We are first time cruisers from Fort Lauderdale, fl and decided to try a cruise. We live so close to Port Everglades and decided it was time. We did some research and decided to try Celebrity Solstice 7 night Eastern Carribean, San Juan, St Maarten, Tortola, Labadee Haiti. The ship was well appointed, we had a balcony room on the vista deck port side toward the aft. The staff was excellant. We chose celebrity select dinning which worked out well for us. We did make a reservation each night for 6:45 which was not a problem. We had a choice of seating for two. four or six or more. The first night we chose for two and after that we chose for four or more and we met some wonderful people at dinner. The food in the main dinning room is very good!!!!
We had made reservations for specialty dinning before the cruise for Murano. It was $30.00 extra per person and we did not think it was worth it. The food was only slightly better than the main diinning room and we felt rushed. It was not the fine dinning experience to which we are accustomed.
The buffet at Ocean view had unlimited choices, but if you want a quiet breakfast you have to get there before 8:00 a.m. or suffer the feeding frenzy!!! After the first day we chose to have coffee and juice delivered to our room between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m and then we would go to the buffet and choose our breakfast items bring them back to our cabin and have a quiet breakfast on our veranda. Very pleasant!!!!
The entertainment was very good. You do have choices. The main theater had shows every night early or late. Or you can listen to different groups in various areas in the ship.
If you want a deck chair you have get to get out early to put your "stuff" out to reseve otherwise you will not have a place to sit later. Just like a resort.
It was a wonderful experience and we met some wonderful people.