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Where do you Start.? The Good - The Staterooms ( Balcony) are bigger than other cruise lines - The corridors are bigger - The Captain was outstanding. in communication and very funny. That unfortunately is where it ends The Ship is ... Read More
Where do you Start.? The Good - The Staterooms ( Balcony) are bigger than other cruise lines - The corridors are bigger - The Captain was outstanding. in communication and very funny. That unfortunately is where it ends The Ship is tired - Cabin Curtains with holes - Carpets worn and stained - Public rooms are worn and tired Particularly the Passport Bar. Theatre seating very shabby. The Staff - Room attendant Mariano was great - Dining Staff Kavi and crew also where very good . Bars Not so good - even when not busy - no table service you had to go and ask and pay at counter. The drinks where thrown together with little care- Cocktails served whisky glass or high ball glass Remember your not sitting in cheap seats a Gin and tonic (Bombay ) your paying close to $ A 20 each. Organisation Very average - eg: Final day of Bingo set down for 4 pm A total mix up with the room not available to 5 pm due to movie running. A 150 Plus passengers hanging around and being told nothing. Sky Lounge - Beatles Music 10 minutes of music then games no more music - Rumba Dance Class 15 Minute max the staff could not get away quickly enough It Goes on The Daily News Letter is not News- it is a Selling document with a few activities thrown in for good luck This document is aimed at not informing you too much other than what you can buy and when. Informative No eg: Formal night never mentioned Time changes forgotten once they got it the next time. Speciality Dining - Tuscan Grille first night a birthday Food served stone cold had to be sent back - only bottle of sweet Sparking Wine available US$ 103 a bottle ( $ A 156 a bottle) Main Dining Room - Menu Entrée majority just Salads - When you got something like Seafood it was the smallest portion they could supply. Main course - Repeated the same items every second night Bar Service Dining Room - Prosecco served at room temperature 2 nights in a row - Yes it was replaced but remember your paying $A 17 a glass. Bottled wine - cheapest white wine $A 62 dollars a bottle - an average white $ A100. Entertainment - Very average - Main production shows - I have no idea who creates the shows, songs and themes - you have never hear of them. The guest entertainers of what we saw middle of the road a Country RSL at best. The Celebrity Band where very good. Gaming Room - Free Cocktails as long as you keep playing on you Sea Pass Only - In Australia your gaming licence would be reviewed. Pricing in general - Drinks - need I say more than a Beer was $A 12 want something like a Peroni Try $ 18 a bottle ( remember Celebrity is buying all the grog Duty and Tax free.) Shore excursions - booked independently tour on Maui cost $A 89 each Ship had the exact same tour different operator there bus followed us $ 240 each Overall we have sailed with Princess - Royal Caribbean and Carnival - Celebrity is marginally better than Carnival - about the same as Caribbean and no where as good as Princess which is generally cheaper for the cruise and much cheaper for on board purchase. Overall the much hyped Celebrity a disappointing product. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I hate flying. So any cruise that docks in Australia is attractive to me. It was easy to get to the port from Waikiki but we left it late and got traffic. This was a good size ship. The cabins are quite spacious and decent. The staff ... Read More
I hate flying. So any cruise that docks in Australia is attractive to me. It was easy to get to the port from Waikiki but we left it late and got traffic. This was a good size ship. The cabins are quite spacious and decent. The staff are great. And who doesn't love Tahiti. The entertainment, food and general feel is this cruise is great. The breakfast ends in the restaurant at 9 am and with the 830 pm dinner seating that was too soon for is a few mornings. The buffet is open longer and the food was great just a little hard to get seating some days. I got the non alcoholic premium drinks package but I'd probably get the alcoholic one next time. I'm 43 so the demographic is slightly older than I'm used to but they're a great crowd. And a welcome change from the drunken louts. I've already booked it again. I particularly enjoyed the Silk Harvest for dinner. Quirky Le Petit Chef projection show accompanied an absolutely fantastic meal. Check it out. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I have spent more than 300 days at sea on a variety of lines. This was our 6th Celebrity cruise and probably our best one. We sailed on the Eclipse earlier in the year, while nothing was wrong with that cruise it was a little ... Read More
My wife and I have spent more than 300 days at sea on a variety of lines. This was our 6th Celebrity cruise and probably our best one. We sailed on the Eclipse earlier in the year, while nothing was wrong with that cruise it was a little underwhelming. We chose this cruise as we were travelling in the region and it seemed a fun way to return to Australia rather than flying. Embarkation was generally smooth although our check in agent was clearly inexperienced and flustered and things were progressing very slowly until a manger noticed and intervened. Everyone at the port was very friendly. Unfortunately the weather turned but we still decided to hit the pool, as it was raining no one joined us and we got the pool and most of the deck to ourselves. The ship was in very good condition. Captain Alex was phenomenal and proves that good management trickles down as we found all the crew to be incredibly fun and helpful. The captains announcements were always entertaining and even more importantly he always kept guests informed on all events. He even stood and farewelled every guest on departure- impressive! The CD Maarten was a young Belgium fellow who we feared might struggle with the predominantly Aussie crowd but we could not have been more wrong, his enthusiasm and self deprecating manner was perfect. Everyone was full of praise for his efforts. Likewise his partner in crime Patrick led the activities amazingly well. Chico and Mulvey were great supports. We had a balcony cabin and it amazed me again how comfortable these cabins are, they are large as was the balcony. Loads of storage space. Comfortable bathroom. Our attendant Arnold was phenomenal. It was a little worn but very comfortable. Dining - we were very nervous after some very forgettable dining experiences on the Eclipse. Our nerves were allayed after our first night in the mdr. Service was amazing and the quality of food was good. We moved around a little but once we found Pranata we never left him again, easily the best waiter we have had. Not surprisingly we lost him one night when the F&B manger dined in the mdr and our waiter was assigned to him. This in fact was a minor gripe of ours as why should we as paying customers receive inferior service so that an officer is looked after? Our questions on this matter were never responded to. As the mdr was good and we have felt underwhelmed on previous experiences we gave the specialty dining a miss, it is simply way too expensive for a supplemental experience. This didn’t stop them trying everyday to upsell us on dining and wine experiences. We had the premium beverage package, we found drinks in the world class bar to be exceptional, however as per usual there were problems attaining premium drinks in other locations. This is a real bugbear of mine, if you choose to sell a premium product than it is your duty to supply what you promise, while it was better than on the Eclipse too many times we were simply told something wasn’t available. My main complaint however again goes to the Martini bar, I know others love this location but it is a disgrace. Incorrect glasses consistently used, inferior spirits often used. They try and distract people with tricks but the product is poor. A classic martini was served in a huge Margarita glass, if I had drunk this I would probably be dead right now. I have found this bar a problem on every cruise and it continued. Overall though bar service and drink quality was improved (still inferior to HAL). Entertainment- the productions shows were excellent and big kudos to the ship and X for using a live band/orchestra, it makes such a difference. The highlight of the cruise was the Polynesian performance in Tahiti, this was an amazing show. Most other guest entertainment was a little lacklustre and the shows that Chico (part of the actives team) put on were far superior! There were loads of activities, lectures, music etc so you could never be bored. Service - as mentioned previously was top notch. Dining, bars, housekeeping, guest relations were all good. Crew regularly joked with us, seemed to know our names which is amazing on such a big ship. Kudos to the hotel manager because with so many sea days it is understandable that crew get tired but this simply wasn’t the case on our cruise. Ports - this was really a repositioning cruise but the ports were very enjoyable. Lahaina on Maui was very cute, Bora Bora was sensational.Bay of islands was gorgeous. Weather and sea conditions were generally good. Even our “rough” sea day was relatively tame, the captain went out of his way to avoid the weather. This cruise was just one of those great cruises where the vibe on the ship was seriously relaxed. Everyone seemed to be full of praise for the crew. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We boarded the Solstice in Vancouver destination to Hawaii. It was our 25th Anniversary and we couldn't of made a better choice. The 5 full days at sea gave us time to relax and decompress from our everyday routine. We were in Aqua ... Read More
We boarded the Solstice in Vancouver destination to Hawaii. It was our 25th Anniversary and we couldn't of made a better choice. The 5 full days at sea gave us time to relax and decompress from our everyday routine. We were in Aqua class and the service was in excellence. Our room with balcony was excellent and well taken care of by the room attendant (Devan). We dined in Blu every night and looked forward to our dinning experience each night with the wonderful service of our waiters (Yogender, Preyan and Nick) as well as received by beautiful Larissa each evening. I can't say enough about the food and variety we received on this ship. There was nothing missing. We visited and took advantage of the Persian garden spa which also delivered excellent service. On the first couple of days, the waters were a little rough and was a little on the cool side. They had fleece blankets available near pool side for everyone, I thought that was a nice touch. There was also always fresh towels available and as for loungers, there was always a seat available. The excursions we booked went well without any issues, well organized for tender ports as well. I will not hesitate to sail with Celebrity in the future. Good Job!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is a trip we are glad we took, but probably wouldn’t take again. On the plus side, it is a relatively inexpensive way to visit Hawaii, which is hideously expensive. Room and food cost us about $180 per person per day on the boat. ... Read More
