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Celebrity Solstice

 

Overview: Celebrity Solsticeis a sleek-looking ship, with two slim funnels.


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Stunning Solstice For A Sensational Cruise. by Blue, Moscari, mallorca, baleares.

Stunning Solstice For A Sensational Cruise.

Overall Rating: 5
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Celebrity Solstice
Destination:
Mediterranean

Reviewed By: on
We sailed on Celebrity Solstice last August to celebrate our honeymoon. It was amazing!
The stateroom with balcony was spacious and comfortable with every modern convenience. Lovely big comfortable bed with innovative round edges at the foot of the bed to create more space. We enjoyed a decent sized bathroom with a proper spacious shower with doors, (no nasty plastic curtains here to stick to your body whilst showering!). Nice toiletries, large thick towels, decent lighting.
24 hour room service is available and the stateroom attendant was very efficient and pleasant. Nothing was too much trouble.
As for dining! The main dining room is impressive, serving quality international food, good service, considering the numbers they have to cater for and the distance the waiting staff have to cover between the kitchens and the dining room.
We tried 2 of several speciality restaurants for a supplement, the Murano and Silk Harvest. The former was a disappointment. We have had far superior Asian food in many countries both in South East Asia and Europe. Perhaps we chose the wrong dishes. However the service was a tad below par that evening. Perhaps we chose the wrong evening!
The Murano was altogether a different experience. Delicious food which was worth every cent of the supplement. Dishes including pan fried lobster flambeed by the table etc. ....amazing!!! Deserts (my weakness) so yummy and delicious. As for the service, nothing was too much trouble there though not overpoweringly so.
The sea was like a mill pond every day, and if you avoid the swimming pool areas, there's plenty of space to get away from everyone.
We were away for 12 days, sailing from Barcelona. Interesting ports of call such as Villefranche for Nice, Cannes or Montecarlo, (we stayed put in Villefranche which was lovely), Florence (hot, expensive and crowded), Rome, (loved it) Naples (we took a ferry over to gorgeous Sorrento), Venice (busy and crowded), Dubrovnik, (fascinating) Montenegro (ditto and loved it).
The clientele on board were a mix of mostly American and English, some Spanish and a few other nationalities, but on the whole a decent class of passenger.
As we were on honeymoon we found little extras left in the stateroom like champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. A nice touch!
Entertainment was good, very comfortable theatres with a kind of Broadway style different show each night which I suppose if one was nit picking, could have been even better, but it doesn't cost anything extra and it was entertaining and we enjoyed it.
The ship was spotless everywhere, sparklingly clean.
The decor is understated glitzy, but not overdone.
We were so impressed that we booked another cruise for this June 2012 on their new Solstice class ship 'Silhouette' sailing around Italy and the Greek Islands. We can hardly wait!!

Times cruised before: 3-5
Sailed: August, 2011
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony
Occasion: Honeymoon

Quality of Food
Excellent for the most part. Main Dining Room and the Murano (excellent) were the favourites. One disappointing lunch in the Grand Epernay Restaurant. Silk Harvest... not impressed with that.
5

Entertainment
Enjoyed them all.
4

Shore Excursions
Montenegro and Dubrovnik were the best. Florence the least favourite.
4

Staff
Stateroom attendant, personal head and assistant waiter. Nothing was too much trouble.
5

Children's Facilities
N/a
0

Onboard Activities
Yes
4

Cabins
Excellent
5

Overall Rating
5
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Preacher, ABERDEEN - Commented on this review

We are visiting Florence in April with the Equinox. What made it your least favourite? It will be our first time there and we're looking forward to it? Any suggestions?

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Blue, Moscari, Mallorca - Commented on a comment by Preacher (31 Mar 12 17:30)

Purely because it was so crowded with several ships having disengorged their passengers on the same day. The queues for all the galleries/museums were incredibly long and the waiting interminable. Also amazingly expensive.....e.g. 2 small beers 12 euros!! We live in Mallorca and even in Palma, sitting 'al fresco' on the terrace of a top notch bar/cafe/restaurant, it wouldn't even cost half of that. Florence is a wonderful city but I would prefer to visit out of season and enjoy it when it is less crowded. It was August and hot hot hot, but that was our choice to choose the cruise for our honeymoon. I think you will fare better in the cooler April temperatures. We were quite shocked at the cost of everything there, however I think Italy, generally speaking is very expensive. Have a great time.

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Smith, BLAYDON-ON-TYNE - Commented on this review

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review.My husband and I are going on a similar cruise on the Silhouette in May. We usually cruise with Cunard and enjoy the formal evenings, however we are really looking forward to a less formal cruise. Would you please tell me what the required dress code is, if there are any really formal nights, and whether it is necessary to take evening dresses and suits for dinner in the main restaurant on these occasions. As we are flying into Venice there are luggage limitations.

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issyalex, Glasgow - Commented on a comment by Smith (01 Apr 12 17:20)

Hi Smith, Celebrity is not as formal as Cunard or P&O but they do have formal nights. there are 3 formal nights on a 14 night cruise. a dark suit, dinner suit or national dress for men, and long/short dress or trousers and dressy top, for ladies are all suitable to wear on the formal nights. a shirt and tie is not required for the smart casual nights ie all the other nights. for men a short or long sleeved open necked shirt or polo shirt is fine. trousers/skirt and top or a dress are fine for ladies. hope you have a great cruise.

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Blue, Moscari - Commented on a comment by Smith (30 Mar 12 18:24)

Hi.......for formal nights a dark suit or tuxedo is the preferred dress code. There were probably more suits than dinner jackets in eveidence but that surely muist vary from cruise to cruise. There were also variations and even the odd 'no jacket' was in evidence but that was in the minority. Ladies wore both long and shorter style evening dresses. The rest of the week in the main dining room the dress code is smart casual as in the speciality restaurants. Do try the Murano. Enjoy!

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soons , Lincoln - Commented on a comment by Blue (31 Mar 12 19:31)

We sailed on the Solstice in October and was disappointed with the formal evenings.Having sailed a few time on the Eclipse we found that wearing formal wear we were in the minority on the Solstice.We enjoy making the effort and with other eateries available onboard catering for less formal attire on those nights those who prefer not to dress up could be accomodated outside of the MDR.

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