Celebrity Cruises unveils its biggest Australian season yet
Celebrity Cruises has revealed details of its biggest Australian cruise season yet, with more cruises and more overnights on offer than ever before, together with the line’s first ever turn in Melbourne. The 2019/20 summer season will be open for sale from Friday 15 December 2017.
Confirming the much-loved Celebrity Solstice will return for her eighth season, the line unveiled 20 local cruises over more than seven months during the 2019/20 summer, making it the longest season ever offered by Celebrity Cruises down under. In addition, Celebrity has revealed the line’s first ever turnaround from the growing cruising hub of Melbourne, a brand new port of call at Eden in NSW together with six overnight calls in Sydney, Hobart, Cairns and Tauranga – the highest number of overnights for an Australian season.
Itineraries range from four to 17 nights, sailing to and from Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. Solstice will call to 35 destinations in 11 countries – including ports in Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Fiji, Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa.
In addition, Celebrity will offer three dedicated Queensland itineraries, including one open jaw between Sydney and Auckland, plus a South Pacific itinerary which will visit Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa, and a brand new four night sampler cruise from Sydney with a call in Melbourne.
“At Celebrity Cruises, we believe that travelling to new destinations enriches our understanding of the world, so our 2019/20 Australia season features fresh itineraries and more choice than ever before for our guests to experience the world around us first hand,” said Adam Armstrong, the cruise line’s managing director in Australia and New Zealand.
“We’re very proud to introduce our first turnaround in Melbourne. The state of Victoria is cementing its status as a cruise hub, and we’re thrilled to offer Melburnians the chance to sail with us from their doorstep.
“Plus, overnight calls in Sydney, Hobart, Cairns and Tauranga will offer guests even more opportunity to explore the natural beauty, culture and culinary delights of these vibrant destinations,” Armstrong concluded.
Celebrity Solstice, voted by readers of Cruise Critic as the most popular ship based down under, boasts unique features not found on any other cruise ship in Australia. The best known is her Lawn Club, a freshly manicured half acre of real grass on her top deck, which has been enhanced in a recent refurbishment with new luxury alcoves that can be turned to the sea or the grass, a new outdoor screen for open-air viewing on the lawn, and special ‘Taste of Film’ food and film events.
As well, she features a stunning two story, floor-to-ceiling glass wine tower – capable of holding 2,800 bottles of wine. 85 per cent of her cabins have their own private balcony – the highest ratio of any cruise ship based in Australia.
Her other sophisticated offerings include spa treatments in the world-renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, stylish bars, lounges and ten remarkable dining choices – including Sushi on Five, Tuscan Grille, Murano Restaurant, Silk Harvest Restaurant and the Grand Epernay Dining Room, with capacity for 1,400 people in a single sitting.
With the tiered pricing structure known as Go Big, Go Better, Go Best, guests also have more freedom and flexibility to pre-pay a range of extras for an all-inclusive cruise holiday, including a Classic Beverage Package, unlimited internet and USD$150 in onboard credit.
Bookings for Celebrity Solstice’s 2019/20 summer season opens 15 December. For further information or to make a reservation, visit www.celebritycruises.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or call your travel agent.