This is a trip we are glad we took, but probably wouldn’t take again. On the plus side, it is a relatively inexpensive way to visit Hawaii, which is hideously expensive. Room and food cost us about $180 per person per day on the boat. Comparable accommodations and meals would probably cost at least twice as much on land. Not to mention we saved some on air fare. Flights to Vancouver are much less than flights to Hawaii. In addition, we got to visit three islands, one with two stops. On the downside, tendering at Kona and Lahaina limit how much time you have to visit these ports. There are some sights we would like to see, especially on Maui, that would better be done while staying there. The first day in Lahaina the sea was pretty rough and getting on and off the tenders was challenging, especially for people with mobility issues. We were on the Solstice in June to Alaska and liked it so much we booked onboard for Hawaii. Many of the same crew members were still on board and some remembered us. The ship is very well run, and the crew were all accommodating. We never ventured into the specialty restaurants since the food in the main dining room is excellent. Naturalist Brent Nixon was onboard on both cruises. He brought a lot of expertise to explain the natural world we would be experiencing. We took advantage of the adults only Solarium many times. The pool was the perfect temperature and it seldom felt crowded. The Alaska cruise was out of Seattle, most of the guests were Americans and there were 315 children. The Hawaii trip began in Vancouver, and at least half the passengers, perhaps as many as two thirds, were Canadians. Many were from British Columbia. Alberta and Saskatchewan were also well represented. There were also several Aussies traveling all the way through to Sidney. Most of the Americans seemed to be from the Pacific Northwest. We enjoyed meeting and sharing experiences with people from all over. This is definitely an older crowd. Most were retired. We probably had fewer than 20 children. For those of you wondering about the weather, it was 58° and raining when we left Vancouver. The first sea day it was 60°, the next 65, the 3rd sea day it hit 70, the 4th it was 75 and finally the last sea day as we neared Hawaii it hit 78°. Of course in Hilo it was about 85° and humid. The first two days the swells were running about six feet and people who were prone to motion sickness experienced some problems. After that, the ride was pretty smooth. Hilo – We rented a car for $48. The car rental shuttle will pick you up from the pier and take you to the airport, about three miles away, where you can rent a car. Couldn’t have been easier. We met a couple at Kilauea who hired a car and driver for $325. They said they wish they had talked to us first. Perhaps they should just read Cruise Critic. The first stop was Akaka Falls. Do this one in the morning because the falls face east. The sun will illuminate the falls perfectly in the morning. If you do it in the afternoon, the sun will be behind the falls and your pictures will be backlit. Next stop was Kilauea. While Akaka Falls was sunny and hot, Kilauea was rainy and cold. We wish we had our sweatshirts, but when it’s 85°and sunny, how do you know? This was kind of a good news bad news experience. The rain and mist kept me from getting really sharp pictures of the caldera, but the steam vents certainly stood out. I leaned over one to see how hot the steam actually was. Take my advice and don’t try this yourself. Steam is hot. We stayed at Kilauea about two hours and headed back to Hilo. I would have stayed longer, but the rain showed no signs of letting up and we had done all we could do without getting soaked. Kona – Here we took the ship’s excursion. It was billed as the snorkeling and dolphin adventure, but they apparently forgot to tell the dolphins, who didn’t show up. The cruise on the catamaran south along the Kona coast was picturesque. The excursion includes equipment rental, but we take our own. The rental equipment looked to be first class if you are interested. The spot they picked for the day had good coral and lots of fish. Three-foot swells made snorkeling and getting back on the boat more of a chore than you want, but overall it was a fun trip. Maui – Renting a car on Maui is substantially more difficult than on the Big Island, and more expensive. The nearest car rental outlet to Lahaina harbor is Hertz at the Hyatt. They claim they have a shuttle, but it runs just once between 8:30 and 9:30 and we never saw it. So it’s a $30 cab ride to rent a car. The car was $98 a day versus $48 on Hawaii and $53 on Oahu. We went south the first day looking for a beach to snorkel. The conditions were terrible. Because of the height and direction of the swells, waves were breaking right on shore and the water was churned up. We should have checked the daily report https://thesnorkelstore.com/maui-snorkeling-conditions-reports/. Then we would have known that. The next day we went to Honolua Bay. This is a terrific snorkeling spot and it’s always calm. It’s surrounded by land on three sides and facing Molokai, so no swells can get in. The shore itself is very rocky, so it’s strictly for snorkeling. Also, parking is very limited and it’s at least a 300 yd. walk from the road to the water. Hawaii is not California where they have large paved parking lots at all the state parks. Most of the fish and coral formations are on the eastern side of the bay. Turtles are found on the western side. Dolphins also made an appearance. Honolua Bay is a must stop for snorkelers. We would like to spend some more time on Maui. Some of the sights like the road to Hana and Haleakalā are too time consuming to be done from a ship while tendering. The cruise finished up in Honolulu. This was the smoothest disembarkation ever. We go off sooner than advertised, found our luggage immediately and got a cab to the airport to pick up our rental car. Hertz says they have a location the pier, but when I checked online, they said there were no cars of any kind available. Very suspicious. The cab to the airport was about $35. It is only 3.7 miles from the airport to Pearl Harbor. I was impressed by what the National Park Service and the Navy have done there. It’s a very solemn experience and well done. One very important note…they do not let you bring bags in through the gates, not even ladies’ pocketbooks. You can check them for a $5 fee. My wife took hers back to the car while I stood in line for tickets. I have to say I was not impressed by the Honolulu airport. Much of it is open air (not air conditioned) until you get to your gate. We had showered just prior to leaving the hotel and didn’t want to work up a sweat turning in the car and getting our bags through the agricultural inspection and airline check-in. Some on our cruise got off the ship in Maui, one day early. They then spent several days on Maui and flew home from there. I didn’t realize that was an option. If I took this cruise again, I would probably do that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my first time cruising with Celebrity, but I had sailed with other lines previously. The demographic was what I expected, mostly 30 or 40-somethings and up. The staff onboard worked extremely hard to ensure I had everything I ... Read More
This was my first time cruising with Celebrity, but I had sailed with other lines previously. The demographic was what I expected, mostly 30 or 40-somethings and up. The staff onboard worked extremely hard to ensure I had everything I needed and that my experience was a positive one. The captain always had a good sense of humor, and I enjoyed his commentary during daily announcements. The area I enjoyed most was the solarium--super relaxing. For entertainment, I loved going to see the string duo, Lighthouse. They were so fun and such great performers. The only criticisms I could think of are regarding the thermal suite and the wifi. The thermal suite is fairly small for the ship size and the amount of money you pay to get access. It could use a refurb. The wifi was just not good. I realize most like to disconnect while on vacation (I understand this), but unfortunately I have to keep up with my house/dog sitter at home. The connection was just very poor for most of the cruise, and I did not like paying that much for something boasting access to all streaming apps, surfing, etc. Overall, the experience was a very positive trip. I would consider Celebrity again, and I do believe the solstice class ship could be a lot of fun in the caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We took this particular cross pacific cruise from Hawaii to Vancouver for the route it was sailing and also, the price was very attractive. We sailed in Concierge Class and we enjoyed the little extras it gave us, like priority boarding, ... Read More
We took this particular cross pacific cruise from Hawaii to Vancouver for the route it was sailing and also, the price was very attractive. We sailed in Concierge Class and we enjoyed the little extras it gave us, like priority boarding, tender service, sparkling wine and snacks every day. Our cabin was located on deck 10 in the forward part of the ship, it was very quiet, hardly any noise at all, we could hardly even hear the engines. Our first of five sea days threw us into a scale 11 storm with 55 knot winds and 25 feet waves. The ship handled it VERY well. Yes, there was movemnet, lots of people were sea sick, but there was nothing failing of the tables or anything like that. Luckily, none of us were prone to sea sickness. The ship itself is very beautiful, lots or artwork and spotlessly clean! It is ten years old and in the cabins the age is beginning to show just here and there. Nothing to be concerned about, and I understand that all cabins will be replaced during her major refit in 2021. The ship has plenty to do, you can do it all or nothing at all. The choice is yours. The service onboard is impeccable and the food is of a very high standard. Even the buffet and room service was excellent, ask for crispy bacon and you will have just that.. Personally, I did find some of the tastes to be a bit bland, but that is purely a matter of personal taste. The wines were excellent and all cocktails equally delicious. We had a few ports with tender service and that can be a bit of challenge, but sail in a Concierge cabin and you will not experience any of that. There were a few flaws here and there. For instance, the music in the lounges and bars is simply too loud. It discourages conversation and it fails to meet its purporse of adding to the ambiance. Furthermore, there were no change in the music during the day, why have Madonna blasting from the speakers on the aft deck outside the buffet, where people were having breakfast at 8 am?? Why not play some lovely classical music or piano, even some soft jazz would have done better. The bands on board and shows were very good as well. There was always plenty of seating to be found, both in and outdoors, no shortage of nice sun loungers either. We did not take any of the organized tours as we preferred to arrange it ourselves. Travelling as LGBTs we were greated with a social hour each evening, that was a nice touch! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose the transpacific cruise because of the ports and Celebrity Solstice because of reviews and recommendations. Very pleased we went Aqua class as the food and service in Blu restaurant was outstanding, especially for anyone with ... Read More
We chose the transpacific cruise because of the ports and Celebrity Solstice because of reviews and recommendations. Very pleased we went Aqua class as the food and service in Blu restaurant was outstanding, especially for anyone with special dietary requirements. By comparison, the main dining room was mediocre, but the buffet was better than expected. The Spa cafe was also good for light breakfast and lunch options but the burgers at the Mast Grill were disappointing. Al Bacio Cafe is very popular for specialty coffee and tea but expensive unless you have a drinks package. The daily treats there are provided free and some are very good. The gym is modern and spacious and evening entertainment was very good, especially the Lighthouse Duo and Gilly and the Girl. Some of the special artists were also great but there was a lack of variety of activities during the day and the cruise catered more to an older crowd with two sets of five consecutive sea days with mostly passive activities on offer. Although there were a small number of families on board this cruise which spanned the school holidays, and there is a kids club, the ship does not really cater to children or a younger crowd. It is quite accessible for people with mobility issues but there were often long delays for the lifts especially when disembarking. There were only 6 ports of call on this 19 night cruise so it was disappointing for a cruise called Tahitian Treasures that we visited two of the three ports in Tahiti over Easter where many places were closed due to the holidays. Shore excursions can be prebooked through the cruise line or independently online for convenience but are usually much cheaper and quite easy to book when you arrive in a port if you have done some research beforehand. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This is going to be long winded! So many times, I have read that this itinerary only comes around twice a year and therefore, fewer reviews. If I can help anyone decide to take this journey, my job will be done. I decided to sail from ... Read More
