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  1. Anyone with recent experience with the tendering in Cairns. We arrive at 8 AM, we are Elite and need to know if we can be off the ship and into Cairns to meet an excursion by 11. The tour company seems a little skeptical. I hear it takes 30 minutes on the tender and 30 minutes to get to Cairns. I am curious what the process is that I might not make it. This question has been posted in the Australia/New Zealand thread but not much response. Thanks
  2. I was wondering if anyone had comments (pros/cons) on the AFT cabins on the Celebrity Solstice? If there were any on the other threads maybe I'm missing them but if there are any please let me know. I'm planning on taking a back to back out of Sydney when I retire in 2022. The cruise that I'm looking for is in April which would not be too hot or too cold. The first one is 11 days out of Sydney up the coast of the Barrier Reef. The other one is also out of Sydney 18 days approx (again on the Solstice) and this goes to New Zealand, Bora Bora etc. and ends up in Hawaii. I wanted to make sure that the location and cabin is one that I'm going to be happy with since I would be spending approx. 28 days. We are possibly having some family and friends on the same cruise as well. On other cruises on other lines we read the reviews and I remember some stating that there was an issue with the vibrations/smell/soot and other things that were an issue. (this was on Princess). We had taken the risk and we ended up with an AFT cabin which had the worst smell when you were outside due to the vent being right above us. We paid for a balcony cabin but ended up with ocean view due to not being able to spend any time outside. Please mind you I don't want to sound negative but I just wanted some reviews of what they have experienced. That's what I love about c/c.
  3. If reports on social media platforms are to be believed, it seems that Silk Harvest is soon to be replaced with LPC on the Solstice. Whilst passengers have reported Celebrity have advised them of this through cancellation of their Silk Harvest reservations on upcoming cruises, I can't find any confirmation from Celebrity. We are not fans of SH and would really like to experience LPC on our upcoming cruise on Solstice in September. She is not scheduled for dry dock, so my question is, if they refit 'in-situ" what type of itinerary are they most likely to do it on? She leaves Vancouver in September to re- position downunder - would they refit during a sea day intensive itineraries, in which case we might miss out on the chance to experience LPC and may have construction work going on during our cruise? Alternatively will they refit during the more port intensive itineraries once she has arrived in Sydney? If they are refitting, I'm picking they will have it done before the Christmas cruise? Thoughts? Intel on how they do refits in 'in-situ'?
  4. Hi. My family and I are currently aboard Celebrity Solstice doing a 12 night Great Barrier Reef itinerary out of Sydney. The ship returns to Sydney on Sun Jan 14. If anyone has questions for me, just ask--esp from those of you that are planning on doing this infrequent itinerary in the future. So far the cruise is going well. David
  5. Hello CC! You may remember me from such live reviews as my solo sailing on Equinox in March and our Christmas sailing on Infinity in December. Tomorrow, my DH Jeremy and I fly to Seattle for our belated honeymoon cruise on the Solstice to one of our bucket list destinations: Alaska! A little about us: Jeremy and I got married in December on our Christmas sailing on Infinity. We're in our mid 30's and live about an hour outside of St. Louis, Missouri. In my free time I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, smoking cigars, taking care of the animals on our 12-acre farm and going hiking and kayaking in the state park down the road from us. Jeremy enjoys fishing, kayaking, and giving me grief for how much money I spend on the animals, wine and cigars. This will be our 6th cruise with Celebrity together (and my 7th) but this will be our first time on Solstice. We're a high-energy, fun-loving couple and we've been known to be the last people out of the sky lounge or Quasar on more than one occasion. We booked this cruise about a month ago after our plans for a New Zealand honeymoon cruise in November of this year fell through. We usually prefer to sail in Sky Suites but by the time we booked, all that was left was guarantee and we don't like the uncertainty of not knowing where our room will be located. Plus, we're trying to save for a winter Caribbean cruise in a royal suite and stepping down to Aqua class on this cruise puts us over $2,000 closer to that goal. We'll be staying in a hotel near SeaTac the night before the cruise and then will be staying in downtown Seattle for a night after the cruise to explore the city. Our ports will be Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC and we have shore excursions booked through Celebrity in every port but Victoria. If you followed my Equinox review, you know I'm not a light cruise packer, and this time I had to pack for both mild summer and frozen glacier weather as well as excursions that involve canoeing, hiking and river rafting. Let's just say it's a good thing the first two checked bags on Southwest are free. One of our favorite parts of cruising with Celebrity is the food and we always make a point of coming out ahead on our beverage package (classic was included in the package from our TA and we paid to upgrade to premium), so be prepared for food and drink photo overload. We'll miss having Luminae as our restaurant, but we're looking forward to Blu and have a couple of specialty reservations booked. This is our first time going to Alaska but from what I've heard and read, I'll probably also be sharing lots of pics of breathtaking scenery. Jeremy is a card player and will be giving me info to report on the onboard casino. I prefer drinking and listening to music while Jeremy plays cards and will give full reports on how the martini bar and onboard musicians are doing. If there’s anything else in particular that anyone wants to see/hear about, just let me know. Now it's time to finish packing and print all our confirmations. Tomorrow morning we head to the airport to fly to Seattle. Looking forward to having you all sail along with us!
