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We're also looking at a veranda GTY on Solstice. Here's the wording from the X site: "**All Category 07 staterooms have a veranda with an obstructed view."Life boats
What exactly is the obstruction?
Life boatsYou can see clearly what the obstructions are in this Starboard view of the Solstice.
If you look at a picture of each side of the ship you will see the orange life boats and at the middle of this row are three larger life boats. These are all Catagory 7. There is the chance with the Veranda GTY that you could get one of these larger boats in your line of vision. I didn't count how many of these on each side and didn't see them when I was onboard last weekend.
If you go the the Celebrity website and pull up Solstice you can see deck 7 and count how many thus giving a better idea of the chance you might be one of the people to get this type of veranda.
You can see clearly what the obstructions are in this Starboard view of the Solstice.
Cathy - I'll be booking on the Solstice...it's my first cruise EVER
We have decided to spring for the Concierge Class. Do you all think it is worth the extra money? I noticed that they have a GTY rate for Concierge Class as well and was thinking that this would be OK since all of the CC rooms are supposed to have unobstructed views. What do you think?
One advantage to booking the guarantee CC is that you have the possibility of being upgraded to a higher category--slim, but there. Also, as I mentioned, once you get assigned a cabin, you may have the option of switching to something available that you prefer--we switched fore for aft and it worked perfectly.Oh thats an appealing gamble...the possibility of getting upgrading. The only thing that concerns me about booking GYT Concierge Class is that my boyfriend is convinced that he only wants a room on the side of the ship (meaning he doesn't want an aft room)...although I don't know where this is coming from since neither of us have ever been on a cruise LOL and it seems like everyone else is going crazy for the aft cabins. However I am thinking that because the aft rooms are so popular, they probably wont be available for GTY bookings anyways.
Good luck--wish I was in your shoes!