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Old December 31st, 2007, 03:01 AM
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Hi everybody,

I am a first time cruiser and planning to go with Celebrity Solstice. Could anyone please give me some advices?

1) Is it worth to pay extra for the veranda stateroom or should I just stay with the inside room? I am worried I may not spend too much time in the room.
2) I am planning to go on 1/4/2009. Is it a good time to go?
3) How's the dinning option with celebrity cruise?
4) Should I make my reservation with a travel agent or directly with the cruise line?

Thank-you very much and I really appreciate for all your help.
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Hi everybody,

I am a first time cruiser and planning to go with Celebrity Solstice. Could anyone please give me some advices?

1) Is it worth to pay extra for the veranda stateroom or should I just stay with the inside room? I am worried I may not spend too much time in the room.
2) I am planning to go on 1/4/2009. Is it a good time to go?
3) How's the dinning option with celebrity cruise?
4) Should I make my reservation with a travel agent or directly with the cruise line?

Thank-you very much and I really appreciate for all your help.
1) Could be worth it - but get a cabin in the middle of the ship no matter what type. If this is a first cruise of any type - go inside. You will try to do everything on the program and may be too busy to enjoy the veranda on the outside cabin.
2) Early January is not bad. I prefer February to mid March.
3) Dinig room is very good with Celebrity. They will have specialty resturants on the ship you may want to try out. This is an additional charge per person. If you see postings from other Celebrity ships specialty resturants they are very favorable. If the budget is tight this time - don't bother.
4) Use an agent. They can help get some extras and watch for price reductions the line - direct booked does not. Everyone here has a favorite agent they use - me included.
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We actually have a CruiseMates group cruise going on the Solstice the following week, Jan. 11/09.

If that date works you for you I highly recommend doing one of our group cruise. Aside from enjoying the ship, you get to know some of your fellow passenges in advance with message board and chats devoted to the cruise, and once onboard we plan a number of social activities, as well as members of the group dining together.

Here's a link to the info about that cruise.....
http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...solstice09.cfm
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Default Thank-you very much.

Thanks for all the information and I really appreciate it.
Also, I will definitely consider the CruiseMates group cruise. It sounds very nice.
Thank-you.
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Cokwanwo,
If you can manage to go with Kuki/Cruisemates I would book it. I have sailed with Kuki and a few other cruisemates and it is nice to have 'contacts' (for lack of a better word). We booked the Solstice in Dec. because of work restrictions - I am not able to go on vacation from Jan. to the beg. of June, otherwise I would also be going on the cruisemates/Solstice trip.

First cruise, mid-ship stateroom is the way to go.

Cabin; I need the blinds and curtains open during the day in my house, need to see out the window at the office, sleep with the window open in winter....etc. So we will not book an inside room. Just our preference. We would do an oceanview if we had to.

Once you cruise you will be hooked.
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Default Still debating on which carbin I should pick.

I am still debating on which carbin I should pick. Both inside and veranda staterooms sound good to me. I think no matter which one I pick I will still enjoy the new ship very much.
Again, thanks for all the ideas.
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The nice thing about a balcony is just being able to walk outside and sit and watch the sea, read, have a drink or just relax...BUT, that said, whatever cabin gets you on the ship is a good thing...I will be on the Solstice Cruisemates cruise, and I would encourage you to join the gang:)
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Thanks for all the information and I will try to join the group. Looking forward to it.
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ok, now I want to go on the Soltice too!

Just need to decide when...
Kuki and Mary..even Frank wants to go as well. YEHHH

Curious about the aqua class. Any new info on it yet?
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Daphna!

YES do, book the Solstice.! We would love to have you guys on the trip with us. (Pretty please??)


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Hi,

I'm envious, as Celebrity is my favorite line aside from HAL (Holland-America). Veranda vs inside: this depends entirely on the amount of time you intend to spend/entertain in your stateroom and your itinerary. I'm guessing that you might be going into the Med; if this is the case and you can afford Veranda...go for it! Dining options on this particular ship (Google: Soltice cruises or Celebrity Soltice for more info) are 10 or more in number. One in particular on Soltice worth visiting is Murano. (Murano is on Celebrity's Century which I've sailed thrice!) Excellent food, excellent service. Book these specialty restaurants either online, if possible, or as soon as you embark Soltice. Travel agents vs. cruise line: doesn't matter as the price you pay and guaranty will be identical and safe. Put all charges on a major credit card always. If you have health issues and/or just want "peace of mind", strongly consider purchasing health/travel interruption insurance. I don't leave home without it and I'm in excellent health. Dennis
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We love Celebrity!
We were on the New Years 07 with the Cruise Mates.
What a fun time.
I would defetently go for the Varanda cabin. Our first cruise was an inside and boy did I hate the dark. Also smaller and claustrophic.
The open space is really nice to sit and drink your coffee or cocktail. Watch aa the ship slips out of port,or see the ports come into view.
Well worth the price.
We are booked for the Solstice and the next CM cruise in Jan 09.
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Hi everybody,

I am a first time cruiser and planning to go with Celebrity Solstice. Could anyone please give me some advices?

1) Is it worth to pay extra for the veranda stateroom or should I just stay with the inside room? I am worried I may not spend too much time in the room.
2) I am planning to go on 1/4/2009. Is it a good time to go?
3) How's the dinning option with celebrity cruise?
4) Should I make my reservation with a travel agent or directly with the cruise line?

