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Mark in NJ

Age: 54

Occupation:self employed

Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Sailing Date: 2011-03-8

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Solstice is a clean, decent cruise ship. We have cruised many times on other lines, and this cruise had some ups and some downs. The ship and the entertainment on it, it mainly suited for seniors and folks who go to sleep at 8pm. Very good service, and nice people...just a little boring to us.

The food was very good, but not for those who are meat an potato types. They try very hard to make dishes that are out of the ordinary, but sometimes that meant trying something you had no idea about. I suppose that is part of the cruise experience, but some nights it was a little too "gourmet" for our tastes.. To each his own though, and the food was prepared well throughout the ship. We ate in the dining room each night, no specialty restaurants. The wait staff and maitre d were all really good. There were no theme nights, nothing special going on in the dining room. The brunches were outstanding, so don't miss them or you will miss the only ice sculpture and fancy food displays you will see all week.

We stayed in Aqua class, which has the rainforest shower head, nice big towels, and 2 bottles of water each day. The room is no bigger than any other though. In rough seas, the door creaked with a steady someone was tapping on the door all night long. I guess that is typical of all ships though, but it was a bother on one night for sure. The room has little precious storage, so if you brought a lot, better be ok keeping some in the luggage. We adapted and it was ok. Water pressure was really good, a real bonus on board ship, and the hot water was HOT. Nice sized shower also. The TV was a widescreen that had fox news and a couple other decent things to fall asleep to other than watching the typical cruise ship tv nonsense.

Activities were the downside of this cruise. Not much to do day or night for anyone under 65. Their were activities all right, but if you are not a fan of lectures, glass blowing, string quartets, lawn bocce, or many other yawners they had, this is not the cruise for you. We felt there needed to be earlier music at the pool, even if not live music. The band at the pool was really good, especially the lead female singer....The shows in the evening were decent, but quite repetitive with the dancers. They are really talented, but the emphasis was on broadway and dancing. Not really our cuppa tea, but it was the only game in town. After the shows, there was NOTHING to do unless you gamble, and the slots onboard have a very poor win payout percent, so dont waste your money...better off throwing it overboard.. After the main show, the ship became a ghost town. No piano bars, sing along type spots..nothing....We are not late night party people, or even drinkers, but there was nothing to do. Princess ships generally have a comedian in a lounge right after the main shows, and it is nice to go from one thing to another. Not on this ship. Even nightly karaoke (groan) would have been better than nothing....They had one night of it after people asked for it......The decor onboard was another problem for us, as we like to take photos of ourselves in front of nice staircases, lobbies, etc. This ship is very plain, and no backdrop suitable for photos. The ship is done in a college library type of decor. Nothing elaborate or showy. This was a disappointment, but not a deal breaker. We simply expected a little more from Celebrity. Princess and Royal ships are much nicer looking inside. Even the wacky decor Carnival Freedom has better photo op places on board.

Did not take any excursions.

Nice ports of call, and a decent cruise, but not up to our expectations. If you book and Aqua class room, make sure you are ready to eat in a health food restaurant (called Blu) specifically for Aqua class passengers. We did not know that was expected of you, and had some difficulty making the staff understand we wanted to eat in the main dining room. They looked at us like we were taking their puppy, and called during the week to try to get us to come up to the Blu restaurant. We chose not to...again, just not our cup of tea. The cruise is fine for seniors.

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