Cruise Overview

Your sailing days will be spent doing what you love. Our on-board tuition program offers 54 projects from 18 talented and popular Australian and New Zealand tutors. You’ll enjoy 5 days of classes completing your choice of 3 beautiful projects in our bright and private teaching spaces.

Classes range from beginners to advanced and include all of the project kits, tuition costs, sewing machines and equipment. Whether you’d like to try your hand at something new, improve your skills or just relax and enjoy your passion, you’ll find classes that appeals.

A lively social program accompanies classes. There are Welcome and Farewell events, Show and Tell and exclusive opportunities to shop on board for your favourite craft supplies from your tutors.

Friends and partners are also welcome as this cruise offers plenty of alternative entertainment to keep them as busy or relaxed as they wish to be for the journey.

Your cruise is fully escorted by Needlework Tours and Cruises – we’re with you all the way, from taking your enquiry, booking your cruise, welcoming you on aboard, managing the tuition program and waving you goodbye as you disembark.

What's Included

  • 10 nights cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice
  • Spectacular Ports of Call – Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Picton and Sydney.
  • Optional shore excursions available*.
  • 5 Days of Tuition and 3 projects
  • Special social program
  • Renowned Australian and New Zealand Tutors
  • All Project Kits included in price
  • Cruise Leadership and management by Needlework Tours and Cruises
  • All cruise facilities, room service, entertainment and main meals on board
  • Gratuities included

Tuition & Projects

Project details: You may choose one project from the green section and any two projects from the blue section – three projects totalling five days of tuition. Full descriptions are available on our website.

Class size: All classes are limited to a maximum of 18 students to ensure each student receives personalized attention from the tutor.

Confirmation of classes: Places in classes are allocated in order of payment of the cruise deposit. Soon after paying your deposit to Holiday World Travel P/L, you will receive written confirmation from Needlework Tours P/L of your class bookings. If the class you wish to attend is full, you will need to make another selection. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get your first preference of classes.

Kits: Your tutors will provide you with a kit for each of your classes. You will be required to bring some basic items for each of your classes. As well, morning and afternoon teas, lunch and non-alcoholic beverages are provided as part of the tuition program.

Cancellations: Should any of the classes receive an insufficient response, Needlework Tours P/L reserves the right to cancel the class. In this case, you will be offered an alternative choice.

Venue: All classes will be held in the ship’s Conference Room and the ship’s formal Dining Room.

Bookings

Bookings are made by completing the online booking form on the Needlework Tours P/L website. Should you need to need to cancel your booking, please refer to our website for applicable conditions for booking cancellations.

Deposit and Payments

A $500 deposit per passenger is required to be paid to Holiday World Travel P/L when booking to guarantee your reservation. Full payment for all travel arrangements is due by the date indicated on your invoice.

The price of any travel related service is not guaranteed until the final balance has been paid and the documents have been issued. Needlework Tours P/L and Holiday World Travel P/L cannot take responsibility for any price increase that may be notified, at any time, by the travel provider.

Holiday World Travel P/L reserves the right to charge 1% for Visa/Mastercard and 3% for Amex/Diners administration/service fees for the balance of payments made by these credit cards. Electronic Funds Transfer is available. Please contact Holiday World Travel P/L for details.

Travel Insurance

You should consider taking out travel insurance as soon as you have paid your deposit. Holiday World Travel P/L can assist you with travel insurance or you may make your own arrangements. The Australian Government website, www.smartraveller.gov.au, advises that “Travel insurance is as essential as your passport, regardless of your travel destination. If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!”

* Not included in the price.

Cruise Itinerary and Tuition Program

3 April: Set Sail from Sydney

Admire the iconic sights of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour as we sail out into the blue Pacific on our way to beautiful New Zealand.

4 April: Welcome & Classes

Meet your tutors and class mates at our special Welcome Event and get ready for fabulous

projects, expert tuition and friendship on the seas with your first class. 

5 & 6 April: Classes at sea & Dusky Sound

More classes in our spacious and bright teaching spaces. At the end of the day 4 head up on deck and view the spectacular sights of Dusky Sound. 

