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Celebrity Solstice Review

GET WITH THE PROGRAM; TIMES ARE CHANGING

Review for Australia & New Zealand Cruise on Celebrity Solstice
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Geraldine1
2-5 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Mar 2016

Cruising is expensive. This cruise line needs to realize that many people who would like to cruise need to take a working holiday to do so. This means that we need good, reliable and high speed internet. Today hotels provide this as a routine amenity. Where does this cruise line get off charging $500USD for unlimited service during a 17 day cruise that made watching paint drying look fast? If you purchased unlimited (as I did) you could, if lucky, get a couple of hours of connection between 4 and 5 am. No Skype, no attachments unless you had an hour to watch and hope it went through. Ridiculous! Offering a paltry refund when faced with a complaint just does't cut it. Suck it up and get with today's passenger needs.

Second complaint is the cruise line sponsored tours. Getting on and off the ship is a nightmare if tenders are involved. Nothing is staggered so a hoard of passengers stumble and bumble there way off the ship as staff try to get onto the ship against the passenger flow. Madness! Either get the passengers off before or after the crew get on, or go to their work stations, or forget ship sponsored tours.

As if that isn't enough the tours are overpriced junk. The cruise line presumably gets a cut on sales so they should ensure that these tours are jam-packed and value laden. Unlike the ones we suffered through where delays in arriving meant we were told, "sorry too late for that" without any refund offered. My advise - don't book through the ship it is a waste of money and cruise passengers are being fleeced.

Cabin Review

Cabin Not sure

Cabin was fine. Nothing special but OK.

Port Reviews

Perth (Fremantle)

We spent a pre-cruise week on Rottnest Island - to die for!

Darwin

Park less than impressive HOWEVER women's circle constructing an education exhibit of a coral reef in crochet was FANTASTIC - creative and brilliant idea!

Cairns

Departing ship was delayed so tour was little more than a bus ride.

Brisbane

The amphibious vehicle ran out of gas - I'm not kidding! Consequently we missed half the program.

Newcastle (Australia)

Gaol and visit to nearby town was limited because of late arrival.

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