This is going to be long winded! So many times, I have read that this itinerary only comes around twice a year and therefore, fewer reviews. If I can help anyone decide to take this journey, my job will be done. I decided to sail from Honolulu instead of Sydney mainly to escape airline luggage restrictions and also to rest after my first visit to Hawaii. This trip was 18 months in planning with no stones unturned. I really don’t know where to start. I’m always sceptical about people who have a gripe against a cruise line or hotel when something goes wrong that clouds their entire review (sometimes due to unrealistic expectations), or those, much like me, who can see no wrong. I’m a glass half full kind of person. I will try to give this review balance. A little background. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii and more importantly, to Bora Bora, my bucket list place. My youngest daughter aged 19 and I flew to Hawaii on Jetstar on September 24 from Sydney. We spent a marvellous week there before embarking the Solstice on Oct 1 for the cruise home via French Polynesia and New Zealand. What a month-long journey it was…. We stayed at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in a premier oceanfront room. The view was stunning and well worth the extra cost for this room in my opinion. It made me constantly “feel” I was finally in Hawaii. It’s located next to the Park Shore Hotel and the Zoo in the quieter end of Waikiki. It was an easy 10-minute walk to Waikiki central. The staff at this hotel were friendly, helpful and professional. We luckily paid $USD60 for an early check in which was much appreciated after arriving from Sydney at 6am. Those overnight flights are brutal if you can’t sleep on a plane (like me). Check in and check out was super easy and fast. The pool area was very pleasant. You could check out towels and deck chairs to take to the beach across the road without charge. There’s an ice machine on some floors. One thing about this hotel is that there is no room service. That didn’t bother us in the least because there were 2 ABC stores, a Wolfgang Puck, a juice place, a cookie store and a Subway on the ground level. The weather in Hawaii was very warm and humid. The locals saying that it was unusually so due to the recent hurricanes and volcanic activity around the islands. I enjoyed swimming at Kuhio Beach to cool down on many occasions. The ocean was refreshing and not cold. Whilst in Hawaii we went with Oahu Photography Tours to the “North Shore” and a “Beautiful Hawaii” tour. I can highly recommend them. You don’t need to be a photographer. They will help you get great shots at some beautiful locations if you want or you can do your own thing. An iphone is just as good as an SLR. We took both. It’s a great way to see the island. I do have to say here that many people we spoke with went to the North Shore with Hi5. It sounds that this may have been a better option. I will go with them next time. Oh, and there will be a next time. Already booked for next June before I even left Hawaii. LOL. We also went to Pearl Harbour. Got a shuttle from our hotel, for something like $USD32 return for both of us. Of course, you still can’t disembark the boat onto the memorial due to structural defects, however, the moving video and 2 free museums were well worth the visit. The movie really explained in simple terms why and how the bombing of Pearl Harbour occurred. Such a tragedy. I booked Arizona tickets online two months out. We got there two hours before our tour asked if we could change our times. Numbers are down so we were able to do that no problem and did not have to wait. One morning at 6am we hiked Diamond Head. We caught an Uber as the buses weren’t running that early. My daughter called it the “death hike” although it wasn’t that bad. It was tough though. There were lots of places to stop and rest on the way up with great photo opportunities. There are lots of uneven lava paths, tunnels and stairs +++. I saw some young and older people have trips and spills. TIP. Once you get to the top and arrive at the near vertical stairs on your right, turn left, a much easier climb to the summit. We were greeted by an amazing scene that included a rainbow! Well worth the effort. Some other things we did was to eat Poke’ in backstreet restaurants, tuna, salmon and octopus, yum. I tried Loco Moco once, and ate at a lovely Italian place, Arancino Di Mare, down near the zoo. Beautiful food. Of course, we went to the Cheesecake Factory and Dukes. No complaints. Lulu’s attached to the Park Shore had great breakfast although way to big portions that were very tasty and economical. Get one meal for two. Great views too. Tikis grill at our hotel was lovely too. You could have a light meal by the pool with drinks or dine in the restaurant for a more a la carte menu. There was nightly music and entertainment. We were on the 10th floor and the music was enjoyable, not intrusive. Of course, we also did some retail therapy at the Waikele outlets and Ala Moana Centre and got some high-end bargains compared to prices in Australia. We caught an Uber to the outlets from Ala Moana, $USD35, and then got a Robert’s air-conditioned bus back to the hotel for $USD10 each which you could book at the outlets. Now to the cruise October 1, got to the terminal by 11am with Hawaii23 shuttle service and were on board by 12 eating lunch at a dedicated dining room function for Concierge class. A lovely way to start. This would be my 7th cruise. All the others on Royal Caribbean. As Concierge class we were invited by the concierge Javier, to the bridge and to sail into Auckland on the helipad which were really nice touches. The main advantage of Concierge class for me was the location. We had a hump cabin on the pool deck with a bigger balcony. We were starboard and had shade most of the day. From day 1 I was blown away. This ship by far is the best I have been on. Probably the biggest difference is that this ship seems to have 2 passengers to each crew member. That is amazing. Considering I have been on Ovation where it was probably 10 to 1. There were no lines on this ship! The Solstice staff were standout. They are truly a credit to their ship and industry. So friendly and willing to help anyone and assist at every opportunity. I could name so many people. But here goes some….Greg and Abel on the pool deck, Maurice, our room attendant, Jim, Faishoul, Kim and Almandi in the dining room. Thank you. You deserve all the recognition you can get. The Solstice has tendering down to a fine art. We had no problems getting off or back on the ship whenever we wanted. We were docked for Honolulu, Papeete, Auckland and of course Sydney. The entertainment was enjoyable with a few standout performances. I enjoyed the enrichment talks about sharks, rays and turtles etc with Brent Nixon prior to French Polynesia. They were appropriate and informative. Especially as we would be swimming with them in Bora Bora. The food was amazing. Not one bad meal. We were careful not to overeat and enjoyed our food. Often skipping lunch after a lovely breakfast where you are spoiled for choice. Occasionally we had a hot dog or burger from the Mast Grill that were always tasty. We dined at many of the specialty restaurants, namely Murano, Silk Harvest, and Tuscan Grill. The flambé lobster at Murano was particularly good. At Silk Harvest, we did a set menu that consisted of a lot of seafood with an Asian twist titled Silk ‘n’ Soul. Very nice. Tuscan Grill was my least favourite, only because I am not a steak person. We had pre-purchased a 3-night dining package. Most nights we did select dining and did not ever wait to be seated. We were treated like royalty. We ate breakfast in the Oceanview café daily except when we ordered room service on days that we had early tenders. It was on time, complete and still hot enough to eat. I was not going to purchase a drink package; however, I could not pass up the premium package for $AUD46 a day! It went on sale just before our cruise. By the time I had daily bottled water, speciality coffees, soft drink, nightly wine with dinner and a cocktail or two, it worked out economical for me. Whenever we went ashore I would grab some cold bottled water to take with me. I suppose I should mention here that we were advised not to drink anything other than sealed bottles of water in French Polynesia which surprised me a little. We were also warned about having drinks with ice in it. My daughter had the premium non-alcoholic package which was not on sale. I was under the impression that she would not be able to drink alcohol as this cruise originated in the USA where drinking laws are 21. However, after clearing Hawaii and in international waters, the drinking age was reduced to 18. So, she ended up having a couple of drinks which were charged at full price and 18% gratuity. Luckily for me she doesn’t drink much. Our first port of call was Maui after departing Honolulu at midnight. We had organised a ship’s tour on what was a beautiful day without any wind. A 45min helicopter flight. How else to see the most of Maui in one day? I can only say that it was worth every dollar. My daughter and I travelled in the front with the pilot as we ascended 10000 feet to the Haleakala Crater. Awe inspiring. It looked like something out of a sci fi movie. A bit like Mars, the red planet. We then travelled the road to Hana by air and saw majestic waterfalls and beautiful terrain that you can’t see from the road. We travelled the famous Jurassic Park helicopter scene into the “park” as Blue Hawaiian had the contract for all the helicopter scenes for all the Jurassic movies. On return to the port we visited the shops and bought some souvenirs and enjoyed the shade of the Banyan Tree. After Maui we had 5 sea days. There was always something to do around the ship or relax around the pool. The cruise director, Rick Spacey and his team could certainly entertain. The uniformed staff often played games against passengers which I think they genuinely enjoyed. Many people debated that 5 sea days in a row were too much, however, I didn’t think so. I used the Canyon Ranch Spa for a massage and a manicure however I found the staff unengaging, condescending and dismissive on two different occasions. Karin who did the massage and Kim the advanced aesthetics technician who did my nails were less than happy to be there in my opinion. I believe they are not employed by Celebrity which could have enhanced their business in my eyes. I could not wait to get out of there. Our next port of call was Papeete, Tahiti. The city itself was like any other capital city with a French flavour. We did another ships tour down the West Coast. It was a nice way to see some of the island. We visited a grotto, a scared ground, and a botanical garden. We called into the markets to buy some souvenirs and found them to be quite expensive. $USD10 for a fridge magnet minimum. This was the same all over French Polynesia. I did get some beautiful unique flower arrangements for my granddaughters to wear in their hair. The next port day was Bora Bora. My destination!! I was up early because I was so excited. It was another beautiful day. I had organised a private tour for about 30 cruisers with Maohi Nui. We had booked nearly a year out to ensure we could experience all Bora Bora has to offer. 