Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carribbean Cruise - Celebrity Solstice

We flew to Fort Lauderdale, Florida from the San Francisco airport and arrived late that evening and spent the night there.  We checked out of the hotel before noon and hired a shuttle van to take us to the port in Florida.
Night View of the Ship

Day 1 -Check in with Celebrity Solstice

We were on the ship by 12:30pm. and had lunch at the Oceanview Cafe where they always have buffer service 24 hours a day.  It had a casual chic atmosphere of the European marketplace and offered extensive menus of international food here. The buffet always came with a variety of gourmet salad, soup,hot food, fruit and desserts.

Oceanview Cafe
I only took a couple of pictures of  what I had on my plate at Breakfast buffet: Muesli (left), different kinds of egg benedicts (bottom):
Variety of Desserts:
Tea time snacks in the afternoon
The ship left the port at 4:30pm local time.  We were signed up for late seating for dinner at 8:30pm every night, because we knew there would be so much food to eat on the ship that we would not get hungry until then.  After we settled down inside our cabin, we headed up to the Grand Epernay Restaurant on deck 3 for our first sit-down dinner.  We were assigned to sit at the same table for dinner every evening.

Our room - Stateroom Balcony

Dining room - Grand Epernay

We then went to the Solstice Theatre to watch our nightly 1 hour live musical show afterward.
Solstice Theatre
Day 2 -  At sea

On  days we were not docking at any port, we usually had our breakfast buffet at the Oceanview Cafe, and sit-down lunch and dinner served by the waiters at Grand Epernay Restaurant.  There were many activities on the cruise ship, such as a cooking show, art auction, crafts, healthy and skins care seminars, classes for taking pictures, golf, exercise programs, glass show, shopping at the boutiques shop ,late night comedy show or a movie to go to.  There was a casino you could go to and dancing clubs at night at different lounges in the late evening. The ship was so big that the elevator could go up to deck 14 where the Sky lounge and Oceanview buffet were located. It's amazing that we didn't even feel we were on the ship but in a glamorous hotel. 
 All kinds of live music could be heard outside every cafe or restaurant
 Cooking show - how to decorate a cake!
Cooking competition
 Blow glass show
 Finishes product - Turtle from an eggshell

The formal evening was set on day 2 where the captain welcomed everybody on board with free champagne at the theatre before the show began. All the guests and cruise members were in their formal wears. They had professional photographers to take pictures on these formal nights. The food there was just amazing. Here are some of the food we ordered from the menu at Grand Epernay Restaurant:

White Fish
Rack of  Lamb
Stuffed Guail
Cheese Cake

1 comment:

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