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  1. Hi,does anyone have any photo's or have stayed in cabin 7106 on Celebrity Solstice. Thanks Dave
  2. Hi! I am hoping experienced Celebrity cruisers can tell me if this is worth booking from a pricing and, of course, great vacation perspective. June 9, 2017 - Solstice Family Verandah - 5 cruisers - apparently has 575 SF room and 105 SF balcony for price of regular verandah (seems to rival suite sizes) Price - $8800 for all 5 including taxes+Go Best package (Premium Bev for 2, Int, $300 OBC, Gratuities for 2) Please let me know if I should grab this or if you know of better promotion/pricing. I would even consider other lines except NCL. Thanks for any advice/knowledge you can share!
  3. I'm cruising in 2 weeks and won't be drinking alcohol, so was wondering what the best bar would be to get yummy mocktails made? I'd love to just ask the bar staff to create something for me, something I enjoyed doing at the martini bar and molecular bar in the past with alcoholic cocktails. I'll have the included Classic beverage package.
  4. Hi, I am looking at two Western Caribbean cruises on either Celebrity Silhouette or Princess Regal. My question is, how does the dining compare on each ship, specifically the complimentary options? It is my goal not to pay any extra for "specialty dining" as I don't feel like spending an extra $70-$100 per meal. Princess seems to offer a lot of complimentary dining choices and even has a sit down Italian restaurant and pizza kitchen, whereas Celebrity seems to be focused on specialty dining and class specific restaurants. Is Princess a better fit for someone that wants to stick to comp dining or do Celebrity Solstice class ships have just as many options?
  5. We flew into Seattle the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hilton Downtown. It was about $40 taxi ride from the airport. We went to dinner in Altura in the Capital Hill neighborhood. Altura is an incredible restaurant and a must visit for foodies going to Seattle (go for the tasting menu). The next day we got to the pier around 1:00pm. AquaClass guest have a priority check in line, which ended up being great, we were third in line. As we walked towards the gangway, the regular check in was very long and we were already happy we choose an higher room category. State Room Our last two cruises we were in suites so we were concerned going in that the room may be a little small but it was perfectly fine with enough storage room for all our stuff. Loved the spa-type shower in the bathroom. Balcony was big enough to sit out on and relax and whale watch. Beverage Package We had the classic package and we decided we would try it out for a few days and see if we wanted to upgrade. We never upgraded. DW usually drinks Grey Goose (premium package) but she enjoyed Tito’s vodka that was included with the classic package. I typically drink Blue Moon (premium package) but really enjoyed Alaskan White (classic package). At dinner in Blu, there was a decent Pinot Noir that was included in the classic package and the sommelier would just leave the bottle at the table for us. We did not try the Martini Bar or Molecular Bar. Food Oceanview Café: We were on the ship by 1:30 and the room was ready so we dropped off our carryon bag at the room and headed to the Oceanview Cafe for lunch. We had lunch one other time and breakfast one morning at Oceanview. Overall we thought the food choices were plenty and the quality was that of a buffet, nothing special but nothing wrong with it either. I was surprised that the morning we had breakfast there was blood pudding, English bacon, baked beans and roasted tomato. Blu: We ate the majority of our meals here. We really enjoyed the muesli for breakfast. Dinners for the most part were enjoyable except one night the quail fell short. Our previous cruise was on a competitor line and the suite guests restaurant on that cruise was not as good as Blu was on the Solstice. Murano: We feel that this is the best restaurant we have experience at sea and the service was spot on. We ate at Murano on our first night and we were talking to the waiter and he was telling us about a cooking class that was being offered the next day. We did not see it advertised anywhere. We told the waiter we would think about it and then asked him if there was a chef’s table at all during the cruise and he said there was. Again we did not see this advertised anywhere. We decided to do both. The cooking class was OK but I do not know if we would do it again. DW and I are both pretty good home cooks so we knew most of the tips being taught. The chef’s table was a great experience and the meal was one of the best, if not the best, we have had at sea. Entertainment We only went to one of the big shows in the theater; it was the Cirque show – having seen a number of Cirque du Soleil shows we weren’t really impressed with this. Most nights we went to listen to Sean (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Peter (piano and vocals). Both were phenomenal.
  6. We will be boarding the Solstice tomorrow for the transpacific leg from Hawaii to Australia. When on a sister ship transatlantic crossing last year, the Ship's WiFi didn't work most of the time. Anyone on the current Vancouver to Hawaii leg of this cruise (or anyone with recent "crossing' experience on Solstice class ships) -- is WiFi operable when we'll out to sea, or should we expect to be out of touch again?
