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Age: 54

Occupation:Cruise Specialist

Number of Cruises: 10+

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Sailing Date: 2008-11-23

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

My husband, daughter and I sailed on the inaugural sailing of the Solstice. It was our first time sailing Celebrity so we were really looking forward to it. First off, let me say it is an absolutely gorgeous ship! If the designers were striving for sophistication and elegance, they were successful. It is truly beautiful. It's also bigger than you might think. There was a section of the ship where the specialty restaurants are located that some guests never knew were there! We never went to the specialty restaurants because the main dining room was so beautiful.

Also, their show, "Solstice" is phenomenal! It is a Circus de Soleil type show and very impressive. However, as beautiful as the ship is, and as wonderful as "Solstice" was to see, we were somewhat disappointed in our cruise experience. I didn't find the staff (especially in the spa) particularly pleasant. Also, because there is such an emphasis on fine dining, there is very little selection in the buffet for dinner or late night snacking. Finally, in that it was the inaugural sailing, I thought there would be more to it. There really wasn't. It was a little bit of a let down.

Food was somewhat disappointing especially in that I've always read Celebrity has the best food/dining experience. Plus food was very slow coming out of the kitchen. However, it was the inaugural sailing so I can somewhat understand that. Also, their evening buffet leaves a lot to be desired. There is very little selection there - pizza, pasta, and cold cuts. While I understand their desire to have everyone dine in the main dining room and/or specialty restaurants, sometimes, guests just want to grab something from the buffet. So, this was disappointing.

We had a balcony stateroom. It was very nice but not very efficient. Also, I got a little tired of all the neutral tones throughout both the staterooms and the ship.

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