This was our 2nd Celebrity cruise, 1st one was on the Millennium to the Eastern Caribbean in 2010.
We have also sailed on Princess, Carnival and NCL.
We are both in our 70's and love to travel far and wide. We flew from LAX with Virgin Australia to Cairns via Sydney for a week stay. Busy busy during the week with our visits to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforests, sightseeing travels north up the coast, Crocodile adventures and last but not least a Koala Cuddle at the Cairns Tropical Zoo.
We flew back to Sydney for a night stay before boarding the Solstice on November 4, 2013. Spent our night at the Meriton Serviced Apartments "World Tower" on the 76th floor, with a view of Darling Harbor. WOW, two solid glass walls of 180 degree VIEW. Very difficult to sleep that evening, you didn't want to miss a thing, day or night.
We joined the ship the next morning and hustled out for some sightseeing. We were docked with beautiful views of the Opera House, water taxi and ferries activity and the beaufiful Sydney skyline. The ship did not depart until the next afternoon. Very nice to run back on board and have a quick bite and glass of wine (123 Go promotion :) ) and then take in some more sites.
Our first Meet and Great with fellow Cruise Critic roll call members was at the sailaway from Sydney. Over 100 members were signed up. Celebrity hosted a morning Meet and Mingle for all the membes with the Captain and fellow offices in attendance.
The cruise for twelve nights was SUPER. We enjoyed our C2-1229 Concierge Class room choice. One thing this provides is dining at any time.
Milford Sound was all fogged in so this was a dissappointment. The ports of call were very nice and informative. It was so sad to see the destruction in Christchurch after the earthquake in 2011. We spent two days in Auckland after disembarkation.
The food on Celebrity is amazing, the staff always gracious, entertainment was top notch. All of this adds up to our premier choice for cruising is Celebrity Cruises.