  7. I love the footstools in the Concierge and Aqua class rooms on the Solstice Class ships, but on my upcoming cruise I cannot justify the rather large price difference between Concierge/Aqua with standard sized balconies and the oversized angled 1A balcony I currently have. I'm wondering of slipping an extra few $$ to the cabin steward has ever resulted in them being able to procure a footstool or two for regular balcony folks? Anyone with firsthand experience?
  8. Just wondering - if we decide to order room service breakfast is it from the Blu menu, or is there a separate room service menu? We're in Aqua Class. Also, which are the lunch venues that charge, and which are covered by the cruise fare? Thanks for any advice. :)
  9. http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=510457&et_cid=2232003&et_rid=16848462&et_referrer=Member%20Review%20Submission Great trip, thanks CC for all the tips and advice -
  10. I have searched on CC and talked to 2 of X's CVPs..I've read more posts than I want to and still I am frustrated. Have not sailed X in 8 years....the web site is terrible(I guess that has been going on for a while). I have talked to a few TA's....their knowledge is questionable. I have read the S thread about the cabins..and was amused by people taking about the "X" on the ships blocking balcony views, really? is it still so? The noise, obstructed views..I really have never heard so much dissatisfaction with a ship. I booked with X for a 2017 cruise...and started out with Aqua...then did more research and changed to C then read some more now I am at a regular veranda....2A 7231...BTW price dif. was great 800+.USD pp cheaper for 2A than Aqua. Please Help....I need some suggestions....for a veranda cabin, since the sailing is far out...I have a lot of choices, I just want to be done with this.... THanks, L:)ri
  11. When I cruise, I like to travel with an over the door shoe organizer to help keep small items in check. Over the years, cruise lines have requested to not utilize the metal door attachments as they damage the paint on the bathroom doors. To get around this, I will use flat ribbon, lace it through the grommets and over the top of the door and secure it to the hook on the inside of the bathroom door. This only works, however, when it is a straight peg, not when it is a curved hook. Can anyone tell me what type of towel hook is on the inside of the bathroom door on the Celebrity Solstice?
  12. Cabin 2144 Pro's Con's Main concern is how far to elevators . Love that deck just not to sure about being that far back. We have never had sea sick issues so that is not our concern Anyone familiar with this cabin?
  13. We're getting ready to sail in 42 days on the Solstice to Alaska and looking forward to it. Just read a very recent...and wonderful...review and it appears that the production shows are still the same as our first cruise on Solstice in 2010. I thought they changed them every four years? Anyone know?
  14. I am trying to decide between these 2 for next yr out of Seattle. The itinerary is the same. The price for the grand suite on explorer is less than a sky suite, but latter includes a perk. Any input is appreciated.
  15. Hi, Everyone! I've been dying to go on a family trip to Alaska and recently came across a deal that I'm not sure we can pass up! The only problem is, which cruise to choose? Here are the two options we're considering. Celebrity Infinity (Vancouver/BC, Cruising Inside Passage, Icy Strait Point, Cruising Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan, Cruising Inside Passage, Vancouver/BC) Celebrity Solstice (Seattle, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Cruising Inside Passage, Victoria/BC, Seattle) **(Seattle, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Cruising Inside Passage, Victoria/BC, Vancouver/BC) Millennium is also available, so at the risk of throwing a third ship into the mix, would you vote Millennium over the other two? So much to think about!
  16. Has anyone sailed in FV 8108 lately? I've read some reviews saying it was missing furniture compared to newer S-Class ships and also recently saw a YouTube video where there appears to be a small patio or side table with conference rooms chairs where there is supposed to be a dinning table and chairs. Also missing some desk/dresser furniture. Anyone know if there is a plan to correct this? Thanks! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  17. This was an awesome cruise! The crew, ship, itinerary and weather were perfect. Our Captain Tasos was very impressive; his navigational skills into Daws Glacier were unbelievable. He spun the ship in a 360° view for all of us to enjoy. We were very lucky to have Brent Nixon, Marine Biologist, and Miss Amanda, Alaska historian, on the ship as special speakers. In Ketchikan, we enjoyed the Duck Tour with Captain Rosaire and Jacob and all the eagles we saw. It was very interesting and they both were very entertaining. Juneau was very exciting with the whale watching tour. We saw lots of whales!! In Skagway, we did the White Pass train; words cannot describe the breathtaking scenery. In Victoria, we took a scenic bus tour. Our guide made the trip very interesting. The city is fascinating and the flowers are gorgeous. Nicola was the casino host and what a great job she did! All her events were well organized and lots of fun. Paulina was our Captain Club Hostess...such a bubbly personality and desire to make your cruise extraordinary! She invited us to view the Daws Glacier from the heliport...she gave us a lifetime memory. We also had an exceptional cabin steward: Roman in 1602. What an example of how things should be done! We look forward to seeing him again on the Edge in January. We really had exceptional weather and were very fortunate. WiFi was good, food was excellent...especially in Blu. Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless. My only caution would be to check your bill for the premium liqour package; we both had premium but were charged several times for drink upgrades. This was just inconvenient because we had to go to Guest Services to have the charges quickly reversed. Since this is the ONLY negative I could remember, I believe you can see that this was one of the best cruises EVER! :cool:
