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Here we are on the second leg of our back to back Celebrity Solstice Cruse, returning to the ship for the second leg at the Port of Fremantle. We found embarkation excellent with no hassles whatsoever. Here again, we give the five star rating mainly because of the excellent service by the staff, including our room attendant for the second leg, again this was Raymundo who looked after our every need and his service was quite outstanding. As we were in Aqua Class, we dined in the restaurant for Aqua Class guests, which is called Blu. This time in our serving section of Blu, we received outstanding service from "Uncle Jimmy", ably assisted by Sabar, with our wine sommalier, Ben, plus all other staff members in Blu who also attended us from time, ten out of ten to these assistants too. We must also mention Dimitri in the World Class Bar, who gave us superb service during our second leg. After leaving Perth, our first port of call was Adelaide again. Here we found the disembarkation a lot smoother than the previous forward visit to this port, as Celebrity used two gangways which made ease of offloading of guests much smoother. Our next stop was Melbourne. Here the ship docks at Port Melbourne which is in close proximity to the shopping district of Port Melbourne and trams into the Melbourne city precinct. Our next stop was supposed to be the Sounds, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, but due to a medical emergency by one of the guests, the ship returned to the dock of Melbourne after an announcement over the PA system at about midnight. Here we lost approximately twelve hours of sailing time and it was the decision of the Captain and the Company to miss visiting the Sounds. A large number of guests were very unhappy about this decision as the Sounds are the major highlight of this particular voyage. A more practical solution would have been to miss either Dunedin, Akaroa or Wellington. As we ourselves had seen the Sounds before, we were not quite as upset as many other guests on board. The next port of call was Dunedin followed by Akaroa, Wellington, Picton and then the final leg to Sydney Australia. As we had seen many of the shows on the previous back to back cruise, we omitted to view these on the second leg, but they did have a few new single artists who were entertaining. We noticed during both cruises that some of the entertainers we had seen previously on Celebrity Solstice cruises and these entertainers need to have "fresh" material for guests, as you are hearing the same jokes and material. The public areas throughout the ship were always kept spotlessly clean by a highly efficient maintenance team. Hand sanitisers are provided at the openings to all restaurants, but we noticed on this second leg of the cruise there were a lot more people sneezing and coughing, which even after our own stringent hand washing with our own personal hand sanitiser, we still managed to still pick up head colds and flu. As is the case, it is not the ship that causes the colds and flu, it is the guests with no consideration whatsoever for the health of fellow passengers with their sanitising procedures. Arriving home sick with colds and flu is no fun.

Second leg back to back cruise Fremantle to Sydney

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by demandpub

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Here we are on the second leg of our back to back Celebrity Solstice Cruse, returning to the ship for the second leg at the Port of Fremantle. We found embarkation excellent with no hassles whatsoever. Here again, we give the five star rating mainly because of the excellent service by the staff, including our room attendant for the second leg, again this was Raymundo who looked after our every need and his service was quite outstanding. As we were in Aqua Class, we dined in the restaurant for Aqua Class guests, which is called Blu. This time in our serving section of Blu, we received outstanding service from "Uncle Jimmy", ably assisted by Sabar, with our wine sommalier, Ben, plus all other staff members in Blu who also attended us from time, ten out of ten to these assistants too. We must also mention Dimitri in the World Class Bar, who gave us superb service during our second leg. After leaving Perth, our first port of call was Adelaide again. Here we found the disembarkation a lot smoother than the previous forward visit to this port, as Celebrity used two gangways which made ease of offloading of guests much smoother. Our next stop was Melbourne. Here the ship docks at Port Melbourne which is in close proximity to the shopping district of Port Melbourne and trams into the Melbourne city precinct. Our next stop was supposed to be the Sounds, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, but due to a medical emergency by one of the guests, the ship returned to the dock of Melbourne after an announcement over the PA system at about midnight. Here we lost approximately twelve hours of sailing time and it was the decision of the Captain and the Company to miss visiting the Sounds. A large number of guests were very unhappy about this decision as the Sounds are the major highlight of this particular voyage. A more practical solution would have been to miss either Dunedin, Akaroa or Wellington. As we ourselves had seen the Sounds before, we were not quite as upset as many other guests on board. The next port of call was Dunedin followed by Akaroa, Wellington, Picton and then the final leg to Sydney Australia. As we had seen many of the shows on the previous back to back cruise, we omitted to view these on the second leg, but they did have a few new single artists who were entertaining. We noticed during both cruises that some of the entertainers we had seen previously on Celebrity Solstice cruises and these entertainers need to have "fresh" material for guests, as you are hearing the same jokes and material. The public areas throughout the ship were always kept spotlessly clean by a highly efficient maintenance team. Hand sanitisers are provided at the openings to all restaurants, but we noticed on this second leg of the cruise there were a lot more people sneezing and coughing, which even after our own stringent hand washing with our own personal hand sanitiser, we still managed to still pick up head colds and flu. As is the case, it is not the ship that causes the colds and flu, it is the guests with no consideration whatsoever for the health of fellow passengers with their sanitising procedures. Arriving home sick with colds and flu is no fun.
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Cabin Review

