Celebrity Cruises Solstice is a 122,000 ton, 2850 passenger cruise ship that entered service in November 2008. She was the first in a series of 5 Solstice-class cruise ships, including the Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette, and Reflection. From the moment I stepped onto the Solstice, I knew this one was different. The Solstice had calming, soothe color palettes, with rich dark wood panels and earth tone walls. The spa, the lawn club, hot glass show, the service, and ship itself were amazing. The Solstice was elegant yet understated; it felt luxurious to me.
The cabins were very comfortable and Zen-like, and I felt like I was staying at a spa. I had the pleasure of staying in a balcony stateroom, with a supple white leather couch that doubled as a bed, and the bedding was beautiful and extremely comfortable. The shower had a shave-bar…a feature I found very useful when shaving my legs.
The pool area was like nothing I had ever seen. There were dancing waters..and comfortable lounge chairs. I especially loved the cabanas around the pool.
Dining onboard the Solstice was spectacular. The food was scrumptious. The dinner selections at the Grand Epernay Dining Room every evening were fantastic, and decadent. Casual buffet dining is offered at the Oceanview Cafe. There is also a fabulous selection of specialty restaurants, including Murano serving French cuisine, a steakhouse for meat lovers…Tuscan Grille, Silk Harvest serving Asian cuisine, and Blu Restaurant – serving healthy fare for all AquaClass guests. The specialty dining restaurants do carry a surcharge, but are well worth trying for something different, or for special occasions.
The Solstice is calming, relaxing, and classy but not stuffy. Celebrity has a luxury line of ships in the Solstice class….and have done an outstanding job. It exceeded my expectations of what a ship should be…I was wowed.
Clients looking for something more than a party ship atmosphere, food and wine lovers, or those looking to cruise in a luxurious ship without luxury pricing will enjoy the Celebrity Solstice.
The Solstice sails the Caribbean in the winter, and the Mediterranean in the summer.