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12 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Auckland

12 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Auckland

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Auckland
  • Day 2
    Paihia
  • Day 3
    Tauranga
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Wellington
  • Day 6
    Akaroa
  • Day 7
    Dunedin
  • Day 8
    Doubtful Sound
  • Day 8
    Dusky Sound
  • Day 8
    Milford Sound
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Hobart
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Sydney (Australia)

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

Cons

Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

Bottom Line

Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: November 2018
We had a great cruise, the Celebrity Solstice is a beautiful ship, the itinerary was amazing, the staff was efficient and friendly. Our veranda cabin on deck 7 was quite big, but it was rather narrow and long, so we had a small balcony. ... Read More
We had a great cruise, the Celebrity Solstice is a beautiful ship, the itinerary was amazing, the staff was efficient and friendly. Our veranda cabin on deck 7 was quite big, but it was rather narrow and long, so we had a small balcony. The bathroom was very well designed with many shelves to store things and there was enough storage in the cabin. The best part: the cabin was very quiet, I believe it was at least partially because there were no internal cabins on the other side of the corridor. The organization was quite good with smooth tender boats operation. However the embarkation was quite chaotic, with one older lady having difficulties controlling the crowd. And we were told to check-in not later than at 3 pm while the departure from Auckland was at 8 pm. On the other hand the disembarkation was the smoothest I have ever had. The emergency and lifeboat drill was half an hour long - longer than on any of my previous cruises. Since only half of its time was devoted to the drill I felt that it was inconsiderate to the older passengers who had no choice but to stand in the crowded room without a place to sit. The last weak point was in Picton where there was a long line (approximately half an hour) to get off the ship because the shuttles were unavailable. It would have been nice to hear an announcement about estimated waiting time at the gangway instead of the usual "you may now proceed to the gangway". The Cruise Director Rich was excellent. We had a different show every day and the quality was impressive. That includes the Maori performance in Tauranga. The Solstice ship's star aerialists were amazing. I would say that other ship's star performers were second only to NCL performers. I was glad to attend some lectures about ports of call, but some of them were before we returned to the ship and conflicted with our excursions. So the timing was inconvenient. Also there could be more activities for the days at sea. The main restaurant was very good with exceptional service. The food was great, enough choices and daily changes of the menu. We had an amazing waiter, Peter: prompt, friendly, knowledgeable. Whenever we could we had lunch at the restaurant too, because the weakest part of the cruise was the buffet at Oceanview Cafe. The best part of the buffet was that it was still partially open for late lunch when we were returning to the ship around 4 pm after our excursions. I would say that about 60% of the food was well prepared/had good quality ingredients. There were enough choices to find something good, but every day the menu was the same. There were theme days, but often there was the same dish with a different name: one day it was a beef stew, the next day Hungarian goulash, without a trace of paprika, so it tasted like beef stew. It was the worst buffet of the 8 cruises that I took. That includes desserts. For example when the Australian lunch was announced I went to the buffet to sample the Pavlova dessert. I enjoyed the Pavlova at the Cafe al Bacio very much, but in the buffet the Pavlova dessert was not as good: it was a meringue cake and some soggy fruits without any cream. The best buffet we had was on Holland America when both the main restaurant and the buffet were outstanding. The ship excursions were very expensive, so mostly we booked our excursions with local tours. However in Akaroa we booked with Celebrity and it was very well organized. All in all we are happy we took this cruse and will book with Celebrity again. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted to experience a different cruise ship to the ones we had used in the past. Unfortunately our experience at Auckland cruise terminal was unbelievable & we had thoughts of abandoning the cruise altogether. It took 3 ... Read More
We wanted to experience a different cruise ship to the ones we had used in the past. Unfortunately our experience at Auckland cruise terminal was unbelievable & we had thoughts of abandoning the cruise altogether. It took 3 hours to board the ship & another hour to get our luggage. There did not seem to be any priority embarcation for Elite, Elite Plus, etc. We have never experienced this before & have done over 20 cruises. The ship was fantastic overall. Great Captain, crew, staff & attendants. We had some dinners in Blu restaurant, but the choice onthe menu was not always good. On the final night in Blu I askedfor the main dining room menu as there was nothing that I was interested in. Most of the fish & beef dishes were overcooked & dry. The Ocean Cafe buffet was really good with a great range of choices but as usual too crowded. Best entertainment was the pianist & the final show. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
We went for a 12 day holiday to NZ but after travelling on many other cruise lines we found the food was shocking and staff rude on Solstice. We were advised that this ship was superior to most of the other cruise lines. NOT SO!! I ... Read More
We went for a 12 day holiday to NZ but after travelling on many other cruise lines we found the food was shocking and staff rude on Solstice. We were advised that this ship was superior to most of the other cruise lines. NOT SO!! I thought the ship itself was great with heated pools which was handy as it was so cold and also entertainment was good at night. But this was overshadowed by bad service with next to no seafood and only fruit was watermelon, rockmelon and oranges!!!!!! Only seafood they had was deep fried fish which was mainly batter. No range of cereals which we found ALL OTHER cruise lines supply. When going to the bars we found on the pool deck and in the main dinning on the 14th floor we found it hard to get any service and even though we had a basic drinks package we were encouraged to pay an extra $150.00 for better wine and beer. We were under the impression that the basic would cover this but then had to pay $1.00 extra for every drink?? On board specialty dinning we did not go to as they were too expensive and when speaking to fellow passengers they told us they were not worth the money. Most meals started at $45.00 extra per head. We had 3 days at sea but found activities were very limited as only one band onboard that played from about 4pm to 9pm and then nothing!!! But the onboard shows were good and we went to most of them except the dance ones held by the crew. We didn’t do any port excursions from the boat as we are from NZ and knew the places to go on our own. We went downstairs to the formal dinning twice (which was free) and found one night the food was dreadful but the second time we enjoyed both the service and the food. They rang our cabin and wanted to know why we hadn’t gone back so told them we would give them another go. Embarkation was shocking with arguments going on with other passengers and staff yelling because of time we all had to wait in lines. Over 2 hours for many. This was a cold and rainy day which didn’t help tempers. Disembarkation went smoothly as we got off on our own when we docked at Sydney. We were advised to arrange for a transfer from the ship which would cost us US$30.00 each as in a note to everyone they stated NO taxis would be there. Not true as many, many taxis were there waiting and we got away first and the cost was only A$30.00 for both of us instead of US$60.00. It seemed to me it was important for staff to get passengers to upgrade their drinks and dinner meals. We wont be travelling with them again. Read Less
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