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Great Barrier Reef Cruise on Celebrity Solstice (13 Day)

Discover the best of North-East Australia and enjoy stops at Brisbane, Newcastle, Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef, Willis Island and more. Celebrity Solstice offers a series of attributes with cosmopolitan flair that have received an incredible amount of accolades. Don't miss this incredible itinerary!

Highlights
Explore the sparkling Great Barrier Reef and discover coral gardens and a vast array of marine life
Visit stunning Airlie Beach, Cairns and Brisbane
Musical stage shows and entertainment on board
All meals included


Please contact us on 1300 404 606 for all departure times and dates.


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Further details in Specifications below

13-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise on Celebrity SolsticeSKU: MRC007

ITINERARY
15 October 2019 - Sydney

Departs 18:45
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers so much—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower. You’re never far from nature in this thriving urban center. Well-known surf beaches, zoos, national parks, whale watching tours, bush tours, and the Royal Botanic Gardens—featuring over 7,500 plants—offer visitors a chance to enjoy the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife, and clear blue oceans. Sydney is not only Australia’s oldest city, it is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the globe, offering a wealth of cuisines, unique museums, and cultural opportunities. Explore lively pubs, shops, and historic buildings at The Rocks, located on Sydney harbor.

16 October 2019 - Newcastle, NSW
Arrives at 08:00 
Departs at 17:00
Named for England's famous coal port, Newcastle was developed in the 19th century by dangerous convicts sent to work the coal mines and timber forests. Today, a Newcastle cruise offers stunning surf, a relaxed urban atmosphere, and a gateway to Australia’s wine country. Near the port, stroll 200 years of local history, visiting Customs House, now a restaurant and bar; Watt Street, with buildings from the convict era; and Christ Church Cathedral, which still dominates the skyline. Learn about local culture at Newcastle Museum, in the central business district. Collections include Fire and Earth, about the hot and heavy industrial era; Link Gallery, which houses large exhibits like an 1870 locomotive and an 1890 pipe organ; and Newcastle Story, where you can explore Aboriginal life and the pioneering Novocastrians (Newcastle folks). For military history—and breathtaking Pacific views—venture out to 19th-century Fort Scratchley. There you can also relax on the sunny beaches for which Newcastle is famous in surfing circles—Nobbys Beach, Bar Beach, and Merewether Beach. To meet rare local animals—koalas, wombats, diamond pythons, blue-tongued lizards, and such—head west to Blackbutt Reserve, occupying 450 acres of natural bushland, nature trails, and wildlife exhibits. Discover inland Hunter Valley, one of Australia's pioneering wine regions. Hunter Valley sémillon is the iconic wine of the region, which also produces wines from Syrah, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon grapes. When it's time for a break, have a drink and savor a delicious meal in one of the many hip bars, cafés, and restaurants of Newcastle City Centre. Shopping? If your cruise to Newcastle arrives on the first or third Saturday of November or December, don't miss the contemporary handmade art and design and artisan produce at Olive Tree Market, in Civic Park.

17 October 2019 - At sea

18 October 2019 - At sea

19 October 2019 - Airlie Beach
Arrives at 07:00
Departs at 17:00
On your cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect departure point for local excursions. The coral reef is the largest living thing on the planet—so big you can see it from space—but made of billions of tiny organisms known as polyps. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the reef supports a vast diversity of marine life, with 600 types of soft and hard corals, 1,625 types of fish, and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers 133,000 square miles, including 3,000 coral reefs and 900 islands. The snorkeling and diving here are unmatched. Airlie Beach is popular with backpackers, yachtsmen, and other lovers of the tropical lifestyle. Sailing among the calm, protected waters of the Witsunday Islands and skydiving over the pristine shorelines are a couple of the must-do adventures for many visitors. When it's time for some shopping during your Airlie Beach cruise, you'll find lovely seaside markets and galleries with friendly artists, handmade jewelry, colorful paintings, stunning photos, and tropical beachwear—perfect for a leisurely browse after breakfast.