12 of us, 6 at a time, did a full day combo tour for $USD215 each which included going up the mountain in a 4-wheel drive for some stunning views, a drive around the island with commentary from Arii who was obviously proud of his country and culture. Up the mountain we visited an artist studio where I bought 4 beautiful hand painted sarongs for my family at home. They were not cheap but definitely unique and of good quality. The artist said it takes him 4-5 hours to paint each one. We then went down the mountain and boarded a 12-seater outrigger canoe with Teddy and Vaitiare and went snorkelling in a coral garden. So many fish all swimming around you. We were serenaded by ukulele as we were taken through the pristine waters to Patrick’s private motu for a true Polynesian feast of suckling pig cooked underground. It was melt in the mouth good! It was served with fruits cooked in the oven, two types of BBQ fish, a chicken and spinach dish and some salad. Cold drinks were supplied and included bottled water, beer, wine, soft drink and champagne. We ate with our hands as you do in Bora Bora from banana leaf plates. After lunch, Patrick performed his fire dance before we headed back to the outrigger to swim with sharks and rays, and that we did in 1-2 metres of water! It was thrilling. Finally, we headed out to the reef to swim in 40ft of deep blue water on top of sharks deep below. To top everything off, a mother and calf whale breached in front of our outrigger as we headed back to the port. What a day! Words are not enough. This day turned out to be the highlight of our month-long holiday. It’s a good idea to take water shoes, an underwater camera, and your own snorkels as we did. If you go to Bora Bora, do yourself a favour and tour with Maohi Nui. Vaitiare likes to book groups to make her job easier so use your roll call and organise things early with one person to do the planning. I do recommend the combo tour however only 12 people per day can do this. The other cruisers did the full day tour and Polynesian lunch minus the 4 wheel drive up and around the island and most raved about the day. All money is payable on the day in cash. The last port of call in French Polynesia was Moorea. It was very hot and humid. We booked the ships Capture Moorea photo tour. It was a lovely way to see the island from Belvedere Lookout and atop Magic Mountain. It was very majestic scenery. After we left French Polynesia, the weather changed. We had cold windy weather with 4 metre swells. They closed the top decks for a couple of days. I was rocked to sleep two nights in a row. The weather settled a little in New Zealand and remained cool till we reached Sydney. Fortunately, I heard of no one coming down with gastro. Unfortunately, many people including myself became unwell in the last few days of the cruise. Many people were quarantined due to influenza A or another virus going around that caused razor blade throats and a hacking cough. I am still recovering. I don’t blame Celebrity for this. The ship was kept meticulously clean and they maintained mandatory hand sanitising. It was just a consequence of many people in a confined space with viruses that were airborne and helped along via the air conditioning when everyone was forced inside due to inclement weather. Despite the illness, I had the time of my life!! I met so many nice people to share my time with. I can now tick off Bora Bora and hope that you can too one day. It really is paradise. Everything else on this remarkable voyage was a bonus. Tours Hana and Haleakala Helicopter Exploration ++++ Discover Tahiti’s West Coast +++ Maohi Nui- Bora Bora ++++++ Capture Moorea- Photo tour ++++ Auckland- Hop on Hop off bus and the Skywalk +++ Bay of Islands- Island and Cave Adventure ++ Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We did the Tahitian Treasures Cruise on Solstice from Honolulu to Sydney for the second time now. We enjoy seadays and chose Aqua Class because of the breakfast in Blu and access to Persian Gardens. Dinner in Blu is a nice plus and we are ... Read More
We did the Tahitian Treasures Cruise on Solstice from Honolulu to Sydney for the second time now. We enjoy seadays and chose Aqua Class because of the breakfast in Blu and access to Persian Gardens. Dinner in Blu is a nice plus and we are happy to report that the food has been significantly better compared to our Blu experience from last year! Our cabin 1543 showed some wear under the roof on the balcony (visible and rusty holes) beside this, it was kept extraordinarily well by our steward Santan. He was incredibly hard working and we can't praise him enough! Overall the ship is still in very good condition - just the seats in the theatre desperatly need a new padding and one hot chair in Persian Guardens seems to be out of order for more than 1 year! We love seadays and we have immensely enjoyed Brent Nixon's lectures and those of Mary Amanda (B. Nixon's wife). The Hawaiian enrichment where enjoyable and authentic, but we had the feeling, that they have just been squeezed into the daily programme without very much attention - which resulted often tin conflicts with other important programme points. Too bad, because our tutors where hard working and overly friendly and helpful. The shows where hit and miss, often very good and spectacular, but then noticeably cheap (repetetive jugglers and the comedian was not funny at all) and boring. Our cruise director Richard and his sidekick Tim where more entertaining than the jugglers and comedians of the main program. Food in Blu was outstanding all the way and Ocenview Cafe always offered an incredible offering of various food and we always found something delicious there. The crew is exceptionally hardworking and overly friendy - with one exception: Guest Service who had a different attitude: "No, you customer are wrong, we can't help you" and we could always feel that they where afraid that complaints could lead to potential refunds (which we never asked for). We dined twice in Murano - top notch from beginning to end and being helped by Sandra was like being guest at a friend's home! She's a gem! We also dined twice in Sushi on 5 and where excited about their offerings that had nothing to do with Sushi! We enjoyed the Lobster Ramen, the Lobster Wan Tan and in particular the Ramen Sliders (Wagyu burgers). Having booked the dining package for 4 nights in advance, Sushi on 5 and Murano gave a very good value for money. All meals in Blu where excellent and beyond what we have experienced last year, the staff around Tanja where absolutely outstanding and it was just like returning to family. It really was that good! We did read a lot about Celebrity diming down and to be honest (with the exception of the lack of the daily 2 bottles of water) we could not sense anything compared to last year - quite the opposite: Everything was slightly better compared to last year. One negative thing: We had to leave ports in Bora Bora at 6:00, Moorea at 5:00, Auckland and Bay of Island at 6:00. Keeping in mind the tender times, this all left not enough time at the destinations and we have heard complaints, that Celebrity excursions left viewpoints before sunset just to be right on time back on the ships. These stays should be longer (and have been mostly longer in the last year) to enable guests to enjoy more of these phantastic destinations. Another niggle: Last year, we had an Hawaiian Farewell show with Hula dancers of all ages (particularly the little boys and girls where just adorable!!!) - nothing like that this year and we really missed it! All in all, it was an almost perfect experience and we can highly recommend cruising on Celebrity Solstice! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My wife and I had twelve prior cruises under our belt, but had never done a re-positioning cruise. The "Tahitian Treasures" cruise from Honolulu to Sydney via French Polynesia and New Zealand sounded like just the ticket for our ... Read More
My wife and I had twelve prior cruises under our belt, but had never done a re-positioning cruise. The "Tahitian Treasures" cruise from Honolulu to Sydney via French Polynesia and New Zealand sounded like just the ticket for our inaugural re-positioning, and we were not disappointed in the slightest. The Solstice, although the oldest of the Solstice class ships, is still relatively young (in service since 2008) and is in tip-top shape. Everything is sparkling clean, in good working order, and we didn't see anything that showed signs of wear and tear. Our stateroom was reasonably spacious for two, as was the veranda. One thing I liked was that the bed frames were high enough off the floor to easily allow our 29-inch suitcases (and we had four of them since we were staying on in Australia after the cruise and needed clothing for a couple of climate zones) to fit underneath them. There is also a nice-sized couch in addition to a small but functional desk. The large TV provided for easy viewing and the controls worked well. Storage space was adequate, but just barely. More drawer space would have been nice although I'm not sure where it could have gone. One minor complaint is that the safe was in a less-than-convenient spot, requiring you to get on your hands and knees to operate it. At least there was a safe, however, which we think is a critical piece of equipment for storing passports and other valuable. This was the first time we opted for Celebrity's "Select Dining" rather than having a fixed dining time and fixed seating assignment, and we found it worked quite well. Being able to eat when we wanted was very convenient, and allowed us to select the time that best worked relative to shows or other activities that we wished to see. We never had to wait for a table, and although the tables are relatively close together, it afforded us the opportunity to meet some very nice people while also avoiding the situation, which has sometimes occurred, of being seated for the whole cruise at a table with people with whom you have nothing in common. Also, over time Celebrity has cut back on the selections available in the main dining room, and we found that on some nights where there was nothing that compelling on the main menu we enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere of the buffet in the Ocean View Cafe. Food quality was uniformly good in the main dining room and the Ocean View Cafe. We also tried three of the premium restaurants -- Silk Harvest (Asian fusion--nothing particularly impressive), Murano (continental--limited menu but excellent quality and superb service), and Tuscan Grill (Italian/steak house--good amount of choices, also with excellent quality and service). We found the entertainment on this cruise to be somewhat better than on other Celebrity cruises we have taken in the last couple of years. There was a good variety of singers, comedians, and production shows. We particularly enjoyed Ivan Rutherford, who for many years was in the Broadway production of Les Miserables, and Nikki Barrett, an Australian singer. The singers, dancers and band really put their all into the production shows. Although we enjoyed some of the shows more than others, we never for a moment felt that any of the cast were putting less than 100% into their efforts, even though by this point (they were all near the end of their tours) they must have done these shows any number of times. The only entertainer we were a little put off by was a juggler who, although quite talented, made a number of comments we thought were a bit too edgy for an audience that included some (although granted not a lot) of children. Special mention goes to one of the bands, Jeam Beam, who we thought did an excellent job with every genre of rock, pop and contemporary music. Service was exemplary. We don't know how they do it day in and day out, but one thing we have found on every Celebrity cruise we have taken is that to a person, the crew is friendly, cheerful, and anxious to please. Being a re-positioning cruise, there were lots of sea days, but we never felt bored or as if we were going through the same routine day after day. There were a variety of activities to keep us busy, and plenty of time to just sit, relax, and read if that's all we wanted to do for the moment. We enjoyed all the ports of call and the shore excursions we did, although Papeete on Tahiti was something of a disappointment--a bit grungy around the edges. Bora Bora and Moorea were excellent, and we highly recommend the Aqua Safari on Bora Bora--you put on a diving helmet into which air is pumped under pressure so it keeps the water out, and you can walk on the sea bed 15 feet below the surface, surrounded by hordes of tropical fish. A truly memorable experience! Moorea was scenically magical--very reminiscent of Bali Hai in South Pacific. For some reason, it has been dropped from next year's itinerary for this cruise, however. Would we do this cruise again? In a heartbeat! It was one of the best we've ever done. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Love leaving out of my home town, and wanted to try 5 days at sea! Cruise was great, good activity staff and a great roll call who had many activities to help fill up those days at sea. Love the fact that Celebrity now does Silent Disco ... Read More