Thank-you very much and I really appreciate for all your help.
You've probably picked a wonderful ship; I've sailed with different Celebrity ships several times and their service & food is excellent. A veranda stateroom is great, depending upon ports and countries visited; it's also nice if you have or will make plans to entertain in your stateroom. You can safely make your booking with either your travel agent or the line directly. I believe this Celebrity ship does her inaugural in Dec. 2008; she is the largest ship of this fleet to date. Like other lines, Celebrity has two restaurant (main) seating times: early and late. And, she will have other---alternate---dining options as well. I prefer the late dining room seating only because I don't want to be rushed for time after long day of off-ship excursion activity. I am envious of your choice in cruise lines and this particular ship. Google: celebritycruise.com for more info.

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the CM cruise in Jan 09 is sold out. I called Nancy B. ( the agent handling this cruise) she could not get any more cabins. There are other catagories available on the Solstice, but non for the CM group.
You can still sail with us.
Look for the posting that Kuki has the address on this message board.
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Personally, I prefer to use a travel agent that specializes in cruising. They
usually have taken quite a few and personal recommendations are always
the best. Also, depending on the amount of business these TA do with
the cruise lines - groups and reserved allotments - can make a big difference in the price you pay not to mention some"perks" like coupon
books and prepaid tipping. I can't speak for your budget but if you can
- by all means - book a balcony cabin - they are sooooo wonderful. Sure
they are a bit more $$$ but it adds so much to the overall space of your
cabin not to mention how very nice and relazing sitting out there in the
am having your morning coffee or relaxing in the afternoon away from
the hustle and bustle. The Aqua Spa is absolutely wonderful, as well.
Personally, I need at least a window to look out of and enjoy coming into
and leaving the different ports. Bon Voyage and you'll have a great time
- just keep an open mind and a sense of humor.
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We are booked on the Solstice for Jan 4, 2009.
She looks mahvelous!! This will be my 25th cruise,
3rd on Celebrity.
For years I have been wanting to come back to Celebrity.
Most have been Royal Caribbean.

The price for an inside was about 1067 p/p, kind of expensive, but
it IS a brand new ship.
We got a balcony cabin for 1177 p/p.
Concierge class was about 1400 p/p.

It was a no brainer.!
can't wait!
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We are also planning to travel on May 4th, 2009. We are booking today with a travel agent. I usually do a lot of research and find the best price. I then check with our local travel agent at cruiseone and see if they can match the internet price. We don't spend any time in our room and get an inside cabin.
There are four couples going on this cruise. We are all retired and in our late 50's or early 60's. Next we will research the best way to get from airport to Rome hotel since we will spend the night in Rome on the 3rd. We will also start researching shore excursions. The ship lists several excursions but we have found we can see more and get a better price if we book independently.
Let me know if you need more information. The boards have been very helpful to me in the past.
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We booked a concierge class cabin on the Solstice for april 09. My wife and will be celebrating our anniversary, so we will spend some time in our cabin. I enjoy having breakfast on the veranda as well as having a night cap in the evening while taking in the sound of the ocean.

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Had my TA (Cruiseplanner,NC) check out the Solstice Aqua Class - the
cost is at least $ 300/400 more pp than even the Conciege Class. To
have exclusive use of the Aqua Cafe and first dibs at treatments does
not warrant that type of extra $$$ in my opinion. As the Thallossomy
Pool is still available to ALL (no additional cost like on HAL) - I would be
perfectly happy NOT buying the Aqua Class cabins. Also, when I viewed
the deck plans - the cabins seemed really cramped and squeezed in all
on one deck. Rather spend the extra money on shopping and shore trips.
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Had my TA (Cruiseplanner,NC) check out the Solstice Aqua Class - the
cost is at least $ 300/400 more pp than even the Conciege Class. To
have exclusive use of the Aqua Cafe and first dibs at treatments does
not warrant that type of extra $$$ in my opinion. As the Thallossomy
Pool is still available to ALL (no additional cost like on HAL) - I would be
perfectly happy NOT buying the Aqua Class cabins. Also, when I viewed
the deck plans - the cabins seemed really cramped and squeezed in all
on one deck. Rather spend the extra money on shopping and shore trips.
Aqua class does not have exclusive use of the Aqua Cafe, they have their own dining room - Blu - and will not be assigned to the main dining room.
Also, the solarium pool is described as a lap pool. They have not announced a T-pool.
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The Solstice class will have many dining areas - nobody knows for sure which ones will have a fee. Aqua Class will be assigned to Blu while all other cabin categories will be assigned to the main dining room. From the descriptions of the restaurant, it did not appear as the two will have the same menu. Since there are so many different venues, other passengers can dine in Blu on a space available basis. I would think that Aqua Class would be able to dine in the main dining room on a space available basis. I know that both times we were booking our cruises (Solstice & Equinox), the reps that were expaining the differences between the cabin categories made sure to mention that if we were traveling with others and wanted to dine together, if one of us chose Aqua Class, all would have to.
Perhaps as we get closer to the December sail date, full details about this class ship will be announced. Maybe they are waiting for the Summer Sostice to announce the final plans.
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