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We are Platinum level Princess cruisers, but we did not decide to make our third trip to Alaska until late in the spring and Princess was sold out so we decided to try Celebrity. We were quite pleased with the Celebrity Concierge level cruise. The Solstice is a nice ship in excellent condition. Lots of public space to relax and never seemed crowded at all; I think because most of the staterooms are balcony rooms and fewer inside staterooms. Our stateroom was a nice size and bathroom and shower were larger than Princess which is a good feature. All staff were friendly and accommodating. Ocean View buffet station set up is better than Princess buffet set up. However, the main dining room is not as nice as Princess. Service in the main dining area is rushed and they just want you in and out, whereas Princess takes their time and seems more like a premium restaurant. Also the Solstice main dining room looks more like a banquet hall, while Princess main dining looks more like a nice restaurant. The food quality was good. We ate one night in the premium French restaurant Murano and it was excellent. Highly recommended! We also ate one night in the premium restaurant Tuscany. It was very poor. We actually had to send our main course back as it was not edible. Maitre D was snippy about it, so I would avoid Tuscany, especially since there is an extra charge. Others have commented that the Celebrity website is weak and I would agree it needs serious work. Very easy embark and disembark in Seattle. Alaska is amazing and should be on every cruisers must do list. We have gone 3 times and will probably go again. Try to go in the middle of July when the weather is nicer.

Alaska, July 15

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by johns57

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
We are Platinum level Princess cruisers, but we did not decide to make our third trip to Alaska until late in the spring and Princess was sold out so we decided to try Celebrity. We were quite pleased with the Celebrity Concierge level cruise.

The Solstice is a nice ship in excellent condition. Lots of public space to relax and never seemed crowded at all; I think because most of the staterooms are balcony rooms and fewer inside staterooms. Our stateroom was a nice size and bathroom and shower were larger than Princess which is a good feature. All staff were friendly and accommodating.

Ocean View buffet station set up is better than Princess buffet set up. However, the main dining room is not as nice as Princess. Service in the main dining area is rushed and they just want you in and out, whereas Princess takes their time and seems more like a premium restaurant. Also the Solstice main dining room looks more like a banquet hall, while Princess main dining looks more like a nice restaurant. The food quality was good.

We ate one night in the premium French restaurant Murano and it was excellent. Highly recommended!

We also ate one night in the premium restaurant Tuscany. It was very poor. We actually had to send our main course back as it was not edible. Maitre D was snippy about it, so I would avoid Tuscany, especially since there is an extra charge.

Others have commented that the Celebrity website is weak and I would agree it needs serious work.

Very easy embark and disembark in Seattle.

Alaska is amazing and should be on every cruisers must do list. We have gone 3 times and will probably go again. Try to go in the middle of July when the weather is nicer.
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Concierge Class
Cabin C2 1091
Nice sized bathroom and shower.
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