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193 Celebrity Auckland Cruise Reviews

We chose this Auckland to Sydney cruise as a once in a lifetime trip. Overall the cruise did not disappoint. We were upgraded to Concierge Class and the stateroom was a good size and well equipped. We used 'Select Dining' which ... Read More
We chose this Auckland to Sydney cruise as a once in a lifetime trip. Overall the cruise did not disappoint. We were upgraded to Concierge Class and the stateroom was a good size and well equipped. We used 'Select Dining' which was great as it meant you were not fixed to any time or any table and therefore found ourselves dining with different people from all over the world every night. The food was excellent. The other facilities were great with lovely swimming pools and whirlpools avainbale both inside and out. Although on a Classics drink package, I was concerned at the prices of drinks e.g. $11.50 for a small bottle of London Pride is not value for money and even $7 for a small Heineken seemed excessive. The entertainment was a bit hit and miss but overall quite good. The excursions were as you would expect - plenty of them but not cheap. We would certainly use Celebrity again Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have wanted to visit New Zealand again and enjoyed the cruise experience. We were also pleased that Tasmania was on the agenda! We had 3 days in Auckland before joining the ship and found this just enough to settle into the time zone. ... Read More
We have wanted to visit New Zealand again and enjoyed the cruise experience. We were also pleased that Tasmania was on the agenda! We had 3 days in Auckland before joining the ship and found this just enough to settle into the time zone. On board, our cabin was comfortable and always kept clean and tidy by Zamzam, our Stateroom Attendant. He was amazing, always cheerful, polite and willing. We ate most meals in the Grand Epernay and found the food varied and appetising. The waiters were efficient and pleasant. We were also impressed by Tatiana who was the Greeter at the Grand Epernay restaurant. She always endeavoured to find a table to cruiser's liking with the utmost patience and a smile. On sea days, we took lunch in the Ocean View buffet restaurant. One day we took our lunch onto the deck at the rear of the restaurant which was set out with tables and chairs for this very purpose. To our disappointment, we were overwhelmed with the smoke from a cigar. Looking up, we saw a gentleman smoking the fattest cigar imaginable giving off smoke like from an old chimney. Apparently he was in a "smoking area". We quickly returned inside. Entertainment was mostly good especially the acrobats. Some of their performance was breathtaking. We always arrived in port at the time as stated in the daily newsletter. We only hasd one tender port and this was slightly slow with preference given to those who had booked a ship's tour. However, we found embarkation in Auckland and disembarkation in Sydney to be painless. We didn't receive a welcome when we boarded - we didn't even get shown to our cabin. However, we were impressed with how quickly our luggage arrived within ten minutes. On the whole the cruise was a lovely experience. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. However, we found it a bit offputting to find that other cruisers we spoke to had been given onboard spending money and/or free drinks and/or wifi. We got no extras yet we appear to have paid as much or more for the holiday! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We wanted to visit New Zealand but not any particular place just a taste of it all and did we get that yes we did, a fabulous itinery and in a luxurious way. embarkation was stressful as everyone couldn't wait to get on but once on ... Read More
We wanted to visit New Zealand but not any particular place just a taste of it all and did we get that yes we did, a fabulous itinery and in a luxurious way. embarkation was stressful as everyone couldn't wait to get on but once on it was just very relaxed, for such a big ship it never felt crowded. We paid for our drinks package before we left home with gratuities but found that most people had already had one in their package and didn't pay gratuities so we felt a bit miffed about that as our holiday was in excess of our budget you have to have a drinks package as the drinks are very expensive and it would spoil the holiday if you were constantly worried about the cost. The tours were quite expensive for what you got but there was so much scenery e very day where you got to a destination for the day you didn't need them really unless you wanted nature tours which we didn't. It's a long way from England so if you choose to go choose celebrity but add on to your holiday and spend at least 5 weeks there to get the benefit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise delivered everything we expected. It was a way to experience various destininations whilst travelling in comfort. We spent a couple of days exploring Auckland before joining the Celebrity Solstice. Embarkation was well ... Read More
This cruise delivered everything we expected. It was a way to experience various destininations whilst travelling in comfort. We spent a couple of days exploring Auckland before joining the Celebrity Solstice. Embarkation was well organised and within an hour of dropping off our luggage, we were welcomed on board. We were immediately able to enjoy lunch in the Ocean view cafe before making our way to our cabin. It wasn't long before our cases were delivered and our lovely room steward Edwin, had introduced himself. We were very happy with our cabin which had a veranda and everything we needed. It was clean and well maintained throughout our stay. The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows. The cabin was generally quiet and we rarely heard any outside noise. We found the ship to be spacious with lots of different areas to sit and relax, inside and out. Staff were always cleaning and maintaining the ship to a high standard and were friendly and helpful at all times. The pools were frequently cleaned and had plenty of sunbeds with lots of towels always available. Great drinks service as well. We didn't try any of the alternative restaurants as we found the main dining room for breakfast and dinner,offered a great choice and standard of food every day, which we enjoyed. During the day the food offered in the ocean view cafe was excellent, varied and plentiful. We especially enjoyed afternoon tea. Service was fantastic, especially our waiter Reuben and his assistant Busaya. All the ports visited were varied and we always found lots to do, preferring to sightsee independently and to take local buses. We found some great hikes with a bit of a challenge, which suited us. We didn't take any of the ships excursions as we thought them overpriced. The cast shows and guest artists were mostly excellent and we watched a different show every evening. There was something for everyone. As there was in various bars. This was our second cruise and we would certainly cruise again with celebrity. Disembarkation went smoothly and we spent a couple of days in Sydney before returning home, having had a wonderful time. We would certainly recommend this trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this ship because we wanted a modern ship which was large enough to not be too rocky in heavy seas as my husband is prone to motion sickness. We had a delightful 12 night cruise where we would often wake up to a new vista each ... Read More
