Celebrity Solstice Pacific Islands & Fiji - Excellent
My wife and I sailed on the Solstice out of Sydney on 23 Oct 13. This was our first cruise with Celebrity and our fifth cruise all up. We loved it...so much so that we have booked on the Solstice again in Apr 2014 and Jan 2015! This is not really a party ship like the P&O experiences that we have had; it is a little more sedate/relaxed. It was an older passenger compliment but that was ideal for us. We are both in our early 50s. The cruise staff were exceptional and the facilities onboard were extremely good. We purchased the Premium Drinks Pac...kage prior to boarding and this is a major selling point IMHO. Just not having to ever worry about what ordering or how much ordering is tremendous. Ours was a 12 night cruise and we had previously been to all the ports of call. If new to Noumea though, I'd recommend the Tchou Tchou (pronounced Choo Choo) train. All in all, we loved the Solstice and can't wait for Apr to arrive! Drinks Package, Staff, Amenities Any complaints we had were so minor I cannot even recall what they were
Celebrity Solstice QLD cruise
We have recently returned from our 11 night QLD cruise on Celebrity Solstice. We had previously been on the P & O Pacific Dawn. First of all the ship, celebrity solstice is a magnificent ship, it was modern and extremely clean. The crew were excellent and could not be more helpful/friendly. The food was exceptional (the only thing is the buffet needs to change the type of food more) overall we found this cruise excellent but we experienced a few negatives. The tendering process on this cruise was appalling, we took one hour fifteen minutes to ...get from the ship to the catamaran by this stage people were annoyed and frustrated ( Not. Great start to the day trip) we arrived on the barrier reef pontoon with approx 300 other people well surprise surprise there was not enough goggles, flippers etc... To go snorkelling very very disappointing consider we paid $500 for 2 people. After a long day on the reef it then took us another hour and a half to get from the catamaran to the ship. It was extremely frustrating and it made you think twice about going off the ship. Every time we went off the ship the tendering process was appalling, frustrating and just spoilt the day before it started. Other things we found compared to the P& O is the dress code, if you are an Aussie please keep in mind this is an American cruise line and we Aussie's do things differently. The dress code all over the ship after about 7pm is very very dressy, we were having a lazy day/ night and just went for a walk down the shops about 7.30pm in our shorts and t-shirts (not stubbies and thongs) but nice casual wear. Well the look we got, people looked down their noses like we were from another planet. Even around the pool area people are very over dresses. Overall we had a great time on this cruise but would I go on another Americal cruise ship
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Questions & Answers
Are there ironing rooms and laundry rooms on ship to do your own
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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