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12 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

12 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Newcastle (Australia)
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Airlie Beach
  • Day 6
    Cairns
  • Day 7
    Cairns
  • Day 8
    Port Douglas, Australia
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Brisbane
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Sydney (Australia)

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

Cons

Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

Bottom Line

Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages


Cruise Reviews

9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
It is always so interesting to me how different people have such different experiences when traveling. I heard a lot of happy people and I heard a lot of whining on the ship, but I can only share my experience and we had a fantastic time ... Read More
It is always so interesting to me how different people have such different experiences when traveling. I heard a lot of happy people and I heard a lot of whining on the ship, but I can only share my experience and we had a fantastic time sailing on Solstice. When traveling my top priority is always the destinations, the scenery! Alaska did not disappoint - it was breathtaking! Cruising is a wonderful way to see it, especially the first time! I lost count of how many times I cried standing on my balcony just taking it all in! As a travel agent, I have had the great fortune of seeing many beautiful places, but Alaska is tops in my book! I feel extremely blessed to have had the chance to visit, I will definitely be back! When traveling - Service is very important. The service on Celebrity Solstice was top notch! Captain Alex and his crew were fantastic - skilled and entertaining! Our cabin steward Vicky, he was so pleasant, non-intrusive and our cabin was always tidy and a pleasure to come back to each evening. Our head waiter at Blu - Orlando was very friendly, we sampled many of the dining options throughout the ship and found all of our service to be wonderful. All of the Sommeliers were very friendly & attentive. We did the galley tour and it was fun to see behind the scenes, I am so fascinated by the amount of food service and preperation it takes on a cruise ship! Husband and I are not Spa people, at all, but decided to splurge - Roxana at the Canyon Ranch Spa was spectacular! We each went twice! From the bartenders (make sure to defintely stop at the Martini Bar!), to the shops to the Guest Services folks, the service was immpecable and very friendly everywhere we went on this ship. We are not much on joining in on group activites - but anything we did happen to catch, people seemed to really be enjoying themselves. The dancers and singers were very good. We really enjoyed Tony Tillman's Las Vegas style show. We did do several wine tastings and a cocktail making class that we really enjoyed at the Master Class Bar. We loved the White Pass Railroad in Skagway and the Enchanted Butchart Gardens Tour in Victoria BC - Kent our bus driver/guide gave great information about Victoria. We enjoyed roaming the streets in Ketchikan and Juneau, just shopping, visiting local bars & restaurants. The Food, I know I am a bit odd, but the food is never a huge priority for me when cruising, so this review won't be all that in-depth when it comes to food. We found it to be mostly good. The buffet was fine for what it is, a buffet. We very much enjoyed Blu (Aqua Class main dining retaurant), Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grill, all the food we had in these restaurants was very good. The Main Dining Room (Grand Epernay Restaurant) was good, I especially enjoy the fruit soups when cruising, so we did go to the Main Dining Room several times. Embarkation, we arrived at the ship early, probably around 10am and it was a breeeze. Our luggage was delivered just fine to our cabin, we had one small bag that did come a little later than the others, so don't panic if everything is not there at the same time. Disembarkation, we did the standard disembarktion and it went very smooth. My one suggestion, when cruising anywhere, is coming in the day before, it takes away so much stress! We took taxis from and to the airport. We stayed at the Homewood Suites on Western Ave. and took an Uber to the port, very easy and hassle free. Homewood was very nice, clean and good service. This hotel does offer a shuttle for a nominal fee to the port, evening drinks and a little food as well as breakfast was included, which was very nice before heading to the ship on embarkation day. Solstice is a beautiful ship, while she is getting a bit tired and ready for some updating & sprucing up (aren't we all?) in 2021 is the last I read, she was super clean and very well cared for by the cleaning crew. Overall this was a wonderful trip and I would go again tomorrow if I could. Thank you to everyone associated with Celebrity Solstice for providing us with a perfect, relaxing vacation! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I booked this particular ship due to the itinerary as it related to the time in port in the three Alaska ports. The hours in port were longer and or better to my liking than the other cruise lines I explored when planning this trip. Out of ... Read More
