South Pacific

by John March


At the end of the Australia/New Zealand season, the Solstice visited several islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

ISLE OF PINES, NEW CALEDONIA

 

TAHITI, MOOREA, & BORA BORA - FRENCH POLYNESIA


Aus./NZ Round 2

by John March


I rejoined the Solstice in March and caught the end of the Australia/New Zealand season. Here are a few more photos from some of those ports.

OPERA HOUSE & CIRCULAR QUAY - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

 

BOTANICAL GARDENS - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

 

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

 

AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND


Middle Earth

by John March


While in New Zealand I took the opportunity to visit a couple locations related to the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

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Solstice - Australia & New Zealand

by John March


In November I was on the Celebrity Solstice. I was with the ship for two 12-day cruises. I joined the ship in Sydney and the first cruise took me to Melbourne and several ports throughout New Zealand before arriving in Auckland. From there the ship backtraced its steps and I concluded my 24-day contract back in Sydney (substituting Hobart in place of Melbourne for the return journey).

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Reflection - Mediterranean

by John March


For most of October I was on the Celebrity Reflection, the newest ship in the fleet. This was just a 3-week contract; I was filling in for the ship's regular bass player while he took a vacation. I joined the ship in Istanbul, travelled to a variety of ports in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, and then signed off when we returned to Istanbul. 

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Overdue Summit Epilogue

by John March


 

During my final 2 months on the Summit, I was the Band Master/Musical Director. As such, whatever free time I had was devoted to things other than blog posts. Then I left the Summit and had month at home. And I still didn't update the blog because... well I don't know why. Anyway, here are things from my time on the Summit that I haven't yet posted.

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More 54 Below

by John March


 Celebrity's partnership with New York's 54 Below has continued to bring amazing talent on board the Summit. Luckily for me, they all need a rhythm section, and they've all been wonderful to work with.

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Summit Photos Vol. 2

by John March


Here are a couple shots which include the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the newly built World Trade Center. These were taken from the port side of the ship while we were docked in Bayonne, NJ. 

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