My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our first Celebrity experience and will definately be back for more. The staff were very good and our room was extremely comfortable and spacious in cruise cabin terms. We were particularly impressed with the balcony size and the bathroom layout and the very comfortable bed and lounge.
If you have trouble finding something you like to eat on Solstice then you are just far too picky. There is every type of food imaginable and lots of it. Whilst some of it is too sweet (juices in particular) and salty for our liking, generally the quality was very high.
We did not meet anyone who suffered from gastro on our cruise although I note there is a review on this site from the cabin next to us stating they were both sick. Sorry to hear that but it's news to us.
Shopping is good, if you need retail therapy. Pools are lovely and there was never a problem finding a place to sit and relax.
Whilst there were a lot of people on board, we never really felt crowded and didn't miss out on anything because of crowds. We always found a seat in the entertainment areas, restaurants, lounges etc without any trouble.
Most shore excursions were very expensive and would recommend organising your own directly or with operators once you get off the ship. There was also a hiccup getting on. We had paid for priority boarding but it didn't work out that way as too many people turned up at the same time. Once inside the customs hall, however, we did get on quickly.
Loved, loved, loved our Celebrity Solstice experience.
This cabin is deceptively spacious. I wasn't sure everything would fit (we bought 3 suitcases on board plus a suit bag) but there was loads of storage space and of course room under the bed for the bags. Balcony very spacious compared to other lines we have been on. Shower is full size and fits larger people very comfortably as does the bathroom generally - great layout.
All in all the cabin was well laid out and very comfortable. We bought our iPod dock on board for music but there was no need as there is plenty of choice available through the TV system. Good choice of programs and movies on demand as well.
Dunedin is a beautiful university town and the peninsula surrounding Dunedin is beautiful. We hired a car and took a look at all of the area. Enjoyed lunch at a beautiful hotel in Port Chalmers and really enjoyed just looking around a very beautiful part of the world.
Not really Christchurch as it is still closed following the earthquake but nearby Akora
Hired a car and drove ourselves to Rotorua via the lakes are and through the mountains - just spectacular. Never seen so many beautiful tree ferns - by the thousands - in the rainforest.
Went to the Rotorua Museum and the park where lots of geysers and mud pools can be viewed for free - stayed clear of the tourist parks as there's plenty to see and do without goign into such a highly controlled environment.
The sulphur smell can be overpowering at times and after a few hours we both agreed it was time to leave and breathe some 'clean' air.
Also enjoyed a drive up the coast from Mount Manganui (where the ship docks). Beautiful seaside suburb with superb beach.
Hired a car and went all over Auckland. Enjoyed the view from Mt Eden.
Auckland is beautiful and really deserves it city of sails name with so many big sailing ships in the harbour.
Had a great lunch at billfish at the Westhaven Marine - highly recommended.
Wonderful wildlife cruise on the bay in Akaroa. Thoroughly enjoyable and great value. Tender arrives at the wharf where the cruise leaves from so it's all very easy.View All 12 Akaroa Reviews