The Celebrity Solstice is one gorgeous ship. I have been on about 15 cruises and I think that makes me a pretty good judge. The ShipThis is a very large ship with a huge sense of style. Art work and glass plays a major role in all the public areas. There is a Glass Blowing Art studio on board and also major new artists represented on this line. The decks are a golden color and teak deck chairs welcolme you on board. There is plenty of cozy spots to curl up with a good book from cozy hammocks for two to a sanctuary spa zone geared just for adults.
The cruise chefs do a wonderful job. They actually have many grills, buffets and restaurants to sample on board. There is cafes that serve gourmet ice cream to specialty restaurants that gear the flavors from French bistro cooking to a Japanese asian fusion spot. There are many bars that have wonderful jazz quartets to listen too with your cocktail drink of the day. I sat at a huge table for 10 as I was traveling solo and felt this was a good way to meet others. You have a choice of dining for two people to seating for 10. I loved that this ship also had a spa restaurant that catered to healthy foods for breakfast and lunch. It was a few gourmet entrees, but good choices that were natural and tasty too. Two nights are formal with a cocktail party and wonderful dishes prepared at dinner. There is a any time dining option, but to really feel a part of the cruise I advise a set table either a early or late seating time.
The crew made me feel welcome. They greet you on board with champagne and meet you at each port with a icy towel and a sherbert to cool you down. The servers are efficient , but not pushy like on other lines. I found the crew for the room maintenance was efficient, cheerful and always smiling. The room was always neat and clean and the beds turned down at night with a chocolate on the pillows.
They had broadway quality shows on board which were very well done . They had alot of music groups preforming from singing groups to comedy. The same groups would do small concerts on board the ship in the various lounges. The cruise director was just average on this ship and very low key. I would give it an average rating for quality compared to others. There was a small comedy show, but there were 2 glitzy dance shows the week I went.
I felt the cabins were very nicely appointed and well designed from top to bottom. Plenty of space was there in the inside cabin and most cabins have a small balcony. These can be seen from the decks above so caution to privacy should be forewarned. There is a hair dryer in the cabin and a safe. They had alot of closet and storage space.
They have one indoor pool that was gorgeous and very quiet and for adults only. The area also has a spa and a restaurant which is well cared for and just beautiful. The outdoor pool caters to families with children and also has a loud band which plays most afternoons at sea. There is an internet library and a small shopping section for essentials and treats, but I would not choose this ship for its shopping or for child geared activities. There was also a small comedy and lecture gallery and a section for gambling. They also have a glass blowing studio on ship which is very cool to watch.
This was a beautiful ship and a grand lady of the sea. As a single traveler I think the cruise-line did not cater to single people and this was a bit uncomfortable at times. I think adults traveling would enjoy this line compared to some others with kid type attractions.
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