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We had a great time on the Solstice. We received superb service at the bars and restaurants, particularly from Agus and the rest of the staff at the Martini Bar. Our room attendants, Badrus and Syam, were always there for anything we needed and always gave us a very polite "Good morning," every time we saw them. Our only real complaint (and it's not so much a complaint more as something we would do differently) is that in our first port, where we didn't have an excursion planned, was in Ketchikan and then the next port our excursion was canceled and it was a very rainy, cold day. We wanted an afternoon cocktail and the only bars that were open were the bar inside of the buffet (floor 14) and the Pool Bar (floor 12). Both of these bars were rather inconvenient, in our opinion. We could either go to the cafeteria (so to speak) or the outdoor bar (way too cold, rainy and windy). We would have rather seen the Pool Bar close and one of the indoor bars open. This was only the second cruise we had been on, and in comparison, Norwegian had lot more to offer in the form of entertainment. We loved the singers and bands that performed, but there was a lack of daytime entertainment and we would have preferred to have other options in means of "Broadway" type shows or Cirque de Soleil type of entertainment. As we mentioned earlier, we were not dissatisfied with anything on this cruise line at all! These were just some things we noticed in comparison.

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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by bdw4fx

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
We had a great time on the Solstice. We received superb service at the bars and restaurants, particularly from Agus and the rest of the staff at the Martini Bar. Our room attendants, Badrus and Syam, were always there for anything we needed and always gave us a very polite "Good morning," every time we saw them.

Our only real complaint (and it's not so much a complaint more as something we would do differently) is that in our first port, where we didn't have an excursion planned, was in Ketchikan and then the next port our excursion was canceled and it was a very rainy, cold day. We wanted an afternoon cocktail and the only bars that were open were the bar inside of the buffet (floor 14) and the Pool Bar (floor 12). Both of these bars were rather inconvenient, in our opinion. We could either go to the cafeteria (so to speak) or the outdoor bar (way too cold, rainy and windy). We would have rather seen the Pool Bar close and one of the indoor bars open.

This was only the second cruise we had been on, and in comparison, Norwegian had lot more to offer in the form of entertainment. We loved the singers and bands that performed, but there was a lack of daytime entertainment and we would have preferred to have other options in means of "Broadway" type shows or Cirque de Soleil type of entertainment.

As we mentioned earlier, we were not dissatisfied with anything on this cruise line at all! These were just some things we noticed in comparison.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class
Cabin C2 1182
Nice room, average space, decent layout and shower, lots of bathroom storage and we had no issues storing clothes for 2.
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