20 October 2019 - Cairns
Arrives at 09:00
In tropical North Queensland, surrounded on three sides by lush rainforest, your Cairns cruise makes the perfect launchpad for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef. This reef is the largest living thing on the planet—so big you can see it from space—but it's made up of billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the reef supports a vast diversity of marine life, with 600 types of soft and hard corals, 1,625 types of fish, and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers 133,000 square miles, including 3,000 coral reefs and 900 islands. The snorkeling and diving here are unmatched. Inland, explore the rainforest by cable car and scenic railway, soaring above treetops, peering into gorges, and observing jungle waterfalls. Join a whitewater rafting adventure in Barron Gorge National Park. Stop at a rainforest village to see kangaroos, birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Hold a koala in your arms and feed a wallaby. Watch traditional Aboriginal dancers perform and artisans create their pottery, paintings, glass works, jewelry, and fabrics. You can shop for these original keepsakes to take back aboard your Cairns cruise. Back in town, stroll the lovely native flowers, plants, and trees at Cairns Botanic Gardens. You might even get lucky in the local casino. What a way to top off your cruise to Cairns.

21 October 2019 - Cairns
Departs 19:00
In tropical North Queensland, surrounded on three sides by lush rainforest, your Cairns cruise makes the perfect launchpad for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef. This reef is the largest living thing on the planet—so big you can see it from space—but it's made up of billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the reef supports a vast diversity of marine life, with 600 types of soft and hard corals, 1,625 types of fish, and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers 133,000 square miles, including 3,000 coral reefs and 900 islands. The snorkeling and diving here are unmatched. Inland, explore the rainforest by cable car and scenic railway, soaring above treetops, peering into gorges, and observing jungle waterfalls. Join a whitewater rafting adventure in Barron Gorge National Park. Stop at a rainforest village to see kangaroos, birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Hold a koala in your arms and feed a wallaby. Watch traditional Aboriginal dancers perform and artisans create their pottery, paintings, glass works, jewelry, and fabrics. You can shop for these original keepsakes to take back aboard your Cairns cruise. Back in town, stroll the lovely native flowers, plants, and trees at Cairns Botanic Gardens. You might even get lucky in the local casino. What a way to top off your cruise to Cairns.

22 October 2019 - Port Douglas
Arrives at 07:00
Departs at 19:00
The once-sleepy, now-bustling seaside village of Port Douglas will be your hub to the Great Barrier Reef, home to some 1,500 species of fish, 5,000 species of mollusk and 400 species of coral for your exploration. During your Cruisetour, you'll enjoy a full day of marine adventure with opportunities to swim, snorkel, dive or view the reef from an underwater observatory.

23 October 2019 - Willis Island
Arrives at 08:00
Departs at 14:00

24 October 2019 - At sea

25 October 2019 - Brisbane
Arrives at 08:00
Departs at 20:00
On a Brisbane cruise, you'll find a thriving art scene, sandy beaches, lively nightlife, and multiple wildlife sanctuaries. Start with scenic city views from Mount Coot-tha, west of downtown. Cultural sophistication belies Brisbane's proximity to wilderness. Contemporary art galleries energize the vibrant Fortitude Valley district, including the Gallery of Modern Art, Institute of Modern Art, Philip Bacon Galleries, Jan Murphy Gallery, and Edwina Corlette Gallery. A cruise to Brisbane offers plenty of possibilities to recreate. Go for a swim at South Bank Parklands, a sparkling, man-made, inner-city beach overlooking the Brisbane River. Or, take a ride down to Gold Coat and swim, surf, or build sandcastles on one of the Pacific's most famous beaches. Meet Australia’s best-known natives, the koalas and kangaroos, at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, on the river. Learn all about the sleepy marsupials and other wildlife threatened by traffic, disease, and habitat loss. Cuddle a koala. Feed a kangaroo. See Tasmanian devils. North of town, you can visit the Australia Zoo to learn about Wildlife Warriors and efforts to protect injured, threatened, and endangered species. See cheetahs and rhinos roaming the zoo's African Savannah. You can shop for the latest designer goods on a Brisbane cruise. One chic area is Edward Street, where you'll find Hermès, Oroton, Georg Jensen, Paspaley, Chanel, and Australia’s largest Cartier store. Move on to James Street, in Fortitude Valley, for the vibrant colors, bold designs, and bohemian fashions of Australia's own Camilla.

