Sydney to Singapore -- some great, some not so great
Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to South Pacific
It was an interesting itinerary, but 3 tender ports, which especially @ Bali, took forever. Therefore very ltd time in Bali which was disappointing. The two stops for the Great Barrier Reef were enjoyed by my husband snorkeling. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. The cabin steward was good, the ship was in pretty good shape considering it went into drydock when we arrived in Singapore.
The Main Dining Room suffers from either bland food or disjointed service, or on some nights, both. The specialty restaurants were great, esp Murano. Hefty upcharge, but on a long cruise it felt necessary. The shows were blah, the cruise director seemed a bit odd and some of his jokes seemed tasteless.
Had a wonderful massage therapist (Nun) who was fabulous. Usually the Canyon Ranch Spa is very good and it was really great on this cruise.
This is 5th Celebrity cruise in 18 months, and the cutting corners seems apparent, especially in the MDR. It was a nice cruise, but would have been much better if the tender ports were longer time to be off-ship and if the dining room would bring up the food and service qualities.
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Room service for b'fast was a good way to limit eating at buffet more than necessary. Buffet was fine, but often crowded;desserts looked beautiful, but they tasted blah. Which helped to keep the calorie count down.On long cruise, strike a deal for 2-3 meals @specialty restaurants, breaks monotony