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A cruise to New Zealand featuring a day in Milford sound & vicinity was the highlight we were looking forward to. We left Melbourne. 2 hours out Captain advises us that he had to turn the ship around & return to Melbourne with a sick passenger Through the loss of time they would have to cancel the Milford sound visit & go straight on to Dunedin So 2799 passengers missed out on the key feature of the cruise? Surely some gesture from Celebrity acknowledging the fact that we did not get what we paid for would have been good PR ? The organisation on board for so many passengers was very good Choice of restaurants made it such a culinary delight, Wait staff exceptional Entertainment was a mixed bag Half the performers professional but some very ordinary singing from the chorus ,made up for by excellent choreography Top speakers spoke on very interesting topics Accents!! From the Captain down we found it often very difficult understand many speakers The captain ,very broad accent The Cruise director too many words too fast All the cooking demos were very difficult to understand. Bear in mind the average age group & their probable lack of good hearing The excursion were great Its pretty easy to show off this beautiful country Marlborough Sound was the highlight

A great cruise without its Star attraction

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by jamesnatt

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A cruise to New Zealand featuring a day in Milford sound & vicinity was the highlight we were looking forward to. We left Melbourne. 2 hours out Captain advises us that he had to turn the ship around & return to Melbourne with a sick passenger Through the loss of time they would have to cancel the Milford sound visit & go straight on to Dunedin

So 2799 passengers missed out on the key feature of the cruise?

Surely some gesture from Celebrity acknowledging the fact that we did not get what we paid for would have been good PR ?

The organisation on board for so many passengers was very good Choice of restaurants

made it such a culinary delight, Wait staff exceptional

Entertainment was a mixed bag Half the performers professional but some very ordinary singing from the chorus ,made up for by excellent choreography

Top speakers spoke on very interesting topics

Accents!! From the Captain down we found it often very difficult understand many speakers

The captain ,very broad accent The Cruise director too many words too fast

All the cooking demos were very difficult to understand.

Bear in mind the average age group & their probable lack of good hearing

The excursion were great Its pretty easy to show off this beautiful country

Marlborough Sound was the highlight
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 1A 9181
Comfy with good pillow choice pillows bathroom small but efficient space use
Balcony furniture more comfortable than past cruises
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