Celebrity sends off Solstice following biggest season on record
The award winning cruise ship hosted more than 50,000 guests during her fifth Australian season – her biggest season to date – and injected an estimated $35 million into the local economy in passenger spend alone. Of those guests, more than half were Aussies and Kiwis.
“It’s been a wonderful cruise season for Celebrity Solstice. The modern luxury ship continues to be the Berlitz Guide’s highest rated locally based ship and drew a record number of passengers this season, representing an 11 per cent increase on our previous biggest season,” said Adam Armstrong managing director, Celebrity Cruises Australia & NZ.
“And it wasn’t just a record season for Aussie passengers, we also saw a huge number international guests, from countries including the US, UK, Canada and Germany, exploring our spectacular region in Celebrity’s sophisticated style.”
“The ship’s recent revitalisation also meant new touches were added to craft an even more relaxing and luxurious experience for guests onboard. Fresh additions include the first Tiffany and Co store at sea for the region; a new Japanese dining option, Sushi on Five; beautiful cabanas on the famed real grass Lawn Club, and an outdoor movie screen that is used to host a film and gastronomic experience for guests. It’s been a great few months for Solstice, and we’re thrilled the ship is coming back to Australia for an even bigger cruise season next summer,” Adam said.
Following a spectacular six months, Celebrity is celebrating by holding a special Farewell Sale to mark the ship’s final Sydney call this cruise season. Guests who book an Oceanview cabin or above by 28 April 2017 will save up to $200 per person*, plus the offer is combinable with Celebrity’s New Zealand sale, which sees Oceanview bookings and above made by 30 April 2017 onboard voyages to New Zealand receive a free Classic Beverage Package for two, as well as USD$300 onboard credit per stateroom.
Celebrity Cruises will return for her sixth local season in October 2017 for another grand season. Sailings on offer include a 12-night Auckland to Sydney voyage departing 9 December 2017. Fares start from just $1,699 per person twin share for an Interior stateroom, or $2,399 per person for an Oceanview. Sailing from Auckland, this amazing itinerary includes calls to the Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Melbourne and scenic cruising through the spectacular Sounds.
For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or call your travel agent.
About Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises‘ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for holiday makers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 12 ships offer modern luxury holidays visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents incredible cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL). For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.
About RCL Cruises Ltd Australia
RCL Cruises commenced operation in December 2008 as the Australian arm of global cruise holiday company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company offers three cruise brands in Australia and New Zealand: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. In the 2016/2017 cruise season Royal Caribbean International will increase the local fleet to five ships with the introduction of Australia’s biggest, newest and most technologically advanced cruise ship, US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas, joining Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas home porting in Sydney and Legend of the Seas homeporting in Brisbane. Australia’s highest rated cruise ship Celebrity Solstice will also sail her fifth local season out of Sydney, while Azamara Club Cruises’ boutique Azamara Journey will make her Australian debut during the 2016/2017 summer season.