  18. Hello everyone- going on a 10 day Solistice cruise this week and can’t wait! We’ve only done 2 cruises so far and both where on Royal Carribbean but one from the US and one from the UK so never been on an “Aussie” cruise and never been on Celebrity so we’re super excited! We’ve read through many a review and postings on here but still have a few questions that hopefully some of you could shed some light on. Please accept my apologies if some of these have already been answered elsewhere and I was too silly to find it :halo: First off, we are BIG drinkers and like the good stuff so the Premium Drinks Package is an absolute no brained for us. It’s all paid, done and dusted and the cost already forgotten so now about the actual drinking ;) From my research, I understand that Celebrity’s policy is the same as RCC, if you drink anything above the $13 price cap, you simply pay the difference. Would this also work for room service orders- do you then have to tell them in advance that you got a package or will they know from your cabin number that all booze is free for you up to $13 a pop? Or do you have to leave the cabin to get your Bloody Mary from some bar in the morning? Apropos room service, i see at various points that apparently you can order items from the main dining room, is this correct? We’re in Concierge Class if that helps. It doesn’t seem to be an “official” published benefit so I find it hard to believe but if true, that would be amazing! And a question on available drinks- what’s the Champagne situation on Celebrity? And I mean Champagne champagne, not done Chandon-crap from Victoria or random Prosecco and the likes. Is proper French champagne readily avsilable and if so, at what price points typically? We’re more than happy to pay the gap above the $13 cap but it would be nice to know on advance what we’re in for (on our last RCC it was “only” Moët everywhere on the ship and that was $5 per glass from memory). Also, what about Cider, is that easily to get and if he’s, which brands do they have on board? I often feel much more like a cold glass of Cider by the pool instead of those crazily sweet hangover-inducing I’ve cocktails but maybe that is just me :p Finally- dress codes and music variety on ththe ship: We’re three gay guys in our 30ies and definitely don’t intend to frock up in a suit but will happily wear a dress shirt and nice designer jeans on the evening chic nights. I read somewhere that T-shirts are never allowed in the main dining room which sounds absolutely ridiculous to me, I don’t even OWN more than two or three collared shirts! Given we’re traveling from Australia, I could very well imagine the occasional guest to rock up in thongs (flip flops for non-Aussies, not lingerie) and singlet which I don’t intend to do but would I get away with a nice clean T-shirt on a normal dinner night? How about fashionable shorts or is that stretching I too far? I’m just hoping that I don’t have to go and go last minute shopping for some cord pants that i’d never wear again afterwards, only to then see dozens of Aussies in things and boarders at dinner every night. :rolleyes: And to finish off- music. On the Royal Carribbean Cruises, we always found the music to be leaning very much towards what we’d call “Old people music” (sorry, I don’t mean to offend, each to their own) so anything from the Swing Quartet to Elvis and Phil Collins or, maybe even worse, rock music :eek: Given that Celebrity talks about modern sophistication wherever they can, are there any venues where we can expect house music, loungy kinda tunes or electronica? We already know that we’ll have to endure live music by the pool etc. but maybe there are some bars that play more clubby and modern stuff? Would be great to know, thanks!
  19. Solstice leaving Sydney Harbour.
  20. My family will be doing an Alaskan cruise in August 2019. We are very excited. We have only ever sailed Carnival and was wondering what I should know about Solstice or Celebrity. Can we bring our own bottled water/soda on? Anything about the entertainment? I do not pay for any speciality dining when cruising. Which restuarants are available as I have booked a veranda cabin. Where is the best place to get breakfast. Do they have made to order omelet at the buffet? Just stupid stuff like that...Thank you in advance.
  21. Hello everyone. I've started a review of our back to back 10 day adventure in the South Pacific on Voyager of the Seas and our 14 day adventure on Celebrity Solstice through Australia and New Zealand. You can find the link here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2619594 Hope you can join me...
  22. Well I probably shouldn't have done this, but I referenced this thread: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=46523208#post46523208 And I printed out all the dailies, and then crossed out all the things that weren't really activities like on board shopping specials or spa sales pitches, and I felt the schedule of activities was a little light. Do you think that the schedule will be the same for the June 19th sailing, or is there any way that since this was the first sailing, it had fewer activities? Will the June 19th, which is probably more sold out, have more activities? You can see from my signature, that I love Celebrity, but just curious as if this is just a misperception about the the lack of activities, or reality?
