Never book Celebrity again
Booked a cruise for 18/10/20, in Jan 2020 $1000 non refundable deposit. Final payment due in July, reluctantly paid as was confident the cruise would be cancelled and advised it was the only way I would get my deposit refunded.
Received a email 27/07 stating how much I must be looking forward to our cruise.
Had an email from CEO of celebrity stating they have cancelled global cruising until 31/10/20 and yet our cruise from Sydney is not cancelled. We, as Australians are not allowed to leave Australia, how cruel Celebrity Cruise are behaving, leaving us waiting, telling us nothing, just keeping our money. Will never cruise with them again.
One annoying problem
Been on the ship three times and no complaints although on a few occasions some staff have been a little gruff and I guess I can understand why. The most annoying part of cruising in home territory (walking and driving on the left) is the lack of respect and courtesy from those who walk and drive on the right. Those from the USA in particular stand their ground on the right and force all other walkers to comply. Having travelled extensively in countries where walking on the right is normal we have always adhered to the rule, it is only respectf...ul to do so. It would be most helpful if the ship would provide information to guests of this simple courtesy and any other courtesy requirements for countries visited. Other than this, ship and crew is highly recommended.
Amazing from start to finish
We just took our first Celebrity 11 night cruise to Tropical North Qld. Could not fault the rooms, dining, staff and amenities - all are amazing and looking to book cruise 2 already. Loved everything about this ship and would recommend to anyone.
Trip to Airily beach aggressively spoken to when they somehow misplaced our 6 pm dinning was told 8:30 only and no change ,tender process is a joke if you have no trip booking 9 tour boats came in untill the first tender was available , cant walk on deck in morning as walking track goes through the smoking section best bar on rear of deck is cigar smoking US dollars kills us Aussie's
Royal Caribbean,P&O and Norwegian lengths above this bunch of toff noses room staff are awesome but the quality of shows arnt close to the other ships . The specialty Restaurants are superb but you have to walk into the Toff nose section to find them
Thanks for your explanation regarding my concerns. I would like to give you of an unfair example.
I met two ladies that booked 3 months prior and paid $1,700pp (3,400) for a Balcony cabin #9242 on deck 9. I bought this to the attention of manager Alexandra.
Later I was told they had noisy neighbors above them and complained to customer service. They received 2 bottles of wine and a $250pp voucher for their next cruise. This was their first Celebrity cruise compared to my 6th cruise. I paid $7,000 (same as a guest in a suit) in an ...
Accessible rooms wonderful
booked and paid months ahead so we wouldn't miss the accessible rooms
can highly recommend to accessible rooms very easy to use would only travel with celebrity cruises
we travelled at Christmas to new Zealand for 13 days highly recommended staff help me get my husband on and off the ship with the wheelchair excellent service
We havent left yet and already we are disappointed
This isnt about the ship itself, it is about the cruise line and their at best misleading offer on a drinks package and their inability to even respond to an issue they have caused.
We are booked on a cruise later this year and were offered a 20% discount off the price of the Classic drinks package. It was originally priced at a little over $80 per day and the price offered was $68.44. I did some checking to see if the package would suit us, but that was made extremely difficult when I phoned Celebrity's customer service number and NO ONE coul...d tell me if the price of $68.44 INCLUDED a 20% charge that is applied for all drinks. The first agent told me he didnt think it did, but couldnt be sure, so asked his supervisor who said it DID include the 20%. I asked him to send an email confirming that so I would have something in writing as it was so confusing and he happily agreed. However no email arrived! I rang again. This time the new agent was CERTAIN the 20% was included, but I again asked her to check because it took her around 15 minutes to make that decision and when she asked HER supervisor, he said it didnt! I went to the Celebrity plan your booking page and on there, when I looked at the offer, at the top of the page it said the price was $68.44 and at the bottom of the page the words were printed...."A 20% gratuity charge HAS been added to each package price listed above." Pretty conclusive really you would have thought. Due to the varied responses from Celebrity's own people, I rang my own travel agent who said she assumed it DID but would call celebrity and let me know. I got a call back stating that she had been told by Celebrity that it DID include the 20%.
Check you final account
I checked my account via the TV before dinner on our last night, it was correct. I then received my debit via my visa once I arrived home, it was incorrect by $125.00. I contacted customer relations for an updated account.
