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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Only complaint is we had to get off!

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Gunda A

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

This is the second time we have travelled on Celebrity Solstice, and again, we had a faultless experience.

We travelled with another couple, so we experienced both the suite and a balcony cabin.


The balcony cabin was big enough, with enough storage space for everything, the bathroom was compact but storage space was good. Everything in the cabin was pristinely clean and well maintained.

The suite was excellent, spacious, well maintained and better than the suites we stayed in on 2 other cruise lines last year.


We could not fault any of the food, we ate in the buffet and found there to be an excellent selection of various cuisines. We went there a few times as there was a great variety, and we enjoyed everything we ate.

Breakfast can be very busy, also lunch, choose your times and there won't be an issue. Again, compared to the other 2 cruise lines we travelled with last year there was no comparison, the other cruise line buffets we ate at were dreadful and we simply couldn't eat there. Interesting to read other reviews where people complain of the food on the Solstice, not sure if they were even on the same ship.

Sushi on five was great, we tried a lot of things on the menu and really enjoyed everything we ate. The ramen noodles were the only thing that we found not to be outstanding, however the broth was delicious.

Murano is our favourite, and we went there twice, the food is excellent, the ambience and the wait staff there are also excellent.

Petit Chef is a new concept which you really have to experience to understand it. It is a set menu with the whole table being animated, and an interactive dinner experience. We all loved it and were pleased we went. Food was also excellent.


Everyone on board was fantastic, nothing was a problem and everyone we encountered was professional, friendly and efficient.

Shore excursions:

We did our own thing; however, the tendering was extremely efficient and again we were very impressed.

The ship:

Beautifully maintained, everything is kept looking good, we were surprised as other reviews differed in this respect. Not sure what people are expecting, but we found it excellent. Our friends had not been on a cruise before and loved everything about the ship, service, food etc. We were discussing on our last night what faults we could find, and there were none.

There are loads of places to hang out, we spent a lot of our time on the lawn club. Yes, this is real grass on the top deck, lovely to sit on, watch movies, have a drink and just relax.

The shows we went to were great, the comedian, the illusionist and the show on the last night was fantastic.

This is a well-oiled machine, and anyone with complaints I would seriously wonder what the issue is. We did meet one guy on the cruise who didn't enjoy it, because another passenger didn't greet him in the lift. Wondering if people bring their own issues with them and take it out on the cruise line. Comparing the experience we had with some of the reviews, doesn't corelate at all.

As previous, we travelled with 2 other cruise lines last year, been on 3 Celebrity cruises, and would not cruise again with anyone else, as nothing is comparable. The food, the suites, the service, everything is outstanding with Celebrity and the Solstice is a beautiful ship.

So will we go again? Absolutely!

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Mystery Island

Stunning Island, snorkelling, swimming. Get there early and hire a cabana in the shade.

Port Vila

Didi our own tour here, Blue lagoon was very touristy and wouldnt recommend it. Try and go to a remote part of the Island if you can. Waterfalls are well worth a visit.


Beautiful Beach, there is a shuttle to ferry you back and forth from the ship.

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