Perth - Hotel Stay
Laidback Perth is one of the most isolated major cities on Earth and offers the perfect mix of urban attractions and natural beauty. Relax on the sweeping beaches, take a picnic to the verdant Kings Park and Botanical Gardens or climb up to Reabold Hill Summit Boardwalk for stunning views across the city.
Perth and Kalgoorlie - Embark Indian Pacific
Take your last breath of Indian Ocean air you step aboard the Indian Pacific for your incredible coast-to-coast journey across Australia. After settling into your comfortable cabin, make your way to the elegantly-appointed restaurant car. All your food is included on your journey, from the delicious rack of lamb and lime lamington dessert to the chilled glass of Margaret River sauvignon blanc. As the views transform before your eyes, get ready for your first off train excursion in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
As you wake, you’ll find yourself on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Vast horizons and big blue skies await and the ancient stillness of the desert landscape is only broken by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. After a leisurely breakfast, you'll step off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression "middle of nowhere".
Adelaide and Broken Hill
By morning, desert views give way to the rolling South Australian countryside. You’ll enjoy an entertaining stop in the beautifully-designed Adelaide, renowned for arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants. Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary outback bases. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart's art studio or head for the Miners' Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill's mines is laid bare.
Sydney - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay
Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey as you approach Sydney. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. You’ll disembark here for a two night hotel stay to explore the city.
Sydney - Hotel Stay
Sydney is far more than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and inviting beaches. Take a walk around the city’s Royal Botanic Garden; wander the coastal, cliff-side paths, with rock pools and secluded bays; embrace the city’s rich heritage and seek out the aboriginal rock carvings or tour the Rocks and learn about Australia’s first European settlement.
Sydney - Embark Celebrity Solstice
Today you’ll embark Celebrity Solstice, one of the shining lights of the Celebrity fleet. Rich in luxurious design and exciting activities, this ship offers one of the most elegant experiences at sea, from its sophisticated bars and restaurants to its innovative Lawn Club with a country-club atmosphere and sparkling entertainment venues.
As you explore new destinations on your cruise, you can also explore a world of new tastes and flavours. Chefs on board the Solstice are committed to providing guests with top-quality food crafted with care and attention, and presentation is just as important as taste: buffets with ice sculptures are a sight to behold!
Sitting the shadow of Mount Wellington, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city after Sydney and combines old world charm, stunning panoramas and a gourmet food scene. Head to Salamanca Place, Hobart’s historic, creative and cultural heart and the location of Australia’s best outdoor market.
Days on board Celebrity Solstice come with a guarantee of fun and fulfilment. Choose to enjoy the fresh sea air, lounging in the sun, splashing in the pool or trying out one of the many sporting options. If exercise of the mind is what you’re after, then take a class at the iLounge, the first authorised Apple specialist at sea, head to the art gallery or join a photography workshop.
Milford Sound - Scenic Cruising
Head up on deck to enjoy the scenery: your first glimpse of New Zealand’s beautiful scenery is one of the best. Scenic cruising will lead you through Fiordland National Park, the country’s largest national park that was formed by massive glacial flows carved deep into fjords of the South Island. Cliffs soar nearly a mile above the surface, with rainforests clinging to the land and the waters deep and pure.
Known as the ‘Edinburgh of New Zealand’, Dunedin is a southern city with a northern heart. The harbour is beautifully scenic, while the surrounding city has curious Scottish influences, with the famous poet Robert Burns presiding – in statue form – over the city’s downtown area. You’ll also find a kilt maker, whisky distillery and a bagpipe band, in case you weren’t convinced.
On the eastern shore of South Island, Akaroa feels decidedly French in flavour. It was once settled by the French and British, and has French-named streets, restaurants serving Gallic cuisine and French-colonial architecture surrounding an attractive harbour. Nearby there are secluded beaches which area easy to explore on an excursion.
The gateway to Rotorua, Tauranga offers privileged access to New Zealand’s famous Maori culture. The geothermal icon of New Zealand, Rotorua is home to 16 incredible lakes in a selection of vibrant colours, with Te Puia Thermal Reserve nearby providing the chance to see a recreation of a Maori village, the Pohutu geyser and the boiling mud pools.
Located at the end of the Lawn Club, the Sunset Bar offers sweeping panoramas of the ocean – there’s no better place to watch the sun go down. With an award-winning cocktail in hand, of course. For a pre-dinner tipple, head to the Martini Bar where expert bartenders put on a thrilling show as they mix up a range of classic and contemporary cocktails on an ice-topped bar.
Auckland - Disembark Celebrity Solstice
Admire the views of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower as you cruise into harbour in New Zealand’s largest city. You’ll disembark Celebrity Solstice here and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Other regional airports may be available*