  6. Hello 👋 Yesterday we had a tour of the silhouette which I believe is more or less the same as solstice unfortunately I came away with some questions. 1. The lawn was lovely but most seating was cabanas which you had to pay for. Is this the norm? 2 solarium - beautiful but if cruising in hot weather do they “pull” the roof back? 3 taking into account the above (say no seating and no roof that goes back) do you find it “tight” for space to find somewhere in the sun? 4 atrium - is this very small? We had had a great day but unfortunately due to spending a lot of time being shown staterooms and getting off hour and half before expected we didn’t see all we wanted thank you 😊
  7. We booked and paid for Silk Harvest on our Alaska cruise for May 2020 even though we were quite sure it wouldn't be around by the time our cruise gets here. I now notice that Silk Harvest is no longer on the Cruise Planner and just want to make sure that someone recently/currently can confirm that it is gone. No doubt it will be months before Celebrity will inform us that this change has been made, so if it's true I might as well cancel and use that OBC for something else. Thanks...
  8. Hi, What time are the spectacles (one or two)? are we supposed to reserve them? How many specialty restaurant is there? Thank you.
  9. At the top of these boards, it says “write a review”, so here goes, in live, blogging style. Below you can see links to our last two cruise blogs. One at nearly 159,000 views from the Med on the Solstice, while the July 2010 Norway coast review is at nearly 132,000 views. It seems that the visuals make a big, interesting difference, sharing the beauty and drama from these wonderful areas. Tell me what you like, any questions, suggestions, etc. Our party and experiences?: We are traveling with five other couples from Central Ohio and one we hooked up with on the Norway cruise from the DC area. That adds to fun and sharing for this 14-day cruise to be with good friends and wonderful, smart people. Our past cruising?: We have done just four cruises. Late June 2006 on 204-passenger Seabourn Spirit, Athens to Istanbul, enjoying the Greek Isles over seven days. Late July 2008 on the 940-passenger Crystal Symphony, Dover to Stockholm, enjoying the Baltics and Russia. July 1-16, 2010, was an adventure on the 296-passenger Silver Cloud from Copenhagen seeing the dramatic Norway coast, above the Arctic Circle, Land of the Midnight Sun, etc. Then, June, 2011 from Barcelona for Italy, the Croatian Coast on this same 2850-passenger Celebrity Solstice. All four lines are different and excellent with great service, fellow passengers, staff, etc. What’s best? The honest answer is . . . “It depends!!!”. Ports, schedules, timing and prices vary much, especially right now with this economy, high airlines costs, challenged dollar values, etc. You need to seek what best fits your exact personal needs, budget and interests. We enjoyed sampling a larger ship and we booked early for this early 2014 Australia-NZ trip to get the locations/rooms we desired. KEY DOWN UNDER PLANNING QUESTION: It is a long, long way (plus costly) to get down to this unique part of the world. You do not just want to fly here, do a cruise and go back home. That's why you'll see that we planned out carefully our options and schedule for pre and post cruise. AND, you cannot do it "ALL" in Australia or New Zealand on your first trip. Big, big areas with lots of diversity and great places to experience. Fortunately, we were able to do most all of our 15 airline flights via American Airline Frequent Flyer miles, and First/Business class. That saved lots and lots of money and helps fly the long hours in better comfort. OVERALL SCHEDULE/PLAN: Before arriving Sydney for our Jan. 20-Feb. 4 cruise, we departed Columbus on Thursday, Jan. 9 and had two nights and 1.5 days in Honolulu to break up these long flight times/distances, plus to be able to visit Hawaii for our first time. Then, we had three full days and four nights in NE Australia’s sub-tropical Cairns area, seeing the Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling the coral formations, hiking rainforests, visiting Port Douglas, etc. Then, going to southern Australia to visit Kangaroo Island, 70 miles southwest of Adelaide. More than half of this island has never been cleared of vegetation, and a quarter of it is conserved in National Parks, Conservation Parks, and five Wilderness Protection Areas. Our travel agent calls Kangaroo Island "the way Australia used to be before settlers from outside came”. She was right, but there is so, so much more there to learn about the wilds of Australia, it animals and birds, etc. Then, we are going this morning to Sydney on Sunday, Jan. 19 for 2.5 days before our Celebrity Solstice cruise ship departs from this super scenic harbor. Here are the more complete cruise/port schedule during these fourteen days: Jan. 20-21, 2014, Monday-Tuesday: Sydney, Australia; boarding cruise ship mid-day Monday, then after being docked overnight on this ship sitting next to the billowing white sail roofs of the famed (now forty-years-old) Opera House, we will sail away Tuesday at 6:30 pm. We will also be docked next to Sydney’s landmark, arched Harbour Bridge (famous for New Year’s Eve fireworks). Sydney is the South Pacific’s busiest port and one of the world’s most scenic harbors. Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of an initial 760 British convicts. Jan 22, Wednesday: Cruising Tasman Sea south to Tasmania; sea day on Solstice. Jan. 23, Thursday: Hobart, Tasmania, 8 am-6 pm docked. We will have a private tour to visit the Port Arthur penal colony with its historic reminders of its prison days, then to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary with wombats, emus and the famed Tasmanian devil, plus a little time to sample the 90 waterfront buildings with National Trust classification. As Australia’s second oldest city, Hobart has a a population of 214,000, sets in a scenic natural harbor and is at the base of the 3,600-feet-high Mount Wellington. Does an island with a name like Tasmania sound exotic? Jan. 24-25, Friday-Saturday: Cruising Tasman Sea to New Zealand; two sea days on Solstice. Jan. 26, Sunday: Cruising New Zealand’s Fiordlands National Park. We will get off of the Solstice in the morning during our visit in Milford Sound and go on a two-day ship excursion with an overnight stay in Queenstown. This community, with its dramatic setting on a large lake and facing a massive, sawtooth mountain range, is known as the “crazy capital of the world”. Why? This is where bungee jumping was invented 25 years ago. Plus, many other extreme sports started or are practiced here. We will stop and see the stone, suspension bridge crossing a scenic river gorge where it all started. But, no bungee jumping for us!! We will also see an old gold-rush town, a winery and a ranch sheep/dog program. Others on our ship will sail to Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound. Lots of natural drama and sights here with the fjords, mountains, water views, etc. Jan. 27, Monday: Dunedin, NZ, 9 am-7 pm docked. For those doing the Queenstown excursion, we will re-join the ship in this town that means Edinburgh in Gaelic. This town retains its Scottish roots and has Victorian/Edwardian architecture, a legacy of New Zealand's 1860’s gold rush. Jan. 28, Tuesday: Christchurch/Akaroa, NZ, 8 am-6 pm tendered. Given the slow re-building after the major earthquake damage at Christchurch, we are not visiting this town. We will be taking the TranzAlpine rail trip to Arthur’s Pass National Park in NZ’s Southern Alps. We will then sample a high-speed JetBoat ride on the twisting Waimakiriri River gorge. We will also be sampling a little of this French-styled harbor town of Akaroa where our ship is tendered in its dramatic bay setting that is surrounded by mountains and major hills. Jan. 29, Wednesday: Wellington, NZ, 8 am-6 pm docked. Hugging the hillsides around a horseshoe-shaped bay, Wellington reminds many visitors of San Francisco. It is the NZ capital and is the southern most capital city in the world. There are a number of different museums, dining and exploring options in and near Wellington. Have not finalized our exact plan for this day. Jan. 30, Thursday: Napier, NZ, overlooking Hawke’s Bay, 8 am-6 pm docked. An elegant, art-deco city of 55,000, it has 19 miles to the south, Cape Kidnappers. This jagged promontory is near where Captain Cook anchored in 1769. Late January is the prime time to see here the 20,000 young and mature yellow-headed Australian gannets surf the wind currents. After the beach/cliff bird visit, we will head up above to a working sheep ranch and world-class golfing resort that overlooks this coastal setting for a private lunch of local specialities. Jan. 31, Friday, Cruising NZ eastern coast; sea day on Solstice. Feb 1, Saturday: Tauranga, NZ, 5:30 am-4:30 pm docked. This port is nearby for Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland that is also the heart of native Maori culture. We will visit Te Puia for a Maori concert. We will be focused in Rotorua that has been developed inside a crater. The area has 16 different lakes with dramatic scenery and wonderful photo opportunities. Feb. 2, Sunday: Bay of Islands, NZ, tendered, 7 am-6 pm. About 110 miles north of Auckland, this historic bay/island region has a charm connected with its unspoiled, simple character. Our Central Ohio group will be doing a private sailing adventure on the 60’ racing yacht named the Zindabar. We will travel around and along