We chose this ship because we wanted a modern ship which was large enough to not be too rocky in heavy seas as my husband is prone to motion sickness. We had a delightful 12 night cruise where we would often wake up to a new vista each morning when we docked at a new port. Everything about this ship is first rate where you always feel your satisfaction and enjoyment onboard is the priority of the staff across the entire ship. The meals at the specialty restaurants were amazing. The meals though in the main dining room was a bit hit and miss. So was the nightly entertainment in the Solstice Theatre. Some of the acts were amazing. Some not so good. Overall, we had a wonderful time. The highlight for us was travelling through the wondrous New Zealand Sounds. Up close and personal, it was truly a humbling experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
A really enjoy enjoyable featuring top locations in New Zealand but made extra special by the friendly attentive staff. If I have one criticism it is that the enrichment activities seem to be mostly verging on the side of quackery - you ... Read More
A really enjoy enjoyable featuring top locations in New Zealand but made extra special by the friendly attentive staff. If I have one criticism it is that the enrichment activities seem to be mostly verging on the side of quackery - you know, detox in seven easy steps, deacidify your blood. But that is my only complaint. Every was superb - the food offerings many and varied and well cooked and presented. The entertainment of a standard you would pay good money to go and see. The ship is cleaned to within an inch of the bare metal; hygiene is obviously important. Mind you there self opening toilet doors came as a bit of a shock! But above all this the staff; without fail attentive and efficient and many engaging and friendly without overstepping the mark. The staff in the Cafe Bacia were particularly good. Based on this - we will most definitely cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was a nice cruise from New Zealand to Australia, we picked this one as we specifically wanted to visit Tasmania. Our previous experience with celebrity had left us disenchanted and we were pleasantly surprised that as long as we ... Read More
This was a nice cruise from New Zealand to Australia, we picked this one as we specifically wanted to visit Tasmania. Our previous experience with celebrity had left us disenchanted and we were pleasantly surprised that as long as we avoided the buffet with its poor service, food and unruly crowds, the experience was pleasant and well-valued. The checkin experience was a little worse mostly due to poor planning in directing people through customs. We used celebrity for 3 excursions and they were all superior but overpriced. The room was maintained but just average. The service in main dining room was above average and the food acceptable but not spectacular at any time. Entertainment choices seemed a little less nteresting than usual for 3 sea days....cruise directors should know by now that they earn their money on sea days, on this cruise they didn't learn that. I though excursion staff and customer relations were both well-prepared and helpful, both improvements over past celebrity ships. The internet was a joke and support for that stiil makes me chuckle for their ineptitude. Disembarkation was very well done almost too efficient frankly...final answer, would we do it again? Yes Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Very experienced cruisers and Celebrity fans. We chose this cruise to see NZ and OZ (we stayed 4 nights in Sydney after the cruise then flew to Melbourne for another 4 nights). We loved the itinarary and the sea days were just enough in ... Read More
Very experienced cruisers and Celebrity fans. We chose this cruise to see NZ and OZ (we stayed 4 nights in Sydney after the cruise then flew to Melbourne for another 4 nights). We loved the itinarary and the sea days were just enough in number. We did our own trips at each port apart from the overnighter from at Dunedin which we booked with Celebrity. Now this is an expensive overnight trip but we figured we probably woundnt get to visit NZ again so wanted to see as much of the country as possible. It was well worth doing! We loved the scenery and Queenstown is beautiful. We packed such a lot in during this overnighter and were so glad we did it. Food was good but not outstanding, ditto for entertainment, but for us it was the ports of call that were the priority on this cruise. The ship is still in pretty good condition, our main complaint was the Internet which is absolutely appalling! I was tearing my hair out, 20 minutes to send 2 emails, all the time you see your expensive package ticking away..........I complained twice and they gave me another 30 mins Internet, this was a waste of time as half an hour just means 5 minutes Internet, 25 mins buffering. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The was our fourth cruise all with Celebrity however first time we have cruised on the Solstice class of ship, very nice experience. As expected a much more modern ship than the Millennium class with many obvious improvements throughout. ... Read More
The was our fourth cruise all with Celebrity however first time we have cruised on the Solstice class of ship, very nice experience. As expected a much more modern ship than the Millennium class with many obvious improvements throughout. My wife and I liked the layout of Guest relations, Shore Excursions and the Passport Bar, a very good use of space. The Embarkation experience was very efficient considering the facilities, we arrived at the correct time and were on the ship very quickly. At the end of the cruise we were around 25 minutes late in disembarking and the Port in Sydney was bedlam however our prearranged car picked us up about 20 minutes late so not too much of a problem The cabin with balcony was spacious as was the shower room, the only downside was it was difficult to access the wardrobes everything else was perfect. We had breakfast most mornings in the Grand Epernay restaurant, and met a variety of passengers. We had booked the evening meal for 20.30 and asked for a table of six, there were only four of us so that was disappointing. The food at night was not as good as on previous cruises and the wine service was very poor. We believe a lot of this is down to the free drinks packages on offer. A visible lack of sommeliers from previous cruises. The entertainment was excellent, especially the singers and dancers, Special mention must go to the young classical singer/pianist from New Zealand he was superb. The service from all staff was excellent, Arfa our cabin cleaner always met you with a smile and was always willing to help out. We enjoyed the shore excursion 'Basket of Plenty' on Tauranga, all other ports we found plenty to do and went ashore ourselves. Took the train trip in Dunedin and the funicular in Wellington, never bored. When we cruised through the Sounds it rained all day and the decks were out of bounds, it was very unpleasant and although we saw many waterfalls we would have preferred a nice day. Chelsea the naturalist, who was very enthusiastic, gave a commentary throughout the day and also on board lectures. The talk by Captain Tasos on how the Solstice class was built was excellent. All in all a very enjoyable experience on a ship efficiently run by Captain Tasos and his crew. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
There was never a cruise we did not like but after 20 Celebrity cruises, 3 Viking, 2 Royal Caribbean we are eager to try something new. Our cruise was wonderful but it does get repetitive. Since they started to focus on exclusive dining ... Read More