Love leaving out of my home town, and wanted to try 5 days at sea! Cruise was great, good activity staff and a great roll call who had many activities to help fill up those days at sea. Love the fact that Celebrity now does Silent Disco one or two times per trip. Do not miss this, as it is hilarious. Guest speakers Brent and Mary Amanda were very knowledgeable and enjoyable. Celebrity Life activities sharing information about other itineraries and ports were very informative as well, and helped us pick out our next cruise. Dined in the main dining room which was quite good, with lovely table mates. Only issue was that they had us originally as Select Dining, when we were a set seating but that was quickly sorted out on the first night. No problems with embarkation ( >15 mins!) and disembarkation was great. Ports were good, tendering was a bit painful in Hilo, but they sorted it out for Lahaina! Highly recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have sailed Celebrity Solstice class ships several times before, but we chose this itinerary as our first trip to Hawaii. Overnights in Oahu, Maui, and ports on both sides of the big island were much enjoyed. Our last day in Hilo we ... Read More
We have sailed Celebrity Solstice class ships several times before, but we chose this itinerary as our first trip to Hawaii. Overnights in Oahu, Maui, and ports on both sides of the big island were much enjoyed. Our last day in Hilo we experienced two earthquakes about 1/2 hour apart while on a bus tour in Volcanoes National Park and its environs. It was great and very exciting. All our excursions were from Celebrity, and all were well organized. We had one guide on the island of Hawaii, Anthony, who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We actually enjoyed him on 2 separate tours. We learned a great deal about the history and geology of this island. I also really liked the "Beyond the Podium" lectures that were offered on the 5 sea days, especially the ones about the art of the south Pacific. I joined the choir, directed by Isaac, and had a great performance on our last night of the cruise in Victoria, B.C. A great way to get back to Canada! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Embarkation was quick and easy compared to recent large ship and midsize ship embarkations. After arriving at the cruise terminal in Honolulu, we were guided to our line for our cabin class and we walked right to the counter. After ... Read More
Embarkation was quick and easy compared to recent large ship and midsize ship embarkations. After arriving at the cruise terminal in Honolulu, we were guided to our line for our cabin class and we walked right to the counter. After answering the quick health questionnaire our photos were taken and we were escorted to our cabin by ship's staff. Twenty minutes from unloading at the dock and getting to our cabin. Disembarkation was the also the easiest we have ever had as the Destinations Manager escorted us off the ship, to our luggage and then to our awaiting car to take us to the airport. Our suite was well appointed with only the sofa cushions showing some wear, otherwise the Suite was perfect. Dining at Luminae, Tuscan Grille, Morano and Sushi On Five was the best dining we have had in terms of quality and variety on any ship. Michael's Club, where after the first night the bar tender knew our choice of libations and the string duet and the classical guitar entertained was our favorite spot before dinner. The service on board was excellent from the butler, cabin steward, to the whole staff at Luminae, Sushi On Five, Tuscan Grille and Morano, we did not want for anything. We had chosen some interesting shore excursions including the Road to Hana and the Pineapple Plantation on Maui, the Atlantis Submarine in Kona as well as the Glass Bottom Boat and we recommend those excursions. The most interesting shore excursion, and it was a matter of timing, was the visit to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and hiking through Kilauea Iki Crater as the plume from the Kilauea Caldera rose behind us. The 5.1 earthquake which occurred while we were in the crater and brought rock down from the crater sides was pretty exciting and then experiencing the 6.9 earthquake while at the Jaggar Volcano Overlook topped off the day. It was a matter of timing! I will add, that we never felt in danger as the guides and the rangers were well trained and safety came first in dealing with the guests and the situation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We just completed our trip, sailing on the Solstice for a 19 night transpacific cruise. This was our 42nd cruise and DW says it was the best vacation we have ever taken! We live in Mesa AZ and started our adventure on April 4, 2018 ... Read More
We just completed our trip, sailing on the Solstice for a 19 night transpacific cruise. This was our 42nd cruise and DW says it was the best vacation we have ever taken! We live in Mesa AZ and started our adventure on April 4, 2018 flying on American to Sydney. The flight from LAX to SDY was almost 15 hours on a beautiful 787. We arrived in Australia at about 7am. No problems on arrival and we took a cab to our hotel. Sydney has so much road construction; at times it is faster to walk. We arrived at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney at Circular Quay at about 10 AM and were given our room right away. DW and I walked around the area for a couple hours and that made us so happy we chose this hotel. So much to see and do and we were right in the middle of it all. DW was tired from the flight and decided to just lay low the rest of the day. I did the Sydney Bridge climb that afternoon. What a treat. I was on top of the bridge for sunset for my first night in Australia. Off to a great start. The next day we too a trip on the Chef Led Hunter Valley Wine tasting. Our host picked us up and we started with a visit to Sydney’s fish market. Then breakfast at a beautiful riverside setting. Then we visited 3 different wineries were we were treated to great wines. Our host had food prepared for us to be paired with our tastings. He had scallops, stuffed mushrooms, kangaroo sliders and a sushi roll (that we had made at our breakfast stop) and then a dessert served with a port wine at the end. GREAT TRIP. Then we spent Sunday just getting around in Sydney. We bought Opal cards and were able to use all busses, trains and ferries for about $2.50 AUD for the entire day. Great deal if you are there on a Sunday! We did go to Manly Beach, a beautiful beach and a fun community. Great place to spend a day. They also have an ALDI supermarket there right at the ferry landing. Great place to get wine for the cruise. Monday we went to the Blue Mountains Day Tour with a group of new friends we had been chatting with on our roll call. This was done with Anderson's Tours. We were able to see much of the countryside with narration as we left the city and all the way to the Blue Mountain area. We saw many great spots, a tram ride seeing the Three Sisters and great walking through lush vegetation. We went to a wildlife park, fed Kangaroos and say Koalas. The return was a drive back, a quick trip through the 2000 Olympic park area then a ferry ride back to Circular Key. Another great day. Other activities in Sydney were a buffet dinner at the Sydney Eye and a sunset dinner cruise in Sydney harbor. If you want to visit the Sydney Eye, don’t do the buffet dinner! It was just another buffet and makes any ships buffet look good. To enjoy the view, just go to the desk and say you want drinks at the bar. Ride up, enjoy a beverage or 2, and you will be up there for a revolution of the bar so you will get a 360 view of Sydney. Don’t waste your money on the buffet dinner! The Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise was great. We took the window seat option. Our boat was not full and we had a great time. On Wednesday April 11 it was time to cruise. We walked our luggage across the street from the hotel to the Overseas Passenger Terminal, this was quick and easy. We had a late checkout so we went to board just before 1PM. Check in and boarding was a smooth process and we went right onto the ship. Our cruise has begun! This was our first time on the Solstice. We had access to our cabin so we dropped off our back packs first thing. We were in cabin 6299 an obstructed view balcony at the aft of the ship. The view was not obstructed but since we were above Blu, the top of Blu extended out below us and we had no view straight down to the water. This cabin was very quiet. Our balcony had a great view of the Opera House! Our cabin steward was Cipta and he was a gem. All of our needs were met, he would race to open our cabin door for us if he saw us returning with water or tea in hand. He got off the ship and was headed home to the Philippines to get married after our cruise. Then we did the usual touring around the ship. The drill was at 4:45 and was done by video. Then, SAILAWAY! We headed up to the Sunset bar and loved sailing out of Sydney harbor. We ran into several of our fellow CC members that we already toured with and others we had chatted with. We managed to stay up for the show, OZ Boys of Motown which was very enjoyable. Our cruise director was Liam and he was great. He even put together a 4 man acapella group the did a matinee show in the show room and was excellent. Throughout the cruise, we participated on trivia (up to 3X per day) some Polynesian Specialist activities and various other typical daily cruise activities. It seemed that many activities that we wanted to do happened at the same time as other things we wanted to do so we had to make choices. I would have joined the choir they had however it seemed that the practice was always during a presentation by Mary Amanda or Brent Nixon, our on board enrichment speakers. Mary Amanda did presentations on New Zealand, Maritime women, movies from New Zealand, Titanic and more. Great information and we learned she is a ball of energy and loves her position. Brent Nixon had presentations on sharks, whales, turtles and many more. Both presenters were genuine and original(and they are husband and wife). They were a highlight for our sea days. We had 2 sea days to relax. We also had our CC meet and Mingle on our first sea day and over 100 attended. Always nice to see a good turn out for the M&G. We had a production show Broken Strings one night which was excellent and a guitarist Bayne Bacon and he was quite good as well. Our first port was Bay of Islands in NZ. This was a tender port and if you did not take a ships excursion you basically had to wait about 2 hours before getting off the ship. This precluded us from buying any excursion off the ship. We did get off and took the local ferry over to Russell Island. We walked around the town, found a couple of watering holes and they took the ferry back. The tender line was long, we went to the Bay of Islands Yacht Club(which we were lined up in front of) were we were greeted with great hospitality. We enjoyed several beverages there and caught the last tender back to the ship. The performer was Daniel Mallari, a vocalist. On to Auckland. We docked in Auckland and had a CC group on the Cruise Ship Combo Tour from Terry at Absolute Tours. It was a rainy day on Auckland but it was a good tour and we saw quite a lot around the city and surrounding area. Terry also set up a wine tasting at The Cave, a wine dealer, and it was nice. Bought a couple bottles and brought it back onboard with no problems! This was an all day tour and we arrived back at the ship 30 minutes before all aboard. The show was Cameo Rascale, acrobatic presentation and very entertaining. Off to Tahiti and 4 sea days. We started with 2 Mondays (International Date Line). Monday 1 the entertainment was Suzanne Prentice, a vocalist who has performed with many acts from the 60’s and beyond. That night was the Dateline crossing party in the Grand Foyer. Monday 2 we had a show by female violinist Yoomia. Very high energy! Next day had 2 presentations, Coral Reefs and Female Mariners, both excellent. We went to the Chef’s Table for dinner. This is an evening to be pampers, and wined and dined. We started at Cellar Masters with champagne, toured the galley as they served dinner, and then went to a private table at Murano for our dinner. 