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The 4.5 star Celebrity Solstice is rated by many as one of the finest ships operating in Australia by any of the major cruise lines

Life aboard Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice was launched in 2008, and at 122,000 GT carries 2,850 passengers. The interior architectural design is impressive. Amenities include a large theatre, numerous dining options and bars and clubs, youth facilities, and innovations (try glass-blowing or the acre of live grass on the upper decks). The feel is uncrowded – entertainment forward, restaurants aft. Ten restaurants cater for every taste, plus bistro, restaurants and cafés. Guest ratings are consistently four and five star across all categories. Aqua Class staterooms come with access to a range of healthy dining and spa amenities. Teens and children of all ages are well catered for. Guests typically are in their mid-50s and appreciate the better things of life.

Conference facilities

We will use several venues the ship for our meeting

  • Conference centre – which will be divided in two rooms for some sessions
  • Celebrity Central – for some main sessions
  • Quasar – for special interest groups & Research Help Zone


Internet access at sea is available at cost in the internet café 24 hours a day and by Wi-Fi throughout Celebrity Solstice. Internet minutes are available at 6 different rates:

  • $0.75 cents a minute with no package.
  • In and Out Package – $24.95 for 38 minutes
  • In Touch Package – $49.95 for 90 minutes
  • Informed Package – $99.95 for 208 minutes
  • Interact Package – $199.95 for 555 minutes
  • Involved Package – $399.95 for 1666 minutes

These rates are in US currency (as at Dec 2013) and subject to change


Ninety percent of staterooms have an outside view, and of these 95% have a balcony – more than any other superliner in the world. Features in all cabins include: twin beds convertible to queen-sized bed, sitting area, vanity desk with hairdryer, interactive flat-screen TV (32” minimum), bathroom with shower enclosure, wireless internet access, and premium bedding. The suites are larger, with more personal amenities and extras. AquaClass cabins share a deck with the AquaSpa amenities, dine at the exclusive Restaurant Blu, and share in a feast of indulgences. Families can book inter-connecting cabins.

There are four suite-grade accommodations: Royal Suite, Celebrity Suite, Sky Suite, and Penthouse Suite. The latter offers floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, separate living room/dining room, baby grand piano, full bar, sofa queen sleeper, two 52″ TVs, master bath with whirlpool tub, shower with dual shower heads, double washbasins and a 26″ TV. The verandah has a second whirlpool and lounge seating. There are no single cabins, and 30 cabins are wheelchair-accessible.

Food and Dining

The two-deck Grand Epernay is the principal dining room, of stunning and contemporary design. Dinner is served at two sittings, either traditional with assigned tables, or ‘when and with whom you choose’. There are four specialty dining rooms, all with picture window views of the sea. Murano is a superb, extra-cost reservation-only venue not to be missed. Blu is mainly for guests in the AquaClass cabins. The Tuscan Grille, an Italian steakhouse, delivers the best of grills, seafood and pasta. Silk Harvest serves a mix of Southeast Asian dishes.

For casual eating there are five options. Bistro on Five is for coffee, cakes, crêpes and pastries. Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria is an Italian coffee house and “Italian ice-cream” servery. Oceanview Cafe and Grill has a good range of self-serve buffet stations. The Mast Grill serves burgers, hot dogs, fries fast food. The AquaSpa Cafe is for light, healthier options. Themed bars, lounges and clubs provide a wide range of atmospheres for your pre-dinner drinks, private party, or relaxed down-time chat. Room service is available 24 hours a day from a limited menu of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and desserts.


The main show lounge Solstice Theatre typically provides three shows on a seven-night cruise: circus-type acrobatics and revues. Theme nights are held in the Observation Lounge. Celebrity Central hosts comedy, cookery and entertaining lectures. The Ensemble Lounge is from the big-band era with jazz-style music. The Entertainment Court, featuring street performers, is adjacent to the Quasar nightclub. Throughout the vessel guests will be met by a variety of soloists and ensembles. During the day entertainment choices range from games, art auctions, bingo, wine samplings and dance lessons, to educational presentations. A unique “Hot Glass Show” demonstrates the creation of glass art by the Corning Museum of Glass. For a quiet time withdraw to the card room, or the spectacular 24-hour library, extending vertically for two decks.

The adult-only Aqua Spa operated by Steiner Leisure offers the full complement of beauty and massage treatments and facilities. A fully-stocked and staffed gym sports all the newest fitness machines, and there is an outside jogging track. The Lawn Club is a dedicated area on the top deck of the ship that features real grass where passengers can play croquet, bocce, or practice their putting. The Fun Factory has complimentary programs for children aged 3 to 17 years under the guidance of trained counsellors. Teens have theirown X Club. The ship provides lunch, dinner and slumber parties for children aged 3 to 11, so parents are freed up to lunch, dine and party at night.

