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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Celebrity Solstice

12 Night New Zealand (Auckland To Sydney)

Sail date: December 16, 2015

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7278

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

Had a wonderful time on this cruise. Had two level 7 balconies for a family group. Ship immaculately clean, housekeeping staff excellent and on the whole food of a very good standard considering how many people they are catering for. The itinerary was very good and even though we are NZers we enjoyed the spectacular scenery. I loved the christmas decorations, the well appointed centrally located cabin, the orderly manner of getting on and off the ship, the Apple certified trainer Charle's iPad workshops and the Main dining room and Murano speciality restaurant. food.


Our teenagers loved coming and going as they pleased and the family time that a cruise enables. Their favourites were the Ocean view buffet and the Mast burger bar near the pool. My husband loved the library and the running track and the gym and our balcony.

The weather was great and the Sounds cruising truly spectacular.


Only grumbles would be the expensive drinks packages and the exorbitant internet rates which we decided not to go for, so it got to be a long trip without our ultra fast broadband! Also quite a lot of pressure to spend money onboard, just have to exercise self restraint there. We got some lovely photos from the pro photographer, which I was happy to pay the rather high price for as they were the best photos we've had taken for a long time, and they were just the ones on the staircase in the atrium before dinner.


My advice for this ship is to get a 2a cabin around level 7 on the central hump, excellent value and if you can get perks included especially the internet and beverage package that is even better. These cabins seem to be more in demand than the 1A cabins, I think because they look down to the sea without obstruction. Have to book early for the Xmas trip as it was full and seemed to be very popular. Many aussies, americans and english onboard.


Shows were variable, some excellent, some not so good but I wasn't expecting a broadway quality show every night.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room we thought was very good considering numbers catered for and you could ask for seconds

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed apple trainer talks and naturalist Dirk's talk and commentary into the Sounds.


5 out of 5
Enjoyed electric violinist, Hayden Smith, singer and Bain Bacon hilarious guy

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff are the superstars on this ship. Raquel and Larry room attendents great and Igusti in the Main Dining, Alex in Murano and Charles in the lounge

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Well appointed, enough storage, shower was pretty good, didn't hit arms on walls. Twice daily servicing was incredible

Ship tip

Level 7 2A cabins central hump Get perks included by booking early when promotions are going

Ports of call

Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

3 out of 5
Tender port, Paihia market had some nice stuff

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Loved it, went home and did the washing as we live here. Recommend the Wellington waterfront walk to Oriental Bay or National museum or Wellington library if the weather is inclement (can be quite often...)

Akaroa, New Zealand Did not visit port

Tender port, hired a rental car, drove round Banks Peninsula. Spectacular scenery.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5
Recommend Taieri gorge train trip, (not if you have kids though, too long). Spectacular gorge scenery.

Cruise Dusky Sound

5 out of 5
Gorgeous cruising here at dawn, I have some magical shots and the weather was good

Cruise Doubtful Sound

5 out of 5

Cruise Milford Sound

5 out of 5
Need to go to level 14 deck early as it gets crowded for photo possies.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

3 out of 5
Unfortunately bucketed down with rain when we got there - and stopped when we got back on the ship.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Love this town, never get sick of the harbour, been there numerous times.

Traveler Photos

Spectacular Taieri Gorge Majestic Doubtful Sound Entrancing Dusky Sound at dawn Gorgeous Milford Sound Time to relax - a balcony is a must Entry to Akaroa harbour Well appointed cabin and bathroom The ship is very well kept and clean Magical sunset
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