10 of us enjoyed the Chef prepare our food at the table. Different wines were served with each course. Desert was served and paired with a port wine. A great experience but be careful, the food is great but very rich. The wine was basically unlimited. Pace yourself for this if you do it. Papeete. We joined a group and took a tour to the center of the island(Tahiti Half day tour). There were 8 of us on benches facing each other in the back of a pick up truck. Not a 4 wheel trip but it was rough enough to make fillings fall out of your teeth! We saw so many beautiful look outs and so much green scenery. This was an excursion offered from the ship as we say many trucks with tags for a ships excursion. I would not recommend this type of trip for anyone with a back problem. The port itself was a bunch of shops and not very pretty. Wi-fi was not readily available and mostly you had to buy something to get a code to use it. Moorea. We did the Viatour All day cultural tour. We were met at the pier and traveled in a small SUV with A/C. We went around the entire Island. We had a lunch at a beautiful beach was we went swimming and snorkeling. After our tour, we stopped at the Intercontinental Hotel. It was nice to see the cabins out on the beautiful water. They also had dolphins there and we saw them perform for a few minutes. There was not much available within walking distance of the dock . We tried a café for internet but it was lousy. Others did find several bars closer to the Intercontinental Hotel that we heard they enjoyed and it had internet. Bora Bora. The highlight of our cruise. We joined CC members on Patrick’s ¾ day tour and it was outstanding. We boarded a catamaran and made several stops. Our first stop was for snorkeling and swimming with rays and sharks. The water was so warm and there were so many sharks and rays around and it was safe and amazing! Our next stop was snorkeling around the coral. So many fish and just beautiful coral. Lunch was like a luau on a private beach. Patrick presented the emu where he had prepared our lunch of roasted pig, fish and veggies. Drinks were also included and you had a choice of sitting at tables in the water or up on the beach. Patrick also did a fire dance after lunch. Then a ride through the beautiful water back to our pier. Back to the ship. 4 more sea days. When we crossed the equator there was a party and the pollywogs on board (those that had not previously cruised across the equator) were initiated to become shellbacks. Many kissed a fish they had and some did jump in the pool afterwards. Everyone on the ship received a certificate for the equator crossing. We enjoyed dinners at Murano, Silk and Tuscan. All were excellent food and service. Murano was our favorite, we ate there twice. The filet and lobster was prepared tableside and flambéed and was sooooo good. Crepes were also good and flambéed as well. Get the 4 dinner package for the best pricing. There were people offering discounted pricing for the specialty restaurants most days but other than the Chefs table we only ate there for our 4 dinner package. Our dining was on deck 3 and was something we actually looked forward to on the evenings we decided to eat there. We had a table for 8 with 6 great table mates. On lobster night, collectively we had 35 lobster tails and had quite the pile of tails on the table when we were done! Joseph and Janet took care of us at dinner and they were great and helped make it fun each evening. Hilo. Weather was rainy all day. We had decided before the cruise that we were not going to visit the Volcano’s Nat’l Park. We just took the Hopa on Hopa Off trolley and enjoyed Hilo. Turns out we should have visited the Volcano as it had just started the current eruption and was still safe to see an amazing site. 20/20 hindsight! Maui: A lazy day, relaxing in Maui. We went to the Old Lahaina Luau in the evening. A wonderful evening and a great authentic Hawaiian experience. The food was good, drinks were included and it was right on the ocean. It was only a 15 minute walk from the tender port. Honolulu: The ship docked at a newer cruise ship dock. I had always been at Aloha tower in the past. The port is closer to Waikiki and about a 5 or 10 minute walk to the Aloha tower. Disembarking was quick and easy. We were off the ship and at our hotel in Waikiki before 10AM. We stayed at the Ohana Malia Hotel right on Lewers St for 5 nights. A great hotel in a central Waikiki location. We did quite a bit of walking while we were there. Breakfast was at Cheeseburger in Waikiki and was $6 apiece each morning. Great way to start the day. One day we visited 3 Honolulu Breweries and made a day of that. On Wednesday night we went to the Brewseum for dinner and brews. This is a place that keeps WWII history alive. There is so many items and memories from Pearl Harbor and around Oahu from the war. They have a speakeasy bar and a brew pub bar. This is a must see if you are at all interested in history. The location is off the beaten path so look for it and enjoy! We flew home on Hawaiian Airlines. This was our choice since they had a flight at 12:30 and had us in Phoenix at 9PM so no all night flying. Now it is time to get all the planning done for our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have been on 18 cruises, 16 on Celebrity and 6 of them on Solstice. This is one of the best cruise itineraries we’ve experienced. We flew Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Sydney, 11 hours. Took a taxi to the Marriott Circular ... Read More
We have been on 18 cruises, 16 on Celebrity and 6 of them on Solstice. This is one of the best cruise itineraries we’ve experienced. We flew Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Sydney, 11 hours. Took a taxi to the Marriott Circular Key and were pleasantly surprised by the convenient location of the hotel. We were even able to walk our luggage to the ship when the time came. We arrived three days prior to our cruise and scheduled a two-day HOHO bus which enabled us to visit Sydney’s top attractions. Wish we had longer as there was so much to see in and around this beautiful city. We also took a tour of the Sydney Opera House, wow, it was worth the price of admission. Each morning began with an enjoyable breakfast at Le Quays, across the street from the hotel. The night before boarding the Solstice we had a memorable dinner of John Dory (whole fish) at The Oyster Bar at Circular Quay. The weather matched the city, both were incredible. If you’re a fish-foodie, you’ll love Sydney! Although we have been on many cruises, the feeling of excitement on embarkation day never fades. Embarkation was quick and well-organized. Once aboard we made our way to the Ocean View Bar area with our lunch and soaked in the views of The Harbor Bridge to our left and Opera House to our right, another stellar weather day in Sydney. Once the announcement was made that the cabins were ready, we headed to our AquaClass cabin 1568. We were lucky to have the same cabin for both legs of the cruise although others told us that it wasn’t too much of a hassle to change cabins between cruises as the stateroom attendants were very helpful. We have chosen AquaClass since we first tried it years ago on the Eclipse. We enjoy the amenities and dining in Blu. Sydney provides one of the more picturesque sail aways, the views are stunning. We enjoyed sitting on our lanai, drink in hand. Newcastle: We really enjoyed the Hunter Valley Wine Tour. We even saw wild kangaroos on the journey. Be sure to try the blue wine at Drayton’s Family Wines! Airley Beach: The port was closed due to Hurricane Iris so we had an extra sea day. Cairns Day 1: The Great Barrier Reef Tour is one that we’ll never forget, one of the top items on our bucket list. We transferred from the Solstice to a boat that took us to the pontoon at the reef. Excellent snorkeling using our own full-face mask/snorkels and borrowed their fins. Stinger suits were optional as it was late in the season for jellies, we opted out. Saw all sorts of coral, fish and even a turtle! Went out on the semi-submersible. Missed the lunch as we were having too much fun snorkeling. Got back to the ship after dark. A great day! Cairns Day 2: Kuranda On Your Own consisted of a shuttle to the area. This worked out great for us as there were particular things we wanted to see for example Kuranda Koala Garden and Bird World. Another item was checked off the bucket list…hold a koala. What a terrific experience! We were also permitted to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. From there we went to see the birds of Australia, the most colorful array of avian wildlife we’ve ever seen. Port Douglas: Hot as heck! We hiked up to the top of Flagstaff Hill after learning the seawalk had been closed due to massive flooding. Took a wee wander around the town before heading back to the ship. Like all Australians, they were very friendly there. Brisbane: Took the Celebrity Shuttle to “Brizzie” where we joined a walking tour (just 4 of us) of the city conducted by a wonderful volunteer named Jan. She took us all over including a bus ride and a boat ride along the Brisbane river, all complimentary. Jan was so knowledgeable, taking us to every site of interest and sharing historical stories along the way. She spent over 4 hours with us. Another great day! Thank you Jan! Back to Sydney, end of the first of our back-to-back cruise. We hopped a ferry to Watson’s Bay. Hiked around the area then went to Doyle’s at the pier for a casual lunch of fish and chips. Doyle’s also has a fine dining restaurant a stone’s throw away which looked very nice. Both are known for having the best fish and chips. When we returned to the ship we had to be issued new sea passes for the next cruise and go through immigration. We whisked through both. New Zealand: Unfortunately missed both stops as I was unwell. Will just have to go back another time! Tahiti: Took a ferry over to Moorea on our own, good fun. Walked around Papeete when we returned. Sidewalks are being upgraded, lots of construction work going on. Moorea: What an incredibly beautiful island! We took a taxi to the Hilton Hotel where we had reserved a Day Pass which included use of towels, loungers, snorkel gear, kayaks and standup paddle boards. We didn’t use the pool as the small beach with its crystal, clear water was amazing as was the snorkeling. Lunch was included. We met a nice couple who were also from our ship so we shared a taxi back to the pier. We spoke with a number of people afterward that had done the same thing at the Intercontinental Hotel. Living in Hawaii, it was hard to imagine a place with the water having so many more shades of blue and the sky so clear and full of stars, that was Moorea (and Bora Bora). I am hoping we’ll be back to spend more time there. Favorite stop on the cruise. Bora Bora: Thanks to CC Toni and Bobby for organizing the ¾ Day Lagoon Tour with Polynesian Feast with Patrick of Mahoi Nui, it was fantastic! We started off boarding a catamaran bound for 3 different snorkeling stops. Patrick and the boys sang and played ukuleles whilst we were on our journey. We swam/snorkeled with black-tipped reef sharks, stings rays and a multitude of tropical fish. Then we went to a private island for a Polynesian feast, much like a Hawaiian luau complete with delicious food and a fire dance performed by Patrick himself. The excursion was about 6 hours in duration and was the best we’ve experienced. Would highly recommend this. We were treated to sail away at the bow of the ship. What a fantastic way to end our time in the Society Islands. Crossing the Equator: Celebrity made our transition from Pollywogs to Shellbacks memorable. Will not give away the details so you can be surprised when it’s your turn! Hawaii: As we live here and have seen most of the sites, we opted to take it easy and enjoy the ship. Specialty Dining: We have always been reluctant to try Murano as we assumed the food would be too rich for our taste however we decided to give it a go. Oh no! We’ve been missing out on some of the best food we’ve ever had on a cruise ship! We both had the Murano Lobster Cognac Flambee, prepared tableside by Mansour, fabulous! For afters I had the Grand Marnier Souffle and DH had Strawberries Flambee, both were excellent. A lovely evening of high level service and food. Ocean View Café: Always impressed by the extraordinary number of choices. We enjoyed everything we had, especially the salads, fruit, Indian and Chinese cuisines and daily scoop of ice-cream. DH also enjoyed the bread which is made fresh each day. Café al Bacio: Thoroughly enjoy spending time here, both on our own and with new friends. The special coffees are made well with a good selection of teas and sweets. It’s nice that these drinks are complimentary once one has reached the Elite Plus loyalty level. As we enjoy wine with dinner, having the classic beverage package on the first cruise worked out well. Not having a beverage package on the second (19-day) cruise became a bit costly. We always bring the allowable 2 bottles of wine on board with us however they don’t seem to last long! Debarkation in Honolulu was a breeze; very well organized. We eagerly await our South America cruise on the Eclipse in December and Transatlantic on the Edge in April. I do believe that another Tahitian Treasures cruise may be in our future as well! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose the cruise because of its Itinerary. Celebrity Sandards have fallen very quickly if this ship is an indication of Fleet wide. Library had no more than 200 books most of which were in German. Food Quality and Quantity have also ... Read More