I booked this particular ship due to the itinerary as it related to the time in port in the three Alaska ports. The hours in port were longer and or better to my liking than the other cruise lines I explored when planning this trip. Out of the 5 cruises I have been on (3 Carnival, 1 Royal Caribbean, and this one on Celebrity.) This was the overall worst of the 5 cruises. The only highlights was the food inside the Blu Restaurant and our server Orlando. He was so great I wanted to adopt him and even told him as such. The food in the buffet was dreadful. It was either exceptionally old as if it was sitting there all day or was cold. The food in the buffet on the rarity we went there, even made my girlfriend very sick, sick to the point of staying in the cabin near a bathroom for the last full day of the cruise which made us miss touring Victoria until the next day when we left the ship. Thankfully we didn't have too far of drive to return home. The cabin steward we had was also excellent, and one of the shop workers onboard by the name of Alson was beyond helpful and very much appreciated. Also the spa was a nice experience. I had a pedicure and my girlfriend had a manicure. The staff in the spa were great to interact with. They knew what they were doing and were very personable. The rest of the onboard experience was very hit or miss. The entertainment was very spotty as well. They had some great moments here and there, but nothing to really be thrilled by. Every show we went to, the theater was half empty or more. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
After reading reviews of all the lines serving Alaska, I chose Celebrity because I thought it would offer great service and dining, along with enough activities to keep my 10 year old grandson engaged. I also did not want a megaship ... Read More
After reading reviews of all the lines serving Alaska, I chose Celebrity because I thought it would offer great service and dining, along with enough activities to keep my 10 year old grandson engaged. I also did not want a megaship offering too many on-board activities as I wanted him to be interested in the excursions of the port cities and not want to stay on board. I also wanted to fly in/out of Seattle and wanted four ports. Embarkation and disembarkation were both smooth. Crew members were helpful. We booked Concierge class. It would have been helpful to receive a list of perks. We did not have robes or binoculars in the room when we arrived although our wonderful steward brought them to us when asked. We also had a welcome lunch on embarkation, a concierge dedicated to just this class and a couple of special events we were invited to. When we booked, our fare was not much different than a regular balcony room but I'm not sure how much this class was actually worth. My grandson enjoyed the Fun Factory. There were many children on board as this was summer and Alaska. He particularly liked being able to check in and out on his own. He made friends to pal around with and there were many activities that engaged the tweeners. The entertainment was great. We went to both musicals as well as the magician and comedian. The only one lacking was the impressionist. We also attended talks by the naturalist and historian that were quite interesting. We also enjoyed the live music which was in many locations on the ship. As for activities, we participated in many of the nightly games. My husband loved the gym and yoga classes. I did daily line dancing and meditation. We also took a swing dance class. We did excursions in all ports. The Skagway mushers' camp was a real highlight. We also enjoyed the White Pass train, the Wildlife Safari and Beach Bonfire, and the Lumberjack Show. We were a bit disappointed with the Mendenhall Glacier and Salmon Bake as you only see the glacier at a distance. In retrospect I wish we had explored Victoria on our own. The O Canada bus tour wasn't that great and was pricey for what it was. All these tours were booked on the website or on the ship. Note that the prices increase the closer to embarkation date. We did the Mt. Roberts Tram on our own. We usually had room service breakfast as the buffet gets quite crowded. We ate at both the buffet and main dining room for dinners, preferring the main dining room. Both venues offered a lot of choices. We had one meal in the Tuscan Grille that was excellent. My grandson loved the trip and did not want to come home. We all wished we had more days. I am already planning another trip. Interesting note--Capt. Tasos announced on our last day that it was his last day on the Solstice and that he would be moving to the Equinox. He is a captain who gets involved with the passengers, playing sports and games, and making the rounds. He has a great sense of humor and added to the enjoyment of this cruise. If this cruise is representative of Celebrity I cannot recommend it enough! Read Less
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