26 October 2019 - At sea

27 October 2019 - Sydney
Arrives at 06:30
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers so much—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower. You’re never far from nature in this thriving urban center. Well-known surf beaches, zoos, national parks, whale watching tours, bush tours, and the Royal Botanic Gardens—featuring over 7,500 plants—offer visitors a chance to enjoy the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife, and clear blue oceans. Sydney is not only Australia’s oldest city, it is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the globe, offering a wealth of cuisines, unique museums, and cultural opportunities. Explore lively pubs, shops, and historic buildings at The Rocks, located on Sydney harbor.


FACILITIES
Celebrity Solstice offers a series of attributes with cosmopolitan flair that have received an incredible amount of accolades. There's the half-acre Lawn Club with real grass, the fascinating Hot Glass Show developed with The Corning Museum of Glass, chic dining venues offering trendsetting cuisine, and extraordinary programming including wildly entertaining theatrical productions. Try and find that anywhere else at sea. This stunning ship also offers spacious staterooms and bathrooms, and choices of accommodations, including Celebrity's life-renewing, spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms.

Your Inside Stateroom includes:

Two beds convertible to queen-size
32" LCD TV
Vanity Hair dryer
Sitting area with sofa
Some cabins may have a trundle bed
Two lower beds convertible to queen (except as noted)
Complimentary 24-hour room service
Dual voltage 110/220 AC
Four pillows in every stateroom
Complimentary use of bathrobes 100%
Egyptian cotton towels
Bathroom accessories & hair dryer
Complimentary beach towel service
Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe Laundry service*
Luggage delivery Interactive television system to view & select shore excursions, order room service & watch movies*
Individual safe
Direct-dial telephone
Thermostat-controlled air-conditioning
Mini-bar*
Some staterooms may have a trundle bed

Your Outside Stateroom includes:
Ocean view window
Two beds convertible to queen-size
Vanity
Hair dryer
32" LCD TV
Sitting area with sofa
Some cabins may have a trundle bed
Two lower beds convertible to queen (except as noted)
Complimentary 24-hour room service
Dual voltage 110/220 AC
Four pillows in every stateroom
Complimentary use of bathrobes
100% Egyptian cotton towels
Bathroom accessories & hair dryer
Complimentary beach towel service
Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe
Laundry service*
Luggage delivery
Interactive television system to view & select shore excursions, order room service & watch movies*
Individual safe
Direct-dial telephone
Thermostat-controlled air-conditioning
Mini-bar*
Some staterooms may have a trundle bed

Your balcony stateroom includes:
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
Two beds convertible to queen-size
Sitting area with sofa
32" LCD TV
Vanity
Hair dryer
Veranda*
Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
Two lower beds convertible to queen (except as noted)
Complimentary 24-hour room service
Dual voltage 110/220 AC
Four pillows in every stateroom
Complimentary use of bathrobes
100% Egyptian cotton towels
Bathroom accessories & hair dryer
Complimentary beach towel service
Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe
Laundry service*
Luggage delivery
Interactive television system to view & select shore excursions, order room service & watch movies*
Individual safe
Direct-dial telephone
Thermostat-controlled air-conditioning
Mini-bar*
Some staterooms may have a trundle bed


INCLUDES
12 Night Cruise onboard accommodation
Onboard main meals
Entertainment* onboard ship
Gym use
Some fitness classes*
Service charges to stateroom attendants
Port charges and taxes
*A charge may be made for certain entertainment/leisure facilities or activities.


EXCLUDES
Departure taxes or airport improvement tax
Transfers to/from the ship
Shore excursions and personal expenses (for example, onboard drinks, laundry charges, health and beauty treatments, telephone calls, etc.)
Specialty dining venues onboard charge a cover charge of between US$20 and US$199 depending on the venue
Hotel meals onshore (unless otherwise stated)
Transfers by any method if not travelling on the standard departure date(s)
Anything else which is not specifically mentioned as being included in the price.
Service charges to non-dining and bar wait staff or onshore will be at your discretion.