstairs had an immense selection, my favorite was the cooked to order salmon at nights!  The ice cream bar was a hit with grandkids....no limit, no extra charge!

The atrium stretched from deck 3 up to the top of the ship (12 decks high!), with a suspended ficus tree that was enormous...it definitely was a "WOW" factor when first boarding the ship!  The embarkation was seamless...as was disembarkation. the staff were well trained in welcoming and caring for guests!   I'd love to sail again on that ship!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
dining room waiter Eldan....very personable and humorous, great service
Entertainment
The solstice show with acrobatics was outstanding...the only one we saw.
Children's Programs NA
Onboard Activities My college-age grandson ran to every trivia, ping pong and golf competition!
Destinations and Excursions
The Klondike train scenery was terrific..but, the tour needed a break at some shops/restroom before heading back down the mountain.
Cabin / Stateroom
this cabin, to my delight, is NOT like the picture above. It had the sofa nearest the balcony...the beds are near the bathroom...a much better arrangement when you enjoy using the balcony. It also has capacity to sleep 4...sofabed and drop down bunk.
Seattle, Washington
Go two days early and visit Seattle Needle, Pikes Market, LePanier Bakery at Pikes for world-class almond croisannts!!!
Ketchikan, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Brent Nixon was superb in narrating the glacier visit.
Juneau, Alaska We booked outside the ship with Orca Entrerprizes for a terrific whale watching tour.
Skagway, Alaska
Klondike trip is worth the views, but needs creature comforts at top of mountain, food, restrooms, (the one on our train was awful),
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Scenery is awesome...meals in buffet are a feast for eyes and stomach as you watch the mountains go by!
Victoria, British Columbia
Go to the Hot Dog shop at corner near Empress Hotel (a must see) for great ice cream/soda fountain.

Tip

Go to the lounge on top of ship at the front to view the glacier fjords...terrific view and comfortable seats!



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