Celebrity Solstice Cruise Vacation

Celebrity Solstice

Join Kaleidoscope Travel & Cruise for this amazing fully escorted 12 day cruise round trip departing from Sydney visiting from Melbourne, Doubtful Sound Cruising, Dusky Sound Cruising, Milford Sound Cruising, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga and ending in Auckland - May 2013

The Solstice entered service in November 2008. Despite her size, the ship feels intimate; with so many options, the crowds are dispersed throughout the ship. Celebrity Cruises' challenge with its Solstice Class ships is to imbue these large, innovative ships with luxury, and to extend service to all 2,850 passengers aboard.

Innovative features include a half-acre Lawn Club with real growing grass to play games on, sit, roll around or have a picnic supplied by one of the food outlets. Also, through an alliance with The Corning Museum of Glass, the ship hosts the first glass-blowing show at sea. Decor is modern with dazzling chandeliers and elegant furnishings.

In May 2010, the Solstice became one of three Solstice-class ships to be equipped with an iLounge Internet center. The lounge is designed to have a hip, modern ambience. It has workstations with MacBook computers; a retail space; and a center where a certified staff offers tips on Mac product use.

Seeking out the experienced cruiser and upscale clientele, the Solstice has a high crew-to-passenger ratio: nearly one crew member for every two passengers. Well-traveled, experienced cruisers make up the guest roster. There are facilities for children ages 3 and older, but this is more of an adult ship with a majority of the travelers being baby boomers and seniors. Passengers are about 70% North Americans and 30% Europeans, but averages vary widely depending in the itineraries. .).

Passengers enter a foyer decorated with elegant modern furnishings and artwork and are entertained by a string orchestra. The $5 million art collection consists of the work of some 90 artists from 26 countries. The ships' atrium climbs 12 stories and is accented by a huge floating tree in the center. Glass elevators allow guests to view each floor's activities.

Winsome watering holes include Cellarmasters Wine Bar, which allows patrons to select their favorite wine by the glass with a push of the button; a stylish ice-topped Martini Bar; and Crush, a vodka bar.

The big-window, two-level San Marco Restaurant situated aft provides a handsome setting for Celebrity's celebrated food services overseen by chef Michel Roux. Traditional two sittings prevail for dinner.

The breadth of dining options helps to distinguish this ship. Of its 10 restaurants, five are in the specialty category. Murano is the Millennium-class French restaurant that, at $30 per person, is the most expensive on the Solstice.

The Grand Epernay Dining Room has a dramatic two-story wine tower, and the Blu restaurant for AquaClass guests is flanked by hundreds of white roses in blue cutouts. Next door, behind a dramatic, arched entrance reminiscent of a wine cellar, is the Adam Tihany-created Tuscan Grille. Tihany had some of the ship's best views to work with, and he used floor-to-ceiling windows as the backdrop to the Italian steak house.

For $20 per person, the Silk Harvest restaurant offers typical Asian-fusion dishes. The setting is tranquil Asian with bonsai trees on the tables. Bistro on Five serves all meals, offering crepes, salads, soups and paninis.

The Ocean Cafe and Grill has stations in an effort to eliminate the long, slow lines that can occur in more traditional layouts.

Passageways are large and offer quiet spaces for small gatherings. Spectacular pool areas, bars and lounges give guests numerous choices for relaxing. Shade is plentiful at the pool area, and changing colorful fountains are synchronized to lively band music. The 24-hour cyber cafe has dozens of computers. A well-stocked library, game room, Aqua Spa and fitness facility are also onboard.

Passengers on the Solstice can open their wallets at 18 retail shops. The Lawn Club Shop offers souvenirs from flip-flops to golf balls, all embossed with its logo. Children ages 3 years to teenagers enjoy age-appropriate activities in designated areas.

The spacious staterooms were designed under the leadership of a panel of women with expertise in travel. The rooms are larger than on previous Celebrity ships. Modern in decor, the light and airy standard stateroom is 192 sq ft. Verandas are 53 ft. All are equipped with refrigerators, safes, hair dryers, ample closet space, a sitting area with sofa, desk and flat-screen TVs. Sliding doors open onto balconies with chairs and a table. Solstice has 30 wheel-chair accessible staterooms with wider doors, lower closet rods, safes, vanities, grab bars, roll-in showers and fold-down shower benches. All cabins have 24-hour room service.

New in the Solstice Class are 130 AquaClass rooms, where guests have their own specialty restaurant, Blu, unlimited access to the Aqua Spa relaxation room, spa concierge, oversized plush towels, tall jetted body wash shower, and other amenities. AquaClass rooms are the same size as the standard staterooms and veranda staterooms.

The suites are stunning with large picture windows and huge balconies. The Penthouse suite is 1,291 sq ft, and there are eight Royal Suites at 590 sq ft and 12 Celebrity Suites at 300 sq ft. Sky suites make up the majority of suites at 44 and are 300 sq ft. Suite guests have many amenities including butler service.

