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We had previously cruised on much smaller ships and were a little apprehensive about this cruise. But it was generally great. Embarkation in Sydney was very well organised and went quickly. Ship was remarkably well maintained and clean. Loved the aquaspa cafe in the solarium for lunch and breakfast. Had three specialty restaurant package which was expensive but a good change from the mian dining room. Of the three, Murana and Tuscan Grille were great but Silk Harvest was very average. Main dining room was hit and miss but not bad overall. Lots for fussy eaters and they were very happy to provide and adapt for a very very fussy fussy eater at our table. A lamb kebab was very overdone done night and the cheese platter must have been one of the very worst courses I have ever been offered on my more than 10 cruises - old stale cheese and not sure where the crackers came from. My wife wanted the food to come hotter every time. The Oceanview buffet was very good with lots of choice - we ate lunch and breakfast there and always easy to get outside table. Dinner looked Ok although we did not eat there. Some sushi tasted occasionally in early evening was very basic and not up to todays general sushi standard. We got the classic drinks package for free which we found was perfectly adequate. Not sure I would pay for it though if you are only going to have a couple of drinks a day and drink tap water. Did not do any ship organised excursions - tender service was badly communicated. We enjoyed the varied mainly evening entertainment. Some hot and miss but I thought very good overall. Disembarkation was chaotic - friends lost suitcases which were sent to wrong place. Make sure your labels are on correctly and maybe 2 or each suitcase. However, overall we enjoyed the trip and would certainly go on ship again.

Better than expected

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by drkitkat123

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We had previously cruised on much smaller ships and were a little apprehensive about this cruise. But it was generally great.

Embarkation in Sydney was very well organised and went quickly.

Ship was remarkably well maintained and clean.

Loved the aquaspa cafe in the solarium for lunch and breakfast.

Had three specialty restaurant package which was expensive but a good change from the mian dining room. Of the three, Murana and Tuscan Grille were great but Silk Harvest was very average.

Main dining room was hit and miss but not bad overall. Lots for fussy eaters and they were very happy to provide and adapt for a very very fussy fussy eater at our table. A lamb kebab was very overdone done night and the cheese platter must have been one of the very worst courses I have ever been offered on my more than 10 cruises - old stale cheese and not sure where the crackers came from. My wife wanted the food to come hotter every time.

The Oceanview buffet was very good with lots of choice - we ate lunch and breakfast there and always easy to get outside table. Dinner looked Ok although we did not eat there. Some sushi tasted occasionally in early evening was very basic and not up to todays general sushi standard.

We got the classic drinks package for free which we found was perfectly adequate. Not sure I would pay for it though if you are only going to have a couple of drinks a day and drink tap water.

Did not do any ship organised excursions - tender service was badly communicated.

We enjoyed the varied mainly evening entertainment. Some hot and miss but I thought very good overall.

Disembarkation was chaotic - friends lost suitcases which were sent to wrong place. Make sure your labels are on correctly and maybe 2 or each suitcase.

However, overall we enjoyed the trip and would certainly go on ship again.
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Cabin C2 1083
I think the cabin was great, Good size, bathroom really good size. Maybe a little more storage but overall very happy. Clean and modern.
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