Celebrity Solstice Brings Celebrity
Cruises To A New Height
by Roy Witman © 2008
According to the dictionary, “solstice” is defined as
“the longest day of the year or the shortest” or as “a
culminating or turning point.” Celebrity's entirely new
Solstice class is, without question, a turning point for
the line. The inaugural ship in the class - self-titled
“Solstice” - is the first new ship launched by Celebrity
Cruises since 2002 and promises an abundance of
new amenities, decors, entertainment options and
A Whole New Look
From the moment you lay eyes on Solstice, you
know it's different. The sculpted hull and ship's
structure offer an entirely new look than ships of the
past. While first impressions are important, we all
know it's what's on the inside that counts. Solstice
does not disappoint with its décor.
Minimalistic and contemporary, Solstice has clean
lines inside and out. From the sleek, frosted bar of the
Martini Bar and Crush to the open, airy feel of the
restaurant Blu there are wonders around every
Staterooms and suites deliver environments similar to
exceptional hotels with styling well suited for every
taste. From standard balcony staterooms at 170
square feet to the new AquaClass cabins with 192
square feet, you'll feel right at home.
New AquaClass Category for Spa
One of the most talked about features is
new AquaClass category. This level of veranda
accommodations was designed for those who relish
day spa-type experience and grants unlimited access
to the newly designed AquaSpa relaxation room, the
Persian Garden (an exotic steam room equipped with
aromatherapy options) and exclusive, complimentary
dining in Blu restaurant offering inviting and healthful
cuisine. One hundred thirty AquaClass cabins will be
available on Solstice.
The Family Veranda stateroom is also new to the
solstice class ships. Measuring a generous 753
square feet, these accommodations offer a separate
bedroom and living room, foldout sofas and an alcove
capable of housing twin bunk beds.
In addition, Celebrity has implemented many new
guest-inspired features, specifically developed using
input from previous guests. Among the many
is an increase in veranda rooms. According to
Celebrity officials, “A full 85 percent of all staterooms
onboard Celebrity Solstice will have verandas, and all
staterooms will be equipped with flat-screen TVs,
smarter storage and closet space, spacious
bathrooms, and plush European bedding. The ship
will offer wireless Internet access throughout.”
Nights Don't Seem So Short On
Although its name implies long days and short
nights, Solstice offers enough bars and lounges to
entertain passengers from dusk til dawn. With eight
new nightspots onboard, guests will find several
venues that they love. Among some of the highlights
· Cellar Masters - This wine bar will offer
wine enthusiasts the option of enjoying their favorites
by the glass or the bottle. In addition, wine-tasting
programs are schedule throughout the cruise so even
novices can brush up on their knowledge and
appreciation of fine wines.
· Ensemble Lounge - This jazz club offers
exceptional music in addition to cocktails.
· Quasar - A '60s and '70s
themed bar has
a décor to match its music.
Of course, an onboard casino, martini bar and
other favorites will be standard on Solstice.
Celebrity Solstice is slated to make her maiden
voyage December 14, 2008, on a seven-night Eastern
Caribbean cruise. Ports include San Juan, Puerto
Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Phillipsburg, St.
Maarten. An alternate itinerary will dock in San Juan,
Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, B.V.I.;
and Labadee, Haiti.
Celebrity Solstice will be joined by three other
2,850-passenger vessels including Celebrity Equinox
(2009), Celebrity Eclipse (2010) and a fourth ship in