Celebrity Solstice will have a sister down under from 2020 when Celebrity Cruises sends Celebrity Eclipse to Victoria for a four-month homeport.

Announced this morning, Celebrity Eclipse will arrive in Melbourne fresh from a multi-million dollar makeover on 23 December 2020 where she’ll host various cruises during the 2020/2021 summer season.

The 2,850-passenger ship’s Australian itineraries will include seven eight-to-14 might roundtrips to the South Pacific, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.


The cruise ship will also offer two one-way 11-night sailings between Melbourne and Auckland, as well as a 19-night cruise from Melbourne to Honolulu via Tahiti on 4 April 2021.

In addition to experiencing ‘celebrity’ port itineraries, Aussies will be among the first to test out Eclipse’s AU$700 million renovation, which includes fresh accommodation, a new culinary programme, advanced technology, modernised public spaces and more.


Vice President and Managing Director, RCL Cruises, Australia and New Zealand Susan Bonner said the decision to  homeport two ships in the region is testament to the strength of the Australian industry, and to how popular Australia is to international and domestic tourists,.

“It [2020] will be the first time we base two Solstice-class ships here, the first time we homeport out of Melbourne, and Eclipse will be our first Australian ship to return completely revolutionised.”

Susan Bonner, RCL Cruises Vice President & Managing Director


“These ships are truly beautiful, and their food, wine and design focus resonates so well with discerning Australian guests looking for modern luxury holidays.”


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