Stunning Solstice for a Sensational Cruise
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|Reviewed By: Blue, Moscari, Mallorca, Baleares. on 28th Mar 2012|
|Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises||Times cruised before: 3-5|
|Cruise Ship: Celebrity Solstice||Sailed: August, 2011|
|Destination: Mediterranean||Age: 56-65|
|Cabin: Balcony||Occasion: Honeymoon|
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!!
|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.|
|Enjoyed them all.|
|Montenegro and Dubrovnik were the best. Florence the least favourite.|
|Stateroom attendant, personal head and assistant waiter. Nothing was too much trouble.|
Dec 10 2013 10:07AM)