Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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2-3 cruises

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4 out of 5

Cruise to Alaska

Sail Date: June 10, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We were lucky to get a beautiful morning to see a Glacier as we cruised the Fjord.

Also fortunate to see whales, sea lions, two bears and several mountain goats

Cabin / Stateroom
We had a cabin on the Aqua deck. The cabin was compact and not as large as I expected. Difficult to open the closet as it was so close to the couch. The bathroom was small but well appointed.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We were asked to report for embarkation at 10.30 a.m. for a 5 p.m. sail and then due to unforeseen circumstances we did not depart till approx. 8 p.m.
Our luggage was not delivered to our cabin till 7.30 p.m.
Celebrity MUST discontinue the practice of having all staff repeatedly approach passengers at every single VENUE pushing the purchase of beverage and dining packages--VERY, VERY annoying ! It was impossible to eat lunch on the day of embarkation without being interrupted dozens and dozens of times.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We found Skagway to be charming and we enjoyed the excursion " To the Summit". Could have taken a little more time though, felt very rushed !
Onboard Activities
The Persian Garden was nice but very full---I believe only 8 relaxation chairs (of which one was not working) which were always occupied, so people stood behind and waited which was not a relaxing experience. Considering this is offered as a perk to Aqua Class passengers there should be considerably more loungers available.

Need more hot tubs, as again could never get in.
Entertainment
We loved the talks by Brent Nixon.
The comedy show on the last night was great.
Also the 'Who's lying' show was great fun, the captain really was hilarious !
Service and Staff
Our cabin crew was OUTSTANDING--Mario and Rafi need special recognition !

The servers in Blue were very professional and took great care of us. Some of them even remembered our names.
Food and Dining
We ate many of our meals in Blue, the restaurant for Acqa class, good food (though very limited choices each day) but it was quite. Service was excellent.

Had dinner on the first night via a promotion offered at Murano. Excellent value for promotion (2 for $50). Not sure I would have paid the full price of $100.

Ate dinner once in the main dining venue. Food was good, but very loud and service took a long time. Had 2 excellent waiters.

The main buffet venue on the 14th floor was a zoo, always very crowded and not enough seating ever.

Ordered breakfast through room service only once, very disappointing as coffee arrived COLD.

Celebrity MUST discontinue the practice of having all staff repeatedly approach passengers at every single VENUE on the day of embarkation pushing aggressively the purchase of beverage and dining packages--VERY, VERY ANNOYING ! It was impossible to eat lunch on the day of embarkation without being interrupted dozens and dozens of times.
Seattle, Washington
Ketchikan, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Best part of the cruise, got to see a glacier up close, what a treat !
Juneau, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Charming little town with lots of character and not inundated with all the horrible jewelry stores ruining the native craftsmen. Excursion called "To the Summit" was also very good, though felt a little rushed..
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Victoria, British Columbia


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