There was never a cruise we did not like but after 20 Celebrity cruises, 3 Viking, 2 Royal Caribbean we are eager to try something new. Our cruise was wonderful but it does get repetitive. Since they started to focus on exclusive dining venues, I feel that they have neglected the main dining room, it is always the same menu from cruise to cruise, we can predict what we will have beforehand, Time for a change, it is not that good anymore !! The ship was in wonderful shape, looks brand new, our inside cabin was fabulous and comfortable. Our best meal was at the Silk Harvest and we especially enjoyed the Elite breakfast at the Tuscan Grill, classy and quiet. The shows were excellent especially the guest entertainers, a special mention for Ryan Joyce, the magician-hypnotist, he is fabulous. The cruise director, Ken Mills was annoying, always repeating the same thing, no warmth. He was just okay but not to the level of the great ones such as Sue Denning, Dru Pavlov or Alejandro. The service was very good, not excellent. The Captain and his officers were excellent, very present and very involved and made up for the cruise director. The itinerary was excellent. We stayed a few days in Auckland before embarkation at the Grand Millenium Hotel. an excellent value. We visited the Albert Park, the Sky Tower, the zoo, the wharfs and hiked on the volcano of Rangitoto Island.. The hotel staff sent us to the Elliott stables where we found an excellent variety of dining venues at reasonable prices. The first stop was in Waitangi and we were happy to visit the Treaty grounds. The view was fantastic and the history was interesting. We also visited the town of Paihia, very small but touristy. Next day we had a fabulous spot at the Port of Tauranga and could walk to the volcano and climbed it , they had numerous paths. Wellington was next and the city provided free shuttles, we went to the mountain and went up by cable car but walked down by the gardens, wonderful, we also went to the waterfront, nice promenade as well as the Te Papa museum of New Zealand, interesting and free ! We took a tour in Akaroa to Christchurch and basically wasted the day. The city is still recovering from the earthquake and there is not much to visit , it looks as if it was bombed last week..... We came back to the ship, it was very windy and the tenders had a hard time. The crew was not adequately prepared and were able to close the hatch only after numerous passengers got drenched.. Next stop was Dunedin and we had to book a shuttle $15. We had a train ride in the Taieri gorges and nobody at guest services could tell us if we needed the shuttle or not !!! Some told us it was 5 minutes from the wharf, others one hour, anyway we were glad we booked it because it was 18 km.... It was a lovely ride. We went to the sounds but it rained so much we did not see much. The crossing to Australia went well but I had a few hours of seasickness.... We happily got off in Hobart Tasmania and took an independent Viator tour to the jail of Port Arthur, it was excellent., a good value. We finally arrived in Sydney for a week. I had booked an hotel in Parramatta ( 40 minutes west of Sydney), it was very easy to find and to travel to, nice restaurants and a fraction of the cost of the same value in Sydney. I really enjoyed Sydney, what a beautiful clean and safe city ! Our favorite attractions were the Tauranga Zoo, the promenade from Bondi Beach to Cogee Beach, the Blue Mountains ( even with the rain),the bridge, the opera, the Maritime Museum etc. We will be back on an Australian cruise !!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We absolutely loved this cruise. The weather wasn't great at times but we still enjoyed it. We visited some awesome places... Bay of Islands is still beautiful, some sad moments travelling around Christchurch post the earthquakes, ... Read More
We absolutely loved this cruise. The weather wasn't great at times but we still enjoyed it. We visited some awesome places... Bay of Islands is still beautiful, some sad moments travelling around Christchurch post the earthquakes, certainly lots of waterfalls in the Milford Sound (they had 9.5 inches in the 24 hr period!) and some reflection time at Port Arthur, Tasmania. We met some fantastic people around the Ship. The staff certainly go above the call of duty! Captain Tasos was awesome and he provided a humorous update each morning and he held his spot in the Volleyball Pool competition. Ken Mills, larger than life CD was fun! Ketut, our room attendant, ensured our room was always in a pristine condition. We had some great evenings in Blu with front of house staff, David & Marcel. We had lots of laughs in Tuscan Grille with Radomir (try the Basil smash drinks!). We finished many nights off with the artistic, hardworking guys in the Martini Bar. Agus, Alin and Ari are a credit to Celebrity! We tried each of the speciality restaurants and Murano was our favourite, although they are all fantastic. The house band were ok? The silent disco is a must for everyone - it is so much fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose the Solstice because of the itinerary. There were 3 couples going together. Two of us booked cabins with balconies. The cabins are clean but small. The cabin service was fine. But the other service providers seemed somewhat ... Read More
We chose the Solstice because of the itinerary. There were 3 couples going together. Two of us booked cabins with balconies. The cabins are clean but small. The cabin service was fine. But the other service providers seemed somewhat unhappy. From the moment we walked on the boat, numerous people asked us to "upgrade our beverage package." They were quite insistent. I already had the highest level so that I could receive designer water and good wine. However, when I requested the more expensive wines, the wine steward tried to talk me into a less expensive brand. The food was quite bad. I order a filet of beef which turned out to be about 1/2 inch thick. The special dinner offerings (beef wellington, lobster, and lamb chops) were all offered on the same day. The entertainment was mediocre at best. The best show was a Freddie Mercury impersonator. The special, last night entertainment was two cabin attendants and the activities coordinator singing Tom Jones songs. We had a two day layover on the east coast of New Zealand but was only given 10 hours in Melbourne. We suspected docking charges affected the decisions. On the positive side, the captain was funny. The ship was clean and they emphasized washing hands and even had attendants in the busiest bathrooms to help people wash up. The embarkation and disembarkation were well run. Major tip: don't sign up for a regular cabin. Chose to pay extra for the BLU cabins or the suites. Those passengers seemed to have a better experience. As for me, I will not be going on another Celebrity unless I hear that they have improved. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
If you like an overcrowded ship (2850 max capacity with over 3000 passengers on board), hospital quality food, average entertainment and unexciting on board activities on an older ship, this is your cruise. The new menu in the Tuscan ... Read More
If you like an overcrowded ship (2850 max capacity with over 3000 passengers on board), hospital quality food, average entertainment and unexciting on board activities on an older ship, this is your cruise. The new menu in the Tuscan Grille is awful-an $18 additional up charge for a dry-aged New York that you couldn't cut with a steak knife. Suite dining was nearly empty with horrible service and a condensed main dining room menu. Older crowd from many countries. Not family-oriented Everything was always crowded, long waits to get off the ship and many of the staff acted burned out. Security staff were seen on the ship wearing body cameras which is creepy when you are on vacation. Front desk staff was non-responsive and never got back to us on questions on our bill. Spa staff are the masters of high pressure sales which you never want after a treatment-kind of kills the zen. Our itinerary was changed due to very rough seas but still had some extremely rough sea days and missed a day in the fiords. Too many sea days on this itinerary. Cabins are nice but not much sound-proofing. Did not book any shore excursions with the ship as they are so over-priced. Celebrity is not what is used to be or should I say it is a has-been. If you have been a frequent cruiser with Celebrity you will notice the cutbacks from the earlier days and whole difference vibe.There are newer, more innovative ships and Cruise lines out there where the customer experience and dining is still a priority and a much better value. Cannot recommend this ship or cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We are elite plus and have cruised with Celebrity on numerous times. Based on our last experience , they seem more like a budget line at a premium price. They have definitely lost their vibe and more of a has been. It seems to keep ... Read More