They had billed me for some photos I did not purchase, which was much later in the evening, I had no need to check my account then, as everything I purchased was correct when I had checked earlier.
I contacted customer relations three weeks ago, and they keep telling me that the photo gallery on the ship hasn't responded t...
Solstice is beautiful with the friendliest, most caring, attentive and helpful crew ever experienced. The food is good, the live shows are first class entertainment- best ever! The ship is spotless with everything in the stateroom working perfectly. The carousel type shower was a pleasure to use, the air conditioning highly effective.The embarkation process was effortless and well organized.
Despite all the wonderful attributes mentioned above, my husband and I were in a constant state of trauma and unhappiness on this lovely ship. Why?
Wonderful medical staff
Unfortunately after enjoying the first few days of our cruise I was suddenly taken I’ll with pneumonia. I was having trouble breathing,which was very frightening,but thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses on the Celebrity Solstice I was well looked after until we returned to Melbourne and taken to hospital where I spent the next 11 days. A big thank you to the Captain and crew who I’m sure saved my life THANK YOU so much
It was our first time on a Celebrity Cruise having cruised several times with Princess Line. We were very happy with every element of the trip, the staff were amazing, the cabins clean and good space. The facilities on board were brilliant. We loved every minute
Norovirus, luggage theft, property damage and give us your money.
Boarding delayed due to extra cleaning from Norovirus on previous cruise. Virus on my cruise 22/10/17 and now on the news as again present on current cruise. "Extra Cleaning" however, bathroom had hair and grot around the sink and the shower had not been cleaned. My luggage was not delivered, up and down all first day looking for it, worried I didn't even have a change of clothes for 8 days...Was told to be patient. Went to guest services at 7.15 pm and was told it was confiscated for containing alcohol. said yes it has a 750ml bottle of wine ...which your website says is OK. I asked "Why didn't you contact me? They said we have to check its not hard liquor...at this point I realised the lock was missing off my suitcase and upon opening -my belongings had been completely searched, rifled through- shoe bags, toiletry bags.. etc opened..after raising hell...I was offered half a day at the Persian garden ($20) which I declined - as "compensation" The stress of the day caused me too clench my teeth during sleep and caused temporary mandibular dislocation (dislocated Jaw) as described by the ships doctor...so I spent the cruise on Brufen and Panadeine Forte which meant no alcohol and soft food only. The staff said it was the fault of the security on dock and more or less said...too bad..they did submit a complaint to customs...but would not let me submit a complaint in writing or speak to anyone else...Thinking about suing them instead as they obviously know there was a problem...and It was me who suffered without any regard of theirs at all... Avoid, They get your money and its all downhill from there. Buffet was repetitive,chairs are worn to the point of you sitting on the wood frame.. Entertainment venue is the stairs in the atrium??Total lack of daily activities other than sales pitches for drink packages, diamonds, art, acupuncture? or future cruises, walked around thinking i was missing everything, till it dawned, there was just nothing on..Lines for restaurants and the buffet is not good during norovirus outbreak.. Cannot use the lawn as its fenced off...but shows kids movies on a tiny screen at night...advertised as the outdoor theatre...but is really the kids club.No other movie theatre onboard.. In room movies a total joke... No books in library bcause of virus..boring boring boring. Cost of internet ridiculous. The one cocktail I had on night one was terrible..They just tip stuff in, not even measured -let alone mixed with any flair..hard to wreck a mojito but they did..many passengers including myself couldn't wait to get off. Mass walkouts on the last night from the cabaret show in the theatre... used to be the standard of Tom Burlinson..Snooty staff herding you to the boutiques..Never again.
sydney to ilse of pines-mystery is.-lifou-numea
1st celebrity cruise,me and the little lady mid 50s-
we had a inside cabin on deck 3-boarded around 3 p.m-all of 15 minutes from bag drop off to walking up gangway!
glass of sparkling on arrival..walked straight to room-very handy possie just a few steps from the foyer and grand epernay rest.
room modern-ship built 2008-all wood and everythink works,,,p@o mgt can learn alot from these people!
okay so my Personal likes are-staff-food-decor-ship stability-we has the tail of cyclone debbie on the return leg,she s amazing
in the 40knot wind an...
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE TRIP NUMBER 2
Boarded our second trip on the Celebrity Solstice in Auckland on Friday February 17, 2017.
