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Next winter we will be do 3 back to back cruises on this ship and would like to know as much as possible about the Solstice. So if you can tell me about dining room dress; self serve laundry; entertainment (theater shows)....anything at all, I would appreciate knowing.
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Next winter we will be do 3 back to back cruises on this ship and would like to know as much as possible about the Solstice. So if you can tell me about dining room dress; self serve laundry; entertainment (theater shows)....anything at all, I would appreciate knowing.

Below is a link with lots of info, the dress code is included. In the evening Celebrity has two dress codes, formal and smart casual. If you are on a 7 night cruise there will be two formal and 5 smart casual nights. All the specialty restaurants including Blu are smart casual every night. The formal dress code only applies to the Main Dining Room on formal nights, no where else on the ship. Any particular questions ask away. Scroll down the link for info.


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Celebrity does not have any self service laundries fleetwide. They also do not have ironing rooms. Irons and Steamers are prohibited and will be confiscated if seen to be returned at the end of the cruise. The steward will not loan you an iron. Basically you have to use Celebrity's laundry service. Prices are in the link I provided just scroll down.


Entertainment does change, hard to tell what will be there next year. They generally have a couple of production shows and other entertainers like comedians, jugglers, magicians, etc. Also have entertainment around the ship in lounges.


I am on Solstice in August, great ship.


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We just sailed Honolulu to Vancouver on Solstice. She's our new favourite ship, absolutely beautiful.
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While we've not yet been on the Solstice, we have been on its sister ship, the Eclipse. And out of 47 cruises, I'm here to say it was absolutely the best out of all the major cruise lines we've been on. If I were doing 3 B2B cruises, this is definitely the one I'd select. Ship is beautiful, staff is wonderful, and the food is excellent.

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I think I have been on all five - Solstice is a beautiful ship. Must try Qsine and the creperie. I am sure you have it figures out in no time, its a very easy ship to navigate.

Its a pretty big risk to book 3 B2B cruises an a new ship - but I think you will really enjoy it.
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We just sailed Honolulu to Vancouver on Solstice. She's our new favourite ship, absolutely beautiful.
My wife and I will be sailing from Honolulu to Vancouver on the Solstice in April. I have a few Questions if you dont mind?What time can you board the ship when it docks in Honolulu? I take it you can come and go as you please all night long?Do the tenders run all night at Mauai?We are pretty excited already we will arive in Honolulu two days before the ship that will give us four days in Honolulu.We also have a couple excursions planned already.One is a jetski trip out of Honolulu.The other is a sunset cruise from Mauai on a catermeran(spelling)Then we will spend two days in Vancuver before flying home.Thanks for your time have a nice evening
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My wife and I will be sailing from Honolulu to Vancouver on the Solstice in April. I have a few Questions if you dont mind?What time can you board the ship when it docks in Honolulu? I take it you can come and go as you please all night long?Do the tenders run all night at Mauai?We are pretty excited already we will arive in Honolulu two days before the ship that will give us four days in Honolulu.We also have a couple excursions planned already.One is a jetski trip out of Honolulu.The other is a sunset cruise from Mauai on a catermeran(spelling)Then we will spend two days in Vancuver before flying home.Thanks for your time have a nice evening
That's right, I promised you details. Sorry, I forgot. We left our hotel in Honolulu about 11:00 and were probably checked in and onboard before 12. Cabins weren't available until 1:30 so we went straight to Bistro on 5 for lunch (which was very good). I wrote a full review..I'll copy and paste it here for you. We didn't overnight in Maui so I can't comment on the tender situation. Yes, you could come and go as you pleased in Honolulu.
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My Review:

We arrived in Honolulu 4 days early and stayed at the Ilikai which we’ve stayed at several times in the past. Quick cab ride to the port. Check in was very easy at 11:30. Lots of lines open and we made it onboard pretty quick. Thanks to Cruise Critic I knew to head to Bistro on Five for lunch... Fantastic option! Thanks for that advice. Well worth the $5 each. It also gave us an early opportunity to check out the Premium Drink Package…More on that later! Rooms were ready by 1:30 and we made our way to deck 8. We had 8256, third cabin on the hump.

CABIN
Couldn’t have asked for a more central location. Cabin was great, especially the bathroom. So nice to not have to deal with a shower curtain. Lots of storage everywhere in the cabin. Balcony was nice and large. Cabin steward was nice, but very quiet so we didn’t get a chance to interact that much but she seemed efficient enough.

FOOD:
10 night cruise, we dined in the MDR 3x, Oceanview Café 2x, Tuscan Grille 2x, Murano 1x, Bistro on Five 1x, Room Service 1x. Our first venture into the MDR was the second night of the cruise, the first formal night. To be honest, we weren’t that impressed. It seemed very rushed service and the food was ok. I’m putting that down to perhaps we just ordered wrong as the other two trips to the MDR were very good. We had Select Dining and didn’t have an issue getting a table for two. The last night of the cruise we had about a 20 minute wait for a table.

Tuscan Grille:
We ate here twice, once the first night of the cruise and the second time on my Birthday. Both were outstanding and well worth the upcharge. Service was fantastic as well as the food. Wine/Drink service was very prompt.

Murano:
Another WOW...perhaps more so than Tuscan. We had a dinner and a lunch at Murano and both times rolled out stuffed. Again, nothing but impeccable food and service. Lunch at $25 is a bargain in Murano.

Buffet:
Surprisingly good. I only say surprisingly as my last cruise was on Millennium and the evening offerings were pretty sparse. Never had a problem getting a seat.




