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Old January 27th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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I just got back off of her two days ago and although I found her quite beautiful and a great cruise I found a few negatives.

1. No dinner trays in the Oceanview Cafe, I mean really what gives with this. I complained and was told I wasn't the first and this may be changed. Here was my typical morning breakfast, my rolled up napkin and silverware under my arm, breakfast plate in one hand and coffee or juice in the other, I mean really, this is ridiculous!

2. How could Celebrity build such a beautiful magnificent ship and put in only 2 elevator banks in the front and middle of the ship. Most ships I have been on have three elevator banks fore, aft, and center and this one had 2. We stayed on deck 3 (oceanview) and nearly everytime we used the elevator to go to the pool deck or the Oceanview Cafe we stopped on every floor! Ridiculous design and now can't be changed!

3. Those ridiculous shades around the main pool along with the water jets there as well. People were litterally jockying for position in the sun as those shades constantly shaded too much of the deck and the water jets/fountain took up too much space. The solarium is there if you want out of the shade so take the shades down as it shades the sun too much from a much too small area already.

4. The lawn was a waste, most was blocked off while we were there, take it out and put another pool in so folks can have some much needed sunny area for enjoyment.

As I said all in all a great cruise and a great ship but these things were negative and my views were shared by many others besides me!

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How was the food? This is the reason I won't cruise Celebrity again. The food was awful on my 12 day Alaskan cruise.
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How was the food? This is the reason I won't cruise Celebrity again. The food was awful on my 12 day Alaskan cruise.
The food was absolutely fantastic, especially the hand dipped ice cream in the Ocean View Cafe for no additional cost which you do pay extra for on Royal Caribbean, I had it everyday!!!!
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I certainly am looking forward to sail on Solstice.

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sail now, and at rock bottom prices. rccl is greatly overextended and losing money at a bleeding pace. the oasis is just the evidence of demise.
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Bill, your post worried me, as I am about to book
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Bill, your post worried me, as I am about to book
Not to worry David I would most definitely cruise this ship again. I believe they will probably add trays to the Oceanview Cafe based on their conversations to me while onboard. As to the shaded area around the pool and the elevators they are just a minor inconvenience.

All in all the ship was great and the food to me was fantastic!
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I made my final payment for the april 12 cruise.

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I thank you,,,but if its not up to scratch, then I expect you to fully and personally refund me
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I still have towait 2 months before I cruise on the Solstice.

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I thank you,,,but if its not up to scratch, then I expect you to fully and personally refund me
Done, every penny you have paid me!
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No trays on HAL, either. Makes it clumsy.
I never understood the lawn on Solstice. If I want to look at a lawn, I can stay home.
Thanks for the info.
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with all due respect, i have never, never been on a HAL ship in which there were not trays in the buffets!!!!! my most recent of 20 HAL cruises was over thanksgiving on the maasdam. they always have attendants giving trays with silverware, napkins, and dishes to passengers at the start of the serving line. even if you want to 'cut' to a particular station, just pick up a tray at the beginning of the serving line. if you go directly to the omlet station, for example, yes, there won't be trays there. please don't include HAL in this oversight. and, no i don't work for hal.
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No trays on HAL, either. Makes it clumsy.
I never understood the lawn on Solstice. If I want to look at a lawn, I can stay home.
Thanks for the info.
I will judge for myself in less than 2 months. To me a lawn or anything else would look better at sea.

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