We are elite plus and have cruised with Celebrity on numerous times. Based on our last experience , they seem more like a budget line at a premium price. They have definitely lost their vibe and more of a has been. It seems to keep corporate profits up, they've made many noticeable cuts which impact the passenger experience. We will never cruise with them again. For the high prices they charge, there are far better options with other cruise lines that have new ships and a more upscale experience with better dining without all of the upcharges. The ship has a capacity of 2850 passengers and we were told by hotel mgmt that there were over 3000 passengers on the ship. International crowd with about 1/3 from US. It was impossible to find a table in the main dining room during main dining hours, long waits for elevators, crowded public spaces, long lines to get off the ship and just an overall body press. This older ship is pretty but starting to show its age. We were in a Royal suite which was in good shape, liked the bathrooms and walk-in closet. The worst part about the cabin is the lack of decent sound-proofing between floors and cabins. Don't like being awoken when . the family on top of us get in late and up early. Children running back and forth for hours, loud TV and music-spoiled the cabin experience and ability to sleep in. Complained several times but you get treated like you are a unreasonable to expect a serene environment by ship staff and security. We had security staff show up at our door wearing body cameras after we complained several times about the loud noise from cabin above. You don't want to mess with these guys-not pleasant and always remember you are under Maritime law which is scary in itself. Cabin staff did a good job and worked hard. We used to love the food on Celebrity but it has gone downhill across the board and not very good. My husband and I lost weight on this cruise. The quality of room service food was the worst we've ever had reminding us of airline food and menu is limited without an up charges for better selections. We dined in the buffet which was repetitive and just not good. The suite restaurant, Luminae was the worst on the ship. It was mostly empty, understaffed, beyond slow service and very limited menu. Twice was enough and the main dining room has better options. The Silk Road is the best specialty restaurant as far as service and menu. Tuscan Grille has a new menu which has really downscaled what onc e was our favorite. The menu in Murano is too rich for most people and not worth the upcharge. The health club was the most crowded that we'd experienced on a ship with older equipment. We had several spa treatments but thought they were overpriced and thought all of the high pressure sales after a treatment was obnoxious. We even started getting several calls from the spa each day wanting us to made more appointments. We finally had to ask them to stop calling us. The entertainment was pretty much more of the same and inferior to NCL and other ships. We noticed less live music also on the ship I'm sure due to all of the cutbacks made by Celebrity. The overall level of service on the ship was inconsistent. Some bars and food service seemed understaffed and the not usual amount of smiling faces as in the past. Guest relations acted like the passenger was just a headache and unresponsive or unhelpful on several occasions , like when we were questioning charges on the and not helping us with promised travel assistance. The weather was cool most of the time and we encountered some very rough seas for a few days and the Captain changed the itinerary for the safety of all on board. Did not book any shore excursions as they are overpriced and limited. Much better options if you do the research. Overall this was the worst cruise out of over 20+ cruises with multiple lines due to the ship being overcrowded, noisy cabin, rude staff, mediocre food and onboard experience. Very poor value when compared to Viking, Oceania, HAL, etc. New Zealand and Australia are wonderful places but there are much better options than Celebrity or RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This is the first time my wife & I sail with Celebrity as we have heard from our friends that Celebrity service is great & food is better than the other major cruise liners. So we said give it a try to see New Zealand & a bit ... Read More
This is the first time my wife & I sail with Celebrity as we have heard from our friends that Celebrity service is great & food is better than the other major cruise liners. So we said give it a try to see New Zealand & a bit of Australia. If we can sum it up, our experience for this cruise is about the same in some areas & may be just a tad worst than the other cruise liners in the areas noted below. Start with checked in in Auckland, we have never experienced some check in some unorganized. At least, we found our disembarking in Sydney quite organized though once off the ship is another story. For coming back from a tired day visiting the port, guess what, there is only 1 x-ray machine line & that is a bit ridiculous. When tendering, most guest will return 30 minutes before the final time & only 1 boat is available. Logistic planning is not score high points here. Food experience is average, the dessert selection is lacking & plate presentation could be better. We came across a few fellow passengers & we were all wondering why on a New Zealand cruise with no kiwi fruit being served as one of the daily fruits selection. Considered to be a bit odd? We had specialty dinner in the Murano that we found the food & service to be above average. Main dinning room plates as noted above is not up to the standard as expected especially some dishes were from Top Chef show. We looked at the pictures we took from one of the other cruise lines & what a disappointment. Though we understand weather condition is not something the Captain can control that we were delayed reaching Tasmania. The excursion we took in Tasmania was hastily rushed through & making up the places we were to visit due to closure (as the ship arrived late) by driving around showing us some key buildings. For disembarking at Tasmania, it was not done in an organized fashion as the gangway so steep when we arrived (noted it was corrected when we cam back). Then in Melbourne, it was organized chaos during disembarking for the excursion buses. One would think after some many times visiting the port that better direction to the guest is provided. As for onboard days at the sea, other than sale at the shops, there are not too other interesting activities being organized. I do read the daily “Today” flyer to catch what is interesting but not a lot that “wow’ us. The nightly shows are quite good though the 3 guest singers for 3 different shows sang the same songs. The farewell show should be the highlight but turned out to be one of the worst show for the cruise. Overall, our stateroom attendant & waiter provided good attentive service as expected. We considered our Celebrity cruise experience as mediocre & lack that “WOW” factor in many areas. We were considering taking the future cruise offer however after serious considering think we have to pass on the offer. We are not saying that we will not take another cruise vacation with Celebrity but have to thinking hard before we will again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I have travelled a few times on this ship which was built around 2008 I was told it had just come out of dry dock well if it had a lot of things were not touched .the rails around the balcony on my cabin were missing varnish and there was ... Read More
