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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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall, a pleasant cruise and we were fortunate to have calm seas and good weather. We generally enjoyed what the ship had to offer - food was generally good, the service was 'a touch above' other cruise lines we have been on to ... Read More
Overall, a pleasant cruise and we were fortunate to have calm seas and good weather. We generally enjoyed what the ship had to offer - food was generally good, the service was 'a touch above' other cruise lines we have been on to date, and the entertainment was better too. Nice that it wasn't ALL retro, and a few of the acts were outstanding. Older profile of guests with few children, which we liked. We had an issue with smell in our cabin that couldn't be fixed. We did NOT like the fact that this ship has a basket ball court on the main viewing area of the bow, and that Celebrity management does not lock this off for the major sights through the fiords and areas like Milford sound. One man spoiled it for everyone trying to enjoy the otherwise mystical sailing, by banging a ball into the steel wall which reverberated loudly every few seconds. He did this every time we were somewhere special. At MS I found a crew member walking past and asked him to get the man to stop. He told me he couldn't force him to stop, but would ask. The man stopped until the ship reached the furthest point in the sound, and then started banging away again. Cunard, on which we have traveled on twice before with Queen Vic, doesn't compromise the main viewing area like this - so for this reason alone, we wish we had taken that line instead. Shore excursions are way too overpriced on this cruise. In NZ we only booked a couple of the cheaper ones, but otherwise got off the ship after b'fast and found local providers - often at half the price or less. Normally I like certainty and book the ship's offerings - but prices were just too crazy. Also, many passengers, including us bought a Classic Package for drinks - or a package higher or lower. I would not do that again. It makes you want to drink more than you ordinarily would to get the value - and it's just so hard to reach that value. Water is expensive, but you can buy it onshore easily in most places. Moreover, if you go to the bars, you won't find a range of cocktail options for the Classic Package which claims to have many in the advertising. I tracked down the sommelier and he printed a list for me - as the bar menu only sports the premium prices. If you drink a premium cocktail, but you are only a Classic, the difference between the two is added to your bill. In fact, I discovered, you can just ask for almost anything and they will just swipe your card without extra - I only got an extra charge on one drink that was specifically a premium cocktail. Too hard to work out without effort. Unless you are a drinking fish, I found it hard to grasp how, for most people, value would be achieved with the Premium package. The Spa - I only had one treatment in the Spa. At first I thought the girl was good - but paid the price later. She didn't ask me about pressure I wanted before the massage, and was extremely heavy with her elbows. As a consequence, I had sore kidneys for a week and she hurt an arthritic area in my knees - from which I am still recovering. Be careful to be clearer than I was on what you want and don't want, and don't accept anything that YOU know is not good for you. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We love the fellow travelers on celebrity cruises, especially on longer cruises. The food is very good, entertainment is fair compared to Royal Caribbean, and there is a decent amount of night life. The smaller groups of musicians are ... Read More
We love the fellow travelers on celebrity cruises, especially on longer cruises. The food is very good, entertainment is fair compared to Royal Caribbean, and there is a decent amount of night life. The smaller groups of musicians are excellent in the side venues. The main theater entertainment could really use some improvement. The pool areas are only crowded on sea days, but between the solarium and outer decks is large, so you can usually find a comfortable spot. The abundance of towels is wonderful, and unlike Royal Caribbean, you don't have to show your card as they seem to ration towels like old war era Soviet union lines for toilet paper. One thing that has changed is the switch from the Corning glass blowing exhibits on the long club. Now, under new management, there's a do it yourself with instruction, which charges a fee. Also, try and book tours on your own as the ship charges a premium for variable quality tours. This is true for most lines it seems. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to cruise NZ and after a good experience sailing with Celebrity in the Caribbean on the Eclipse decided on the Solstice. The ship was well appointed, the same set up as the Eclipse. We boarded smoothly around 11.30 but ... Read More
We wanted to cruise NZ and after a good experience sailing with Celebrity in the Caribbean on the Eclipse decided on the Solstice. The ship was well appointed, the same set up as the Eclipse. We boarded smoothly around 11.30 but didn't receive luggage until after 6pm. Never experienced that before. After a long trip to Sydney my wife, having no change of clothes etc , was not happy. The staff seemed disinterested in locating the luggage. Said they'd get back to us but never did. Anyway, once this was sorted out we got into cruising mode and had a really good time. Met a lot of good people. The staff in the main dining and the Martini Bar were great. Fun and really attentive. The food generally was pretty good in the main dining but became a little same same after awhile. So we decided on the fine dining package, The experience in all these restaurants was underwhelming. The food was basically bland. The sauces used had little flavor, steaks overcooked and definitely no wow factor. Was much better in the Caribbean. In fact the meals we had on shore for lunch in bothe Australia and NZ were of far greater quality. Really disappointing. Also the coffee on board was simply terrible. Can't understand what's so hard about getting a decent coffee. Australians and NZ's are used to quality coffee these days. We're not the complaining type. Certainly I'm of the opinion one should let the little things slide but quality food and beverage is a must when you're paying out good money. Really enjoyed NZ. The people are friendly and the food and wine was great. It's a quality country. Read Less
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