these scenic coastal areas, stopping once or twice for beach exploring, snorkeling, swimming and having a custom luncheon at sea. Lots of options and flexibility for seeing bird, wildlife, coastal sights, etc. Feb. 3, Monday: Auckland, NZ: arrive 6 am, completing our Solstice cruise trip. With 1.4 million residents, 31 percent of the country's population, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest, most urban city. It has a diverse population, including large numbers of Asian and Polynesian residents. We will have two days in and around Auckland, including Tuesday visiting via a 40-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island for their stunning coastal vistas, as well as hillside vineyards, sweeping sandy beaches, an outdoor sculpture garden and various quaint shops/art galleries. Home? We depart Wednesday, Feb. 5, from Auckland and fly to Hawaii (at no extra flight cost due to using Frequent Flyer miles). This helps break up the long flight distances going back home. We will have four days on the Big Island there before returning to Columbus on Feb. 10. To come next, earlier pictures/details from Hawaii, NE Australia and the Great Barrier Reef and then amazing Kangaroo Island near Adelaide. Don't be shy!! Feel free to share your comments, insights, questions, etc. I love this "interactive" way of communicating back and forth. Our time sailing and touring will be a little limiting for being able answer all questions quickly, but I will try my best, especially on sea days on the ship. Love to get your feed-back, comments and suggestions based your experiences in these areas. Ready to roll!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Did a June 7-19, 2011, Celebrity Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc., on these postings. We are now at 158,547 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at: http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now over 131,830 views. http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  10. Hi All, CELEBRITY SOLSTICE STORAGE (S-Class Ships) I’ve noticed in the months since first booking my cruise (June 2011) that many Cruisers ask for detailed info about storage on the Celebrity Ships (and in particular the S-Class series)… so in the interest of helping out others, I offer up some measurements that I took on my recent cruise (Solstice – January 15, 2012). Hopefully this info, will be helpful to others as they sit at their computers at home trying to visualize the layout of the regular (Inside – Outside – Veranda – Concierge – and Aqua Class) cabins. *NOTE – There are great pictures here on Cruise Critic of the Cabins (far more detailed than any I took)… and tons of info in regards to the layout of cabins, balcony’s etc… so hopefully combined with my measurements, one will wonder no more… Overall we found that the storage space within the Cabin was adequate (we were 2 persons, who we feel brought a lot of stuff)… the secret is finding a game plan that works for you and how you live. 1- THE CUPBOARD / CLOSET This is a stand-alone unit The Overall Dimensions (opening) is aprox 41 Inches Wide x 6 Feet High x 16.5 Inches Deep There is a shelf that is at the top of the Closet, and goes the full width. Top Shelf Dimensions = 41 Inches Wide X 6 Inches High X 16.5 Inches Deep Below this there is a hanging rail that goes the full width of the closet (41 Inches Wide) On one side of the Closet is the Room Safe (SOLSTICE SHIP ONLY), and below it 2 Cubbies that serve as a good spot to store shoes. The distance from the Top Rail to the top of the Safe Shelf is 41.5 Inches The 2 Cubbies are identical in size = 19 Inches Wide X 7 Inches High X 16.5 Inches Deep (on any other S-Class Ship other than the Solstice, there are 3 identical cubbies… as the Room Safe is elsewhere in the cabin) On the opposite half of the closet (20+ inches Wide) you have the flexibility of leaving all the hanging as full length (63.5 Inches to Floor of Closet) OR, one can utilize the built in Flip-Down Bottom Rail to divide the hanging space up even further. With the flip-down bar in the down position… Top Rail to the Bottom Rail is 32 Inches Long. Bottom Rail to the Floor is 32.5 Inches Long. The Bottom Rail is aprox 12 Inches Wide. With the Flip-Down Bottom Rail in place, there remains 8.5 Inches to the outside where there is space for longer full-length items (63.5 Inches Long) COMMENTS * The Celebrity Bathrobes are usually found in the Closet upon arrival… there are hooks on the back of the bathroom door… we moved them to there so as to make more room in the Closet. * The Celebrity Umbrellas (Concierge Class) are typically found in the Closet… the large one standing in the corner, and the smaller retractable one on a shelf. * We used the Top Shelf of the Closet for our “Going