Making every passenger feel 100% welcome
GENERAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE SHIP:
Having sailed on the Solstice for a 7 day getaway cruise back in January 2011, I thought it would be interesting to re-visit the same ship on a Pied Piper gay group cruise later in the year on a different route and compare the voyage. I could sum it up by saying 7 nights in the Caribbean was superb, 12 nights in Europe was spectacular. Embarkation in Barcelona was one of the easiest I've been through. I had forgotten my luggage tags, guys outside the terminal gladly took care of that in an instant and a smile. Lines moved quickly outside, with less than 10 minutes before was inside the terminal, and less than 45 minutes before I was checked in and boarding the ship. Ship, clean, modern, with excellent architectural details. I love the subtle fin design of the main dining room. The grand rooms are truly grand
WOULD YOU CRUISE THIS SHIP AGAIN:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR STATEROOM:
Rooms on the Solstice are a nice step up from most lines. A good amount of storage, bathrooms like an upscale hotel. Think W Hotel at Sea. I think they run about 190 ft2. Bathrooms are a real step up from other cruise ships, instead of the stall feeling, you feel like its a hotel shower and not confining like most. Comfort was good although I chose a cabin directly adjoining the bridge which was interesting but pretty heavily trafficked outside the hallway. Rooms are cleaned at least twice a day, clothes folded and beds made up, great attention to detail.
HOW WERE THE PUBLIC SPACES:
One thing I absolutely adore is the warmth you get from the staff after you travel a few cruises with Celebrity. Last time I had been on Solstice, we had the same Hotel Director onboard as this voyage, and saw her the first day and she greeted me warmly remembering all my details.
The second day of the cruise I found a 12 pack of bottled Pepsi in my cabin compliments of the Hotel Director, as she had remembered that I had mentioned last cruise that I didn't drink alcohol, and preferred Pepsi and the ship only carried Coke. When I saw her the next day I thanked her for the gesture (and the Pepsi), and she said she just felt bad she couldn't of had it onboard the first day instead of the second, but they had trouble finding it in Barcelona. Now how's that for attention to detail?
Public spaces are spotless, another thing I notice is the attention to detail of the public and not so public areas. Always like to see a ship being maintained in the parts that are seen as ones that are not.
TELL US ABOUT THE SERVICES:
Two suggestions I strongly recommend is trying some of the specialty restaurants onboard. My two favorite are Murano and Tuscan Grill. Both excel but for different reasons. Tuscan Grill resonates with the sounds and smells of Italy. We had a group of about 10 dining together and the staff was more than accommodating to let us savor each other dishes as well as allowing us to get a few extra dishes so all could try.
In Murano, we reserved the wine room, for the 7 of us, and so it was our own private dining room inside the Murano restaurant itself. Service was terrific although I think our waiter must have been new, as he tried his best to describe the way things were cooked kind of generically rather than knowing the specifics on how they were prepared. Luckily the Maitre D kind of helped in this regard, and kept it up to the quality of a Michelin type service.
The main dining room was excellent, can't think of a bad meal I had there. The buffet was good any time of day breakfast, lun
Do you think this review is helpful?