Celebrity Solstice: Innovative Style

| May 7, 2008

The line's new class of ships is the first in a wave of upcoming new-build ships with innovative design.

Blueprint - Sideview of Celebrity Solstice

Designed by and for Women

Celebrity put together a team of women it refers to as its "Celebrity Leading Ladies." They consulted with the company to make sure certain amenities were included in every stateroom. The five women included "a frequent cruiser, a travel agent, a travel writer, a hotelier and a cruise considerer." Based on the language, we think the "cruise considerer" might be Laura Bush, but that is only a joke.

click on pictures below for larger images:These images come from the Celebrity Web site SLIDE SHOW about the ship.

Balcony Stateroom   On the Veranda

What did these women say they wanted in a cruise ship cabin that they weren't getting? One thing is more space. Solstice's cabins on average are 15 percent larger than the average stateroom size on other Celebrity ships, but it should be noted that brings them in line with the size of many ships of other lines. Still, Celebrity claims the space is well utilized and the cabins feel much bigger than others.

Other additions include muted colors, foot supports in the showers for easy shaving of legs, more closet space with modular design capabilities, and more space under the bed for storage.

click on pictures below for larger images:These images come from the Celebrity Web site SLIDE SHOW about the ship.

Celebrity Suite   Celebrity Suite Bedroom

The women did not forget their men! Thus 32-inch flat screen TVs will be in every stateroom, with even larger sets in the suites. For families, they've developed an interlocking floor plan, with double sets of doors connecting adjacent cabins; families traveling together can open them up for increased space.

click on pictures below for larger images:These images come from the Celebrity Web site SLIDE SHOW about the ship.

Royal Suite Dining Area   Royal Suite Bedroom

The ultimate cabins for these women will be the AquaClass suites, which feature bathrooms with a fog-free mirror and a tall-jetted body wash shower. They can choose from an extensive menu of pillows, and another menu for aroma scents meant to relax, revive or re-energize. To provide guests with a multi-sensory experience, lavish AquaClass toiletries and refreshing daily teas, juices and bottled water round out the offering.

We hope Blau is honored that her first new assignment will be called "Blu," a restaurant reserved solely for residents of the AquaClass suites. We are guessing it will have a healthy lifestyle theme, but if looks are any indication, it won't be just tofu and wheat grass. The restaurant is tres elegant and will likely have a bit of something for everyone.

click on pictures below for larger images:These images come from the Celebrity Web site SLIDE SHOW about the ship.

Interior of "Blu"   The "Rosewood Wall" inside Blu

On January 18 of this year more details of Celebrity Solstice were revealed. Celebrity announced the ship will have live grass growing on a portion of the top deck, and not a small portion either, the "Lawn Club" is a half-acre or 7190 square feet of live grass. That is the equivalent of eight tennis courts, three times larger than the Rockefeller Center skating rink.

The lawn will be used to allow guests to enjoy bocce ball and croquet, practice their putting, picnic with a basket of wine and cheese, or simply feel the grass between their toes, while sailing the oceans of the world. The area also will feature the Hot Glass Show, another first in the industry, developed in collaboration with The Corning Museum of Glass. There will also be a sitting area called the Patio on the Lawn; the Lawn Club Shop, and the Sunset Bar.

They are currently looking to fill the position of groundskeeper, although this is not the first time the cruise line has grown flora aboard their ships. The Millennium class has had beautiful floral conservatories for years, greenhouses where they grow all kinds of beautiful tropical plants. This is the first non-artificial lawn at sea however.

Summing up Solstice Class

Celebrity Solstice will be the line's first in a class of four 2,850-passenger vessels with an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, which constructed the line's Century-class fleet - Celebrity Century, Celebrity Mercury, and Celebrity Galaxy - is building the 122,000-ton ship.

Following several weeks of inaugural activities, Celebrity Solstice will make its maiden voyage December 14, 2008, on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. The itinerary will be offered on Sundays through April 5, 2009, with an alternating itinerary calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, B.V.I; and Labadee, Haiti, through April 12, 2009. Fares for veranda staterooms begin at $1,099 per person, based on double occupancy.

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