Home Clothes”… this made packing up our last night overnight bag easier. * We utilized the Flip-Down Bottom Rail so as to enjoy double the hanging space (used it for things like Shirts, Blouses, and Pants). This left us with aprox 8.5 Inches at one end of the Closet for Long Hanging Items (mostly used for Skirts & Dresses) * We brought a couple of Magnetic Hooks (20lbs from WalMart) for the walls, and used them outside of the Closet to hang up our Formal Clothes (Tuxedo and 2 Long Gowns) on hangers… this freed up more room in the Closet, and kept our Formal Clothes less cramped. * We used the Cubbies to store shoes… 2 pairs would fit into each of the cubbies side by side. 2- ROOM SAFE The Safe is very roomy in size (interior) = 17 Inches Wide X 6 Inches High X 16 Inches Deep COMMENTS * The safe was ample big enough… it easily could accommodate… Our Passports, a folder with our Travel Papers / Tickets etc, our Ipad, our Ipod Touch, my smallish purse, hubby’s wallet, our good camera when not in use, a small jewellery box, and an assortment of loose change & coins (and still there was lots of spare room). On future trips, I would bring along some sort of a tray "to corral" smaller loose items. NOTE – Be careful when locking the safe with your personal code, one time our fingers must have slipped (in a hurry I guess) and we some how must have entered the wrong code (thereby changing it)… when we retried to open the Safe it wouldn’t open… and then as a safety measure, it went into Lock-Down. We had to call Guest Services to come and open it (they come up with a special key and a master code and they asked us to confirm who we were to them with ID as well). It took only a few minutes to right the wrong… but it was a tad embarrassing. 3- DESK & VANITY Across from the bed along the opposite wall is the Desk & Vanity (Bureau) combo. The Vanity is higher than the Desktop. The latter has a chair, and is open below, this is where you will find the in room Garbage Can… tucked in underneath. On the transition area between the Vanity and the Desktop (side of the Vanity) is where you will find a variety of outlets / plug-ins… and a light switch for the Brighter Light Strip (Make-Up Lights) that are above the Mirror that hangs on the Wall above the Desktop. The Desktop is 31 Inches Wide at the wall side. It is 16 Inches Deep on the side it shares with the Vanity (Bureau)… and only 7 Inches Deep on the open ended side. There is a shallow drawer within the desk (sorry I forgot to measure it) The Vanity has 5 Drawers, a Cubby and the space for the Refrigerator / Cooler. On one end there is a magazine rack that is filled with Travel Brochures etc from Celebrity that promote the Destinations you’ll be visiting on your cruise. The back wall above the Vanity incorporates the hanging Big Screen Tv. The television is capable of being pivoted so that it can be enjoyed both when sitting on the sofa, or when sitting in bed… on the same wall between the Vanity and the Desktop is a very small set of shelves… only a couple of inches wide. Within the Vanity, the 5 Drawers and Cubby are sized as follows… The Top 2 Drawers are the same size = 3 Inches High X 14.5 Inches Wide x 12 Inches Deep Drawers 3 and 4 are identical in size = Almost 5 Inches High X 14.5 Inches Wide x 15.5 Inches Deep Drawer 5 = is Almost 5 Inches High X 14.5 Inches Wide X 16 Inches Deep The Cubby opening is = 10.5 Inches High X 18.5 Inches Wide X 15.5 Inches Deep (on S-Class Ships other than the Solstice this is where the Room Safe is located) COMMENTS * We didn’t utilize the Desk Drawer very much. It is big but very shallow. We tended to keep our Charging Cords in there, the two different Tv Remotes, and the extra set of Cutlery that we picked up in the Buffet * The Desk Top itself was pretty cramped… tended to be used as a “Beverage Centre” by us… Coffee Mugs, Water Bottles, and the Champagne Bucket… PLUS our Concierge Class Flowers. * Our Room Steward did an excellent job at keeping both our Champagne and Ice Buckets topped up with fresh ice. * The Vanity Top was equally as busy (it sits just below the wall hung Tv) … for us it kind of served as our “Information Centre”… and was the spot where we tended to drop things on the way in and out of the cabin (copies of Celebrity Today, other paperwork, Travel Guides, Highlighters etc). Lol, our Cabin Stewards did an amazing job, of keeping that spot straightened up for us. * The very tiny shelves on the back wall of the Vanity next to the Tv don’t offer up a lot in the way of usable space… so for us they were under utilized… they did however serve as a good spot to store the small set of Celebrity Binoculars (Concierge Class) * We used all 5 Drawers and the Cubby for Storage. * The Top Drawer became our “junk drawer”… the place we put our various Receipts