On a warm April’s day I boarded the beautiful Celebrity Solstice at Sydney’s International Cruise Terminal ready for an 8 Night Cruise to the Pacific Islands. What a stunning ship with beautiful open spaces, gorgeous dining room, friendly staff and a grassed rooftop lawn to sip on a cocktail as we headed out of Sydney Harbour.
I was lucky to have a balcony stateroom. The beds were comfy with plenty of storage space underneath it and a big wardrobe for all my clothing. The bathroom was beautifully laid out, and while compact as cruise ship bathrooms often are, had all the things I need including a good shower. The deck of my balcony was a lovely spot to sit out on the deck chair with my book and a cup of tea. I certainly liked having the ability to open the door of my stateroom and let the fresh air in.
Food onboard Celebrity Solstice was of a high standard and our waiter remembered what I liked to drink each evening. I was fortunate I got to take a behind the scenes tour of the cruise kitchen – WOW! The amount of food prepared in there is phenomenal. The Chef’s Table dinner was superb on one special evening – Prawn Bisque my absolute favourite dish of the sailing.
We had 2 formal evenings, most guests did dress in cocktail or evening gowns, men in suits. Entertainment such as the Broadway style shows were very good standard and I did enjoy them on a few evenings.
My favourite stop around the Pacific Isles was probably Isle of Pines, stunning blue waters, gorgeous beaches.
Personally, I loved sailing Celebrity Solstice and can highly recommend this ship as a beauty. I would sail on her again in a heartbeat!