Last Australian cruise season I decided it was time to explore Celebrity Solstice.  Flying into Sydney, from my window seat I could see the ship waiting next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge just waiting for me to jump aboard which was a really great feeling.  A short cab ride had me ready to drop my bags and hop aboard.  What I found was a light and airy ship with so many nooks and crannies to explore.  Sailaway was a highlight, I think any city in the world would find it hard to compete with Sydney as a backdrop, especially from my vantage point in the Sky Observation Lounge.  To the port side was the Sydney Harbour Bridge and to the starboard side the Sydney Opera House.  We set sail to the heads on dark watching the lights and harbour of Sydney sparkle.

I always worry about what I will find to entertain myself on board with only sea days, but Celebrity Solstice kept me entertained.  A highlight was the Corningware Hot Glass Show demonstration on the top deck, followed by a relaxing lunch at the Lawn Club enjoying the half acre of grass.  Yes, it is real grass, it just invites you to take your shoes off and sink into it.  The library and iLounge provide a quiet space to brush up on your technology skills or to dive into the pages of a novel you have been waiting to find the time to explore.  Great duty free shopping in the Gallerie was also available with more than the ordinary alcohol and perfumes.  I came home with some great presents and gifts for the year ahead.  The evening shows in the Celebrity Central Entertainment Venue were on par with anything I had seen live in a theatre ashore.  Truly captivating, as were the pre dinner drinks at the Martini Bar, the bartenders certainly know how to entertain.

The highlight was the food.  The buffet located at the Oceanview Cafe and Bar, with fresh made to order pastas and stir fry was a real surprise and became a popular place to grab something to eat during the day and evening too for that matter.   The Grand Epernay Dining room offered a wide range of foods to order set in the most decadent surroundings.  A real highlight was a meal at the Italian specialty restaurant The Tuscan Grille.  I felt like I had been swept back to Italy, and when I couldn’t decide if I would prefer the Creme Brule or Tiramisu for ‘dolce’ they simply brought me both.

Solstice spends the Australian summer visiting destinations across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacifc and in our winter heads north to waters of Alaska.

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