Big views and big crowds

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
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Celebrity Solstice

7 Night Alaska (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 24, 2019

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9342

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Glad I did it and probably will not do it again. This is only my personal experience and may or may not be typical in every situation. Some things may be out of the control of the cruise line, ports, or there may have been extenuating circumstances. It does not matter as this is a review of how I felt about my experiences.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Really easy to get on the ship, we were concierge class so pretty much walked right on.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Service was great everywhere but food was just ok at best. To be fair they are cooking for 3000 people but in my experience it was just ok. Room service quality was ok, but we did get stood up one night and with an excursion early the next day we went 24 hours without eating.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools are small and overcrowded, sunset bar at the top on the back was awesome when the weather was good. Best place for a panoramic view.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was outstanding, they really did try to honor any request.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Crowded and tight, maybe that is just what cruise ships are but i was always waiting in line and throwing elbows to get something at the buffet before it was gone.. not really throwing elbows but you had to be a bit on the aggressive side.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Pretty much the same as all balcony cabins on the ship. Small but it was generally quiet. I could feel the vibration from the engines pretty much at all times... it did not bother some in our party but was enough for me to be sick of it by the end of the trip.

Ship tip

Sunset bar is the place to be for a view and a drink... best service and often less windy than expected even when under way.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

2 out of 5
Major homeless problem, bathrooms in local establishments are locked and require door codes to use. For me it was just too big and dirty. Just my opinion though as i come from a small town.

Ketchikan, Alaska

3 out of 5
Near the docks is a giant gift store, get away from the port.

CRUISE ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER

2 out of 5
What we saw was amazing, however did not make it to the glacier as there were heavy ice flows occurring. I believe they said we were 20 miles from it at the closest point so it was disappointing. I know they cant control that but it was one of the experiences I was really looking forward to and did not get to see.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Great when you got away from the docks. The glacier in town is amazing, and it is very easy to see whales in the area.

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
Great away from the docks. We did the train tour and the scenery was indescribable.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

4 out of 5
Great views on the sunset bar as we left Skagway.

Victoria, British Columbia Did not visit port

The time was so short it was not really worth the hassle of leaving the ship.

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
Very slow and unorganized. Multiple uncontrolled lines and waiting locations were confusing and that lead to several arguments and almost fights breaking out.
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