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sandiefran's Port Reviews of Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin
Celebrity Solstice cruise in February 2013
Member Name: sandiefran
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: sandiefran's Celebrity Solstice Review
Brisbane
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The Solstice is too large to dock in Brisbane and so docks at the commercial port. Shuttle bus service is available $22 per person return) into the city opposite the Casino.

Queens Street Mall for shopping is a short walk away.

We walked to the ferry wharf and caught one of the river-cats that service the river.

If you stay on the boat and go from one end of the route to the other, then the trip takes just on 3 hours and the cost is $A5.60 - half price for Australian seniors.

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Cairns
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Cairns is a tender port. We were late docking and so some of the Barrier Reef excursions had to be cancelled.

The ship tenders off Yorkeys' Knob and it is a shuttle bus trip into Cairns.

Right near the drop off point is the artificial beach for safe swimming.

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Darwin
Litchfield Park Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Good excursion - a very full day. Interesting to see the waterfalls in the wet season (it was February) but there wouldn't be much in the dry season. The included lunch was good.

The visit to the crocodile farm was very good and we had the opportunity to hold a smmall corcodile and to feed a very large one.

We arrived back just on departure time.

The cost $US179 was dearer than local tours, however the local ones left before the ship would have been cleared.


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