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|DAY||DATE||PORT OF CALL||ARRIVAL||DEPARTURE|
|1||Mon 30 Oct 2017||Sydney, Australia||6.30pm|
|Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The White Bay Cruise Terminal for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge docks two cruise ships. White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus from the CBD and Central Station, or take a ferry from Circular Quay (am) or Darling Harbour (pm) on cruise days. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base. more info|
|2||Tue 31 Oct 2017||At Sea|
|3||Wed 1 Nov 2017||Melbourne, Australia||8.00am||5.00pm|
|Cruise ships dock 4 km from the Melbourne CBD at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, in Port Phillip Bay. Trams commute to the city centre, and a regular coach service links the railway station with Tullamarine Airport (with long-term parking). Station Pier is also the terminal for Spirit of Tasmania, a passenger-vehicular vessel that crosses Bass Strait to Tasmania. The Pier is closed to the general public during cruise ship visits. There is limited short-term parking at Waterfront Place nearby. Smaller cruise ships also dock SW of the city at Geelong and Portland. more info|
|4||Thu 2 Nov 2017||At Sea|
|5||Fri 3 Nov 2017||At Sea|
|6||Sat 4 Nov 2017||Milford Sound, New Zealand||8.00am||9.00am|
|Milford Sound is a stunningly beautiful fjord in the SW of New Zealand's South Island, and lies within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', it has been judged 'the world's top travel destination' in an international survey, and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Milford Sound runs 15 km inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces, such as the Elephant and Lion Peaks that rise to 1,200 m or more on either side. Lush rain forests cling precariously to these cliffs, and seals, penguins and dolphins frequent the waters, while whales can sometimes be seen. more info|
|6||Sat 4 Nov 2017||Doubtful Sound, New Zealand||1.30pm||2.30pm|
|Doubtful Sound, despite its name, is a very large and naturally imposing fjord in the far SW of New Zealand. It is located in the same region as the smaller but more famous and accessible Milford Sound, but it is three times longer, and has a surface area ten times larger. Often referred to as the 'Sound of Silence', Doubtful Sound is a tranquil, awe-inspiring destination known for its cascading waterfalls, looming mountains and rare marine life. Not surprisingly, it attracts photographers, adventurers and cruisers from all over the globe. more info|
|6||Sat 4 Nov 2017||Dusky Sound, New Zealand||4.30pm||6.00pm|
|Dusky Sound is a fjord on the SW corner of New Zealand, in Fjordland National Park. In 1770 it was given its name by Captain Cook and his crew as that was the time of night when they found it. They encountered groups of shy Maoris, but nowadays the area is almost uninhabited. However, seal numbers have increased since the ban on seal hunting. The myriad islands that lie in the sound make for spectacular sightseeing, particularly majestic Resolution Island, whose Five Fingers Peninsula shelters the sound from the north-west. more info|
|7||Sun 5 Nov 2017||Dunedin, New Zealand||9.00am||7.00pm|
|Dunedin is the principal city of the Otago Region of New Zealand. It was founded in 1848 by Scottish migrants, and today the city still contains many Scottish relics, including a statue of the Scottish Bard Robbie Burns. Fine examples of working heritage include the Speight’s Brewery, the Gasworks Museum and the very popular Taieri Gorge Railway. Then there are the standout Victorian and Edwardian buildings like First Church and Dunedin Railway Station, as well as the stately homes such as Larnach Castle and Olveston. Dunedin has a spectacular and varied coastline with good surfing north and south and a host of safe swimming beaches. St Clair beach with its vibrant Esplanade and the private and dramatic Tunnel beach are very popular. more info|
|8||Mon 6 Nov 2017||Akaroa, New Zealand||7.00am||6.00pm|
|Just 85 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the quaint and beautiful French village of Akaroa, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, the quaint shops all sign-posted with French names, craft stores, and cafes where beautiful gardens invite visitors to relax and enjoy the delightful refreshments. For some fun in the sun visit French Bay, or find a secluded beach of your own in one of the neighbouring bays. Then there’s the highly recommended Pohatu Penguin Habitat that provides a great insight into the fantastic conservation work that is being done here. more info|
|9||Tue 7 Nov 2017||Wellington, New Zealand||8.00am||6.00pm|
|Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, is situated on the SW tip of the North Island, and is set on the edge of a stunning harbour surrounded by rolling hills. As the political centre of New Zealand, it houses Parliamentary buildings as well as the bulk of foreign diplomatic missions. However, it is also renowned for its cafe-culture, as there are more cafes per capita than in New York City, and they rival the world’s top culinary destinations for flavour and variety. The city’s world-class film industry attracts many visitors who are taken by expert tour operators to locations of several famous movies. Not surprisingly, the city is affectionately called Wellywood. more info|
|10||Wed 8 Nov 2017||At Sea|
|11||Thu 9 Nov 2017||Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand||8.00am||6.00pm|
|Rotorua (Tauranga) is a centre of tourism and a place of extraordinary natural beauty. It is a smallish city on the shores of a lake of the same name, in the crater of an ancient volcano in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. The entire area is thermally active, and the smell of sulphur, a 'rotten eggs’ smell that is never far, results in the nicknames 'Sulphur City' and 'Rottenrua'. The surrounding geothermal wonderland including 16 beautiful lakes and the lush green of the abundant native flora, soon causes one to get used to the odour. more info|
|12||Fri 10 Nov 2017||Bay of Islands, New Zealand||8.00am||7.00pm|
|The Bay of Islands - the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand - is an area in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 60 km NW of Whangarei it is close to the northern tip of the country. The bay is the busiest, yet quietest place you'll ever come to. It lies in a subtropical wonderland with an average summer temperature of 24 deg., and has the bluest skies in the world. (That's official!) This beautiful collection of 144 islands provides plenty of natural and historical places of interest such as the stunning site at Paihia, where the Waitangi Treaty Treaty can be examined. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house, and the world's largest single-hulled canoe. more info|
|13||Sat 11 Nov 2017||Auckland, New Zealand||6.00am|
|Auckland, set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and known as the ‘City of Sails’, is New Zealand's biggest city and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Situated on a narrow isthmus, it is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate bodies of water, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Places to be visited in the city include not only the central business district and the inner city park also known as the Domain, but also the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its colonial era homes. Travel to the summit of Mt Victoria with stunning panoramic views of Auckland City, and then visit Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. more info|
All aboard the Celebrity Solstice for 12 unforgettable nights on this New Zealand Cruise exploring Australia. Your ship departs from Sydney and visits 11 ports in 2 countries before returning to Auckland. This 4.5 star cruise from Celebrity Cruises has 2 forward departures. You can join this cruise today for as little as $184 per person/day, twin share. Don't miss out - reserve your cabin today!
Celebrity Solstice Overview
Celebrity Solstice shares its year between Australia/New Zealand and Alaska. Around October until March each year, based between Sydney and Auckland, she cruises the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, Tasman Sea and New Zealand, and (late 2016) makes a return trip to Singapore for a minor refit. Around April to September she is based in Seattle and offers 7-night cruises of the fjord coastline of Alaska and the Inside Passage. Take a trans-Pacific cruise via Hawaii in April or September/October. The full crossing takes 27/29 nights, and consider linking it with a 7-night cruise of the Inside Passage. Celebrity Solstice is ranked by Berlitz (2014) the highest of cruise ships that regularly sail Australian waters.
Ninety percent of staterooms have an outside view, and of these 95% have a balcony – more than any other superliner in the world. Features in all cabins include: twin beds convertible to queen-sized bed, sitting area, vanity desk with hairdryer, interactive flat-screen TV (32” minimum), bathroom with shower enclosure, wireless internet access, and premium bedding. The suites are larger, with more personal amenities and extras. AquaClass cabins share a deck with the AquaSpa amenities, dine at the exclusive Restaurant Blu, and share in a feast of indulgences. Families can book inter-connecting cabins.
