Boarding Celebrity Solstice

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#1
Canberra, Australia
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Boarded Solstice today at about 3 pm. Fantastic service, no queue and on in about 15 minutes. Such an improvement from the Dec 9 experience!
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#2
Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Joined Jan 2009
Can't wait to hear what u think of the solstice. Have a wonderful cruise .

Vicki.
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#3
Batemans Bay, NSW Australia
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Originally posted by Aussieflyer
Boarded Solstice today at about 3 pm. Fantastic service, no queue and on in about 15 minutes. Such an improvement from the Dec 9 experience!
Thanks for the boarding advice, we board Solstice on 4 March at OPT. Although according to our ticket we can board anytime as Concierge, Deck 10, we won't be getting to OPT until around 3pm, like you.

We have a fair drive up then a train ride, I mean who wants to get up at dawn? I like to ease myself into a cruise.

Enjoy your cruise on Celebrity Solstice !

PS.. 'Were the Celebrity Alcohol Police vigliant at the gangway, enforcing the two bottle of wine per cabin policy?'
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#4
Adelaide, Australia
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Joined Jan 2010
Thanks for the update, Aussieflyer, Bon Voyage I look forward to reading your impressions, Enjoy!!!! we are on the Solstice in April.
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#5
Canberra, Australia
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In Melbourne today - very well organised with a table set up selling myki cards for the tram and lots of Melbourne info guides on hand. Very impressed.
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Superstar Virgo - Singapore, Avalon Tapestry - Rhine River - 2007, Azamara Quest - Western Mediterranean - 2008, Viking Sun - China - 2009, Silversea Explorer - Svalbard, Arctic - 2010, Celebrity Infinity - Round the Horn, South America - 2011, QM2 - Australia - 2012, Dawn Princess - Australia - 2012, Celebrity Xpedition - Galapagos Islands - 2012, Radiance of the Seas - Australia - 2012, Celebrity Solstice - Australia - 2012, Celebrity Solstice - New Zealand - 2013, Radiance of the Seas - Queensland - 2013, P & O Arcadia - 2014, QM2 - World cruise sector - 2014 , Golden Princess - Australia - 2015, Mariner of the Seas - Asia - 2016, Sun Princess - 2016, Golden Princess - NZ positioning - 2016
Rovos Rail and South African safari in September 2015 - all on land - and it was fabulous


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Baltic
Eastern Mediterranean


#6
cootamundra nsw
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Originally posted by Aussieflyer
In Melbourne today - very well organised with a table set up selling myki cards for the tram and lots of Melbourne info guides on hand. Very impressed.
how much are the myki cards for seniors....i found a link and here's the prices

any melbourne people know how many zones from port melbourne into flinders st station

http://www.myki.com.au/Fares/Metro-fares
#7
Adelaide, Australia
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Originally posted by Aussieflyer
In Melbourne today - very well organised with a table set up selling myki cards for the tram and lots of Melbourne info guides on hand. Very impressed.
How was your first night on the ship?
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#8
Melbourne Australia
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Originally posted by rkmw
how much are the myki cards for seniors....i found a link and here's the prices

any melbourne people know how many zones from port melbourne into flinders st station

http://www.myki.com.au/Fares/Metro-fares
It's all zone 1.

Pretty much anywhere your likely to go is Zone 1 ( zone 1 usually extended out to about 15 klms from the CBD).

Zone 2 is the middle to outer suburbs (there used to be a Zone 3 but it was abolished)
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#9
Melbourne Australia
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Originally posted by Aussieflyer
In Melbourne today - very well organised with a table set up selling myki cards for the tram and lots of Melbourne info guides on hand. Very impressed.
I was actually up this morning at 5.30-6am and it was still dark (couldn't sleep) and I went out onto my balcony and I could see her sailing just off shore at Elwood and thought 'she's slightly ahead of time'. Looked great lit up.

Going to wait until she leaves at 7pm tonight and go down to the beach and take some photos of here.......

