Was on the Equinox (sister ship to the Solstice) last year. We stayed in an AquaClass cabin. The bathroom was exquisite - it had a shower that contained different sprayers (head, body etc), aromatherapy lotions/bath products, pure heaven! The glass doors worked well - did not have any flood. The furnishings in the cabin was beige leather - this was also a nice touch; no stinky cloth sofas... The balcony also had nice and very comfortable seating. Staying in this class you had unlimited access the the relaxation room and the persian garden, which we used every day. no children there - actualy not very many people used it at all. Other than the AquaClass guests, only patrons that had spa treatments on the same day had access. So all in all, a very nice place to veg & watch the world go by (ahh, just thinking of it - got to do again). I would recommend these ships in a heart-beat.
We've been on the Solstice, she's a really pretty ship. They have a bochi (sp?) ball area with real grass, a glass blowing show, and a beautiful dining area. The rooms did have a sofa in the balcony room. The bathroom was not laid out any different than a normal bathroom. The Epic is the only ship that I'm aware of that has the toilet on one side and the shower on the other. We sailed her last year and it isn't that bad of a set up. There is a curtain separating it from the rest of the cabin, and there are enclosures for both the toilet and the shower. I actually liked the concept as I could brush my teeth or take a shower while my hubby was on the toilet.
We've sailed the Emerald Princess which is a sister ship to the Ruby. She's beautiful, they have the Sanctuary which is adults only, the International Cafe, Specialty Restaurants although the food in the main dining room is wonderful, Anytime dining or regular seating, however, there was not a sofa in the balcony rooms.
The N.Amsterdam is HALs newest ship and we've not sailed on her or the Eurodam. There are some great reviews from the Eurodam, but I've not read one from the N.Amsterdam. I'm sure their ships are beautiful, too.
Thanks Penny. I will avoid the Epic. I can accept a small bathroom, but want a real door! We are leaning towards the Euro, but are still considering the Solstice and Ruby. Will probably book in the month or so. Anything else to consider, would be happy to hear any and all!
I sailed the Eurodam twice, and did a short cruise on Solstice. Eurodam is much more sedate, an older crowd, and not as many planned activities, especially in the evening. They are both beautiful ships. At age 50, you may be amongst the younger people on Eurodam in January.
Depending on what you're looking for in a cruise, the above may or may not be important to consider.
Thanks Sandy. This is the kind of info we are looking for. We do not stay up late(9pm), get up early(6am). Late night entertainment is not much of interest. A nice lounge with jazz music, a basic casino, and that is how we would spend the late AFTERNOON'S! We will get a balcony cabin. Would there be much difference in the Eurodam and Soltice ships rooms?
I guess having a ship that is somewhat quiet, and finding quieter place on the ship to hang out is what we are looking for. If most are 50 and up, ok by us!
We just returned yesterday from the cruise. It was my first, my wife has done a couple Disney cruises. We were on Holland America Eurodam. We are both 50. Here are some new cruiser observations. We had 7 days to the Eastern Car.
We knew it would be an older crowd but we did see some younger than us. Very few kids, maybe 20 or so. Weather was pretty good, but poured at Grand Turk. We didn't investigate much, but looked likel not much to do. Did a walking tour of Old San Juan.It was wonderful! Very colorful and well kept. Almost like Spain. If you like history, stop here. St. Thomas- While we only saw a mile or so walking from the ship, not very impressed. Just shop after shop, ticky tacky. There is a classy shopping area at a nearby harbour but everything expensive. Half Moon Cay, Hollands island. Did a nature walking trip and enjoyed it. We then went back to the ship as it looked like hundreds of seals decending onto the beach. To our surprise, the water was really too cool to swim in.
The Eurodam itself: Nice well maintained, though I know it is not very old. This is the biggest ship I ever want to cruise on, and it is midsize. We ate mostly in the dining room, and the food was very good. We avoided the Lido deck, as the food seemed basic, it was always crowded and we refered to it as the "feeding bar". Not for us. Did the Pinacle Grill, and the food also very good. Tamador was Asian-Fusion. The service great, food just ok. Negative- Terrible coffee, most certainly instant on the whole ship. And no coffee available anywhere on the ship until 6am. We were up a few times around 5 just waiting. You would think the service desk is open all night, they could keep coffee there. Room service food was always ontime, and quite good.
We had a veranda stateroom at the very back of the ship on floor 5. The room was plenty big and you could have put 4 chairs out there on the veranda- my favorite part of the cruise. There is the churning sound all the time while moving which can be a bit bothersome, but it helps drowned out the neighbors talking. The bed was very good.
All in all it was a great experience, and I didn't need the dramine, even though it was a bit rough at times. The ship needs to do a better job providing weather information on port days. The piano bar didn't have a player until 8p, which means more than half their customers missed it.
We both enjoyed days at sea more than port days, though there isn't a ton to do. Library very popular.
Next cruise slightly smaller ship and maybe a bit more upsacle while still being somewhat affordable. Ideas?
My two cents worth - we have sailed with Celebrity 7 times and love the line. We were on the Equinox which is the sister ship to the Solstice and it was the most memorable ship. It has a real grass deck to boot! We stayed in an Aquaclass Cabin, which I would do again in a heartbeat. This cabin had a leather loveseat which was very nice, as well as comfortable deck seating - steamer type loungers. I find that on many ships, the old cloth loveseats are very uncomfortable. Other amemities with this class of cabin included unlimited access the relaxation room - you would truly love this - it is at the front of the ship whereby you can lounge drink tea or flavoured water (lime / lemons) and watch the world go by; as well you have unlimited access to the Persian Garden which has a dry steam, a wet steam room scented with eucalyptus and these heavenly tiled heated loungers...Truly worth the price of admission..
The only other people that have access to this area are ones that book a spa service and only can use it before/after their service; so all that to say, nice and quiet.
So without hesitation, my recommendation would be the Solstice.
Whatever you choose, you will have a fabulous time.