Food and Dining
The two-deck Grand Epernay is the principal dining room, of stunning and contemporary design. Dinner is served at two sittings, either traditional with assigned tables, or 'when and with whom you choose'. There are four specialty dining rooms, all with picture window views of the sea. Murano is a superb, extra-cost reservation-only venue not to be missed. Blu is mainly for guests in the AquaClass cabins. The Tuscan Grille, an Italian steakhouse, delivers the best of grills, seafood and pasta. Silk Harvest serves a mix of Southeast Asian dishes.
The main showlounge Solstice Theatre typically provide three shows on a seven-night cruise: circus-type acrobatics and revues. Theme nights are held in the Observation Lounge. Celebrity Central hosts comedy, cookery and entertaining lectures. The Ensemble Lounge is from the big-band era with jazz-style music. The Entertainment Court, featuring street performers, is adjacent to the Quasar nightclub. Throughout the vessel guests will be met by a variety of soloists and ensembles. During the day entertainment choices range from games, art auctions, bingo, wine samplings and dance lessons, to educational presentations. A unique "Hot Glass Show" demonstrates the creation of glass art by the Corning Museum of Glass. For a quiet time withdraw to the card room, or the spectacular 24-hour library, extending vertically for two decks. Play casino-style games on their Apple or Android smartphones while on board.
- Suite butlers
- AquaClass suites
- Interconnect balcony cabins
- Dining venues (10)
- Main dining, reserve ahead
- In-cabin dining
- Casual dining & cafés (3)
- Multiple lounges & bars
- Internet lounge
- High Tea (pay)
- Beverage packages
- Show Theatre
- Movies, comedy, lectures
- Aerial show
- Library & Art gallery
- Casino & Night club
- Smartphone casino gaming
- Street performers
- Pools (3)
- Pool butler
- Whirlpools (6)
- Spa treatments
- Fitness centre, programs
- Lawn Club, croquet
- Conference Centre
- Workshops & lectures
- Shore excursion desk
- UNDER 18
- Club for teenagers
- Children’s centre
- Wheelchair accessible
- Cabin 110/220V
- High speed Wi-Fi Internet packages
- Mobile phone (home carrier)
- Flight/s and/or transfers as specified
- Australia: Gratuities paid when booking fare (can request to pay onboard in USD) at AU$ 11.75 ($12.25 Concierge/Aqua Class, $15.30 Suites) pp/night, all ages
- All main meals on-board
- Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
- Open/anytime or traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
- Alternative specialty dining (extra)
- Suites: Butler, private restaurant & lounge, priority dis/embarkation
- In-cabin dining at no charge
- Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
- Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
- Activities - organised & individual
- Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
- Infant crèche, kids clubs & teen programs
- Special needs requests (when booking) & service animals allowed
- Ship-shore-ship transfers
- Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
- Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
- Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
- Casino gaming, bar expenses
- Items & services of a personal nature
- Medical services, vaccination costs
- Laundry and/or valet charges
- Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
- Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)
- Babysitting, individual or in groups (from 1 yr)
- Passport & visa fees
- Insurances of all kinds
- Increases in third party charges or taxes
- Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
- GRATUITIES (subject to change at any time):
- Australia: Pre-paid with fare (at AUD 18.22; AUD 18.92 Concierge/Aqua Class; AUD 22.44 Suites, pp/night) all ages; or, can request to pay later in USD on board. US$ 13.50 (Concierge/Aqua $13.45, Suites $17) pp/night all ages, 'adjusted at your discretion'
- All cruises: If not pre-paid, US$13.50; US$14.00 Concierge/AquaClass; US$17.00 Suites, pp/night.
- Service charge 18% beverage, mini-bar, spa and salon.
- Check stateroom ‘responsible adult’ requirements when booking
- Confirm with bank and ship ahead of cruise your credit/debit card intentions
- Check dress code requirements ahead
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|30 Oct 2017 (Mon)||$2,205
$184 per day
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