She must have slowed down a lot last night because when I checked at midnight on the marine radar she was between Wilson's Prom and Westernport bay. Then at around 1.30-2am I checked again (yup bad sleep again) and she was just entering Port Phillip Heads with the Spirit of Tasmania ferry just ahead of her and thgt she will have to slow right down or she will reach Station Pier before any wharfie is there...
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#10
Australia
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Joined Sep 2007
PS.. 'Were the Celebrity Alcohol Police vigliant at the gangway, enforcing the two bottle of wine per cabin policy?'[/quote]

We were on the solstice in November & took extra bottles onboard as we wanted to bring them back to Australia rather than drink them onboard so we expected them to be taken off us which was fine with us but we got through with 4 bottles between the two of us - all of whch we gave to the cabin stewards before we left!!
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#11
Australia
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Joined Sep 2009
Originally posted by 6andy6
I was actually up this morning at 5.30-6am and it was still dark (couldn't sleep) and I went out onto my balcony and I could see her sailing just off shore at Elwood and thought 'she's slightly ahead of time'. Looked great lit up.

Going to wait until she leaves at 7pm tonight and go down to the beach and take some photos of here.......

She must have slowed down a lot last night because when I checked at midnight on the marine radar she was between Wilson's Prom and Westernport bay. Then at around 1.30-2am I checked again (yup bad sleep again) and she was just entering Port Phillip Heads with the Spirit of Tasmania ferry just ahead of her and thgt she will have to slow right down or she will reach Station Pier before any wharfie is there...
I'll wave to you as we leave. Melbourne put on some nice weather after a chilly start
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#12
Sydney, Australia
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Originally posted by Aussieflyer
In Melbourne today - very well organised with a table set up selling myki cards for the tram and lots of Melbourne info guides on hand. Very impressed.
Fortunately they wised up. Just a month or two back they weren't planning to do anything special. Must have had a few 'suggestions' and someone saw the light!
#13
Melbourne Australia
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Joined Mar 2012
Originally posted by ceejay3377
I'll wave to you as we leave. Melbourne put on some nice weather after a chilly start
Yes turned out a beautiful perfect blue sky day....blinding in fact if driving towards the sun.

My partner, I and my dog went down to Point Ormond in Elwood (its a little hill on the beach front just south of St Kilda) and watched you leave. Here are a couple of pics; can't see you waving.


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This is as you pull out from Station Pier, Port Melbourne.



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Looking towards St Kilda and downtown Melbourne from Point Ormond, Elwood hill.



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#14
Batemans Bay, NSW Australia
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Originally posted by The_Big_M
Fortunately they wised up. Just a month or two back they weren't planning to do anything special. Must have had a few 'suggestions' and someone saw the light!
That is good re ticket sales at tram stop. On Arcadia last March, calling in at Melbourne, the shop near the pier could not handle the ticket business, tram conductor, told pax to jump aboard for free. So we did, with 1000 others. The Poms on board, which was 3/4 of the ship thought it was great. LOL.
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#16
Canberra Australia
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Originally posted by NSWP
That is good re ticket sales at tram stop. On Arcadia last March, calling in at Melbourne, the shop near the pier could not handle the ticket business, tram conductor, told pax to jump aboard for free. So we did, with 1000 others. The Poms on board, which was 3/4 of the ship thought it was great. LOL.
Can't imagine them doing that to often.
#17
Batemans Bay, NSW Australia
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Can't imagine them doing that to often.
No, a one off I think, they have got their act working now though, selling tickets away from the shop.
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Last cruise: Island Princess: - 16 November 2016, from LA, Panama Canal, Mexico and Central America - 20 days.


**Future Cruises**:

Queen Mary 2: - 2 March 2017, Sydney to Hong Kong - 16 nights.

Adonia: - 3 June 2018, France, Spain & Portugal, ex Southampton - 16 nights
B2B with..
Adonia: - 19 June 2018, Ireland, North Cape, Scandinavia, ex Southampton - 18 nights.

'Adventure before Dementia - Live for Today !!'