Historic Yorktown Cruises | Yorktown Cruise Ship, Yorktown Cruises

Yorktown Cruise Ship Alliance

Four centuries ago, Captain John Smith explored the waters around Yorktown aboard a small sailing vessel while trading with the Powhatan Indians.  Join him in spirit when you sail aboard  Yorktown’s Schooner Alliance. Yorktown Cruises - Alliance Victory Monument

On the Historic Yorktown cruises you will sail past the Yorktown Battlefield where our country won its independence, and relive sailings golden age when a young America clambered aboard vessels similar to Alliance to find adventure.  Our knowledgeable crew will harmonize past with present as you view the Victory Monument along the banks of the York River, sight dolphins or osprey, sail by working watermen, or perhaps cruise past a naval warship or submarine.  You can lend a hand at setting sail, enjoy a beverage or snack from the ships’ galley, or just listen to the sound of the wind as we glide along under a cloud of canvas.  Our sails are set the traditional way with block and tackle, and a little elbow grease.  Our passengers are encouraged to help set sail, but by no means are they required to.   There are no winches aboard Alliance (but occasionally there may be a few wenches on board!). Alliance is so much more than a sailing ship – it’s an opportunity to experience an exciting and unique time in America’s history!  Yorktown is part of “America’s Historic Triangle” – the birthplace of American Democracy!  Cruises depart from the Riverwalk Landing Pier.

Pirate Adventure Cruises

For a fun family adventure bring the kids to Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy!  On these cruises the kids will set the sails, steer the ship, learn sailor skills and get tattoed!  This cruise is a must for the young pirates in your family!

Yorktown cruises.

Virginia’s Historic Triangle is made up of Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg.  While visiting our area, be sure to stop in at Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement, and the Yorktown Battlefields.

In Yorktown, there’s something for everyone! Immerse yourself in 300 years of history and enjoy the village streets and paths overlooking the York River. Here you can experience 18th Century homes and revolutionary battlefields. Picturesque streets are the backdrop for art galleries, antique and specialty shops. Visit the museums offering hands on programs and exhibits. Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk and relax on the sandy beach at river’s edge.  Take a ride on our free trolley then march to the beat of the Fifes and Drums during one of their performances. After working up an appetite, dine at one of our charming restaurants, some with a view of the York River.   Don’t miss the free Friday night concert series on the Green.

Vantage Cruise Lines Builds First Ocean Cruise Ship • Cruise Maven

Vantage Cruise Lines recently announced their plans to build their first ocean cruise ship.   If the name isn’t familiar to you, Vantage Cruise Lines has been operating Europe river cruises with their own river ships since 1999.

With their first small ocean cruise ship, it’s an exciting time for Vantage.  Named Ocean Explorer, the new ship is scheduled to launch in March 2021 as a luxury global expedition ship.

Ocean Odyssey, sister ship to Ocean Explorer, has a launch date sometime in 2022.

Ocean Explorer for the solo traveler

Vantage has always been an advocate for the solo traveler, especially solo female travelOcean Explorer will have 77 staterooms, 15 of which will be solo studio staterooms.  There will even be a handful of solo staterooms with balconies.  All totaled, the ship can accommodate up to 170 guests.  Most other cruise lines’ expedition ships don’t have solo staterooms and charge a hefty solo supplement.

“We are thrilled to add this new small ship ocean cruising vessel to our fleet, and to surround our Vantage travelers in ultimate luxury as they explore their dream destinations,” said Henry R. Lewis, Founder & Owner, Vantage Deluxe World Travel. “The Ocean Explorer will be a ship that caters to those who appreciate relaxed casual luxury, but who also enjoy the thrill of exploration and adventure.”

Where Ocean Explorer will go

In its inaugural year, the luxurious Ocean Explorer will travel the world.  Beginning in Asia, the ship will cruise Europe followed by a transatlantic crossing to North America.  Voyages continue down to Central and South America, and finally to Antarctica.

Ocean Explorer will be equipped with the latest in satellite and navigation technology including an ULSTEIN X-Bow.  This will allow the ship even deeper exploration into packed ice.

The ship’s design will feature panoramic views from the multilevel observation lounge and lobby.  Onboard activities include a swimming pool with outdoor movies on the deck, nightly curated lectures, programs, musical performances, and cultural events.

Additional amenities include:

With expedition cruising quickly becoming the latest trend, it will be interesting when Ocean Explorer joins the conversation.

Late Couple Misses Cruise Ship By Seconds: Should The Cruise Lines Wait?

A video has gone viral showing a couple missing their Caribbean cruise ship by a matter of minutes.

Royal Caribbean‘s Symphony of the Seas pulled away from Nassau, Bahamas on February 15th after waiting an extra 20 minutes for the couple who were running late.

Not long after, the couple arrived with hands in the air to signal the ship to return back to the port so they could embark.

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An observer posted a video online of the moment Symphony of the Seas set sail without the late couple.

The footage begins with the gangway to the ship being hauled away by a forklift truck with the hatch doors on the side of the vessel closing.

It is unclear how quickly the couple arrived after Symphony had set sail but the ship’s proximity to the harbour indicates that it was a short amount of time, perhaps a matter of minutes.

This was the final day of a seven-night western Caribbean cruise.

The ship then arrived back to its port of departure in Miami, Florida on February 16th.

Back in 2016, a female passenger was also left at Nassau, Bahamas, when she failed to make it back to the port in time to board Norwegian Breakaway.

She was a mother to three children who were on the ship as it pulled away as they had been left in the onboard kids clubs that day.

Should cruise ships wait for passengers who haven’t yet returned to port? Should it be circumstantial? For example, if children are left onboard.

Or should cruise ships wait no longer than a short set amount of time as schedules are important?

What did you vote in our poll? Have you ever almost missed your ship? Why was that? Let us know your thoughts and comments below…

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