Author: Joan Waters
My sister and I sailed on the Celebrity Solstice on 11th October, 2011 on a 12 night Mediterranean Greek Isles Cruise. We sailed out of Barcelona and our ports of call included Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Athens (Piraues), Mykanos, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Santorini and Valletta. We had booked a Concierge C1 Cabin at the aft of the ship and from our balcony we enjoyed the most marvellous sunset as we left Barcelona, sipping our complimentary sparkling wine and enjoying our canapes. Our cabin could not be faulted and we had adequate storage space for our belongings. The bathroom was excellent with a powerful shower and complimentary bath robes. The towels and sheets were of an excellent quality. On our first night we dined in the specialist restaurant MURANO'S and had a superb meal, much of which was finished in its preparation at the table. We had excellent attention from all of the restaurant staff and would highly recommend this dining experience. The main dining room served a wide variety of food with some popular dishes available every evening. We chose the Select Dining option and, despite the fact that the ship was full, we never had to wait long for a table. The breakfast and lunch time buffets in The Oceanview were of a very high quality. There was certainly something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the stir fry dishes prepared from my selection of ingredients, and the delicious ice creams. We had booked all of our excursions in advance, taking advantage of small group tours, which we prefer. We made some good friends this way! The shows in the evening were very entertaining and enjoyable, as too, were the cookery demonstrations during the day and the Hot Glass Show. One of the highlights for my sister was when she was chosen as the assistant chef to the ship's chef in a Celebrity Cooking Competition held in the theatre. We had a wonderful holiday and visited some interesting places, some for the first time. Our favourite was the beautiful island of Santorini seen at its best in lovely sunshine. The heavy rain in Naples and Athens was perhaps the only disappointing aspect of the holiday because everything else was perfect. We have sailed to Alaska with Celebrity before and Celebrity will be our first choice for any future cruises. Thank you to Iglu Cruise for offering us a fantastic rate for a top holiday!