Posted February 10th, 2016, 02:37 PM
I’ll post the itinerary of any excursion I take along with pics and links to the websites of local tour operators if I want to recommend them to you
Feel free to ask questions about the ship or ports of call and I will do my best to answer. I’m more than happy to be set little tasks on board. Any must do’s ashore will be taken seriously and if time allows will try and accomplish them…..
Bay of Islands
I’ve nothing specific planned other than visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and it looks like Melbourne
I’ll be jumping on the HoHo and stopping off at the Victoria Market, I’d hoped to meet an old school friend but it seems not to be happening. I’ve excursions organised by my TA for post disembarking the next cruise as well as meeting up with a wonderful CC friend and her husband who I met last year on a cruise….. so what to during on the tendered port day in Sydney
is still a mystery….. I’d considered doing the Bridge Climb but then saw how much that costs…. I’ve made notes from the Ports of Call board.
I’m on roll call excursions. Akaroa
I’m going kayaking at Pohatu to see the penguins.
is a very special day and is actually what motivated me to make this trip in the first place. For 22 years I’ve been keeping New Zealand a ‘must visit’ country and if I was ever going to make it now was the time. Will tell you all about it nearer the time. I do tend to have the occasional ‘emotional’ day on a cruise. This will be that day.
I’m Diamond Plus with Royal and so have registered with Celebrity so am Elite already
I’m booked in an Inside on Deck 3 in a room recommended by another CC friend from another cruise. I would have loved a complimentary upgrade but am very used to travelling inside, spending most of my days out and about anyway. I’ve Select dining; I’m really fond of dining when I want, where I want, alone or with others if I’m feeling sociable. I’m very excited to be trying menus different to Royal. I’m also Gluten Intolerant so will see how this is approached on Solstice having had many and varying experiences on the different RCL ships. They know I’m coming.
This cruise has had a very active roll call. We’ve a slot pull, an unofficial meet and a really large group lunch arranged (around 120 on each cruise). Quite a few of us are on the B2B….. will be interesting to find out just how many of us there are staying on in total. Sadly, one of our contributing members passed away just a very few weeks ago. I’ll be sending the link of this blog to his widow. I’d met them both last year when they came over to London where I was living at the time. I’ve organised a fund-raising walk on a sea day in his memory amongst the roll call and will donate the proceeds to his favourite charity.
I’ll probably book the premium non-alcohol package on boarding…… the price certainly fluctuated over the months on the UK site. Will keep my fingers crossed for boarding day offers. I do love a decent cup of decaf coffee, drink loads of water on board and am looking forward to the smoothies, frozen cocktails and sodas! From what I’ve read on the board the Freshly Squeezed OJ doesn’t exist on Celebrity….. that’s really disappointing as I loved this on Royal. The Elite Happy Hour will see me good for wine at dinner…. I understand this is a voucher system and not loaded on to the Seapass Card.