Discover the best of Tropical North Queensland and its amazing natural landscape on this 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice. Sail away with the family from Sydney, before cruising along the east coast and calling in at the charming seaside towns of Newcastle and Port Stephens. Finally, arrive in Airlie Beach and start your family adventure on the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, the kids will love exploring islands and coral reefs were plenty of marine wildlife can be found.
- Amazing entertainment the whole family can enjoy! Theatre shows, magic, music and games are on offer.
- Take the kids to amazing tropical cities such as Brisbane, Airlie Beach and Willis Island
- Kids can experience never ending fun at the Fun Factory
- Departs 15 Oct 2019
- Day 1: 15 Oct – Sydney
- Day 2: 16 Oct – Newcastle, NSW
- Day 3: 17 Oct – At sea
- Day 4: 18 Oct – At sea
- Day 5: 19 Oct – Airlie Beach
- Day 6: 20 Oct – Cairns
- Day 7: 21 Oct – Cairns
- Day 8: 22 Oct – Port Douglas
- Day 9: 23 Oct – Willis Island
- Day 10: 24 Oct – At sea
- Day 11: 25 Oct – Brisbane
- Day 12: 26 Oct – At sea
- Day 13: 27 Oct – Sydney
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Why Book with Family Travel?
At Family Travel, we have a passion for helping families all over Australia create meaningful and memorable experiences. Whether you’re a band of avid campers, adventure-seekers, or if you prefer a little luxury, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for your family. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 100 and one of our accredited family travel specialists can create an incredible family holiday package for you.
|The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back|
- Valid for travel: 15 Oct 2019
- Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
- Advertised Per Adult & Per Child prices are based on a 12-night package for 2 adults & 2
- Cruise images are for indication only
- All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
- Valid for sales unless sold out prior
- If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees
- Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the Family Travel Booking Guarantee applies. The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.
- Excludes: Travel Insurance, Flights, Visas, Prepaid Service Charges, Specialty Restaurant Cover Charge & Shore Excursions
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BEST FOR FAMILIES
This cruise is great for families as it takes the family around the Queensland for an unforgettable holiday. No need to stress about the transfers or going through airports when you can unpack once. All meals included means no extra food expense – unless mum and dad want a romantic night out, away from the kids at one of the specialty restaurants. This is the perfect holiday to bring the whole family (& grandparents too) to build precious memories. With one staff member for nearly every two guests, Celebrity’s personal service anticipates your every need so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Why is this holiday great for kids?
Cruising: Cruising is sure to be a hit with the whole family as it takes all the stress of transfers and logistics away and includes accommodation in family-size cabins, meals and entertainment. Kids will have plenty of activities to keep them busy onboard with shore excursions, supervised youth programs and never-ending family workshops/activities.
Destination: Travel from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef Cruise on Celebrity Solstice. With ancient rainforests, tropical beaches and Australia’s best theme parks, Queensland has it all. Mum and dad can enjoy the vibrant nightlife and fabulous restaurants, while children can play on many of Queensland’s beautiful beaches and discover the exotic wildlife.
Why is this cruise best for families?
Fun, engaging and enriching family cruise experiences are found onboard celebrity cruises. Celebrity Cruises have scheduled activities that change on every sailing based on the interests of junior cruisers. From making Cupcake Creations to unleashing inner artists, Youth Counselors design daily programming that keeps everyone entertained, engaged, and wanting more family cruise fun.
Celebrity Solstice: There’s so much for children and teens to do onboard a Celebrity Solstice. All kids programs are geared to specific age groups and supervised by experienced youth staff members. The kids will have a blast and will get a chance to make many new friends as they join the fun Fun Factory or X-Club. Parents, enjoy a night out by using babysitting services, in both the Fun Factory and in individual staterooms. For a fee of $6 per hour per child, children ages 3-11 can participate in the Afternoon Party from noon-2PM on port days and/or the evening Slumber Party from 10PM-1AM
Shipmates aged 3 – 5 years old
Cadets aged 6 – 9 years old
Captains aged 10 – 12 years old
Shore Excursions: Celebrity Cruises has a shore excursion program that targets special-interest activities for children. These special interests include culture and locale, lifestyle and wellness, and family-focused. With so many fun and exciting new shore excursions, it can be hard to choose one excursion to enjoy with your family.
Grown Up’s Corner
Mum and dad can escape and have time to themselves on board while the kids enjoy the Fun Factory. Arranging a night out at a speciality restaurant or a night of song and dance at one of Celebrity Solstice theatre performances. During the day enjoy the Spa & Fitness Centre or take an adults-only shore excursion while the kids enjoy some supervised play.