I have travelled a few times on this ship which was built around 2008 I was told it had just come out of dry dock well if it had a lot of things were not touched .the rails around the balcony on my cabin were missing varnish and there was white paint over them Rust on the deck needed attention the furniture was old and torn Shampoos and the like were not replaced unless the empty was left in the bin The bathroom smelt on occasions. As for the food Blu restaurant appears not to have changed its full menu in over 6 years. the service in blue from the staff was good except for the restaurant manager who was never there to greet you he was to busy sitting down at different tables telling the guests all about his divorce ,his 13 year old daughter and how hard things were. For a ship that prides itself on food and service it was not that good Do not order a old classic NEW YORK CUT STEAK you can get a better minute steak in the café for breakfast than what they served in their dining room There is not enough seating if you want coffee in the café the entertainment is a bit tired maybe the company should look at updating it a bit more Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
With one previous cruise on Sun Princess in 2008 we are not expert cruisers. Maybe we expected too much. The serve yourself buffet was a real bun fight, dodging people and collecting food then trying to find somewhere to sit and eat was at ... Read More
With one previous cruise on Sun Princess in 2008 we are not expert cruisers. Maybe we expected too much. The serve yourself buffet was a real bun fight, dodging people and collecting food then trying to find somewhere to sit and eat was at times a problem. On occasions we just took our meals back to our stateroom. Imagine the utter chaos in the buffet leaving Dunedin at 3pm with everyone having to be back onboard by 2.30pm and the only place for lunch was the buffet. It was horrible. We tried to eat in a more civilised way in the Dining Room whenever we could but queue for breakfast, queue for lunch and when you entered the Dining Room there were lots of empty tables but just not the staff to service them. Also on December 9th, 10th,11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 21st, there was no option for lunch but to join the previously mentioned bun fight in the buffet. Not good enough in my opinion for a supposed 5 Star ship. On the plus side the crew were excellent, the food was great in the dining rooms and in the buffet. The ship was spotless throughout - a real credit to a dedicated crew with every effort made to minimise the risk of virus outbreak. Excellent Captain and bridge crew. If you do the cruise make sure you are in the Theatre for The Captains talk on the building of Celebrity Solstice - do not miss it. So Celebrity open at least one complete Dining Room for breakfast and lunch everyday, charge us a couple of hundred dollars more if you have to but as my father (a Navy man) used to say don't spoil the ship got hapeth of tar. Just one more request to back off from the constant up selling "pressure" for drinks packages or speciality restaurants particularly before breakfast it's just not civilised! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I have been drawn to the Down Under area since I was a child. I devoured books and movies about the area, and dreamt of this mystical land. When I found this cruise over two years ago while perusing the 'Net one night, I was ecstatic! ... Read More
I have been drawn to the Down Under area since I was a child. I devoured books and movies about the area, and dreamt of this mystical land. When I found this cruise over two years ago while perusing the 'Net one night, I was ecstatic! I planned and researched, so that I would not miss anything and make the most of this trip. So..fast forward to one week after our trip ended. The cruise was nice..but I think I built up so much expectation, it made it impossible to be perfect, you know? Honestly, my favorite day of all 20 vacation days was our second day in Auckland, zip-lining and wine-ing out on Waiheke Island- which was before we even got on the ship!! The weather was perfect, as it is the start of their Summer season. (I independantly booked this thru Viator. HIGHLY recommended for adventurers!) The ship itinerary was great. Auckland-Tauranga (o/n)-Akaroa-Wellington-Dunedin-Doubtful/Dusky/Milford Sounds NZ- Hobart, Tasmania-Melbourne-Sydney. We LOVED Tauranga and Akaroa NZ..a beautiful country. We did one Ship excursion in Rororua, the whitewater rafting! EXHILIRATING! But NOT for the faint of heart, feeble or weak! The other times, we self-guided and were very pleased. The NZ people are wonderful. But, the more south we went, we started having a lot of bad weather, which doesn't normally bother me...but there was nothing to do on the ship with our unexpected overnight in Dunedin (actually Port Chalmers- possibly the world's most boring port!!) The first day, we broke down and took the much-advertised Taieri Gorge Railroad train...a very long and boring day. This would be a great tour for older and less mobile folks, but the scenery is not as spectacular as I hoped---the White Pass railroad in Skagway, Alaska puts this to shame! Being unexpectedly sheltered overnight in Dunedin/Port Chalmers ended up canceling two of the three Sounds we were to sail through...As the fjords were what I was MOST looking forward to seeing, that really disappointed me. Milford Sound was beautiful, even with the clouds and rain, but, again, NOT as spectacular as Tracy Arm Fjords in Alaska! While crossing the Tasman Sea, the continuous 48 hours of tossing and turning in the 15 meter swells wore us down (and damaged the ship! Not to mention a few passengers!)... the first 12 hours or so were fun, but then it got just plain annoying. The Crew were Wonderful---but they had their hands full! Captain Tazos admitted later that they were the roughest seas he has personally sailed on! As a result of getting into Hobart, Tasmania late, we lost our (independent-booked) mountain biking tour (so now I am fighting to get that $$ back). We enjoyed the city, though, as well as Melbourne. (Ship excursion to Healesville Sanctuary was terrific! Highly recommend for animal lovers.) The disembarking procedure in Sydney was spot-on and very organized. I booked a transfer independently, paying HALF of what the ship offered. (Go Sydney.com.) Then, as the cherry on top, our travel home from Sydney was disrupted (we were bumped from our Choice Air flight to another airline---8 hours later!) So our journey home to Las Vegas took too long and was exhausting...which ended up giving me a killer cold. Oh, well...travel is an adventure! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I enjoyed all aspects of my cruise. The food in grand dining room was great. The buffet had huge range, but very hard to keep food hot. Loved the variety. Their home made ice cream was a treat. Sushi on five was a real delight and ... Read More
