Alter your meal times for lunch and supper, no lines usually and always plenty of foods in the full buffet on the 14th floor. Lots of healthy choices for a diabetic. We used room service for coffee and breakfast most morning. I am not familiar with any other food services on the ship.
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Take advantage of the specialty restaurants. They are well worth the cover charge.
On embarkation day try Bistro on 5 for lunch. Yes it is $7.50 a person extra, but it is not busy and there is table service to boot. Try the Cowboy Crepe.
We ate in the main dining room most meals, Food and service were excellent. Due to scheduling of our excursions, we ate on 14th deck several times-lots of selections, good service, easy to eat and go quickly.
Used the Celebrity Select Dining option which allowed us to dine any time we wanted during the hours posted. Never had to wait for a table more than a few minutes and got to meet and talk with people from all over.
Eat in the dining rooms whenever possible. The Oceanview Cafe was so-so, though a good spot to get ice-cream and gellato. The Bacio Cafe gave nice sweets just for the asking and were good to take back to the cabin. The hamburgers at the Mast Grill were very good.
If you have a suite you have to ask for the pillow menu and if the ship does tender service to shore don't wait in line just go down to the tender level you have priority service.
Try to get in middle ship--long walk from front to back for meals
If you want drinks, do the wine tastings. You will get more for less. Plus the experience. Also, there are no irons on the ship. We tried hanging shirts in the shower to steam out the wrinkles, but the ventilation is very good.
Prior to departure, i set with a couple during the buffet. They mentioned that they had taken twenty curise and of them all celebrity solictise was the best. Love the service provided in the dining room, next cruise will not go to buffet and a bacloney is a must.
Plan your own transport wherever possible. Do your research in advance so you know where you want to go in each post.
Do main dining room when possible, long lines at buffet (crowed) in morning. Don't do the internet package....internet is super, super slow.
Do not go on the Blue mountain excursion. You are rushed through and don't have time to take pictures and you have zero time in the gift shop. they tell you they will drop you in this little town for shopping during last stop. but there was not even one gift shop there. It was absolutely a horrible experience for everyone.
Experience as much as you can on this luxury ship. Keep your health up before you travel so your body can fight any illness it comes across. Be not only aware of good hygiene habits, but also practice them ALL the time because you never know when Norovirus will creep up on you.
The beverage promotional package offered (classic) does not cover many choices in cocktails. Celebrity then tries to upgrade you to the premium package at $12/person/day.
THE SHIP WAS MID-SIZE WHICH WAS GREAT. I DID NOT GET LOST. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN SHIP. THE SHOPS WERE EXCELLENT. IT HAD MICHAEL KOC AND OTHER DESIGNER HANDBAG SHOPS. THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS GREAT. I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED JESSIE HAMILTON JR. (SINGER) WHO WAS IN THE "LION KING". HE WAS EXCELLENT AND WAS FROM MY HOME TOWN (PHILADELPHIA PA). I GOT A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO HIM. THE SPECIALITY RESTURANTS ESPECIALLY "MURANO" AND "SILK HARVEST" WERE EXCELLENT. THE SERVICE WAS GREAT AND THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. THE DINING EXPERIENCE OF THE SOLISTE WAS EXCELLENT. THE SERVICE WAS GREAT IN THE DINING ROOM AND CAFE AND THE FOOD WAS GREAT. THE LIBRARY AND INTERNET ROOMS WERE GREAT FOR RELAXING AND READING. THE POOL AREA AND THE JOGGING DECKS WERE GREAT FOR WALKING AND RELAXING. I WATCHED GREAT MOVIES FOR FREE ON THE TV IN THE CABIN. I WOULD TELL ANYONE TRAVELING ON THIS SHIP THAT IT IS CLASSY AND THE PEOPLE TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR APPEARANCE. IF YOU LIKE CUT-OFF JEANS AND TEE SHIRTS, THIS IS NOT THE SHIP FOR YOU. THE PASSENGERS DRESS EVERY NIGHT FOR DINNER. THE PEOPLE WHO WERE JEANS AND TEE SHIRTS MOSTLY ATE IN THE CAFE BUFFET AND NOT THE MAIN DINING ROOM.
Be prepared to be thoroughly entertained and fed extremely well. If you are a late party person, Solstice may not be for you. Most nights the party spots are empty by 1-2 a.m.
Have your bags sent up to your room. Be sure to have a back pack with you with some essentials when you board so you can enjoy the lounge/pool area before checking into your room. Get there early and explore the ship and relax before you go to your room. You were allowed in your rooms around 90 minutes prior to departure.
Be sure to see all that you can on the ship and enjoy the education as well as the entertainment. Also, the Cafe al Bacio and Sushi on Five should not be missed.
We loved doing room service early morning for coffee, juice and bakery items in our cabin before we had our "real" breakfast. A nice way to start the day.