We were booked AQUA CLASS so we had priority boarding at 11:30, although all the other guests were given designated times most turned up at 11:30, so confusion occurred with the Celebrity staff standing at the front of the queue asking if people were on Decks 11&12 instead at the back of the queue directing people to the correct line, other than that check in and boarding were okay.
Less hassle about buying “Beverage Packages” like on our previous crui...
Our cruise on the beautiful ship the Solstice, was a fabulous way to spend Christmas and New Year. The ship was beautifully decorated for the festive season and it was great to be looked after by someone else. It certainly made our Christmas stress free. From the moment we stepped aboard, we were wined, dined and entertained for 12 nights by a first rate crew. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The whole experience certainly surpassed our expectations.
Idiots with shocking customer service
Do NOT book a Guarantee GTY cabin. I booked 2 Guarantee GTY balcony rooms as linked reservations, and these idiots have allocated us room on different floors, on opposite sides of the ship, AND one at the front of the ship and the other at the back. Pretty much as far apart as you can literally be.
They advertise that Guarantee GTY means the location on the ship could be anywhere, which is fine, but not when 2 rooms on linked bookings are miles apart! Clearly no brain or common sense between anyone on their reservations team.
Their custo...mer service is shocking. My mother, who is in the other room, phoned to speak with them yesterday and the rude man she got was extremely condescending and lied, claiming the ship is now fully booked so he couldn't change either of the rooms, which is joke because both yesterday and right now they still have multiple rooms available on their website for sale. I will never book another cruise with Celebrity again.
Not worth the extra money over other cruiselines.
Went on a 13 day cruise to new zealand from sydney. The good (and there wasn't much that was) was the ship itself. Very clean and well maintained. Good housekeeping of rooms. Two chocolates left on the bed pillow every night was a nice touch. Room tjough small had plentiful storage and a comfortable mattress. I had a balcony.
Service in the speciality restaurants was very good. Food at sushi on 5 was excellent. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful. Only a few kids on board who were well behaved.
The shows each night at the solstice t...
Beats the Rest
Everything about the cruise was perfect.
Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Tendering was efficient with minimal delays.
Normal dining room was good and the others excellent. Didn't bother with the buffet.
The shows we saw were OK. We didn't expect Las Vegas.
It sets a benchmark against what we will use as a measure against all other cruises and cruise-lines.
Nice staff very friendly people
Was really a great week and the crew and staff are all very friendly. The guys at the bar recommends good stuff and as a vacationer, I really appreciate people like that. The place is nice and clean, elegant, and very classy. The ladies love it. Will definitely do it again. Outstanding experience
Booking was easy through the same agent, check in was quick and easy, have done two cruises the Solstice first was out of Fremantle up west coast to poet headland which I found was a waste of a day, then onto Bali for an overnight off shore anchorage. which was also a waste hen onto Darwin. I would have preferred more time in Darwin.I believe trip has been rearranged so port Headland and Bali are out and with an extra night in Darwin. second cruise was out of Sydney Hobart then east coast of NZ then flew home. Ship is extremely comfortable clean and crew are always helpful and polite. drinks package and select dining is highly recommended. great foods be aware of your weight.
Questions & Answers
Are there ironing rooms and laundry rooms on ship to do your own
Going by Robinit review there isn’t: No ironing facilities in room due to safety I understand but why not a fireproofed laundry room to iron clothes. To have all my clothes pressed by the laundry service would have cost me at least $200 US!! Once again thanks to a mandatory 50% surcharge!!!!!
If we’re going more than a week we’ll only go on ships that have a laundry and ironing facility, not having this facility is a way they can charge there passengers more money, so as I said we only use cruise lines that have these facilities also I don’t like the idea of someone doing my washing I’m very fussy. And no I didn’t get a reply.
Can you take a portable garment steamer on board?
We're thinking taking our kids on the Celebrity Solstice during the school holidays (aged 12 and 15). Is this a good ship to take the kids on? What activities are there for the kids to do? Other than the price, is it worth booking a Guaranteed balcony room or a Guaranteed Concierge verandah?
Hi, I don't know that I am really the right person to answer this question with my children being in their late 20's. It is a beautiful ship, but does not have all of the teenager activities that are perhaps offered on Royal Caribbean, eg water slides, rock climbing etc.
As for guaranteed cabins, our preference is for a high floor balcony mid ship.
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