2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We took the 3-day trip from Long Beach to Ensenada. We had an awesome experience and the entire weekend was just one long party. We got to pre-board for the wedding making it very easy, then a beautiful wedding/reception that was followed ... Read More
We took the 3-day trip from Long Beach to Ensenada. We had an awesome experience and the entire weekend was just one long party. We got to pre-board for the wedding making it very easy, then a beautiful wedding/reception that was followed by 3-days of non-stop fun and partying. The room steward was the best, our room was always fresh, clean and he always met us with a smile or friendly word. This was our first cruise and we were impressed by how much space we actually had in our standard room, good water pressure in the shower and toilets worked surprisingly well. Nice linens & pillows, the cute towel animals each night was a pleasant treat, and room was relatively quiet except the drunks/kids in the hallway. We dined with our group in the dining room each night and was treated to nice dinners and friendly wait staff. There were a couple of hiccups there, but the staff was always so friendly, accommodating, and fun, you really didn't mind. The only thing that could use some improvement was the very slow service at the bars. Be ready to spend a bit of time to get a drink, and even when they're not busy don't expect fast service (and they're not friendly ~ except the young gal in the atrium bar, she at least served her drinks with a hello & smile). We used the Carnival Hub app on our phones to communicate with each other, $5 charge is well worth it if you are travelling with a group. Our day in Ensenada was a lot of fun too. We went to the Rosario Beach Party at Papas & Beer. It is just what you would expect for a laid-back Mexico style party bar. They provided us seating in their reserved beach area (broken old plastic furniture), shade umbrellas, decent lunch, cold beers and great service. No complaints. The locals will try to peddle their wears but that is just Mexico, be ready for it. It's only about 30 minutes south of San Diego, so expect the ocean to have the same cold water. When the cruise ended they have that have that process down really smooth too, and we had no delays or problem (we took our own luggage off the boat). Would definitely do this trip again!! If you're looking for a quiet relaxing get away this is NOT the cruise for you. It's a fun party from the minute you board the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2013
The cruise was great. Regarding: Celebrity Millennium. We did find most things a notch above Royal Caribbean. The ship interior was a bit nicer looking. The ship gym and spa area, not as nice a Royal Caribbean. The Officers on the ship ... Read More
The cruise was great. Regarding: Celebrity Millennium. We did find most things a notch above Royal Caribbean. The ship interior was a bit nicer looking. The ship gym and spa area, not as nice a Royal Caribbean. The Officers on the ship were very visible and attended many event. So friendly. The shows were great. The food everywhere was very good. Speciality dining restaurant The Olympic was a "10”. Our waiter not so great. Efficient but didn’t speak much, never learned our names. Our room steward was "efficient” also but didn’t really seem very warm.  The cabin was excellent. We had plenty of room for storage and we were very happy with how much room there was in the bathroom. We had robes in our room. Our cabin steward, while not overly friendly was very efficient. Loved that one wall was full of mirrors and it made the room seem much larger. The layout was excellent and our balcony was just fine. We loved that our room was fairly close to the elevator, and there was no noise. Boarding in Ensenada (after waiting 6 hours in San Diego) and then 90 minutes on the bus in Ensenada, and not having our luggage delivered until the next morning was terrible. We did get over it quickly the next day. Our excursions - Atlantis Submarine, Catamaran Ride and Zip Line were all great. Looking forward to sailing Celebrity again next year from Barcelona. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Embarkation Day was just as bad as we expected and then some. The lines were very long and no provisions were made for the elderly and mobility impaired. There was no food provided until you were on your assigned bus to Ensenada and no ... Read More
Embarkation Day was just as bad as we expected and then some. The lines were very long and no provisions were made for the elderly and mobility impaired. There was no food provided until you were on your assigned bus to Ensenada and no water available in the huge tent. The lack of water was a good thing because there were only two portable bathrooms with - surprise - long lines. The buses were in poor condition; dirty and we had broken seats. When we arrived in Ensenada there was another long line to get on the ship. I can't imagine the logistical nightmare Celebrity had trying to offload 2800 passengers and get them to San Diego and then get 2800 new passengers onboard. This cruise was advertised as a Wine Tour up the Pacific Coast. The price was right and the itinerary was great - after the Ensenada debacle. But to call it a wine tour was misleading. There were wine tastings and seminars onboard for a hefty fee and there were no stops with easy access to vineyards. We found the wine by the glass on the ship satisfactory but the recommended bottle selections were high priced and not even high scoring wines. The wine stewards were overworked in the dining room and lacking in knowledge even though they tried to be helpful. The entire crew seemed overworked but eager to please. Towards the end of the cruise it appeared that several crew members were ill. Our cabin stewards were diligent and hard working. If we asked for something, they got it for us. We have cruised with Celebrity before and we noticed once again that the senior officers were not engaged with the passengers. The long lines for everything were a turnoff and the lack of a pleasant, quiet place to relax, read or have a drink made our trip less than great. The noise level all over the ship was terrible. We did not try the Solarium because the weather was very cool but we have been told that was a relaxing spot. The food was adequate; quantity over quality in many cases. Room