  23. Greetings, I have been reading cruise critic for many years, but seldom post. However, I feel an obligation to report on our recent cruise experience on the Solstice 5/15-5/22 to Alaska, as the new "suite life" is apparently rolling out with varying degrees of success dependent upon the individual ship. I'm not sure how many installments this will take as I peck on the keyboard with 2 fingers, but I will do it in as few as possible. First, the disclaimer- as always mileage may vary. This is MY experience, and I just want to share regarding things important to me on prior to my own cruise. In turn, I hope this will be helpful to at least a few others. For a little background, this was our (wife and self) 8th cruise - 1 Carnival, 1 Princess, 2 Holland America, and 4 Celebrity. Typically we have a veranda or a mini-suite of some nature. This was our first cruise in what I think of as a "full" suite- Royal Suite rm 1609. I booked this in direct response to Celebrity's marketing campaign of the benefits and perks of the new "suite life". I initially had great anticipation of the experience, but began to become concerned in the weeks prior, reading about shaky roll-outs on some vessels, and the failure to live up to promises in some cases- i.e. lunch in Luminae. That said, this was our 3rd Alaskan cruise, and our 3rd trip to Seattle. In prior trips, we've stayed in the boutique hotels downtown, and spent several days pre and post cruise to see the city. So, in kind of a "been there, done that" perspective, this trip we decided to fly in a day before, and stay at an airport hotel and shuttle to the pier the next morning. After the requisite Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor research we selected the Hampton Inn and Suites on 28th Ave. for a bed, and Shuttle Express for transportation. We were very pleased with both. The king room at Hampton Inn and Suites was nothing fancy (not even the mini fridge and microwave one almost expects nowadays), but it was very clean, well maintained, and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and we were really impressed with how quiet it was, particularly, as an airport hotel. Quiet within the hotel (hallway and adjoining room noise) as well as the external noise from arriving and departing planes). I should note I am noise sensitive, and this will come up again when I discuss our suite- 1609. Anyway, I would not hesitate to stay there again. So, after a restful night, we waited for our pick-up by Shuttle Express at 10:45 A.M., Friday morning. They were precisely on time, and got us to the ship at about 11:20 A.M. Once in the terminal, we were directed by check in staff to the wrong check in desk, so this resulted in a several minute delay in finding our documents, and a staff member to escort us on board (this, of course, being a perk of the Royal Suite). Shortly Rose, the Captain's Club Host, arrived and escorted us to Michaels' Club. We had several encounters with Rose through the week, and she is a real pleasure- always a genuine smile, and a true desire to accommodate. In spite of the little miscue, we were on board, and in Michael's club within 30 minutes or so. We were immediately served canapés and drinks. I know there have been varying reports of the availability of canapés, snacks, and pastries In Michael's Club on the various ships. On the Solstice, something is almost always being served. We were in there everyday, sometimes more than once, and on only one occasion was nothing served, and that was because no staff was there at the time. Samantha, the concierge, introduced herself, and explained the use of Michael's Club, and the things she could facilitate to provide a great cruise experience. Let me interject here, if I had it to over again, I would have requested Samantha to make specialty dining arrangements prior to boarding the ship. She sends an introduction email 3 or 4 days prior to boarding, and I wish I would have responded with dining requests. She would be glad to this, and I think we could have secured times more conducive with our schedule. She was able to make reservations for us on board, but at times much later than we normally eat. We live in Missouri, so eating at 9:00 P.M. Juneau time is eating at midnight in Missouri. Anyway, rooms weren't ready yet, so she encouraged us to grab some lunch, and come back afterwards, and Benjamin, our butler, would escort us to our suite. She suggested Luminae (Yeah! Luminae is open for lunch on embarkation day- maybe the promise is being fulfilled!) or Bistro on 5. As it was now almost 1:00 P.M., and Luminae was nearing their closing time, we decided on Bistro on 5, which IS now 10.00 on Solstice, but also is included in the unlimited specialty dining for Penthouse Suite/Royal Suite guests. Food and service were both good, but neither exceptional. Okay I'm going to break here. Being wordy and unable to type is a bad combination. If anyone has any specific questions, let me know, and I will do my best answer as I go through this. When I come back, I'm going to give summary reports on the suite and butler, dining - particularly Luminae, the ship, the bars, Michael's Club, my impression of "the suite life" in general, and whether we will pay that high premium again for the experience.
  24. I'm sitting onboard my balcony now with a glass of prosecco waiting for sail away and the molecular bar to open. Yes, still the molecular bar!! Menus are out and I confirmed with staff. I will try to get a date for switching to the new bar, but last I heard it was 5/22, which clearly didn't happen. [emoji2] love the molecular bar so happy I will get one last tanned russian, watermelon felon, and indulgence!
  25. Hi, can someone tell me what currency is used aboard Celebrity Solstice on a South Pacific leaving from and returning to Sydney? :confused:
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