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11 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

11 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Airlie Beach
  • Day 5
    Cairns
  • Day 6
    Cairns
  • Day 7
    Port Douglas, Australia
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Brisbane
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Sydney (Australia)

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

Cons

Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

Bottom Line

Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages


Cruise Reviews

Having cruised both NCL & Princess I was interested to see how Celebrity compared. First to the good points. Well decorated and very modern with clean lines, staff 10/10 both friendly and there when you needed them. The buffet was the ... Read More
Having cruised both NCL & Princess I was interested to see how Celebrity compared. First to the good points. Well decorated and very modern with clean lines, staff 10/10 both friendly and there when you needed them. The buffet was the best we’ve had on ships so far, both in variety and quality of food. Our cabin was well set out and comfortable bedding. The only specialty restaurant we went to was The Petit Chef which is a very different dining experience as you are seated at a table where animation is used as part of the service. Would definitely recommend going to this. Food was of reasonable standard. Now to the not so good. As mentioned in other reviews, be prepared for the eternal pressure put on by staff wanting you to take up the packages both beverage and specialty dining. This lasted more than 3 days into the cruise. One passenger told me she complained as one staff member held on to her arm so she couldn’t leave until they finished trying to convince her. They don’t want to take no for an answer. Even when you are sitting eating in the buffet you are approached to buy packages. The shows were average overall. Peter Cousins was a stand out. The production shows far better on NCL. We went to the Main dining 3 times and would not go back as both the presentation and quality of food below standard. My husband had a chorizo pasta and received three tiny cubes of chorizo decorating his plate and tasteless pasta. Escargot so small and swimming in butter with almost no taste of garlic. Pricing for purchases on the ship was higher than we experienced on the other two lines. Upgrading to a specialty restaurant cost us over USD$ 50 each and this was with 20% discount. Also far more expensive than the other Lines. If you want to change your dining allocation go as early as you can on first day to dining area and you will be out on a list. We were able to change ours. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
What we liked: 1)Spotless ship with obvious attention to detail and a crew focused on cleanliness. 2)Great crew who worked hard to please. Some going out of their way to do so. 3)Above average(in some cases excellent)food. ... Read More
What we liked: 1)Spotless ship with obvious attention to detail and a crew focused on cleanliness. 2)Great crew who worked hard to please. Some going out of their way to do so. 3)Above average(in some cases excellent)food. Luminae,Blu,and Murano excellent. 4)Excellent gym, both in size and equipment. What we didn't like: 1)Constant selling of Beverage and specialty dining packages. There was no escape. One time I was asked to buy just after getting through security from the tender(I am not making this up). 2)Ship was launched in 2008 and it shows. I think our TV was original equipment as it quit working twice.Other items showing wear. Lots of paint chipping off in different areas. 3)Lack of attention to the re-boarding process in port. Long line into one gangway while another gangway was not used. Security(in some cases) lacking basic manners. 4)Sushi on 5-don't bother,Tuscan Grill-best views on the ship with average food. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise as it was suitable as our first cruise of the season. We had been on this ship some 5 years before but it is still in very good order. Only our 5th Celebrity cruise but due to our Royal Caribbean history we were given ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was suitable as our first cruise of the season. We had been on this ship some 5 years before but it is still in very good order. Only our 5th Celebrity cruise but due to our Royal Caribbean history we were given Elite class. Embarkation was quick due to that benefit. We had done all the ports before, both by sea and land, so will not expand on them. First the good points - as I said the ship is in good order with many comfortable lounges -the food is generally good with tasty curries in the buffet on port days. Lunches in the MDR were only average, breakfasts were good and dinners satisfactory with some disappointments. Our inside cabin was quite spacious and served the purpose. The room attendant was also excellent. The dining room staff were also good, mainly Indonesian and Filipino , a little reserved at first but relaxed after they got to know us. The passengers were a mixed lot, mainly Aussies, NZ, Uk and a lot of well off Americans. All very nice apart from a Bible bashing couple. The theatre was good with never a problem in getting a seat. It holds 1400+ and getting there early was not necessary. The individual artists were good but the production shows were poor except for the last night, an acrobatic show with an extremely good female acrobat. The captain entertained us with his reports and quirky sense of humour was easy and taxis were plentiful. Disembarkation was easy and taxis were plentiful. The not so good points- We missed the dedicated Diamond and Diamond+ lounges on Royal Caribbean. There were no Captains Club drinks on embarkation night or on Captains party night. On RC you get proper coffee and nibblies in Diamond lounges, but missing on Celebrity. However, in the Ensemble lounge we got excellent service from the waiter, Hendry. Although we got our drinks for free we noticed the extortionate cost of drinks eg a glass of ordinary wine US$10 or 14 or 19. A lot in Australian money. A coffee in special coffee lounge was US$6 = A$9. The specialty restaurants are all priced in US dollars and are also expensive. They did not seem well patronised at the times we saw them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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