Chose the cruise because of its Itinerary. Celebrity Sandards have fallen very quickly if this ship is an indication of Fleet wide. Library had no more than 200 books most of which were in German. Food Quality and Quantity have also fallen. Where we used to receive 6 shrimp in a shrimp cocktail there are now 4. One night I ordered a steak Diane and it appeared on my plate less than one quarter of an inch thick. Likewise a Salmon filet with no more than 3 bites in total. My biggest complaint however is the use of the atrium area on deck 3 and 4 for very loud activities like dance classes/exercise classes and general dance sessions. This excessive nois affects people seeking quiet enjoyment to read play games, work on the internet or just have a coffee or a drink in one of the bars. Despite numerous complaints to Cruise direcrtor staff and Celebrity Captains Club hostess it continued unabated throughout the cruise. The Observation lounge is the proper place for dancing and dance l;essons while the Gymnasium needs to be used for exxercise classes. This is the first time I have not taken advantage of the Future cruise program as I could not find anything with sufficient incentive for booking on board and after this cruise I am not sure i will be sailing Celeberity in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have cruised withe Celebrity Solstice before and loved it..second time on the Hawaii cruise. We felt a change in atmosphere when boarding esp in the staff. Booked a mid ship balcony room. It was filthy. Were told the ship was 100% ... Read More
We have cruised withe Celebrity Solstice before and loved it..second time on the Hawaii cruise. We felt a change in atmosphere when boarding esp in the staff. Booked a mid ship balcony room. It was filthy. Were told the ship was 100% booked. Found out from other passengers that this was not the case. They were upgraded without asking. We ended up at the rear of the ship in a wheelchair statement room with many challenges for us.Lost our consierge priveleges because of the move. We paid a high price for this room. When settling our final statement, we noted a hefty Poolside bar charge of four hundred and twenty dollars. We never received these services! Visa is co testing this charge for us. We had never received an apology or refund for bar services which we did not use. So beware. Selling alcohol seems to be the key goal on ships these days. We ha e cruised a lot and it was never like this on Celebrity before.Two definite things we ask for from Celebrity...an apology and a refund of Pool bar charge (528.45 Canadian) Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Cruising from Hawaii back to Australia via Tahiti and New Zealand and not having to fly, seemed like a wonderfully relaxing holiday... But then there was norovirus! I think many more cases than were officially reported. I was an unlucky ... Read More
Cruising from Hawaii back to Australia via Tahiti and New Zealand and not having to fly, seemed like a wonderfully relaxing holiday... But then there was norovirus! I think many more cases than were officially reported. I was an unlucky one who had to be wheeled down to to doctor at 3.30am! I have never been so violently ill in my life. My husband who felt quite unwell a few days later but avoided all food and alcohol, dodged the bullet of a full blown attack and was not reported. Many people we discovered along the way had been "feeling unwell" and so we hadn't seen them for a few days. I bet lots had "it" and just laid low. I have been on 6 previous cruises and Solstice was the grubbiest, from the table top in the lounge immediately upon embarkation to our cabin in which I had to scrub the sink with an airline toothbrush, yuk! The towels were threadbare and I daren't check out the pilllows or mattress. Yes, my adult kids say I am the CLEANEST person they know and I was perfectly healthy for a week in Hawaii and through Tahiti and Bora Bora. I was fastidious in my hand sanitising but then I began to notice people's habits - at the buffet especially. For example- people picking their teeth - it has to be said - and then touching the servers!!! For heavens sake cruise ships, serve people individually or put sanitizers on each table so we can eat a bread rolll. Needless to say, the buffet is to be avoided at all costs. The restaurants all seemed good but I bet menus etc. are still contaminated. Oh, and all that cruise pass handling. I have to stop now as I am reliving the nightmare. Don't go!!! PS. After being in isolation for 24 hrs Celebrity offered me a 1 day credit on a future cruise (within 12 months) of course. An admission of liability perhaps? I don't think I will be taking them up on their offer, ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
PROS: I have to disagree with many of the reviews that decried the quality of the dining. We found dinner to be quite pleasant, even if the menu did become a little repetitive. Our waiter and assistant waiter were outstanding, and we ... Read More
PROS: I have to disagree with many of the reviews that decried the quality of the dining. We found dinner to be quite pleasant, even if the menu did become a little repetitive. Our waiter and assistant waiter were outstanding, and we couldn't go wrong by following their suggestions. Dinner was served efficiently so that we usually could make it to the early show in time, and the cafeteria offered adequate seating and predictably good quality alternatives. Also, the staff were invariably helpful and exceeded expectations. This included, notably, our cabin attendant, all members of the dining room and food service staff. At the end of the cruise, these staff members had to work especially hard because of the outbreak of illness aboard the ship. CONS: We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. While it involved 11 days at sea, we usually enjoy the many shipboard activities and the opportunity to relax. Sadly, the main shipboard activity on the Solstice was fending off--sometimes physically--the constant upselling. Being accosted by animal characters outside the cafeteria accompanied by equally insistent photographers became worse than tiresome: It was practically assault. The pre-recorded upselling phone messages left in the cabin reminded me of why I had wanted a vacation. And the gauntlet of specialty restaurant barkers when entering lunch were like carnival workers. Added to this, at least half of the "enrichment" activities were actually enrichment for Celebrity and attempts to squeeze $$$ out of guests for overpriced services or terrible "artwork." In fact, outside of some worthwhile lectures and trivia contests, there was little to do during sea days. Scant information was made available about the ship's daily position, about port layouts or getting into town. The daily newsletter was a reiteration of dining venues and times, a list of sales presentations, and a few repetitive activities. Celebrity dedicated considerable space to upscale shops but only a pegboard of about 25 sq ft to sundries such as aspirin and seasick pills. With nearly two weeks at sea, I would have appreciated the usual supply of everday items being on hand. Show quality varied from one extreme to another. A fantastic concert pianist on one night, then a disorganized and pointless production show the next; an on-the-mark female vocalist raised my expectations on the first night to be followed later by a lounge lizard male singer. Considering that we paid a very low price for the cruise, it was a good value for the money. Had we paid anywhere near full price, I would have been sorely disappointed, but it was a comfortable way to travel to Sydney and arrive more rested than if we had flown. See cabin review, below. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Cabin: Cabin 9191, an outside balcony on the port side, had plenty of room and the most well-designed bathroom we’ve seen on a cruise ship, with more storage space than we needed and a shower big enough that you could actually pick up a ... Read More
Cabin: Cabin 9191, an outside balcony on the port side, had plenty of room and the most well-designed bathroom we’ve seen on a cruise ship, with more storage space than we needed and a shower big enough that you could actually pick up a dropped bar of soap. There was some low-level vibration whenever the ship was in motion, but not enough to bother us. Dining: We ate twice at each of the specialty restaurants (including Sushi on 5), as well as the main dining room and Oceanview café. Overall, the food was above average but not spectacular. Service in the specialty restaurants was usually excellent, but slow service in the main dining room implies they were understaffed for much of this cruise, and finding an open table in the Oceanview was frequently difficult. Ports and Shore Excursions: An inordinate number of rainy/cloudy days only slightly dampened our enjoyment of the ports. On Maui we did the road to Hana -- an 8-10 hour trip with scenery and road conditions such that you definitely want someone else driving. In Tahiti we did a small-group private circle tour of the island, and on Bora Bora the snorkel/stingray/shark trip was a lot of fun. In Auckland, the weather finally cleared part-way through our wine-tasking excursion to Waiheke Island, although the ferry and bus rides were more interesting than the wines. And at the Bay of Islands, the scenery during the bus ride was as interesting as the stops at kauri forest and glow-worm cave. Entertainment: The musicians who played in public areas throughout the day and evening covered a wide range of styles from classical to blues, and for the most part did a good job. We didn’t see all of the theater shows, but the best that could be said for most were that they were about what you’d expect if you’re familiar with cruise entertainment. In some cases, the sound system was so loud that singers’ words were unintelligible. However, we enjoyed comedian Jeff Nease, and musician/story-teller Bayne Bacon was outstanding. Other: Despite the omnipresent Purell dispensers and the captain’s daily exhortations about hand-washing, there was an outbreak of norovirus on the last day before we reached Sydney. Actions such as eliminating all self-service in the Oceanview café probably helped limit further spread of the virus, but the medical center could have handled the triage process more efficiently than they did. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
A relatively EXPRENSIVE 17 DAY TRANSITION CRUISE TO SYDNEY FROM HONOLULU...Lots of people sick from on board virus..(removed number 0ver 200). food in dinning room and buffet monotonous and bland. Asst Ma'de tried to calm us down ... Read More
