Cruise Chat

Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard


Cruise Chat – Felt like celebrity on new luxury liner

Cruise Chat – Felt like celebrity on new luxury liner

She’s big and beautiful and early December she arived in Brisbane to fanfare suited to such a grand lady.

Celebrity Solstice, Australia,s newest and perhaps most magnificent super liner sailed into Brisbane with 2850 guests. As passengers headed off on shore excursions, we boarded to inspect this great dame of the sea.

She is quite the jaw-dropper.

Just when you thought there couldn’t be anything more to put on a big ship, there comes something that has even the most experienced cruisers shaking their heads in wonder: 0.2ha of real lawn on the top deck. Watered and nurtured to green lushness, this is where the kids can romp and later let the “mature” guests enjoy a game of lawn bowls.

lf lawn at sea doesn’t impress you, how about a glass-blowing studio? The first ever at sea, the Corning Museum of Glass invites passengers to watch glass blowers turn molten glass into beautiful works of art.

Still want more? Choose from 100 varieties of vodka as you sit at a bar of solid ice.

Yet more again? How about a beauty treatment in the spa with the vast sweep of ocean before you viewed safely through  floor-to-ceiling glass.

Of courge there is world-class entertainment in the Solstice theatre, and an indoor as well as massive outdoor pool, a casino, kids’ club and a gallery of shops. . Then there is the food, probably the most important aspect everyone looks for in a cruise.

An army of chefs present 15,000 world-class meals every day. When you’ve done the rounds of the five luxuriously appointed dining rooms, there is 24-hour room service to call upon.

Just four years old, Celebrity Solstice is the youngest ship to be based in Australia, and will be the highest-rated cruise ship to call Australia a home port.

She’s not just big and beautiful, she’s environinentally aware: the industry’s first ship to use solar energy with 2016 solar panels able to power all the passenger elevators.

Ninety percent of state rooms have ocean views and almost all of these have a balcony.

The 2013 itineraries take in New Zealand, Queensland, Hawaii, Tahiti, the South pacific.

More on  –  celebritycruises. com. au


About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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