service was fine and the heads up call before delivery was great. The buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner had a variety of items but they were repeated almost every day. It was hard to find a cleared table and several times I juggled my plate and cup back to the cabin so I could sit down to eat. The MDR is beautiful but the lights are so dim that it is hard to read the menu. Hint:Take a small flashlight with you. Service was fine after I asked the waiter to take our orders as soon as we came in. We had the late seating and being from the East Coast it was almost midnight our tummytime when our entrees were arriving. We didn't try the overpriced 'special' restaurants but we enjoyed the specialty coffee shop and the Bistro on deck five. Entertainment was spotty. The production shows were good but the early show was so crowded you couldn't get a seat unless you came in 45 minutes early. The late show at 10;30 was too late for us but I heard that it wasn't ever crowded. Celebrity would do everyone a favor by having shows at 6 and 8:30. The band and singers in the Atrium were loud and you couldn't escape the noise easily. The lovely room at the top of the ship was taken over every night by the free cocktail hours for the Elite cruisers. We were told we could come in but they wouldn't serve us until the Elites were leaving. The view up there was beautiful but the furniture was peculiar and uncomfortable. Overall the Solstice is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was very clean but smaller than any veranda that we have ever had on our previous 45+ cruises. The closet is inadequate, drawer space minimal. The bathroom was pretty but the faucet was not well designed and it was tight quarters around the commode. Our balcony appeared to be cut off and could have been extended another 3-4 feet. There seemed to be a ledge under the ship's name right where our balcony ended. I would not cruise on a ship this size again but I would recommend Celebrity to a younger cruiser looking for a good value. There is a certain buzz around the ship and that seems to appeal the younger crowd. The 1-2-3 deal was a good promotion and most got their money's worth judging by the lines in the bars. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Embarcation started smoothly at San Diego Airport. Celebrity met us and directed us to buses and our bags were taken to trucks. I asked the representative if we needed our paperwork i.e. set & sail pass and was told no just needed ... Read More
Embarcation started smoothly at San Diego Airport. Celebrity met us and directed us to buses and our bags were taken to trucks. I asked the representative if we needed our paperwork i.e. set & sail pass and was told no just needed credit card and passport, which I found out was wrong after getting bussed to a Sheraton hotel for processing along with thousands of other passengers. At the processing it was by room class so even being elite we end up in a 45 minute waiting line and then have a new girl with a lap top that never seemed to work take another 30 minutes to reenter everything I had entered online including swiping my credit card over 40 times before it seemed to be approved. (the next day I was summoned to pursor when to redo it all again). Then we massed together in a mob of 200 to run for box lunches and the buses to be transported to Ensenada and to go through immigration. Three hours later at 6 pm we boarded. Our bags arrived at 10 pm after open seating dinner at 8:30. Of course almost all entertainment was either delayed or rescheduled I guess since mostly we never found out until too late and were too exhausted to do much but hit the sack after getting notice we would have to through immigration again the next day in San Diego to get off the ship. The next day we waited for the ok to go ashore, finally after no announcements we were down to deck 4 and found lines with hundreds of people who like us received no announcement. After wasting all this time half of our time ashore was gone so just went to the USS Midway museum nearby (which was great)grabbed a soda and headed back to the ship.So we had wasted the better part of two days, everything we wanted to go like the welcome party and meet and greet was either cancelled or rescheduled and we missed them. As for the ship it was nice, clean and very concerned with sanitation as they had some prior norovirus problems I was told. The room steward Ronald and his assistant were exceptional, it seemed they were always working, but always willing to answer questions or be of service. The food in the MDR was very good though it seems the number options has dropped and only 4 or 5 entrees. We dined in the Tuscan Grille which was good in parts; my filet was great, my spouses blackend ribeye was tough and chewy sent back and replaced by one even worse. Desserts were pretty but bland. The buffet was very good particularly in the Morning for eggs, omelets and pancakes. The coffee bars and restaurants on 4 and 5 very good. The main problem with the cruise was there never seemed to be a place that wasn't jammed. All of the public areas near both elevator shafts always seemed full. Both floors of the library , the team earth floor, the internet room,the card room, the lounges, the bars, the guest services, excursions, everywhere you looked it was packed( atleast from 6 am to 10pm). Partly this was due to cool weather no one used the open air pool areas, bars, or lawn areas even the solarium was usually empty. And consequently the elevators were always running and waits were long. The other factor was it seemed everyone on board was 65 or older, active but not ones to partake of strenous activity or cool weather. We were told there were 600 Elite cruisers, but it seemed everyone I met was, and if not Elite they were Suite or Concierge Class.We have another cruise booked with Celebrity in the fall on the Summit going to Quebec from New Jersey which with 123 program and cooler weather looked to have the same clientel and weather which I probably will cancel after having been on this cruise. This wasn't a bad cruise it started very poorly and was very disorganized (like everyone was new to their jobs)but the crew seemed overwhelmed and proccupied. We will cruise with Celebrity again as it was our favorite line but we certainly will think a lot more about it Read Less

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