Celebrity Solstice, Australia’s highest-rated cruise ship, returns to her Australian home port of Sydney this summer for a fifth season, offering 18 cruises to 35 ports of call in 10 countries. Later in 2016, she will return again to embark on an extended sixth summer season, including special events such as the Art Deco Fair in Napier, New Zealand, in February, and the 2017 Easter long weekend and school holidays. Here are the five must-do cruises from Sydney on Celebrity Solstice.
1. Sydney to Auckland
This quintessential 14-night Australasian cruise combines the best of Australia’s east coast with the North and South Islands of New Zealand. First you’ll head to Melbourne and Hobart, before crossing the Tasman to the spectacular Fiordland National Park and its famous sounds – Milford, Doubtful and Dusky. Along with five sea days to kick back on-board, you’ll enjoy stops at Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga and the dramatic Bay of Islands, before the cruise ends in Auckland, City of Sails.
Need to know: Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney on January 5.
2. South Pacific and Fiji
If a leisurely beach-style holiday is more your style, this classic itinerary is hard to beat. Taking in the South Pacific’s marquee ports of call on a round trip from Sydney, this 12-night cruise has six sea days to soak up the sun, along with explorations in New Caledonian destinations including Noumea, the idyllic Isle of Pines and Lifou. There are also two stops in fabulous Fiji: the capital, Suva, and second-largest city, Lautoka.
Need to know: Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney on March 20.
3. Sydney to Honolulu
This 17-night repositioning cruise, where Celebrity Solstice leaves Australia for another season, is ideal for anyone who loves sea days or wants to visit South Pacific gems like Tahiti and Hawaii. Before you cross the International Date Line, you’ll visit Bay of Islands and Auckland. Then it’s off to three idyllic destinations in the Society Islands: the French Polynesian capital of Papeete, magical Moorea and mystical Bora Bora. Rounding up this cruise of a lifetime is a full day in Hawaii’s glamour island, Maui, before the trip ends in Honolulu.
Need to know: Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney on April 9.
4. Sydney to Singapore
Join Celebrity Solstice for 14 nights, cruising to Singapore through the Great Barrier Reef and Bali. Ports of call on Australia’s east coast include Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin, offering the best of the tropics and the great outdoors. There are eight days at sea, plus one day in Benoa to soak up the sun or enjoy the best of Balinese cuisine and culture. At the end of it all is cosmopolitan Singapore, which celebrated 50 years of independence in 2015.
Need to know: Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney on October 8.
5. New Zealand
The Land of the Long White Cloud is beautifully showcased on this 13-night round-trip cruise from Sydney. Awaiting you is scenic cruising of Fiordland’s famous sounds – Milford, Doubtful and Dusky – followed by a day in scenic Akaroa and a leisurely overnight stay in the Bay of Plenty’s beach haven of Tauranga. After an exploration of the historic Bay of Islands, you’ll cross the Tasman home to Sydney.
Need to know: Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney on November 14.