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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by boyroy: Great Cruise Down Under

Celebrity Solstice 5
boyroy
Member Since 2012
12 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Great Cruise Down Under

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Auckland

We are a retired couple in our middle 60,s and this was our 5th cruise. We have cruised with Celebrity and Holland America. Since this was a very long flight and we live on the east coast, we overnighted in Los Angeles and Auckland and would highly recommend this if possibly. We overnighted in Auckland at the Copthorn Auckland Harbourcity Hotel, which is across the street from Prince Wharf.

I awoke at approx. 5:30 am the next morning and was able to see the Solstice arrive at and back into the pier. The ship was about 100 yards away from the hotel. At 11:00 am we crossed the street to get in line to start our embarkation process. There were about 400 or 500 people in line at the time; yet, we were onboard by around noon, which I think was pretty fast. We had lunch in the buffet and it was announced that we could go to our rooms around 1:30 pm. We were in room 6202 and had all of our luggage by approx. 5:30 pm.

Our room was clean and ready for us when we got there. We More met our head cabin steward, Elizabeth. She and her assistant were very pleasant and attentive to all of our needs and wants during our entire cruise. After a day or two, she knew our usual routine and would time her duties to correspond to ours. All in all a very nice and efficient duo and a pleasure to sail with.

The food in the Main Dining Room was very good and the staff was professional, attentive and efficient. We had the Celebrity select dining and usually dined around 6:00 pm every evening. Of course this meant that we did not have the same wait staff every evening, but, they were all very good. We just did not get to know our waiters very well and they were not able to anticipate our needs on a nightly basis. We were able to dine with a large number of different people which we enjoyed and it made dinner more interesting. I did not think the food in the buffet at dinner was as good or varied as in the Main Dining Room.

Overall I think the entertainment was pretty good. There were maybe 3 or 4 performers that we did not particularly enjoy. One group we thought were outstanding was the acapella group Full Tilt, that sang throughout the ship at various times during the day and night. Another outstanding feature was the naturalist, Milos Radakovich, that did the Beyond the Podium presentations. His talks on various subjects were the highlight of the afternoons at sea. The Solstice theater was always crowded for his talks. Less


Published 04/11/14

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Cabin review: 6202

Our room was clean and ready for us when we got there. We met our head cabin steward, Elizabeth. She and her assistant were very pleasant and attentive to all of our needs and wants during our entire cruise. After a day or two, she knew our usual routine and would time her duties to correspond to ours. All in all a very nice and efficient duo and a pleasure to sail with.

Port and Shore Excursions


Cleland Wildlife Park

Adelaide, Australia ----- We took the Adelaide and Wildlife Park ships tour 5 hours. We were driven through the city up to Mt. Lofty for great photos. We then went to the Cleland Wildlife Park. They have many of the animals you would expect to see in Australia. My wife was able, for a fee, to hold a Koala and have her photo taken. We were also able to walk in an open field and feed kangaroos by hand.

Mount Lofty

Adelaide, Australia ----- We took the Adelaide and Wildlife Park ships tour 5 hours. We were driven through the city up to Mt. Lofty for great photos. We then went to the Cleland Wildlife Park. They have many of the animals you would expect to see in Australia. My wife was able, for a fee, to hold a Koala and have her photo taken. We were also able to walk in an open field and feed kangaroos by hand.


Auckland, New Zealand-----We arrived a day early and were able to enjoy their celebration, which is akin to our 4th of July. There were street performers and a flurry of activity in and around the Prince Wharf. I would highly recommend that you arrive a day early, if possible, so you can relax prior to starting your cruise.

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Otago Peninsula and Yellow-Eyed Penguins

Dunedin, New Zealand-----We took the “Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience” ships tour 5 hours. It starts with a drive thru the city while pointing out various places of interest, and then stops at the Botanical Gardens for a bathroom break and an opportunity to walk thru the gardens which are beautiful. The highlight of this tour was the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve. We were able to walk down to a bunker that was on the same level as the Penguin’s habitat. One caveat is that you descend down a winding path, but, you ascend up 85 steps which might be a challenge for some.


Royal Botanical Garden

Hobart, Tasmania ----- We took the Hobart Highlights Tour 3 ½ hours. This was a tour around the city noting the various views and was narrated. The highlight of the tour was the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This garden is mostly trees and shrubs and they were beautiful.


Sydney, Australia-----First I want to relate that if you are on the port side of the ship, your view will be of the Sydney Opera House. The first day we purchased a Hop on Hop off pass with Captain Cook Cruises. They are located at the front of the pier and stop a 8 locations. We got off at the Taronga Zoo. They have lots of animals, reptiles and birds. Very worthwhile. After the zoo, we went to the aquarium, which was large and was 3 stories. Lots of different sea life in the various glass fronted enclosures.
On the second day we walked around the circular quay. We walked through the Botanical Gardens, then on to the Sydney Opera House. We did not tour the opera house, but we wished we had. We then walked downtown and bought some opal jewelry.


Tauranga, New Zealand-----This is a very pleasant city. There is a nice beach adjacent to the cruise ships pier and you could take a beach towel and enjoy some time there. We walked approx. ½ mile into town. This is a very nice town with many small shops. Sheep’s wool and lanolin products are bountiful here.

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