AquaClass
Cabin A2 1649
Cabin 1649 was the same cabin as we had previously on the first leg of our trip and as previously commented we were most happy with all aspects and design of the cabin. It is located at the rear of the ship on the port side on Level 11 in the Aqua Class section, which is a quiet area of the ship.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Mount Lofty
    In Adelaide we did the Adelaide Highlights tour with a duration of four hours. Here you have a tour through the city streets with no stops. Our destination was Mount Lofty where we spent approximately 30 minutes. It was quite a disappointing tour really with a lot of time spent on the bus. The bus allocated in our particular shore excursion had cramped leg room and was not very comfortable. Would not recommend.
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  • Akaroa
    This was a full day tour with a duration of seven and a half hours. The first stop was at Christchurch Gondola. Here you take a ride up to the top of the mountain for a 360 degree vista of NZ's scenic Canterbury Province. We also had lunch at the cafe at the summit, which was quite enjoyable. Our next stop was the Orana Wildlife Park. This was the highlight for us of the excursion and more time would be appreciated. Here we hand-fed giraffes, saw some fascinating gorillas and spent quite some time viewing the lions being fed. At this park, you could spend a full day to really have an enjoyable time. The ride from Akaroa is approximately 90 minutes each way but is very scenic and is a winding road in some areas. On this particular journey, we had a very good quality driver, but he did not give much commentary. We would highly recommend this tour.
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  • Botanical Garden
    This was the Dunedin Highlights with a visit to the Dunedin Botanical Gardens which was very enjoyable, and a suitable amount of time to view them. Next we visited Olveston House, an old mansion in Dunedin. This was quite fascinating to hear details of the owners by the guides who provided the commentary. We would recommend this tour.
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  • Dandenong Ranges
    This was the Countryside Birds and Vintage Train excursion with a duration of four hours. Driving to Dandenong Ranges to board Puffing Billy train. This train journey lasted approximately 20 minutes which was not very enjoyable due to the large crowds on board. The next stop was the Sherbrooke Forest. Here we stopped for a short while to feed king parrots. There were only approximately 2 or 3 cockatoos there at the time we visited. As with all these shore excursions, the amount of people is overwhelming. The bus was good though - it was the best, most comfortable bus of all buses we have experienced on any Celebrity shore excursion on this cruise, although the windows were not clean.
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  • Picton
    This shore excursion, Wellington at Ease, had a duration of three and a half hours, but was far too rushed. We visited a lookout at Mount Victoria, then on to a rose garden where we had limited time. We then proceeded to the Wellington City and Sea Museum where we had a guided tour of some of the aspects of the museum. After this, we had a stop at St Paul's old wooden church, which was really fascinating. We must say that the coach driver on this tour was very informative. We would recommend this tour, but more time is needed.
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  • Lady Norwood Rose Garden
    This was the Wellington at Ease tour with a duration of three and a half hour. We found this tour too rushed with not enough time to appreciate the highlights. First stop was a lookout at Mount Victoria, then on to the rose garden. The stop here was far too short. Then on to Wellington to see the Museum Wellington City and Sea. This was a guided tour through some parts of the exhibitions on show. Again, rushed. Then on to St Paul's old wooden church with the coach driver giving us a good commentary about the history of this church. We must say that the coach driver on this particular excursion was very informative with his commentary. More time is required to appreciate the aspects of this tour. We would recommend this tour if more time is allotted.
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