We arrived into Sydney a few days early to visit Rellies in the suburbs & were really impressed by the ease & convenience of rail travel from the Burbs to Circular Quay. The walk from the station with our suitcases was only 5 minutes! & with both embarknent & disembarkment being a breeze, we oldies were off to a great start!!!- IT ONLY GOT BETTER !!!
We have sailed with Celebrity before, so our expectations were high & the Soltice & Staff delivered. All the ticks applied to food, entertainment, cabin & ambiance. Our favorite spot for pre (show, then late dinner) drinks was the Martini bar where there was several little alcoves for small & bigger groups to meet up with friends. The Theater was enormous & absolutely beautiful so no worry about getting seats for the early show. The Dining Room was understated but classy. The Solarium (adultsr only) was a real haven & the healthy foods were available here..
The Buffet dining room was well laid out & the only que I saw was at the Ice cream counter There was a good range of ages aboard & we never had to wait anytime in ques even though there were about 2,500 onboard. The ship has a few areas that need attending, however nothing that would lessen our enjoyment. We intend to sail on her again!!!!
Ports, Lifou was pretty,but the foreshores were very rocky & steep, not really suitable for people with walking problems.
Noumea, French', expensive, clean. We caught the HOHO ($20audpp) & got off at Lemon Bay & enjoyed a delicious lunch then returned to the Information center to browse around the locals market stalls.
Isles of Pines, beautiful beach (not as good as our Gold Coast though). My pick of the Ports.
Picked this cabin for its proximity to the elevators, larger room & balcony. The cabin was great & our stewards were most obliging.
Sydney is by far the best city in Australia - having lived there many years ago, I am still very impressed by its beauty every holiday we have in this city. A MUST SEE.
Just swam & lazed on the beach , a very beautiful part of the world. A few stalls run by the locals (clothing & souvenirs). Another stall selling a very limited selection of food + 1/2 grilled lobster $35 aud (very small though), then further down the beach ( hidden beneath the palm trees) a restaurant selling very expensive alcohol & food.
Cruise line had a free shuttle bus to t& fro the Information Center
On the upper floor are the local souvenir & clothing stalls. Our friends & us bought $20aud tickers on the HOHO bus & got off at Lemon Bay, where we had a beautiful lunch. Expensive as is any French fare. Back & opposite the Information Centre is their general store, called "CASINO"if you need anything. I bought some delicious crab pate & cheeses. Just around the corner from there is "LES PETITS CHOUX" the best patisserie I have ever been to.!!!