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Since I use reviews to make travel decisions, I need to get around to writing one... We went on a 12-day Cruise on Celebrity's Solstice from Sydney to Fiji because it was a seminar cruise with someone we like. If you love cruises, you'll probably love this one, but for those of us who don't cruise often, I want to alert others to a few big disappointments: 1. There's cigarette smoke everywhere: Blowing into our stateroom from other balconies, swirling through the wind on the 2 pool decks (1/4 of which is reserved for outside smokers), and blowing all around the outside bars.... When I asked Guest Relations if they had any non-smoking cruises we could choose from, the reply was, "This IS a non-smoking cruise!" I thought she was kidding. Granted, when we told them our room was smokey, they sent an enforcer to catch our neighbors lighting up outside, who claimed they didn't know it wasn't allowed. You'd think they would put signs in the rooms... 2. Internet service is slower than slow. And it's expensive: $300 for the cruise. What they don't tell you is that it is nearly worthless. I thought it might be slow only in our stateroom, so I walked down to the Internet Room, and did a speed test on my computer. Download speed was 0.26mbps. That's 1/4 of 1 megabite!!! Quite the ripoff. 3.Extras: Shore Excursions are very expensive and not worth it. They make up for deals on the cruise price by up-charging for everything. Drinks are $11 - $15. The special restaurant upgrades are often the same food as the regular dining room, with more doting service. The good: New Caledonia was enchanting. Great snorkeling. We bought fins there and took masks from home. Cruise food was nice but nothing amazing. The cruise employees try hard to please, but overall, it's like being in Las Vegas. If you like that, you'll love this cruise.

Maybe cruises aren't for us.

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by jewelval

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
Since I use reviews to make travel decisions, I need to get around to writing one...

We went on a 12-day Cruise on Celebrity's Solstice from Sydney to Fiji because it was a seminar cruise with someone we like.

If you love cruises, you'll probably love this one, but for those of us who don't cruise often, I want to alert others to a few big disappointments:

1. There's cigarette smoke everywhere: Blowing into our stateroom from other balconies, swirling through the wind on the 2 pool decks (1/4 of which is reserved for outside smokers), and blowing all around the outside bars.... When I asked Guest Relations if they had any non-smoking cruises we could choose from, the reply was, "This IS a non-smoking cruise!" I thought she was kidding. Granted, when we told them our room was smokey, they sent an enforcer to catch our neighbors lighting up outside, who claimed they didn't know it wasn't allowed. You'd think they would put signs in the rooms...

2. Internet service is slower than slow. And it's expensive: $300 for the cruise. What they don't tell you is that it is nearly worthless. I thought it might be slow only in our stateroom, so I walked down to the Internet Room, and did a speed test on my computer. Download speed was 0.26mbps. That's 1/4 of 1 megabite!!! Quite the ripoff.

3.Extras: Shore Excursions are very expensive and not worth it. They make up for deals on the cruise price by up-charging for everything. Drinks are $11 - $15. The special restaurant upgrades are often the same food as the regular dining room, with more doting service.

The good: New Caledonia was enchanting. Great snorkeling. We bought fins there and took masks from home. Cruise food was nice but nothing amazing. The cruise employees try hard to please, but overall, it's like being in Las Vegas. If you like that, you'll love this cruise.
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Concierge Class
Cabin C2 1059
Nice! Plenty of room. The balcony was great when we could breathe out there.
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