I enjoyed all aspects of my cruise. The food in grand dining room was great. The buffet had huge range, but very hard to keep food hot. Loved the variety. Their home made ice cream was a treat. Sushi on five was a real delight and my favourite. All staff were awesome. Huge range of nationalities and all so polite and accommodating. I did not have a drinks package and was only asked twice if I would like to purchase one. Entertainment was mostly good. Some entertainers very good and two of them hopeless. Getting on and off the boat at all our ports was well orgainized and very quick. I embarked at 4.15 with no queues. Process took about 3-5 minutes from dropping back off to walking on. Disembarking, at 7.05am, I was in my hotel in Sydney at 7.25am, I would call that extremely quick. Will be looking out for another cruise to do in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this for the route it took.The poor weather at one point unfortunately meant the itinerary was slightly amended. no big deal. The self service restaurant was disappointing on busy days.It clearly couldnt cope. By day 3 notices ... Read More
We chose this for the route it took.The poor weather at one point unfortunately meant the itinerary was slightly amended. no big deal. The self service restaurant was disappointing on busy days.It clearly couldnt cope. By day 3 notices were placed on tables asking people to leave at end of eating. The ship has notices around pool and solarium areas asking guests not to "reserve" sunbeds etc by placing belongings on them. The same should be done in self service restaurant.This was the most disappointing part of the overall experience. The ports of call and the excursions were good. The entertainment on board was very varied and average.Service in main dining room was very good as was quality of food. In summing up I would say that the cruise has made me think about what size ship we might best travel on for our next voyage. We made enquiries about a particular route whilst on board in order to "grab a bargain", but decided we need a company with a smaller ship. Dont want to experience the free for all chaos again at meal times. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I recently returned from a 14-day cruise on the Celebrity Solstice, departing from Auckland, NZ on 9 December and ending in Sydney, Australia on 23 December. Overall, the cruise was wonderful and it was one of those "bucket ... Read More
I recently returned from a 14-day cruise on the Celebrity Solstice, departing from Auckland, NZ on 9 December and ending in Sydney, Australia on 23 December. Overall, the cruise was wonderful and it was one of those "bucket list" trip of a lifetime experiences. I travelled with a good friend who was a first time cruiser and who had concerns about getting sea sickness. Luckily the patch and Dramamine seemed to work as we did experience several days of rough seas. We also were fortunate to spend three days pre and post cruise getting to see the sights/environs of both Auckland and Sydney. In Aukland we stayed at the Crowne Plaza, which we found centrally located in the business district and convenient to the harbor and other places we visited. Our flight got us into Auckland in the morning, and after getting checked in and rating a bit we had lunch in the old ferry terminal and then caught a ferry to Waiheke Island and very much enjoyed a pleasant afternoon hiking around the Island. We didn't do any of the winery tours but those are on option for people that go there. We had dinner before retuning on the ferry, which afforded a nice view of the evening Auckland skyline on our return. Another highlight was the tour we booked through Coast to Coast, that included a visit to a craft shop, a local winery, the black sand beach of Maukatia and bird colony, and the best part--a working sheep farm. I highly recommend this tour for anybody with time in Auckland pre or post cruise as it was hands down one of the best tours I have ever taken anywhere. Although unknown to us, the other four people on the tour were also on our cruise so we already had some friendly faces as our cruise began. Our final excursion in Auckland was a day trip to the nature preserve at Titiri Matangi that we pre-booked and included a guided tour. There we saw all kinds of native birds and flora and fauna. It was an overcast and chilly day so not as nice as perhaps it could have been. That said, we still enjoyed it and met a couple on that tour that also were going to be on our cruise and turned out to be people we would spend time with later on our cruise. Embarkation in Aukland was very easy and efficient. It probably took us a total of 20-30 minutes, if that. We got to the ship around 2:00 pm for an 8:00 pm departure and had time to explore the ship prior to the life boat muster/ drill. It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies the day we boarded so good for picture taking. Luggage was delivered promptly too. Our cabin was 8244, in the middle of the ship on the starboard (right) side and super convenient to the elevators and pretty much everywhere on the ship, with a nice balcony. This cabin gets a bit of a knock as part of the Celebrity X covers the glass portion of the outside balcony. That was not a problem at all from our perspective. Balcony was wonderful and we enjoyed time out there throughout our cruse and while in port and especially in Milford Sound. I am not sure I will be able to sail again without a balcony as I became spoiled. Cabin was pretty small but met our needs as we were seldom in it except for sleeping and getting ready for our port calls, dining, etc. The bathroom and shower were fine. The shampoo, conditioner, soap and other toiletries supplied by the ship were excellent and I never used the ones I brought. There also was a hair dryer. There was enough storage space for the two of us, with space under the beds for our suitcases. Food and dining on the Solstice were overall good experiences with a few minor glitches and bad service at one of the speciality restaurants. We had prepaid for a meal package giving us three meals at the speciality restaurants and had arranged to have our first dinner the night we left port at the Asian restaurant Silk. The food there was okay, not great (I Iive in Asia so perhaps was just not in the mood) but the service was first rate and we loved the lemon grass creme brûlée dessert. Of the three speciality restaurants we loved Tuscan the best. This is the Italian themed one that has the filet mignon. Superb service from Ricardo and the meal overall was to die for--definitely recommend getting the antipasti platter if you have room. We left completely stuffed and it was our best dining experience of the cruise and much better than the generally higher rated and oft-raved about Murano, the French themed restaurant. We must have been there on an off night but the service was lousy--the worst on our entire cruse-and the lobster specialty we ordered overcooked and with too much sauce. We had to ask for everything from water and wine refills, to a an extra spoon that took forever to be delivered. I did not get the palate cleansing sorbet between appetizer and the main course and essentially we felt ignored. We did complain and the Assistant Maitre'd offered us a free lunch later in the cruise but they never followed up with the invitation they promised, which again just underscored the overall poor service we received and really the only sour note of the entire cruise. Otherwise we ate in the main dining room, primarily during the late seating. Our table mates were from Australia and a riot. We really enjoyed the meals with them and the waiters and sommelier were all excellent. We generally also had our breakfasts and lunches in the main dining room when possible as the buffet on deck 14 was usually packed and the food not as good and also often cold so we found the main dining room a better option. It also gave us the opportunity to meet other people as we generally asked to be seated at the larger tables. My friend also had hamburgers a few times at the outside poolside grill and liked them. One night we did the "Taste of Film" that was held up on the lawn and featured food to compliment "The 100 Foot Journey" film we were watching. The concept was great but it was FREEZING that night, and even being bundled up in multiple blankets and my warmest clothes, it was still cold and keeping the food warm also was a bit of a challenge. I am not