7 April: Dunedin (Port Chalmers)

You might think you'd landed in Edinburgh. Both the scenery and the architecture borrow

heavily from Scotland. Dunedin is also home to New Zealand's only castle with the only staircase of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and magnificent woodwork.

8 April: Akaroa

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays, French and English colonial history, even the largest little penguin colony on the mainland. It's also home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and lots of water sports-kayaking, sailboats, also hiking paths and cycle tours. Pick up a unique souvenir from one of the many local craft shops and boutiques. 

9 April: Wellington

Home to the National Museum of New Zealand, one of the world’s largest and most progressive. Explore this city on the restored cable cars or take in the views from Mount Victoria.

10 April: Picton

Imagine a scene of regal sailboats floating atop blue waters, hugged by a picturesque landscape of rolling green mountains. A charming seaside town and a bustling seaport surrounded by award winning restaurants, delightful local art galleries and beautiful yet challenging nature trails. 

11 & 12 April: Classes at sea

Relax with a couple of days enjoying your favourite pastime while heading back to Sydney. Finish off the evening of the 12th with our Show and Tell and Farewell Event.

13 April: Sydney

Get on deck early to witness a morning on the harbour before disembarking.



Ship Facilities

Entertainment

On Celebrity Solstice, you will be entertained from sunup to sundown. You’ll be entertain in the main theatre with high energy, custom productions such as "Pulse", "Remix" and "Edge" along with classic tribute shows rivalling Broadway, West End and Vegas productions. You'll also experience innovative and award-winning European-style circus shows co-produced with international producer Poet Theatricals and unique British-style "Panto" shows created by UK production company, Qdos Entertainment.

Also lighting up the main stage are guest entertainers, including aerialists, acrobats, comedians, singers, instrumentalists and magicians. We aim to give you the best entertainment experience where the everyday simply disappears.

Throughout the ship you'll find music in various styles showcased in various venues—like coming across a guitarist when you're on the way to the theatre. And of course we have DJs in our clubs to get you up and dancing before you know it.

There are interactive theme parties that pop up for some quick fun, like a mini show. "Masque" is one of them. Dancers in exquisite costumes entertain and engage you. Some of the captivating experiences that await you include:

  • Main Stage Production Shows: Broadway/West End tribute shows, European style Circus shows plus Song and Dance spectaculars
  • Theme Parties: Celebrity Rox, Groove, Masque, and Live@Sky
  • Everybody Dance - where guests are partnered with professional dancers and dance off against each other in this interactive TV style game show
  • Guest Entertainers featuring Comedians, Singers, Magicians, Jugglers, Instrumentalists and more
  • Live Music featuring String Ensembles, Jazz Bands, Guitarists and A Cappella performances
  • DJs - to keep you dancing
  • Concert on the Green outside on the Lawn Club's soft, green grass And so many more. Celebrity is your front row ticket to an entertaining vacation.

On-board Facilities and Activities

An extraordinary range of on-board facilities and activities are available to you, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • AquaSpa®
  • Basketball court
  • Beauty salon
  • Fitness centre
  • Jogging track
  • MediSpa
  • Persian Garden
  • Solarium
  • Swimming pools
  • Whirlpools
  • Art gallery
  • Equilibria
  • Galleria boutiques
  • Lawn Club shop
  • Photo gallery
  • Shops on the Boulevard
  • Sol y Mar
  • Guest Services including Captain’s Club, Destinations, Guest Relations, Medical Facilities, Shore Excursions and Sky Conference Centre

Celebrity Solstice Facts

Occupancy: 2,850 passengers
Tonnage: 122,000
Inaugural Date: 23 November, 2008
Length: 1041 ft
Beam: 121 ft
Draught: 27 ft
Cruise Speed: 24 kts

Bars and Lounges

When it's night time, there are lots of things that come alive on Celebrity Solstice including 15 Bars and Lounges.

Casinos

With the hottest slots, games and tables in sophisticated, Vegas-style settings, you're sure to find a game you enjoy.

Celebrity Life

From morning until night, there are literally hundreds of different activities happening on a Celebrity ship.

