Celebrity Cruises debuted its new ship the Solstice this week with a Naming Ceremony on November 14th. I have to admit I have had a bit of apprehension about this ship. While I still may prefer a smaller vessel, pictures of this ship took my breath away. She simply is grand, elegant, and completely different.
While I still feel that a few features, like the grass lawn, are a bit gimmicky, the overall ambiance of this vessel is gorgeous. The venues that impress me the most are those designed for some of the great enrichment programs, activities, and beverage services that Celebrity already has onboard its other ships. These “designed in” venues include a wine tasting venue, an art gallery, a martini tasting venue, and an ensemble lounge. The ship also features several alternative dining venues in addition to its spectacular Grand Epernay dining venue. The pool area features a dancing fountain water feature and over sized lounge beds.
Also the Solstice marks a new entertainment partnership between Poet Theatricals and Celebrity Cruises. The new shows designed for this class of ship will include Broadway style shows and a full theatrical circus like none every seen before at sea.
All of these spectacular features are really tempting me to try this “bigger” vessel. I’ve always said that the ideal ship holds about 800 to 2000 passengers, but this ship holds 2850. However the first impression has me saying “Ooo La La”. My only other trepidation about this ship is the additional fees charged at some of the venues like the Gelateria. I like my cruise price to include nearly everything but excursions, tips, and beverages. However, it looks like those extra charges may just be icing on the cake, as the included food and venues look to be of superb quality and vast quantity.
The line offered a pre-inaugural cruise from November 14-16. Fellow Cruise Critic members and frequent cruiser Mike and Carol Preisman took some absolutely beautiful pictures of this brand new ship during that cruise. Their page takes a few minutes to load with all of its high quality pictures, but be patient because these pictures of this spectacular ship are incredible. Mike and Carol did a fantastic job of photographing the ship. This link will take to you their home page, and then from their you can click on their review of the Solstice. I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I did. They also have reviews of many other cruises. I want to thank Mike and Carol for giving me permission to use their picture here on my page.