sure I would sign up for that again, and done tip....while it was summer in both New Zealand and Australia the only places that were really warm were Melbourne and Sydney. It chilly to downright cold everywhere else so pack accordingly. I had shorts and a swimsuit I never used. We certainly got our use out of the speciality coffee bar and enjoyed the pastries and cookies they had there. We were not big drinkers but the martini bar was fun and we also enjoyed the lounge on Deck 5 near the specialty restaurants. It was a bit confusing though determining what was part of the "Classic Beverage" package and the ship should be more forthcoming in having that information readily available. When we asked at Customer Service we were told the ship was "green" and thus they could not provide us with a copy noting the drinks varied from bar to bar. Kind of annoying. We attended most of the shows, and particularly enjoyed the ones by the shipboard performers, who were excellent singers, dancers, and acrobats. Probably the funniest show was the adult oriented one to determine who was telling the truth and featured Captain Tasos, Cruise Director Ben, and Hotel Director Christophe. I don't want to spoil anything but it was HILARIOUS. Definitely go if you are on a future cruise and it is offered. Although we missed the talk by Captain Tasos about the building of the Solstice that got great reviews as well, and overall we were pleased by the range of entertainment offered. Despite our best intentions to use the gym, we really didn't go. They didn't offer very many fitness classes and the one I would have attended--Zumba--had an additional fee attached so I didn't bother. We did go to a talk on reflexology and booked a treatment, which was quite good albeit a bit pricey. My friend got her hair done several times and enjoyed the service. Regarding ports of call and shore excursions, we did a mix of private tours with people we met pre cruise through the Cruise Critic boards and also did a couple of the ones offered by the ship. On balance, I was happy with what we did but enjoyed the smaller, private tours we took over the big cruise ship bus tours. The most expensive was the overnight trip to Queenstown that got us off the ship in Dunedin and overland to what we thought would be joining up with the ship again in Milford Sound the following day. Unfortunately there was a bad storm in the Sea of Tasmin and the Captain rightly decided it would be safer to remain in Port in Dunedin another day and only spend a short time in Milford Sound a day later than planned. As such, our excursion was reorganized and became a roundtrip to and from Dunedin and we did not get to visit Fjiordlands National Park which was the primary reason we (and most everybody else) signed up on this ship offered tour. It was hugely disappointing and we were only offered a $50 credit for missing what really would have been the highlight of this particular tour. I will give credit to the tour company for taking different routes so we got to see a range of things on the journey, which was through rolling hills dotted with sheep and some breathtaking scenery. We LOVED Queenstown even with a lot of rain (the snow capped mountains that came from that were stunningly beautiful that evening and the following day). The food throughout was excellent, including a wine tasting at the southern most winery in the world. It was fun seeing where bungee jumping originated and the paddleboat ride to the estate where we had dinner and saw a sheep herding/sheering show was excellent. Shopping in Queenstown was good but we didnt have much time. We also enjoyed our stop at the gold mining town of Arrowtown. The only compliant we really had was the hotel they used. It was definitely not of four or even five star caliber. Our room had filthy carpet and was located in an out of the way area that did not even have elevator access. Although we were told the rooms had lakeside views, our view was out the back and of absolutely nothing. That was VERY disappointing given the overall cost ($599 per person). If I ever return to Queenstown I definitely would not opt to stay in that hotel. Another highlight was the Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton Movie Set tour we took the second day during our two day port call in Tauranga--the latter was a really cute town but the shops closed really early i.e. around 5-5:30pm. This was a private tour booked through Zealandier Tours, with Grant as our guide, and was EXCELLENT. The trip to the geysers and seeing the Maori show was great. We even saw (in captivity) the elusive kiwi bird. The highlight though was the trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set. I am not a Lord of the Rings or Hobbits fan by any stretch of the means but really, really enjoyed our stop there. The surrounding countryside was simply beautiful and if you like taking pictures, this was a photographers dream. In Wellington we signed up via the ship to take a Wellington City tour, which included a cable car ride and brief trip to the botanic gardens with the bulk of the time at the Zealandia nature preserve. We had been unable to see the rare and almost extinct Takahe bird at Tiriti Matangi Island outside of Auckland and Zealandia was recommended as a place where we would likely see them as they had a pair there in captivity. We did get to see them as well as other endangered birds and even a rare tuatara lizard like creature. Personally, I suspect you can probably do this on your own as I saw Zealandia shuttles and it would have been easy enough to get into Wellington and do the cable car and botanic gardens on your own. Still, booking through the ship ensured we got off in a timely fashion for this 1/2 day tour. Akaroa was a tender port, and very pretty being inside a former volcano. My friend opted to stay on the ship and enjoyed time at the pool and relaxing without masses of people. I took the tender in and enjoyed walking around the town and using the free wifi at the library. I was lucky enough to get on the standby list for one of the Harbor Wildlife Cruises. In hindsight, it would probably be better to pre-book on your own because I was super fortunate to get on the actual tour. This turned out to be a really nice 2 1/2 hour cruise where we saw stunning scenery as well as lots of dolphins, seals, and two penguins but very briefly. There were some nice shops and gardens too in the town of Akaroa. As already mentioned, in Dunedin we did the overnight excursion to Queenstown offered by the ship so only briefly saw the town and famous railway station. The port was interesting too as there were logs everywhere. After Dunedin we had rough seas reaching Milford Sound. It was cold and rainy and misty when we visited Milford Sound but it was still stunningly beautiful and all of the rain had created huge waterfalls. From time to time we had a few touches of sunshine. I can only imagine what it would have been like of the weather were clearer and we could see the tops of the peaks for a sustained period. We started on our balcony but went to the top of the ship for better views and picture taking. After Milford Sound we headed to Tasmania. Seas were REALLY rough. Huge waves on occasion. I appreciated that the Captain kept us well informed about conditions. Because of the large waves the ship had to go considerably slower than anticipated and instead of arriving in Hobart at 0800 we got there around 1330. While they extended our departure to 2100, it still felt a bit rushed there . We had booked a private tour and still got to do what we had planned albeit pretty much everything was closed by the time we got to Richmond. By far, the highlight of that tour was the stop at the Bonorong Wildlife sanctuary where we saw Tasmanian Devils, got to feed kangaroos, got our picture taken with a koala, saw wombats, and birds etc. Loved, loved, loved this stop and we were fortunate that our