accumulated around the ship, Pens, Notebook, Lanyards when we went ashore etc. We got this tip off of the CC CELEBRITY BOARD and it did work out well for us… having one central spot for all those misc odds & ends (receipts in particular)… made locating stuff at the end of cruise to match up with our Ship Board Account Print-Out pretty easy. * The remaining 4 Drawers we used for Small articles of clothing… Bras, Underwear, Socks, Pantyhose, PJs etc. * The Cubby is where we found the Concierge Class Hair-Dryer, and it is also where we stuffed our “Water Wear”… Bathing Suits, Snorkels, Beach Bags, etc. * I understand that after the Solstice was built, that Celebrity moved the Room Safe to the Cubby in the Vanity… I’m thinking that I’d miss this space on another ship… as it worked so well for us as is * Refrigerator / Cooler – We didn’t bother asking our Room Steward to remove the contents… and rarely went in there. I did keep a small carton of milk in there one time overnight (and although it wasn’t COLD by any means, the milk was fine the next morning for use in my tea) 4- THE BED When the two single beds are pushed together into one, the mattress size works out to be aprox 72 Inches Wide X 80 Inches Long along the centre line (but as the bottom of the bed is curved at the outside edges where it is the shortest it is just 72 Inches Long) The top of the Matress is 24 Inches from the floor. The Under Bed Height / Clearance is 13.5 Inches COMMENTS * Overall we had no problem stowing under the bed 2 Regular Sized Suitcases, a Duffle Bag, a Small Wheeled Carry-On, and an Overnight Bag (along with the fact that this is where the Ship stows a Basket filled with Life Jackets). ALL fit under the bed without issue. 5- NIGHT TABLES These are on either side of the bed near the head… they are open shelving (3 shelves) and quite small (one is also home to the Cabin Telephone). Each shelf is aprox 13 Inches Deep and 7 Inches Wide along the wall / headboard side… they taper down to a mere 6 inches wide at the front end. COMMENTS * We really only used the top shelf of our Night Tables. There was enough room for a bottle of large water, our watches, eye-glasses, and our mini flashlights nightly (and any bedtime chocolates that happened not to get ate) 6- OVERBED STORAGE There are two lockers above the bed… each of them are 44.5 Inches Wide X 12 Inches High X 11 Inches Deep (so combined they span the whole 89 Inches across the headboard) COMMENTS * This space although in a somewhat awkward spot did work out well for us. We put all our folded clothes up there… Tshirts, Polos, Golf Shirts, Shorts, etc. (and without any organization aids). 7- BATHROOM STORAGE In the Bathroom there are 4 shelves that are within a glassed in cabinet. Each of these Shelves are… 7 Inches Wide X 10 Inches Deep X 10 Inches High Below the glass cabinet is another shelving area (behind a wood door). There are 2 adjustable shelves within this space (I didn’t move them around, but one could do so easily enough if needed). The shelves here are 7 Inches Wide X 10 Inches Deep and the entire space is 23 Inches High. In our case the spacing of the shelves were 8 Inches to the top one, 5.5 Inches to the middle, and 9.5 Inches to the bottom In the bathroom vanity there is also 2 centre drawers each of these are 3 Inches High X 6 Inches Wide X 6 Inches Deep… below this is where one will find the cubby where the garbage can is located. And at the far end of the Vanity there is a space that is used for Bathroom Cleaning Supplies by the Room Steward (extra TP and the Toilet Brush) There is also a bit of shelving area below the vanity, and if you move things around a bit, maybe a couple of more inches atop near the sink. As well there is a stainless steel grid-shelf in the shower (perfect for soap, shampoo, conditioner, ladies razor) COMMENTS * We utilized the majority of the available space in the Bathroom (there really is TONS) * The glassed in cabinet shelves were perfect for daily needs… it was easy to designate a shelf for each of us, and one for meds, and for the last we moved the 2 tall skinny glasses provided onto one shelf, and that is where we stored our toothbrushes, toothpaste & mouthwash. * The lower shelves behind the cupboard door is where we stored our Toiletry Kits, and misc cleaning items we had brought along when not in use (laundry supplies, disinfecting wipes etc) * The two small drawers in the Bathroom Vanity were under utilized… most of the time they were empty !! Infact Mr Sloop thought they were fake fronts just for show… as they had magnetic systems that kept them closed (for rough seas) and one actually needed to give them a good strong tug to open them. --- --- --- Hope this info proves helpful to those making plans for their upcoming Solstice or S-Class Cruise. :):):) Cheers!