Company History

Since Celebrity's first sailing in 1990, it has been recognized as an industry leader, praised for providing spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalized service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1 and unexpected, trendsetting onboard activities, all designed to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. The introduction of Celebrity Cruises' stylish, widely heralded Solstice Class of ships has reinforced Celebrity's position as an industry leader.

It all began when Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1989 with the objective of fulfilling the travel industry's need for a high-quality, premium cruise product at an intelligent price. The company was determined to set a new, worldwide standard for cruising, and to create a distinctive expression of superior quality, grand style, attentive service, spacious accommodations, and exceptional cuisine. Believing that the dining experience is an essential part of a quality cruise vacation, Celebrity custom-built galleys to create the finest gourmet cuisine at sea, preparing everything from scratch, using only the finest, freshest ingredients. Along with the launch of the Century Class fleet in 1995, Celebrity created another industry first: a luxurious spa experience within the environment of a cruise ship, with the introduction of the AquaSpa® by Elemis.

In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International, bringing together two extraordinary cruise brands within one corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Today, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, Pullmantur and Royal Caribbean International. The company has a combined total of 40 ships in service.

Today, among Celebrity’s ten ships are its Solstice Class ships, which exemplify Celebrity's emphasis on designing stunning ships and inviting onboard experiences for vacationers who appreciate the finer things. The ships have taken stylish cruising and impeccable service to new heights.

Celebrity Cruises Company Profile

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, we merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line's passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today's expression of what first made cruising famous -- high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine.

Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience. In addition to offering vacations visiting all continents, Celebrity also presents immersive Cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. By the end of 2012, Celebrity Cruises has a fleet of 11 beautiful ships.

Staterooms

More than a room. An escape within an escape.

Celebrity Solstice’s staterooms are a study in modern luxury, with forward-thinking design, beautiful craftsmanship, luxurious amenities, and innovative storage. Suite guests enjoy a completely indulgent experience with a full list of extras, including European-style butler service.

Veranda staterooms offer breathtaking views and the perfect spot for a private meal or morning coffee. Ocean View and Inside staterooms are thoughtfully designed with ample space, tasteful amenities, and a sitting area. On Celebrity, your stateroom experience is sure to leave you relaxed and restored.

Her world-class staterooms are a study in forward-thinking design, beautiful craftsmanship, and innovative storage.

Accessible staterooms are also available.

All staterooms include:

Service

  • Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Twice daily service (makeup and turndown)
  • Daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets

Dining

  • 24 hour complimentary room service

Amenities

  • Robe
  • Complimentary tote bag
  • Custom blended bath products (shampoo, conditioner and lotion), shower cap, cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Water/wine glasses
  • Celebrity eXhale™ bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets and pillows, and 100% pure Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hair dryer

Stateroom Features

  • Private mini-bar*
  • Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies*
  • Private safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220AC outlets

*Additional charges apply.

Suites

Our spacious suites transform your vacation into a completely indulgent experience. Book this type of stateroom and enjoy special privileges plus an extensive list of amenities including European-style butler service (except Celebrity Xpedition).

Balcony Stateroom

Private sanctuaries where you'll enjoy both in and outdoor space—relax in the spacious lounge or step outside to linger over morning coffee or wonder at evening sunsets.

Ocean View Stateroom Class

Staterooms with large windows and a sitting area where you can kick back and relax after a day that has been as busy or easy as you want.

Inside Stateroom Class

Stateroom with ample living space with a sofa and sitting area—a home away from home.

Food and Dining

Modern luxury comes in such an amazing array of flavours

Dining with Celebrity Cruises is an experience beyond the obvious, a globally influenced blend of classic and contemporary menus created by a James Beard featured chef. It's always a perfect marriage of flavours and the artful presentation of cuisine.

There are many different kinds of dining experiences, including Main Dining, held in the main restaurant, where you can choose a set time every night, or you can be more flexible with Celebrity Select Dining.

Casual Dining can be enjoyed in our Oceanview Café or Bistro on Five. And then there's Specialty Dining, where each restaurant offers a unique culinary journey.

