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This was our first time on Celebrity, we are RCCL people, which own celebrity. Embarkation was OK no issue at all, the ship looked good but you can see some areas are tired and in need of some work but that is not a big issue. From the minute we got on board we were endlessly pounded with first, drinks packages, then were ever we went it was specialty restaurants. I felt they were hiding at every corner, breakfast , lunch before entering dining room and leaving dining room , it just never stopped. Then when going to the gym you had to run the gauntlet of massages etc etc. I want to pass on a tip, you can offer specialty restaurants but when you ask around $40-$50 US, then the food needs to be rather special and sorry, it was not. Drinks on all cruise lines are out of control and crazy expensive, $6US for a ordinary coffee UP to $15 US for a cocktail and $11-15 US for wine really is too much. which includes an 18% gratuity .For us poor Aussies add at least 25%+ to get Aussie pricing We booked a concierge cabin and we thought it was good value with the extras you got. Our cabin was a bit smaller than we were used to, with not as much storage space but a slightly larger bathroom I thought the service on the ship was great however for some reason, the staff do not appear happy. The food in the dining room was mostly good although became repetitive. I thought the Buffet selection was ordinary and not a great variety. Entertainment was generally Ok, I have a thought, do not expect good entertainment and if you get it then it is a great bonus. I was happy with most of the entertainment I did notice there were a lot of bars on board but not much to do like, mini golf etc. If you did not follow the daily activities then there was not much else. The top deck was covered in lawn which was different but frankly, useless and the glass blowing for me was a little boring. The adds say Premium cruising and I did expect to get the wow factor but generally speaking it was very little difference to any other of the 300 nights I have been on ships Cruising has become like " lamb to the slaughter", they just try and extract every dollar possible. I would not personally, go on Celebrity again and I hope other cruise lines are not pounding you with upselling otherwise I will stop going.

Tired Of The Endless Up Selling

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by downunder9

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Trip Details
This was our first time on Celebrity, we are RCCL people, which own celebrity.

Embarkation was OK no issue at all, the ship looked good but you can see some areas are tired and in need of some work but that is not a big issue.

From the minute we got on board we were endlessly pounded with first, drinks packages, then were ever we went it was specialty restaurants.

I felt they were hiding at every corner, breakfast , lunch before entering dining room and leaving dining room , it just never stopped. Then when going to the gym you had to run the gauntlet of massages etc etc.

I want to pass on a tip, you can offer specialty restaurants but when you ask around $40-$50 US, then the food needs to be rather special and sorry, it was not.

Drinks on all cruise lines are out of control and crazy expensive, $6US for a ordinary coffee

UP to $15 US for a cocktail and $11-15 US for wine really is too much. which includes an 18% gratuity .For us poor Aussies add at least 25%+ to get Aussie pricing

We booked a concierge cabin and we thought it was good value with the extras you got.

Our cabin was a bit smaller than we were used to, with not as much storage space but a slightly larger bathroom

I thought the service on the ship was great however for some reason, the staff do not appear happy.

The food in the dining room was mostly good although became repetitive.

I thought the Buffet selection was ordinary and not a great variety.

Entertainment was generally Ok, I have a thought, do not expect good entertainment and if you get it then it is a great bonus. I was happy with most of the entertainment

I did notice there were a lot of bars on board but not much to do like, mini golf etc.

If you did not follow the daily activities then there was not much else.

The top deck was covered in lawn which was different but frankly, useless and the glass blowing for me was a little boring.

The adds say Premium cruising and I did expect to get the wow factor but generally speaking it was very little difference to any other of the 300 nights I have been on ships

Cruising has become like " lamb to the slaughter", they just try and extract every dollar possible.

I would not personally, go on Celebrity again and I hope other cruise lines are not pounding you with upselling otherwise I will stop going.
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Concierge Class
Cabin C2 1080
The cabin was a little smaller than we were used to but the bathroom was a bit bigger
Hanging space was a bit limited, Tv was good and we got some little extras like binoculars in the room
The bed was comfortable
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