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10 March 2017

The Celebrity Solstice cruises in Tuesday 14th March

The Celebrity Solstice passenger cruise liner will be visiting Newcastle Harbour on Tuesday 14th March. She is on a 12-night Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Sydney to Port Douglas (return) and Newcastle is the first stop on her itinerary.  

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Ship name: Celebrity Solstice
Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Due to arrive at the berth: 8:00am
Due to depart the berth: 5:00pm
Berth: Channel Berth, Carrington
Passengers: 2850
Cruise details: 12 night Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Sydney to Port Douglas (return). 13 – 25 March 2017

This is the second of six cruise liners scheduled to visit Newcastle Harbour during 2017, with visits taking place in March, April, June, October and December. The construction of the new multi-purpose Newcastle Cruise Terminal is due to commence in 2017 which is the reason for fewer visits.

Interesting facts about the Celebrity Solstice

Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Celebrity Solstice Inc.
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: US$750 million
Launched: August 10, 2008
Maiden voyage: November 23, 2008
In service: November 2008–present
Tonnage: 121,878 GT
Length: 1,033 ft (314.86 m)
Beam: 121 ft (36.88 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.23 m)
Decks: 19
Propulsion: Diesel-electric 
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 2852 passengers
Crew: 1250

Her interesting onboard amenities include an ocean-going live grass lawn, a glassblowing studio, and a 12 deck-high atrium.

Photograph: This top shot was captured by Chris Patterson in 2014 as the #celebritysolstice cruised by Nobbys Lighthouse 

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