SHIP:
In a word…Stunning…simply stunning. So modern and light. Absolutely loved the atrium and how open it is. There were no issues with loud music in any venue. Quick elevators and being by the hump is so convenient.

Martini Bar: Our second home apparently. Had a blast in the martini bar. The staff were beyond fantastic. We were there every day…thank you Premium Package 

Molecular Bar: So Cool! We missed it the first couple of days but once we found it we took full advantage. Imagine a couple of nutty professors mixing your drinks. We tried A LOT and they were all good. Personal favourite of mine was the Dragonfly.

Solarium:
Beautiful and a great place to hang out. We had 5 port days followed by 5 sea days. I’d say sea day 4 & 5 were very busy in there but it was pretty easy to get seats in there any other day. Lovely and tranquil with very comfortable lounge chairs.

Main Pool:
Needs a paint job, badly. This was the only area I noticed that felt a bit run down. Lots of chairs available, chair hogs didn’t seem too bad. Bar service was hit and miss but really, it’s not that far of a walk.

Mast Grill
Good burgers & fries. Not much of a wait.

Other Areas:
We walked through lots of bars/lounges but never really stopped, Cellar Masters looked empty all the time so I think it’s great they’re converting it to a gastro pub. The observation lounge looked great but we only strolled through there when they were closed on embarkation day. We had a tendency to stick to the M Bars...Molecular and Martini 

Shows:
Didn’t go to any – sorry. We did attend a Sushi Demo in Silk Harvest which was pretty good.

Casino:
Hot and cold - it was good to me on the first sea day ($380 playing 25 cents) but then went very cold for the rest of the trip. I was able to save some of my winnings and not donate it all back. Drink service in the casino seemed non-existent but the bar is right there if you want something. Casino was never that busy and boy is the no smoking great.

PORTS:

We visit Hawaii quite a bit so forgive me in that we didn’t do too much exciting.

Honolulu – we were there 4 days ahead of time and go sometimes twice a year (and we’re back in December) so we just hung out on the beach or by the pool relaxing. From the ship I walked down to Ward Centre for a bit of retail therapy. If it’s your first trip to Honolulu please take in some of the sites.
Maui (Tender) – we were married on Maui so it’s always lovely to return. This trip we just hung out in Lahaini, walked up and down Front Street. We’d debated taking the bus to Whalers Village but decided to pass. We had a fantastic lunch at Kimos on the main drag. Very good food! Try the coconut shrimp.

Hilo – we originally had a car reserved for Hilo as we wanted to take in some of the waterfalls but close to sail date we found out that because we’d booked with an AMEX agent, this was a Mariner cruise and they would have a rep onboard and would be hosting a shore excursion to the waterfalls. Deal! We cancelled the car. OMG did it ever rain. We’re from Vancouver, we know rain…this was crazy. And of course to see waterfalls usually involves a hike. Some people didn’t want to get off the bus but what the heck. The area of Akara falls was beautiful (when the rain slowed to see it) and I would definitely recommend heading out there if you’ve already been to VNP. Boy we were wet! We then headed to Big Island Candies which was a great surprise. Didn’t even know this place existed. Great chocolate, nuts, shortbread etc. Brought lots home.

Kona (Tender) – Dolphin Alert! We had to cut the motor on the tender because we were surrounded by Dolphins. Very Cool! Nice little town – very laid back. We tendered and then just hung out. We walked to the right on the main drag and on the left hand side there’s a little swap meet. Then if you cross the road there’s a nice little shopping area. We spent the morning in that area then made our way back to the main area, went up the hill and went to Kona Brewing Company for a great lunch.



GRIPES:
I don’t have many, we had a really good time and found the staff overall to be excellent and very friendly. I was annoyed one day sitting on our balcony reading and a torrent of water came down. The cabin steward above decided to take a hose to the glass above us…absolutely soaked the last two feet of our deck and missed me by mere inches. We really missed the laundry rooms on Princess. We didn’t need any laundry done but DH sent two shirts out to be pressed as soon as we boarded. They didn’t come back in time for formal night the next day so he ended up wearing a black golf shirt under his jacket. It’s so much easier to run down the hall and iron the bumps out yourself.

That’s about it. We now have a new favourite ship and we booked onboard to enjoy one of her sisters next year.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. BernieG I enjoyed your review......thanks.
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I think I have been on all five - Solstice is a beautiful ship. Must try Qsine and the creperie. I am sure you have it figures out in no time, its a very easy ship to navigate.

Its a pretty big risk to book 3 B2B cruises an a new ship - but I think you will really enjoy it.

Its tough when you have been on all five ships remembering everything but Qsine is not on Solstice, they have Silk Harvest. Qsine is on Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection. Agree about the Creperie, Bistro on Five, great meals and excellent desserts. Price was just increased in $7.00.


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I thought they went back and put Qsine on all five ships but you are right. It also does not have the Lawn Club Grill which is a really fun & delicious dining experience you find on the newer ships.

I am sure they will put Qsine on Solstice in dry dock someday. They consider the restaurant to be one of their hallmark achievements. It is fun but I don't "love it"

What they have is a huge menu of really "fun" items, but each serving is big enough for the whole table - so you can't really try a lot of things, it's too much food. At my table everyone picked one item, so I picked something I liked but the other three picked things I would not have picked (cheeseburger sliders - no thanks, not for dinner). So, we ordered extra things, and a lot of food went to waste.
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Thanks BernieG for the review.Now we are even more excited then ever
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