A relatively EXPRENSIVE 17 DAY TRANSITION CRUISE TO SYDNEY FROM HONOLULU...Lots of people sick from on board virus..(removed number 0ver 200). food in dinning room and buffet monotonous and bland. Asst Ma'de tried to calm us down over food issues and brought chef to us--who then made excuses about trying to please guest who didn't like spicy or tasty food. (Cruise line trying to please wrong people). .Ports ok... Specialty results were good=with the quality one used to find of Celebrity.. Stale crackers in essentially forced quarantine. What we were offered for restitution totally inadequate. Service on board was great except for room service who may have gotten overwhelmed because of serving quarantined guest. Restitution offered only for days you had sought medical treatment. Had to smooze staff to get a refund on excusion we were unable to go on due to sickness. Policy exist to only refund those unable to attend during quarantine. (we had been sick for two days before quarantine)... Won't be traveling Celebrity any time soon... Kudos to our cabin attendant Lenie who went far beyond the normal call of duty. We were in 9356... This was out 19th cruise.. 4k video will soon be posted on you tube.. Bora Bora and Sydney were the best ports. Ackland cultural experience excursion Disappointing--2.6 hours on bus thru NZ countryside not mentioned beforehand. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I think this itinerary was mis-named. For me, South Pacific Treasures would have been more accurate, because it was traversing the South Pacific ocean that was the purpose of this cruise, with a total of 11 sea days. One day we were ... Read More
I think this itinerary was mis-named. For me, South Pacific Treasures would have been more accurate, because it was traversing the South Pacific ocean that was the purpose of this cruise, with a total of 11 sea days. One day we were treated to 4-5 meter waves, another day 2 meter waves, another day it was a pacific ocean, smooth as a lake. Overnight of Oct. 5, we were treated to a beautiful full moon reflected on the water. As attractive as most of the stops were, spending time on open water was the central reality of this re-positioning cruise. Embarkation in Honolulu was smooth, with a different look, we each received a shell necklace as we entered the registration area. We cruised the Inside Passage on the Solstice last year, and it seemed a fair number of other passengers had previously been aboard this ship, allowing a comfortable familiarity for us. Certainly for us, the other passengers help make this a very enjoyable vacation. The many Australians we met during this trip were individually and as a group friendly and good-humored. The fun we had with our trivia team was a highlight of the whole cruise. The Cruise Critic meeting was well attended by cruisers and officers. Hotel Director Andrea and the Cruise Director Ben were very visible and active leaders throughout the cruise, one never knew where and when either of them might appear. Parag was our stateroom attendant, and he performed his duties with a smile, and proved quick to respond to both face-to-face requests and to phone calls. Blu was good for us. Telma and her restaurant staff provided excellent service throughout the cruise. Our main complaint is and has been, that we would like richer flavors in the food. Over 17 nights, the menu of course had repetition, and constraints of resupply further limited some of the potential choices. Considering there was some understandable drop-off in fresh produce, we admired the way Celebrity handled the logistics of supplying our cruise. Rose of Captain's Club had plenty to do, and was once again helpful to us. Ben was ok as CD, he is definitely energetic. Alexa and Nick ran trivia, both injecting some dry humor into the sessions. The house band Sound Stars was as good as any we have seen during our 16 years cruising. They played a range of popular music, covering different styles well, with some good interpretations thrown in. Prisma, the string duo, were excellent throughout the cruise, and I made an effort to hear them play. Starlight, the fusion quartet were good. Duo, the acoustic pairing were not as good for us as the other performers. Of the stage productions, the acrobatic/aerial show was much better than the other productions. Yoomi was good, as was Denny Elliot. The entire Hotel Staff deserves kudos for their efforts to clean and re-clean the ship during the Norovirus outbreak. Days before the cruise ended, thorough cleaning and re-cleaning of some state rooms commenced, pillows and linens were removed. The housekeeping and restaurant staffs, I think the entire Hotel management and staff, worked hard long hours to contain and rectify this outbreak. People were quarantined, care was offered and given. We very much appreciate all the efforts the service staffs made on the passengers behalf. The Polynesian Enrichment team provided ukulele lessons that I attended when they were available. They also were offering hula and other dance lessons, and were well attended, again when they were officially scheduled. It was odd to see them aboard and stating they were willing to hold classes that for some reason weren't being scheduled by the activities director. We watched some of the Enrichment lectures via the television, which was a first for us. We made good use of the fitness center and walking track. We the number of sea days, we had ample time to walk the promenade, and decks 14 and 15. Disembarkation in Sydney was easy, with helpful attendants sprinkled throughout the terminal. If the meters worth of missing wood railing on decks 14 and 15, and the connecting stairways; and the amount of rust clearly visible on our veranda and other parts of the ship are any indication, then the Celebrity Solstice best not wait until 2019 or even later to be totally refurbished. Overall, the combination of meeting friendly and interesting fellow cruisers, excellent service, the Pacific ocean, and attractive ports made for memorable travel. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We always wanted to do this cruise and visit Hawaii. Unfortunately our time in Hawaii of 5 days was not enough time, you definitely need a full week or more. Hawaii is great. The weather was great and so was our accomodation at the ... Read More
We always wanted to do this cruise and visit Hawaii. Unfortunately our time in Hawaii of 5 days was not enough time, you definitely need a full week or more. Hawaii is great. The weather was great and so was our accomodation at the Hilton Embassy Suites. Celebrity Cruises are great as was this one. The service and staff are amazing and very friendly. No faults there. However I will say that this cruise really needed more port stops. It was too many sea days. It was definitely very relaxing as the weather was great, but by time the second lot of 5 days of sea days came, we were a little over it, especially during the day. At night it was fine, as you had a pre-dinner drink, then dinner in the Dining Room (open dining times) then after we would go to see the 9pm show. But for us we just felt you needed at least two more port stops. Possibly in Fiji or the Cook Islands region. Overall we definitely enjoyed it though. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
First time on Celebrity and first time at ALL the ports. We selected this cruise because we wanted to see all the ports and relax on the slow float back to our home port. We flew to Honolulu from Sydney stayed at the Moana Surfrider in a ... Read More
First time on Celebrity and first time at ALL the ports. We selected this cruise because we wanted to see all the ports and relax on the slow float back to our home port. We flew to Honolulu from Sydney stayed at the Moana Surfrider in a Bunyan Room with views to the beach and Diamond head, it also had access to the Beach Club Room (pay the extra it is worth it). We pre-ordered a day pass/passport at Pearl Harbour through recreation.gov, so we had our allocation to the tender to see the Arizona and entry (plus audio guide) to all the sites at the memorial, the Bowfin submarine, Museum, Missouri and the Aviation Museum. You need a full day to see all the sites, I would highly recommend a visit. Note: they don't allow bags in the site, so pack your pockets not a bag. Embarkation in Honolulu was hot and noisy and the lines were long. However, when you get near the front, they ask those with priority boarding/Aqua Class to go to another area. However, the customs official for our embarkation area was very strict, so the priority line was longer than the non priority - you have to wait sometime. Once onboard, the holiday begins, Celebrity service and staff are wonderful, treat people as you want to be treated and a smile goes a long way. Those who board who expect servants not service make me annoyed. Unfortunately, there are a number of those personality types who cruise. We booked Aqua Class as this was our preview cruise with Celebrity. The cabin 1541 was spotless and the location was fantastic, one fight of stairs turn right to Aqua Spa Cafe - light breakfast and lunch and the adult indoor heated pool, turn left and you are at the entrance to the Canyon Spa and the Gym. Book early for embarkation deals if you like the Spa treatments onboard, I had saved for 'something special' and the embarkation deal I purchased was the buy 4 massages and get 1 free. Five heavenly massages from Riyha, the highlight of the cruise. Two flights up and you are at the Sky Lounge and the walking track. Sky Lounge is the location for trivia and evening band 'Celebrity Life' activities, our cruise have Bandioke, CelebrityVoices, and many other fun nights after 10pm. We always walk down the stairs and up the lifts, however, the location of our cabin made walking up easy to all our favourite locations. Their is even access through an open door on Level 11 on the starboard side (forward) so you can access the treatment rooms and the relaxation room only available to aqua class. This room has the best view of the ship over the bow with comfortable lounges, reading and sleeping as you sail. Dining - We bought a 7 night Specialty restaurant package - our first booking by Celebrity was in the Silk Harvest 7/10. If you do the same, cancel straight away and book all your meals at the Murano. We did not find out how good the Murano was until we had also eaten at the Tuscan Grille (being Italian - 6/10 Nonna cooks better). However, the Murano is a MUST and Sasha the Maitre'D is excellent. I ordered the same meal (5 times) - Crab parfait 10/10 entree and the Lobster Main course, the Lobster is cooked at your table. 20/10 Entertainment was hit and miss, most shows are OK. I don't cruise for the shows or the entertainment, I want to relax, if it interests me, then I go. Ports - Lahaini - we would go back to port and have the pineapple at the cafe across from Bubba Gumps - Maui Aquarium was a good surprise. Papeete - BB Cafe for the Surf and Turf - best meal and free wifi Bora Bora - Bloody Mary's and the Public beach - wonderful Auckland - catch the ferry to Devonport and wonder, then public library has the best view and free wifi. Bay of Islands - Ferry to Russell, then to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (a must) Shore Excursions - Lahaini - Robert's Hawaii - 8/10 Papeete - Celebrity - Bus around the island - 6/10 Visit to the gardens was the highlight Bora Bora - Celebrity - Glass Bottom Boat - 9/10. Our own local 'taxi' to Bloody Mary's' and the main beach 10/10 Auckland - own - Fullers ferry to Devonport and 1 hr tour - 9/10 . Walked around and had lunch at Hum Cafe 10/10 Bay of Islands - own Ferry to Russell 9/10, self guided visit to Waitangi treaty ground + Museum 10/10 Do it again - we booked a future cruise on board and saved, plus Perks - next time we have our Classic drinks package and Internet included - bam! Note to Celebrity - if they included Aperol in the Classic Drinks Package I would book 20 more cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Celebrity Solstice Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.5 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 5.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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