  11. The Alaskan cruise I will be on, along with a group, we are going to Seattle on Friday morning. The question of whether the transport from the airport to the cruise terminal has a lift to get inside has been brought up. As it was late Friday night when this question was brought up, the call would have to be made tomorrow morning. Does transportation from the airport to the cruise terminal have lifts to help those with wheelchairs to get on? What is the number that we should call for transportation purposes?
  12. On a few recent cruises, Azamara and Holland America, binoculars were provided in the cabin. We have an Alaska cruise coming up and we're trying to decide if we should get a small lightweight pair or binoculars to take with us. We won't buy them if they are provided in the cabin. Anyone with first hand knowledge about this??
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  14. Just a quick shot out to those who were sailing on Solstice last week in Alaska. Here are two photos of the ship - one in Juneau and the other early morning in Skagway! Hope you had a GREAT cruise!
  15. Is there a good deck for walking on Solstice? Will be on board for four weeks so good to take a stroll.
  16. Can anyone advise if the Solstice has a free male sauna?
  17. Hi there, We are arriving in Lahaina, Maui on Saturday, September 21st at 8:00 am aboard the Celebrity Solstice . The ship departs Lahaina on Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. Apparently Lahaina has no port so passengers are tendered to and from the ship . We want to rent a car and drive the 3 hrs to see the Sunset at Haleakala Summit. Coming back to the ship would be past midnight or very early in the morning the following day. My question is: can take a Tender back to the ship any time. Can we get back on the ship? Do we have to ring the bell to be let in? Don't want to reserve a car if we can't make that trip and once on the boat without internet and phone we can't cancel the car reservation, yes we are not paying for internet and cell phone usage. Thank you in advance
  18. Hello, We will be departing shortly on our Alaskan cruise...can't wait. My son has the premium non alcoholic beverage package. I was telling him all that it included and said bottled water etc and then he asked me if they actually gave him the bottle or put it in a glass. I have no idea so I thought to ask the cruise critic crowd.
  19. I need your help finding the dailies from the Solstice. I have searched and searched and I have found a few. They are all from several years ago and there have been so many changes.
  20. I will be cruising for the first time on Celebrity Solstice to Alaska in two weeks. I am going with a group of 10, and we all booked in March. I am just curious to know if anybody has seen what the accessible rooms are like when it comes to size?
  21. Can anyone tell me from their experience if the premium drink package is a complimentary benefit for the Celebrity Suite on the Solstice? Reading all the info, I'm getting confused trying to differentiate the various cabins, on the various ships. This will be our first cruise on Celebrity and just trying to sort everything out in advance. Appreciate any help!
  22. Looks like the Solstice is returning to Seattle after only an hour out of Seattle. The Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin is along side the Solstice. Any CC'ers onboard that can update us??
  23. Planning on booking Aust/NZ with B2B of Pacific Islands. Does anybody have any info on port vs starboard particularly for views?
  24. We are preparing for our upcoming Alaska cruise on Solstice. I went to the Apple App Store to check out the Celebrity app, and it looks like it doesn’t include Solstice. I have seen many references to the app on this board. Am I right in concluding it doesn’t serve Solstice yet? Thanks!
  25. We are crusising next week on the Solstice. We are leaving our daughter behind with friends. Is there an emergency phone number I can leave with our friends incase they need to reach us and our cells are not working? We have the internet package, so I am pretty sure our cell phones will work. However, I would feel better leaving an emergency contact number for the ship.
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