Restaurants

Main Restaurant - A grand stage for dining.

The Main Restaurant is the centerpiece of our immersive and enriching range of culinary experiences. We're proud to present an unparalleled wealth of choices every evening. Working literally around the clock, the galleys delight in sending out artfully presented dishes, every delicate micro-green garnish perfectly in place. And, now, starting with Celebrity Reflection and soon coming to the entire fleet, more than 60 SPE-certified options for healthy and delicious dining.

Specialty Dining Packages

You can experience several unique specialty restaurants and enjoy great savings when you purchase one of Celebrity’s Specialty Dining Packages for your cruise vacation aboard a Celebrity cruise ship. Awaken your inner foodie on a culinary journey at Qsine®. Experience impeccable service and world-class cuisine at Murano. Savor the bold flavors of our Italian steakhouse, Tuscan Grille. And enjoy interactive, open-air grilling with ocean views at the Lawn Club Grill. Restaurant selection varies by ship.

Blu - Intimately elegant, yet fresh and modern.

As an AquaClass® guest, you can enjoy Blu, your own exclusive restaurant for breakfast and dinner. If the concept of "spa restaurant" causes you or your significant other to think you'll never see a steak or a rich dessert on the menu, that is definitely not the case. The cuisine at Blu is simply an imaginative way of preparing popular dishes without fussiness or pretense. Tender steak is served with a flavorful truffle vinaigrette instead of a heavy béarnaise. We call it "clean cuisine."

Murano - Exquisite fine dining in a distinctive setting with stellar service.

Impeccable service, classic design, world-class cuisine and comfortable sophistication are celebrated to the utmost in Murano. Experience tableside lobster presentation, an expansive selection of artisanal cheeses from around the world, or the extensive American and French wine list.

Charming and timeless, Murano transports you, through palate and décor, to a modern and sophisticated level of dining.

Silk Harvest - a subtle taste of Far East pleasures meant to share.

As the first Asian restaurant in the Celebrity fleet, Silk Harvest takes you on a journey to the Far East, offering authentic Asian hospitality perfectly paired with a contemporary blend of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here you enjoy family-style dining in a warm and friendly setting.

Tuscan Grille - an Italian steakhouse with a nouveau twist.

An outgoing waitstaff ensures tableside service that's personal as well as professional. And the food? Take the traditional style and artisanal flair of Italy, add contemporary influences, and serve the cuisine in abundance. It's all part of the expansive character of Tuscan Grille.

Bistro on Five - like a French café, it's great for watching the world go by.

world go by. The open kitchen provides its own bit of theatre, night and day. Stop by whenever you wish; Bistro on Five is open from six o'clock in the morning until late at night. The friendly, open nature of Bistro on Five is reflected by the chefs. Whether you need a fast breakfast before a shore excursion or a relaxing lunch after you've returned, the service at Bistro on Five is as quick as you need it to be. The attentive waitstaff will introduce you to the globally inspired crêpes on the menu and the panini, soups, salads and desserts that are featured as well.

Reservations are not required for this restaurant.

Café al Bacio & Gelateria - enjoy your espresso or tea as you watch the world go by.

The warm atmosphere, comfortable furniture and the sweet scent of the Gelateria's freshly baked waffle cones create an instant emotional connection. Café al Bacio is a great place to relax, any time of day. Many guests like to stop by in the evening for one of the specialty dessert cocktails, and chat about a great meal that they had or a wonderful show they just enjoyed. There's always something to talk about at Café al Bacio.

Reservations are not required for this restaurant.

A variety of contemporary selections at your convenience.

Explore different options and take advantage of the fresh, made-to-order delights that await you. There's a wealth of choices, whether you're in the mood for something lighter, or a quick and easy snack. We have something for every palate.

Complimentary 24-hour in-stateroom dining

Perhaps a day of kayaking, shopping or golfing has you feeling pleasantly languid-or was it the afternoon spent relaxing with a novel that has you so serene? Either way, when you're in the mood to relax and dine in the comfort of your stateroom, Celebrity offers complimentary 24-hour in-stateroom dining.