Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5


Sail Date: August 08, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise and we enjoyed the experience

DISLIKES: (1) Our co-ordinator was Jessica Dickason who was very pleasant and helpful but she had never been on a cruise ship before. We are surprised that uses agents who have never

cruised before. Jessica misled us in a major way when we asked her on which side of the ship we should select our Balcony cabin. She said any side was OK. This turned out not to be true and is not true if the ship cruises straight along side the shore line. Obviously the STARBOARD  side along the shore line  is the "better" side of the vessal. We chose the PORT  side and missed close views of the terrain and ports that were always along the STARBOARD  side. WE missed close views of the Fiords and the coast line of Alaska. We understand that Jessica has moved on to another job.

(2) It was overcast and rainy for most of the cruise therefore we were not able to view the majesty of Alaska which was hidden. WE booked a $900 excursion thru to watch bears but due to the heavy rains the streams were flooded and the bear viewing site was a wash out. We realize that cannot control the weather but we had plenty of dates to choice from but again Jessica Dickason was of no help.   

(3) The entertainment and the Life programs were generally very good except for the shows put on by the Celebity staff which lacked production value and were pretty amateaurish


LIKES: Excellent ship; Excellent Food; Excellent Service and great cabin. Really enjoyed the on-ship time

Ship Quality
Very well maintained ship with a great captain
Food and Dining
Excellent food. The main restaurant needs to have a better wine list.
Service and Staff
Mr Menino and Mr Salvo restaurant staff were great. The cabin attendant was excellent
Celebrity entertainers were amateruish however the external entertainers were great
Onboard Activities
Brent Nixon who did the Life series was brilliant
Destinations and Excursions
Bad weather greatly reduced what we could see. WE took an excursion in every port
Cabin / Stateroom
This cabin was excellent but it is on the Port side. If the ship's route causes the starboard side to face land always choose a cabin on the starboard side.
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