Photo Review: Solstice 12 Night Great Barrier Reef Jan 2 2018

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Originally posted by mahdnc
Looks like Cairns is a go for Solstice. She is anchored off of Yorkeys Knob with only 9 knot winds.


Great news for the folks onboard! We’ve got neighbors (here north of Dallas) who were set to be on Radiance on the 6th - they’re very disappointed and shocked that they’re trip was canceled.


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Originally posted by Cruise Junky
Radiance of the Seas did not survive her attempted stop in Airlie Beach. She's broken an Azipod and her April 6th cruise is cancelled. Smart move by the Solstice Captain.
That's interesting. I did find this post on the RCI board: Radiance cruise cancellation

The post says that the motor wiring on the starboard Azipod burnt out while fighting the winds/current at Airlie Beach.

Meanwhile at Cairns, Solstice is in calm seas (6 knot winds) with Cyclone Iris safely heading away from them.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
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Originally posted by Wansbrough
While we are Solstice/Airlie Beach photo sharing here is one from 2017





Very nice photo. You don't get that view of a ship every day.

Calm seas today Day 2 at Cairns for Solstice. Here's a photo of Solstice as we tendered back to her on Day 2 Cairns (Jan 8):

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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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Thank you (and Suzanne) for this wonderful review! We’re booked on the Oct 29 sailing and this provided us with very valuable information. We’re researching excursions now.

I really wish we had the extra two stops. Feels too much like putting all our eggs in one basket (especially in light of the March cruise). But this cruise is actually an “extra” for us in the middle of a bucket list land trip to Australia and NZ. Some we’re trying to treat all the excursions as bonuses we can take or leave and not be too disappointed.

Btw, the extreme version of the Australia Zoo is my sister’s #1 bucket list item. So we’ll be sure to post a review.

Thanks again for all the info. I expect I’ll be referring back to it many times before we go.

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Hi, Terri. On behalf of all the people that have contributed to this review, you are welcome. Despite the "missing" two days at the GBR, you are gonna love your cruise. Overall, it sounds like you a wonderful trip planned. Have fun with it.

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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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Great review, and a huge thanks for posting it - we are about to pull the trigger and book this same cruise for January 2020 and your review has been most helpful. Thanks!
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Thank you, cricketgirl. You will be glad that you booked that Jan 2020 cruise. If you have planning questions in the future, just post it on this thread or you can email me at mahdnc at yahoo dot com.

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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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David, I had bookmarked this review a couple of months back and just got back to it today and read it in one page-turning sitting. I have never cruised "Down Under" but it's now a future bucket-list destination but only after I (a) retire and (b) get Buenos Aires to Valparaiso under my belt as that calls to me. Still 5 years away.


Meantime I have Cuba and Norway cruises to look forward to-shorter, more do-able cruises for a working man.


Thanks for bringing me along on your trip and for the generous use of your stellar photos to propel the narrative!


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Originally posted by Bimmer09
David, I had bookmarked this review a couple of months back and just got back to it today and read it in one page-turning sitting. I have never cruised "Down Under" but it's now a future bucket-list destination but only after I (a) retire and (b) get Buenos Aires to Valparaiso under my belt as that calls to me. Still 5 years away.

Meantime I have Cuba and Norway cruises to look forward to-shorter, more do-able cruises for a working man.

Thanks for bringing me along on your trip and for the generous use of your stellar photos to propel the narrative!

Norris
in Chicago
Norris, thank you for your kind words. I am glad that you found the review informative and I do hope you get to do an Australia cruise some day.

I agree with your priorities and we ended up doing the South America (Valparaiso to Buenos Aires) first--the year before. We very much enjoyed that cruise (Dec 24 2016 Infinity review). It was fun, it was exciting, and it felt very exotic.

David
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Sydney, Australia; Embarkation day (Jan 2, 2018); taken from Solstice.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!