Celebrity Cruises has announced that its Solstice Class of liner will set sail to Australia and New Zealand for winter 2012-13. The 1,814-guest Celebrity Century will be the first to be deployed Down Under, followed by the 2,850-guest Celebrity Solstice.
“Celebrity Solstice has satisfied guests around the world since we introduced her in 2008, and the obvious next step is to send her to Australia,” said Dan Hanrahan, President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “With this move, we are delivering another way for people to have the best vacation experience possible, in one of the most stunning geographic regions of the world.”
Celebrity Solstice will travel from a 2012 summer in the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand via the Suez Canal and through Southeast Asia before arriving in Sydney in early December. The repositioning sailings will include multiple overnights in ports including Dubai and Kochi.
Upon arriving in Australia, Celebrity Solstice will offer a series of 12- and 13-night open-jaw sailings between Sydney and Auckland. The season also will include a circumnavigation of Australia, consisting of two open-jaw sailings between Sydney and Perth (Fremantle). Many of the itineraries include overnight stays in Sydney.
Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Century will both feature a series of activities, including local vineyard and wine shore excursions, onboard talks by local cultural entertainers and speakers, and destination-focused food and drink menus. Some activities will be complimentary.
Celebrity will offer four- and five-night pre- and post-cruise escorted land
tour packages in Australia, which will visit destinations including Port Douglas (Great Barrier Reef), Uluru and Sydney. A six-night pre-cruise New Zealand package will visit Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown and Sydney.
Celebrity’s cruisetours are escorted by local tour directors, and include hotel accommodations, transportation, select activities, breakfast and some additional meals. Full details will be available on 23 March when bookings for Celebrity’s new 2012-13 Australia/New Zealand itineraries will open for sale. Bookings for the 1,814-guest Celebrity Century’s 2011-12 Australia/New Zealand cruises are open now.