Celebrity Solstice Review

Good cruise but nothing special

Review for Transpacific Cruise on Celebrity Solstice
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10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Prime Veranda

The main draw for booking this cruise was the itinerary which cruised one way from Honolulu to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia over our 20th anniversary. Having sailed twice on Celebrity since cruising restarted it is the cruise line my husband and I are most familiar with at this time. Everything went as planned with no problems or disruptions and the weather was fantastic. Overall it was an enjoyable vacation.

The food was a big disappointment for me with the Main Dining Room menus obviously scaled back lacking any true appetizers or side dishes. The proteins were mostly ok but lacked flavor and flourish. Eating was just to get it done and not an experience. The specialty restaurants (Murano, Tuscan Grill, Sushi on 5) were a step up and a welcome break from the included food.

Entertainment especially at night was thin and nearly an afterthought. Only one comedy show in 17 nights and very minimal local cultural type shows except for the Polynesian dancers who boarded one night to give a show at 5 p.m. by the pool and left prior to the ship departing. There were a lot of lecture talks and presentations in the daytime, however.

Cabin Review

Prime Veranda

The ship is showing it’s age in the cabins. While the soft furnishings were all fine several other areas were neglected. There were broken drawers in the bathroom and dresser. The balcony had paint chipping and falling from the ceiling and railings needed sealing. The premium wifi worked great, except for on the balcony. Otherwise the cabin was clean and comfortable.

Port Reviews

Auckland

A wonderful modern city with a small city feel. Easily walkable and plenty of food options right by the port. The ship docks right in downtown and couldn’t be easier to get around. The excursion to Kelly Tarltons to see the sea life and penguins was fantastic as was the stop at the Sky Tower. A tremendous day in port.

Paihia

The Bay of Islands stop is a beautiful area and really highlights New Zealand as a serene country. The cruiseline won’t tell you but there’s a free shuttle bus at the tender dock set up by the local community to take cruise passengers to the town of Pahaia. The ride is no more than 10 minutes and well worth it to see this charming little town.

Raiatea

A drive around the island was lovely to see the scenery but there wasn’t much else to do in town. There is a small number of shops and a couple cafes where the tender boats dock, however.

Tahiti (Papeete)

A bigger city in French Polynesia with plenty of shops and restaurants as the ship docks right downtown.

Moorea

The most rural stop on this cruise itinerary but also the most charming with a lot of different trees, plants and flowers out by the road. Small roadside stores were around and also several local crafters and vendors set up tables at the tender dock for easy shopping. Also the most beautiful scenery was from this port.

Sydney (Australia)

A great place for the cruise to end with a bustling downtown metropolis and gorgeous harbor.

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