The line has taken numerous energy-efficient steps to minimize the impact of the ship on the environment. Energy-efficient lighting and water consumption, advanced wastewater purification and air-conditioning energy-saving systems are in place. Team Earth, an interactive exhibit on the ship, educates guests about conservation efforts from around the world. A smoke-free policy applies to most public areas.

This Solstice class ship is one of the most elegant in the Celebrity line aimed at attracting the experienced adult cruiser and a pacesetter in terms of amenities, innovations and services. Service is excellent and attentive.

Ports Of Call

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia, is a grand host that welcomes the world to its stage. In fact, the city thrives on the opportunity to show the world what it is: a vibrant, cosmopolitan area with trendsetting international cuisine, stellar architecture—think of the Sydney Opera House—and a spectacular harbor setting.

Sydney is the cultural and financial heart of the Australian continent. Nearly one-fourth of the residents of Australia live there, and Sydneysiders are always on the go—many of them back and forth over the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge. They sail, surf, swim and ferry across the water—or look out at the bay from one of many waterfront cafes.

Melbourne. Australia

Melbourne, Australia, offers a wonderful mix of Victorian architecture with world cultures. From its favored site on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne offers travelers the best shopping and theater in Australia, a varied arts scene, top-notch food and wine with restaurants to fit any taste and budget, and excellent hotels.

Melbourne also has a thriving fashion industry, sporting and leisure activities, a greenbelt of parks and boulevards with a distinctly European feel and an unrivaled festival calendar. Its dynamic and varied lifestyle, cafe culture, affordable cost of living and low crime rate make it one of the world's most livable cities.

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand (Cruising)

Visitors feel humbled yet uplifted by the atmosphere of powerful solitude in the presence of the superb physical grandeur of Doubtful Sound. Sometimes called 'the Sound of Silence', there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord.

At 421 metres deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct 'arms' and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean, a distance of around 40.4 kilometers.

Dusky Sound, New Zealand (Cruising)

Dusky Sound is a fjord on the south west corner of New Zealand, in Fiordland National Park. One of the most complex of the many fjords on this coast, it is also one of the largest, 40 kilometres in length and eight kilometres wide at its widest point. To the north of its mouth is the large Resolution Island, whose Five Fingers Peninsula shelters the mouth of the sound from the northwest. Along the east coast of the island, Acheron passage connects Dusky Sound with Breaksea Sound, to the north

Milford Sound, New Zealand (Cruising)

Milford is by far the best known of all of the fiords and the only one that can be accessed by road. It is approximately 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea, which means visitors can comfortably travel the length of the fiord to open ocean and return on one of the many cruise options available in one and a half to two hours cruising time. Milford Sound luxury tours can create a journey to the Milford Sound by road or by air.

The Maori were the first to attribute the creation of the fiords to a "titanic mason", Tute Rakiwhanoa who hued out the steep sided valleys with keen edged adzes. No other explanation seems to fit, as it is impossible to comprehend the sheer breadth of geological events that created this seemingly perfect sculpture, as sheer cliffs rise vertically upward from the ocean. Touring Treasures' Milford Sound travel service will create a memorable trip for you.

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, a university city of Scottish heritage, possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture, and world-famous wildlife reserves on the Otago Peninsula. Situated on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island, Dunedin has a population of around 125,000 and is the main centre of Otago, a region recognized for its spectacular scenery.

The sheer physical beauty of Dunedin, dramatic bush-covered hills and valleys at the head of a long natural harbour, attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. Then, in 1848, Scottish migrants established a town here, giving it the ancient name of Edinburgh. Thirteen years later gold was discovered about 120 kilometers inland, in Central Otago, and the small settlement of Dunedin became the centre for the nation's wealth. Soaring cathedral spires, a magnificent Flemish-style railway station, fine banks and office blocks, a nineteenth-century castle, old university buildings and a neo-gothic convent are among the city's architectural treasures.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.Its unique location at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon and on the shores of its own spectacular natural harbor makes it the perfect destination to relax and unwind. Close to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast and the tranquil New Forest National Park, Christchurch is only a short drive from Bournemouth and Poole.

The diverse mix of fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and countryside and wide variety of attractions provides all the ingredients to make your holiday extra special.

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand after Auckland. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. And is home to 393,400 residents.

The Wellington urban area is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the seat of the Wellington Region – which in addition to the urban area covers the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. The urban area includes four cities: Wellington, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbor, contains the central business district and about half of Wellington's population. Wellington also holds the distinction of being the world's southernmost capital city.

Tauranga, New Zealand

Situated on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. Tauranga City is seen as one of the premier destinations. Tauranga offers a huge range of attractions, activities, recreational persuits and some of the finest restaurants, cafes and shopping set next to New Zealand's most amazing beaches. Top quality facilities ensures Tauranga & Mt Maunganui's reputation as the place to live as well as to visit year round .

Auckland, New Zealand

Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you're beginning to get the picture of Auckland, o ur largest and most diverse city .

Being at the narrowest point of the North Island , it literally stretches itself from one side of the country to the other, from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea. This means, wherever you are in Auckland, you're never far from the water. And what amazing water it is. From wild surf beaches to the tranquil Hauraki gulf, the sea and all its attractions are why this is known as the City of Sails .


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