15 October 2019 - Sydney
Sydney offers so much—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Take the kids to 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. Well-known surf beaches, zoos, national parks, whale watching tours, bush tours, and the Royal Botanic Gardens—featuring more than 7,500 plants—offer families a chance to enjoy the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife, and clear blue oceans.
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. Teach the kids about the 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). Relax on the sunny beaches for which Newcastle is famous in surfing circles—Nobbys Beach, Bar Beach, and Merewether Beach. To take the kids 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.
17 October 2019 - At sea
18 October 2019 - At sea
19 October 2019 - Airlie Beach
Arrives at 07:00
Departs at 17:00
On this family 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. The snorkelling and diving here are unmatched. Airlie Beach is popular with families who love the tropical lifestyle. Sailing among the calm, protected waters of the Whitsunday Islands and skydiving over the pristine shorelines are a couple of the must-do adventures for many visitors.
20 October 2019 - Cairns
Arrives at 09:00
21 October 2019 - Cairns
22 October 2019 - Port Douglas
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 family cruise tour, you’ll enjoy a full day of marine adventure with opportunities to swim, snorkel, dive or view the reef from an underwater observatory. a sight the kids will love
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 this Family cruise, take the family to explore the thriving art scene, sandy beaches and multiple wildlife sanctuaries. Start with scenic city views from Mount Coot-tha, west of downtown. Cultural sophistication belies Brisbane’s proximity to wilderness. Take the kids for a ride down to Gold Coast and swim, surf, or build sandcastles on one of the Pacific’s most famous beaches or 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.
26 October 2019 - At sea
27 October 2019 - Sydney
Today is your last day onboard. Disembark in the early hours of the morning and explore Sydney for one final time.
Celebrity offer cosy and contemporary interior staterooms are ideal for relaxing and refreshing, ready for a holiday you will never forget. With a sofa and a flatscreen TV, it is a home away from home.
Upgrade to an Oceanview Cabin
From the sumptuous bed, look out to see oceans and islands passing by. With warm decor and thoughtful design, learn more about the best way to wind down after a day of discovery.
Upgrade to an Balcony Cabin
Get your own private balcony. Open up the doors, step out and breathe in the invigorating ocean air as you take in the magical views.
Perfect for anyone with a passion for all things culinary, Celebrity has a varied menu of tastes to delights all families.
- Main Dining room: The Main Restaurant is the centrepiece of a range of culinary experiences. Celebrity offers a large range of choices every evening. Working literally around the clock, the galleys delight in sending out artfully presented dishes.
- Oceanview Café: The Oceanview cafe has fantastic choices and offers value. Help yourself and take a voyage around the world to discover flavours from across the globe. From pasta and pizza to stir-fry and sushi, there is something for everyone at lunch, dinner and late into the night.
- AquaSpa Café: AquaSpa Café is the first cruise dining option of its kind. This spa-inspired restaurant serves an eclectic mix of dishes that will satisfy your hunger but still keep you in shape.
- Pool/Mast Bar & Grill: Pool/Mast Bar & Grill makes it the perfect casual dining place to sit back and relax. Sip a cocktail or a soft drink on the deck, or order a light bite to eat poolside
- Speciality Dining: Celebrity has transported a collection of the world’s finest restaurants to sea. Speciality Dining aboard a Celebrity cruise will take you to new heights, with a five-star service and a chic, sophisticated ambience. There’s Murano-traditional and elegant in character and cuisine with multi-course meals, fine Riedel® crystal and exquisite china. Qsine®- where food becomes a culinary journey that turns the ordinary upside down and inside out.
Celebrity’s Youth & Teen Program:
Fun Factory: Happy children equals happy parents. It is a simple equation, but one celebrity finds is particularly effective. At the Fun Factory activities for your children and teenagers are hosted every day from 9am-10pm. Activities include games, sports, crafts, music, karaoke, treasure hunts, theme parties, movies and much, much more. For young adults, Celebrity offers the ultimate hangout place for teens, featuring social activities, the newest gaming consoles and titles, sports activities, even teens-only late night dances. All supervised. All very cool.
- Shipmates: children aged 3 – 5 years old
- Cadets: children aged 6 – 9 years old
- Captains: children aged 10-12.
The Fun Factory also offers a number of parties where children can enjoy some extra hours of fun and, for lunch and dinner, dine with our Youth Staff.
- Lunch Party: 12-2pm port days only
- Dinner Party: 5-7pm every evening
- Slumber Party: 10pm-1am every evening
These services are offered on a sign-up basis and are charged at $6 per hour per child. Exceptions: when at sea, or if sailing at or prior to 5PM, the Dinner Party is complimentary.
