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14 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Auckland

14 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Auckland

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Celebrity Solstice
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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Auckland
  • Day 2
    Paihia
  • Day 3
    Tauranga
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Wellington
  • Day 6
    Picton
  • Day 7
    Akaroa
  • Day 8
    Dunedin
  • Day 9
    Dusky Sound
  • Day 9
    Doubtful Sound
  • Day 9
    Milford Sound
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Hobart
  • Day 13
    Hobart
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    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: 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The cost of sailing with Celebrity could not lead to expectations of Four Seasons quality accommodation, service, and food. I went with an open mind but at the end the highlight was finally getting off this tacky vessel which closely ... Read More
The cost of sailing with Celebrity could not lead to expectations of Four Seasons quality accommodation, service, and food. I went with an open mind but at the end the highlight was finally getting off this tacky vessel which closely resembles a bottom end Vegas casino masquerading as “glamour”. Where do I start .... here we go: Cabin - black scum line around the toilet bowl and congealed dirt stuck to the wall. The kind of accommodation you would expect in a caravan in the 1970’s. Reds and browns designed to hide the filth accumulated over years. Bathroom like faded yellow fibreglass and toiletries guaranteed to have your skin flaming within 24 hours. Entertainment - the shows in the theatre were the highlight and the experience was improved when the lights dimmed and it was no longer necessary to look at the tired mahogany seats and gold velvet/synthetic seat covers. Other musical entertainment was thin on the ground and ironically given its scarcity, almost universally terrible. One evening the only live music entertainment at 10pm on a boat with 3,000 plus people was a male vocalist with a mouth organ. A waiter helpfully suggested I go to the silent disco where there would be a choice of three different music types to listen to! This ship is boring beyond belief. Food - I cannot begin to describe how bad the food is. Looked forward to getting off at every port of call to find something edible. Only managed on trip to the crowded buffet place at the top of the ship. Could hardly find breakfast cereal not covered in sugar or synthetically multicoloured. Yoghurt - only peach or apricot made from skimmed milk. It is an insult to the English language to name the main restaurant Grand Epernay. The food was almost universally cold, over-cooked, bland ... dreadful, I am reminded of a motorway service station, Specialty Dining - Invested in a package in the hope that throwing money at the problem may resolve the inclusive dining experience. How wrong I was. The worst experience had the be the specialty Asian restaurant called Silk Harvest. The fact that this restaurant is a hybrid of purportedly Japanese, Chinese and Thai food (plus a bit of Indonesian and Malay) should have been a warning signal but nothing could prepare me for the “favourite” cheese wantons. I think some of this congealed glob is still stuck to the top of my palate. The only remotely passable specialty restaurant was Murano, which, believe it or not is French, apparently named after an original Murano shade which has now been replaced by a plastic replica after the original broke. Bars - Think drinking on the edge of a casino corridor being oggled by the passing foot traffic. No intimacy anywhere just places to very occasionally have your ear drums assaulted by the dreadful house singers when Celebrity disdained to fit them into their pitiful live music schedules. I do a disservice. There is a Cellar Master Wine Bar just off the main drag. Trouble is in port this becomes the main gangway so it is not difficult to imagine what the carpet is like - gross. Drinks Package - Persuaded to upgrade to premium package before we left. It was not explained that classic package could be used pay for premium drinks with a small uplift over the premium ceiling. Further, it became apparent that Celebrity has a policy of not holding premium drinks and numerous outlets and trying to fob off inferior quality drinks. On more than one occassion we were given a sparkling blanc de blanc when we had requested champagne. The default premium chardonnay was a Celebrity label wine called Elegance. I was unable to get a glass of Poilly Fume or a bottle of Grolsch (as advertised on their premium list) anywhere on the ship. About a week into the cruise I discovered that Evian water was available on the premium package - not once had it been offered! Celebrity should provide what has been paid for. Guest Relations - My wife had a visa issue. She was told her business visa would not allow her entry into Australia so we applied for a tourist visa. Over four days we had to make numerous visits to the Guest Relations desk to be told numerous different stories before finally being told she could now gain entry to Australia an hour before we were about to be disembarked on a business visa organised by Celebrity. I understand there can be visa issues but Celebrity refused our numerous requests for a face-to-face meeting with the Documentation Officer despite her frequently being in the adjacent office, or condescend to provide an explanation. The reality is they did not deal with our predicament until the last minute and we were truly anticipating being disembarked at the last minute - which ironically I was somewhat hoping for by this stage. My advice to anyone would be to avoid Celebrity generally and the Solstice in particular. Read Less
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