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There was never a cruise we did not like but after 20 Celebrity cruises, 3 Viking, 2 Royal Caribbean we are eager to try something new. Our cruise was wonderful but it does get repetitive. Since they started to focus on exclusive dining venues, I feel that they have neglected the main dining room, it is always the same menu from cruise to cruise, we can predict what we will have beforehand, Time for a change, it is not that good anymore !! The ship was in wonderful shape, looks brand new, our inside cabin was fabulous and comfortable. Our best meal was at the Silk Harvest and we especially enjoyed the Elite breakfast at the Tuscan Grill, classy and quiet. The shows were excellent especially the guest entertainers, a special mention for Ryan Joyce, the magician-hypnotist, he is fabulous. The cruise director, Ken Mills was annoying, always repeating the same thing, no warmth. He was just okay but not to the level of the great ones such as Sue Denning, Dru Pavlov or Alejandro. The service was very good, not excellent. The Captain and his officers were excellent, very present and very involved and made up for the cruise director. The itinerary was excellent. We stayed a few days in Auckland before embarkation at the Grand Millenium Hotel. an excellent value. We visited the Albert Park, the Sky Tower, the zoo, the wharfs and hiked on the volcano of Rangitoto Island.. The hotel staff sent us to the Elliott stables where we found an excellent variety of dining venues at reasonable prices. The first stop was in Waitangi and we were happy to visit the Treaty grounds. The view was fantastic and the history was interesting. We also visited the town of Paihia, very small but touristy. Next day we had a fabulous spot at the Port of Tauranga and could walk to the volcano and climbed it , they had numerous paths. Wellington was next and the city provided free shuttles, we went to the mountain and went up by cable car but walked down by the gardens, wonderful, we also went to the waterfront, nice promenade as well as the Te Papa museum of New Zealand, interesting and free ! We took a tour in Akaroa to Christchurch and basically wasted the day. The city is still recovering from the earthquake and there is not much to visit , it looks as if it was bombed last week..... We came back to the ship, it was very windy and the tenders had a hard time. The crew was not adequately prepared and were able to close the hatch only after numerous passengers got drenched.. Next stop was Dunedin and we had to book a shuttle $15. We had a train ride in the Taieri gorges and nobody at guest services could tell us if we needed the shuttle or not !!! Some told us it was 5 minutes from the wharf, others one hour, anyway we were glad we booked it because it was 18 km.... It was a lovely ride. We went to the sounds but it rained so much we did not see much. The crossing to Australia went well but I had a few hours of seasickness.... We happily got off in Hobart Tasmania and took an independent Viator tour to the jail of Port Arthur, it was excellent., a good value. We finally arrived in Sydney for a week. I had booked an hotel in Parramatta ( 40 minutes west of Sydney), it was very easy to find and to travel to, nice restaurants and a fraction of the cost of the same value in Sydney. I really enjoyed Sydney, what a beautiful clean and safe city ! Our favorite attractions were the Tauranga Zoo, the promenade from Bondi Beach to Cogee Beach, the Blue Mountains ( even with the rain),the bridge, the opera, the Maritime Museum etc. We will be back on an Australian cruise !!!!

Wonderful cruise as usual!

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Lolotte

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There was never a cruise we did not like but after 20 Celebrity cruises, 3 Viking, 2 Royal Caribbean we are eager to try something new. Our cruise was wonderful but it does get repetitive. Since they started to focus on exclusive dining venues, I feel that they have neglected the main dining room, it is always the same menu from cruise to cruise, we can predict what we will have beforehand, Time for a change, it is not that good anymore !!

The ship was in wonderful shape, looks brand new, our inside cabin was fabulous and comfortable. Our best meal was at the Silk Harvest and we especially enjoyed the Elite breakfast at the Tuscan Grill, classy and quiet. The shows were excellent especially the guest entertainers, a special mention for Ryan Joyce, the magician-hypnotist, he is fabulous. The cruise director, Ken Mills was annoying, always repeating the same thing, no warmth. He was just okay but not to the level of the great ones such as Sue Denning, Dru Pavlov or Alejandro. The service was very good, not excellent. The Captain and his officers were excellent, very present and very involved and made up for the cruise director.

The itinerary was excellent. We stayed a few days in Auckland before embarkation at the Grand Millenium Hotel. an excellent value. We visited the Albert Park, the Sky Tower, the zoo, the wharfs and hiked on the volcano of Rangitoto Island.. The hotel staff sent us to the Elliott stables where we found an excellent variety of dining venues at reasonable prices.

The first stop was in Waitangi and we were happy to visit the Treaty grounds. The view was fantastic and the history was interesting. We also visited the town of Paihia, very small but touristy. Next day we had a fabulous spot at the Port of Tauranga and could walk to the volcano and climbed it , they had numerous paths.

Wellington was next and the city provided free shuttles, we went to the mountain and went up by cable car but walked down by the gardens, wonderful, we also went to the waterfront, nice promenade as well as the Te Papa museum of New Zealand, interesting and free !

We took a tour in Akaroa to Christchurch and basically wasted the day. The city is still recovering from the earthquake and there is not much to visit , it looks as if it was bombed last week..... We came back to the ship, it was very windy and the tenders had a hard time. The crew was not adequately prepared and were able to close the hatch only after numerous passengers got drenched..

Next stop was Dunedin and we had to book a shuttle $15. We had a train ride in the Taieri gorges and nobody at guest services could tell us if we needed the shuttle or not !!! Some told us it was 5 minutes from the wharf, others one hour, anyway we were glad we booked it because it was 18 km.... It was a lovely ride.

We went to the sounds but it rained so much we did not see much. The crossing to Australia went well but I had a few hours of seasickness....

We happily got off in Hobart Tasmania and took an independent Viator tour to the jail of Port Arthur, it was excellent., a good value.

We finally arrived in Sydney for a week. I had booked an hotel in Parramatta ( 40 minutes west of Sydney), it was very easy to find and to travel to, nice restaurants and a fraction of the cost of the same value in Sydney. I really enjoyed Sydney, what a beautiful clean and safe city ! Our favorite attractions were the Tauranga Zoo, the promenade from Bondi Beach to Cogee Beach, the Blue Mountains ( even with the rain),the bridge, the opera, the Maritime Museum etc. We will be back on an Australian cruise !!!!
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