Entertainment: When Celebrity says entertained morning, noon and night, they weren’t kidding. With Celebrity Cruises, find the very best in music, dance, magic and showbiz to enjoy at your leisure, with an extensive all-day cruise entertainment schedule to choose from. From Broadway-style theatre shows to circus shows, comedy, magic and music, there is an extraordinary front row seat for the best cruise entertainment in the business.
- Theatre: The Main Theatre is the place to sit back and be entertained – The talented Celebrity Cruises entertainment team will dazzle you with musical theatre tribute shows and song and dance spectaculars.
- Nightlife: When the sun sets, Celebrity Solstice come alive with a dazzling selection of lounges, bars, lounges, nightclubs and casinos. Relax with a cocktail, meet new friends, take to the dance floor or hit the casino tables.
- Guest Entertainment: Find excitement at every turn with Celebrity cruise entertainment. With an extensive programme of Guest Entertainers to enjoy at your leisure including the very best Comedians, Singers, Magicians, Jugglers, Instrumentalists and more, there is plenty to inspire and entertain you
- Music: You can enjoy music showcased in a host of venues on board our ships – from top DJs spinning the latest tunes to guitarists playing on your way to the theatre.
What is included in the deal?
Please refer to the first tab “The Deal” under the ‘Includes’ section. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 100 for more details.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that my family needs?
We recommend you see your doctor at least eight weeks prior to travel for advice, and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can Family Travel organise my travel insurance? / Do I need a travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you. Call us on 1300 404 100 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.
Can I arrange my flights with Family Travel?
We at Family Travel a fully licensed travel agency and are able to arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 100 to get a personalised quote.
When will my booking be confirmed?
Once your Family Travel Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the Family Travel Reservations team. Family Travel will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking into your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements. The Family Travel team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel, contact the Family Travel reservation team on 1300 404 100, and make sure you have your travel voucher number and traveller names on hand. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, Family Travel will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. Once we have received a variable request for cancellation, we request it be submitted in writing. Once received we will begin to process your cancellation.
I haven’t received my Family Travel voucher yet. What do I do?
If you have not received your voucher within 24 hours contact Family Travel on 1300 404 100 and we will resend your voucher by email.
Where can I find full terms and conditions for Family Travel?
Terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the fine print of each booking. Full details on the terms and conditions can be found on the link below.
How many people in a cabin?
At Family Travel we can book cabins that are the right size for you and your family. For Twins, Triple and Quad cabins call us on 1300 404 100.
How do I book shore excursions?
Pre-reserving your Shore & Land Excursions online is a good way to make sure you don’t miss out. If you decide not to pre-reserve, forms will be available. All of celebrity ships offer an interactive television system that allows guests to reserve tours from the convenience of their stateroom. Any tickets you purchase onboard will be delivered directly to your stateroom.
Are there any age limits to join a shore excursions?
This depends on the cruise line – the majority, however, are family friendly with no age limitations. Celebrity Cruise line offers a range of shore excursions specifically for families however some activities have age requires such as diving which requires a minimum age for diving is 12 years.
What will I pay for on board?
You will need to pay for the below on board:
- Full service spa
- Beauty salon
- Boutiques & shopping
- Shore excursions
- Fitness classes/personal trainers
- Babysitting service
- Speciality restaurants
- Items of a personal nature such as photographs, gratuities/service fees, medical services, AquaSpa® treatments.
How do I pay for onboard expenses?
All items on board ship are priced in U.S. Dollars and Celebrity operates a ‘cashless’ system. Simply validate your Celebrity SeaPass account with an acceptable credit card at the cruise check-in desk or during online check-in. Then you can sign all onboard purchases to your account. At the end of your cruise you will receive an itemized statement. You will be charged in the currency of your credit card company based on the current exchange rate. SeaPass accounts may also be settled in cash but not personal checks or any currency other than U.S. Dollars.
Are there any programs for kids on board?
Please check out Best For or facilities section to find information on what kids can enjoy on board.
What is a guarantee cabin?
A guarantee cabin is one where there is no stateroom number assigned by the cruise line. A cabin may be assigned any time before travel and may have an obstructed view.
What type of clothes should I bring?
Evening Chic means that you can get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way. If you would like to still wear a tuxedo or formal gown on Evening Chic nights, you absolutely should. All cruises that are 7 nights or longer will feature two Evening Chic nights. Any cruise 6-nights or shorter will feature one Evening Chic night. All other nights of the cruise will feature Smart Casual attire.
Smart Casual attire can be enjoyed every other night of your cruise.
Women should feel comfortable wearing: Skirt, pants or jeans with a casual top
Men should feel comfortable wearing: Pants or jeans with a short sleeve sports shirt.
My kids are fussy eaters will there be other option for my kids?
Celebrity offers a large range of casual dining options onboard. You should be able to find something for everyone.