Posted April 24th, 2012, 06:13 PM
I can speak from first had expereince, I sailed on this cruise. This was my 19th cruise so I consider myelf well travelled. We are also Select Members, just one credit sort of Elite. The comments she made about the overcrowded ship with kids running wild and poorly behavied adults were completely accurate. I NEVER want to sail like that again. This cruise was more like our RCCL then any previous Celebrity cruise.
Last year I sailed over Easter on the Constellation and wow, the Solstice food was really hit and miss to say the very least. The service was OK but sometimes it was just totally off. Our assistant waiter often spilt water onto our meals when refilling the water glasses. If it wasn't spilt onto the meal it was spilt on us. Some dishes were OK, while others were horrible. Breakfast on disembarkation day we are the the Eperany and it was the worst meal I've ever had, I ordered banana pancakes and turkey sasuage and when they arrived at the table both were stone cold. I couldnt' even cut the pancake!
Hi, I was on the same sailings too. Can't agree more with the overcrowded ship. I heard that for our sailing there were 3100 guests onboard, well beyond Solstice's regular capacity of 2800 passengers.
We didn't bother going to the main pool at all due to the crowdedness, so can't comment on the kids or misbehave adults issue.
On our first at sea day, we did once got into the whirlpool in the Solarium pool area, but it was quite a scary and gross experience which officially put an end to our pool activities onboard.
However, it's nothing to blame X on, it's more of the guests not being considerate. Basically we were sharing the same whirlpool with an old lady whose body was full of unrecovered wound and blisters. While soaking in the whirlpool, she was constantly wiping out liquid from her blisters using the pool towel. OMG, this is so gross! We just can't convince ourseleves to go back to any of the pool onboard again knowing that this old lady might have got into same pool before us.
As for the food, it's a hit or miss.
We had really delicious seafood risotto one night at the MDR, but on the last night the mushroom risotto was just tasteless. The red meat from the MDR were generally okay; aside from that, we tried pork, turkey, chicken and fishes but none of them were good.
Buffet at the oceanview cafe are very ordinary buffet good, nothing impressive. I read from previous reviews that pizza on Solstice is excellent, but it was a disappointment.
One thing about Oceanview Cafe is that service there was really poor. One time I broke a glass, two servers witnessed that incident but none of them offered to help, they just pretend they did not see it and walked away.
Cafe Al Bacio & Bistro on Five served quality food though. The pastry @ Cafe Al Bacio was to died for. The crepe on Bistro on Five was really good too. Service there were also the best!
Room service breakfast was not bad too. Afternoon canepes were okay, but we got tired of it after 2 days, luckily our statement attendant were willing to switch it to shrimp cocktail or cheese & crackers for us.
Breakfast on disembarkation day at MDR was indeed a joke. Long wait, poor service and food. What an unhappy ending to our cruise.
Overall we did had a great time on Solstice. Services & food were hit or misses; some guests are snobs while some others are super nice. What's more important is that we were there on vacation, which is good enough to make our experience on Solstice enjoyable.
Btw, Judy so glad to hear that you are doing okay now.