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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 58

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Celebrity Solstice

12 Night Great Barrier Reef (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 15, 2019

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 1407

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Love the Solstice and Celebrity. This cruise was mainly for relaxing as it was in our "backyard" as such. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and would put it up there in our top three cruises.... not just the sights but a lot to do with the company!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Quick getting through the paperwork part but held up by security.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Sailed on Solstice almost a year before and found that the venues had cut a few corners like smaller dishes etc. But the food was still excellent. Was not impressed with Le Petit Chef though at Silk Harvest. We were assigned here on our first night as we had a dining package and we finished at almost 10pm as you had to wait for everyone to finish to start the next course. We found the food nice but would have preferred the old Silk Harvest. Mast Grill BBQ special events were excellent... great sitting outside at night having your dinner instead of down below in the ship. Lobster was excellent and you could have as much as you liked! Loved it so we went back again with friends. Service was a bit Fawlty Towers but still enjoyed it.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Trivia was excellent - glad they changed to the Sky Lounge as far as venue as the Ensemble Bar is just not big enough!

Entertainment

Only saw one show so cannot really judge.

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Last year, we found the staff tired and a bit haphazard. This year they seemed back on track.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Even though the ship needs a refurb, we still love it and after cruising with Princess this year in a 12 month refurbished ship, we were glad to be back with Celebrity.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Aft cabin right at the back of the ship. Love watching the wake and love these cabins. Stateroom attendant, Michael, was excellent. Room was always clean.

Ship tip

Try the BBQ dinner at Mast Grill if it is offered on your cruise - excellent!

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5

Newcastle, Australia

5 out of 5
We did a private excursion and so glad we stopped here as we have decided to go back again!

Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

5 out of 5
Aquaduck shore excursion was only worth 2 stars. We got drenched sitting on the boat and the crew just laughed it off.

Cairns, Australia

5 out of 5

Cruise Willis Island, Australia

5 out of 5
Loved the commentary. Thought it was very interesting

Brisbane, Australia

5 out of 5
We live here so did not do anything however, a friend who was onboard from US did some excursions and fell in love with Brisbane!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Came off very easily and no issue with getting a taxi to the airport.
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