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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Amazing NZ/AU, some disappointments by X..

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by SteamboatWillie118

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda 2A


- sailing though the NZ Fjordland National Park on the bow- stunning!

- Tasmania is gorgeous and we loved the wildlife (kangaroos, koalas, wombats etc)

- Melissa at the Captain's Club desk really makes you feel special!

- so glad there is still a library onboard


-hot tub so chlorinated we only lasted a few seconds, eyes burning

-no thalasso pool, just an indoor pool that was cool (and this was a cold cruise...)

-the buffet..ugh.. unless a formal night, very crowded, on sea days, no seats available, with pushy sales people at the entrance saying, "you should go to specialty restaurant" - so bc X doesn't want to organize sea day meals, I need to pay to get a seat???

Princess has overflow of seats to their specialty restaurants on the same floor, and there's always room and always food, so it CAN be done.

the food was just okay there, MDR okay, hit or miss, excess of Indian dishes and dessert at buffet, had a very hard time finding cooked vegetables

-prices - a bottle of water is now $7 USD, really?

-front desk: you really need to learn your ship (didn't know the extended room service menu had been abandoned but was told to search for it on TV), also see 'biggest disappointment' below

-super loud and pretty bad 'house band'. Our upper tier veranda was right at the entrance to the Earth thingy and thus the atrium. The sliding door they installed was good noise insulation, but anybody walking by activated it and it was a constant teeter totter of loud-silence-loud-silence..

-wine tasting: wouldn't do it again. It was fun, but there was only one really good wine out of 6-7 stations with 2-3 wines each.

Biggest disappointment

-we got a flyer saying notify front desk regarding your shore plans for Hobart.

We have an elderly Tasmanian friend who waited for us at the pier, so we called 3 days ahead of Hobart and asked for earliest possible time. We got the LAST group!!! She had to wait at the pier for nearly 4 hours and got a parking ticket. She was worried she would miss us and didn't move her car. Our friends onboard had an excursion at 1pm and got the earliest disembarkation group which they ignored since it was way too early for them.

It's okay to put us last but LET US KNOW. We thought our group number was about half way, but in fact it was last..

Celebrity punishing us for not taking any of the overpriced excursions!

In the future, we will stay away from Celebrity's bigger ships and maybe from Celebrity in general, in favor of all-inclusive lines. Getting nickled and dimed gets on our nerves and the crowding adds to stress while on vacation.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda 2A

Great view, comfortable, however - connected to the Atrium, very loud music heard in the cabin.

X installed sliding doors, great idea, however, they open even if someone just walks past, so you'll have loud music for 5-10 sec, then silence, then music, then silence, then...

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


If you're fit, hike up Mt. Maunganui. Lots of sheep , beautiful view over Bay of Plenty, water stations on the board walk to fill your bottle.


Took the Sky Bus from the airport to the pier.

Even though it was bright and early, the pier workers actually took our luggage from us, so we could walk around with just a backpack!

Beautiful place, friendly locals, recommend the coffee bar right at the pier and the Maritime Museum.

Check in was fast, courteous, and we went right onto the ship (we showed up around noon)


Total downpour, so we turned around and spent the day on the ship


Gorgeous place! Hiked to the lighthouse, up a hill near a sheep farm, and then walked through town.

I'm glad Christchurch will open again as a port and thus they will leave the locals alone.

Dusky Sound

Magical! Watched from the bow, they gave us blankets and hot chocolate and head phones. Wow it was ..cold..!!! At the first rain shower, most went inside and we had the bow to ourselves.

Worth the whole cruise!!

IMO, the most beautiful of the sounds. Doubtful Sound was nice, and so was Milford, but Dusky is something special.


Had a nice walk in town, looked at the railway station and the art exhibits they had inside. Took the local bus back and forth from Pt Chalmers.


Our friend picked us up. Went to Bonorong Wildlife Park. Awesome to feed a kangaroo, just very crowded there.

She's from up north, so we took a tour bus through Hobart. Unless you hop on and off, you don't get to really take pictures since it goes pretty fast.

We also went to Richmond and had lovely lunch at a pub. Good local brew as well!

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