We chose the Celebrity Solstice as it had great reviews and we were not disappointed. Embarkation was at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at Circular Quay with stunning views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House which is much nicer than White Bay Cruise Terminal. Although it did take a little longer, we were greeted by staff with cold drinks whilst we waited and filled out our forms.
As we entered the main area on the ship, we were greeted by more staff and more drinks which was a nice touch. The rooms were ready to be accessed right away and the luggage followed shortly so there was no delay in unpacking. The cabins are perfect for two but three is definitely a crowd.
For the main dining options, the buffet is set up well so that there are no long queues at any one station but the made to order stations were definitely busier and there was always a bit of a wait. The variety could be better but the quality of the food was good enough that it wasn't a major concern. The a la carte restaurant was grand and had such a great ambience. We mostly dined here as the menu was ever changing and was different to the buffet menu upstairs. For drinks, I would recommend a beverage package as it was otherwise quite pricey. One area that could do with improvement is probably the bar & cafe. Every bar seemed understaffed and they were always running out of cold Evian or Perrier and the bartenders seemed reluctant to get more from the storeroom when asked. The barista made coffees were really bad but maybe Australians are coffee snobs.
The entertainment was a stand out and I remember we never missed an evening show. The gym on-board is amazing and worth checking out as you would never get a gym with a view like that on land. The adults only solarium is a small but beautiful space and it is nice to be able to relax away from the noise around the main pool area. The Solstice also has a lawn deck with real grass and it was nice to be able to walk around barefoot.
The level of service was generally great and at every port, there was a Celebrity Solstice marquee with ice cold drinks and iced towels. It's the little things that really count. Overall, the Solstice is a beautiful ship and we would definitely choose to cruise again.
Great cabin unaffected by noise. 9204 is mid ship and we had pretty good weather so there wasn't much swaying or rocking. The cabins are perfect for two but three would be a crowd.
Sydney is such a beautiful city and the Overseas Passenger Terminal is a stand out.
Picture perfect and tranquil. No need to do a shore excursion as the beach is perfect to spend the day.