private tour got there before the large ship tour buses which definitely filled up the place. We also went to the top of Mount Wellington that offered beautiful views but was absolutely freezing cold and very windy, In Melbourne, we opted to do our own thing and just bought the tram/bus pass when the ship docked. We visited the War Memorial and the Royal Botanic Gardens that were stunning. We arrived just as they were offering a free walking tour of the gardens (10:30 am) and joined that tour. Even though we didn't intend to do the full tour, our guide was so informative and there was so much to see we ended up spending about 2 1/2 hours there. We then went to the main shopping areas that were all decorated for Christmas and saw some of the arcades, bought delicious chocolates at Haighs, and generally just enjoyed the town. From there it was on to Sydney, where our cruise ended. Entering Sydney Harbour around 5:30 am was quite an experience. It was a bit overcast but still beautiful. Disembarkation was very orderly--we had a late time as we were staying in Sydney and not heading to the airport. That gave us time to eat breakfast and take more pictures before getting off the ship. Luckily for us, we booked a hotel--Pier One Sydney Harbour, an Autograph Collection hotel in the Marriott Chain--that ended up being within walking distance from the pier. It was a bit slow going with the luggage but overall easy and luckily they had our room ready even with an early arrival. This hotel was in a great location on the Rocks and I would highly recommend it. In Sydney, post cruise we enjoyed Tauranga Zoo, the Botanic Gardens, Manly Beach, the Opera House, and best of all doing the Harbour Bridge Climb--an unforgettable experience. We also did a day trip to the Blue Mountains (really spectacular) with a stop at the Featherdale Animal Sanctuary. Latter was especially good for seeing/photographing koala bears but for kangaroos and the overall experience the wildlife park in Hobart was better. In sum, this was a great cruise! We were sorry to head home. I definitely would cruise with Celebrity again and also really liked the Solstice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Forget a cab to the airport - save $$$ and walk a half block to the end of the pier and catch the train! Easy glide on to train (no steps - just "Mind the Gap!") Plenty of helpful employees to help you navigate what type of ... Read More
Forget a cab to the airport - save $$$ and walk a half block to the end of the pier and catch the train! Easy glide on to train (no steps - just "Mind the Gap!") Plenty of helpful employees to help you navigate what type of ticket etc. Less than $20 and the trains run every 10 min. There is an elevator just around the corner to the left after the turnstiles. Such a deal and quicker by far than a cab. There is baggage storage at the international airport which was reasonably priced so you can return to do a bit of touring if your flight leaves in the late afternoon or evening. They were really set up to help cruise passengers (and everyone else) at the train station. As to the cruise itself had a wonderful time. Food is well prepared everywhere but the Tuscan Grill has some of the best steaks anywhere and in my opinion Ruth Chris has nothing on the Tuscan Grill. Yes there is a extra fee but for us very well worth it and a bargain considering the price of a high end steak dinner stateside. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We sailed on Celebrity Solstice on February 14, 2016 in Aqua Class for 35 days. We did back to back cruises around New Zeland and Australia. For the first cruise, we were in cabin 1642. The cabin was fine but the balcony was a disaster. ... Read More
We sailed on Celebrity Solstice on February 14, 2016 in Aqua Class for 35 days. We did back to back cruises around New Zeland and Australia. For the first cruise, we were in cabin 1642. The cabin was fine but the balcony was a disaster. There was a huge air intake above the patio door which made so much noise that we could not use the balcony. On the second cruise, we were moved to cabin 1638. The balcony did not have the air intake but cabins on both sides did so the noise was as bad. I cannot understand why these were installed on balconies in aqua class. We complained a lot and finally got a $250 on board credit. I really don't think this was sufficient for the loss of enjoyment of our balcony for both cruises. Another point I would like to mention concerns the products sold onboard the ship. I bought Bella Perlina bracelets. Celebrity advertised regular prices going up to $125, reduced to $39.99. I looked them up on the Bella Perlina site when I got home and the regular price is $49.99 for an identical bracelet. The food in Blu Restaurant was excellent and the service was great. The excursions offered by Celebrity were very expensive but we were pleased with the ones we took. I would cruise with Celebrity again but I would pay more attention on my choice of cabins. We booked through CruCon and I don't know if they were aware of the problems with those cabins but they are now. There were too may sea days on those cruises and a lot of clients were sick with the flu. My husband got pneumonia as a result. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The 1st cruise was from Auckland to Freemantle, Ports of call: Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Freemantle. The 2nd from Freemantle to Sydney, Ports of call: Benoa in ... Read More
The 1st cruise was from Auckland to Freemantle, Ports of call: Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Freemantle. The 2nd from Freemantle to Sydney, Ports of call: Benoa in Bali (not visited due to terrorist threat), Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney. The staff in the Murano, Tuscan and Silk Harvest were excellent, however, in Blu they could occasionaly be a bit lax, the 1st breakfast I was served with carbonised bacon and on 4 consecutive days solid 'over easy' eggs. There have been a few unwelcome changes with Celebrity, water is only supplied in Aqua class cabins only on the 1st day of the cruise, prices for drinks and wine have rocketed since my last cruise Christmas/New Year 2014/5. This considering fuel oil prices have dropped significantly and inflation has been minimal. Also there are no longer any Formal nights, instead they are called Elegant Chic, where you can wear designer jeans - those with rips in the knees? On both cruises the Ocean View bar was closed once after lunch for cleaning, which did not take place until after dinner. This bar is the only outside bar where you can get shade in the late afternoon. Also cushions are no longer on the wooden seats, so take a towel. Overall the shore excursions were excellent, particularly the one from Dunedin with the overnight stop in Queenstown and then joining the ship again in Milford Sound. We had been warned about the possible terrorist threat in Bali on the 1st cruise and on checking the Australian and UK goverment warnings it was issued due to increased threat levels with usually happen around their New Year on the 9th March - we were due to be there on the 7th. Surely Celebrity should have known this! They only announced we would not be going to Bali after they had given the Balinese and Indonesian crew's 'welcome home' party on the 2nd cruise. Due to some maritime rule that a cruise must visit another country otherwise it classed as a ferry we had to go out to Willis Island, a Queensland weather station in international waters, however, we did not stop. Yes I know it's part of Queensland but is was beyond me. To cap it on the last night they are now changing our favourite wine to a cheaper version. Overall the crew are still maintaing old standards as Celebrity is heading for a 4* category in my opinion! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
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