Miami – (March 07, 2008 ) – Eight months from its launch, Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Solstice, already is being heralded as the most exciting ship entering the market in 2008. In recent months, Celebrity has revealed a series of brand-defining, first-in-the-industry features on Celebrity Solstice, including staterooms 15 percent larger than those on previous Celebrity ships, a half-acre Lawn Club with real grass, a glassblowing show and studio developed with The Corning Museum of Glass, and unrivaled dining venues offering trendsetting cuisine and design.
Today, Celebrity set the stage for more of the widely varied entertainment guests can experience on Celebrity Solstice, including new theater productions through an exclusive partnership with Poet Theatricals.
Led by Michael McPherson and Patrice Marques – whose backgrounds include both performance and production with Franco Dragone, Circo Luci, FOUR: Spirit of the Elements, and the creation and production of the first worldwide touring show of the Lido de Paris – Poet Theatricals is creating three original shows that can be seen only on Celebrity Solstice.
“Our inspiration for the new shows stems extensively from the extraordinary style and design of the ship, not to mention its name,” said Michael McPherson, Poet Theatricals. “Celebrity Solstice conjures up images of light and an alluring ancient mystique, so our shows are built around that theme.”
The three shows are:
“Solstice”: This European-style theatrical circus is built around the clash of day and night, and includes vocalists, physical comedy, breathtaking group acrobatic and aerial performances and other specialty acts, in a celestial celebration. “Ghost Light”: On the eve of an old Broadway theater’s closing, the cast performing the venue’s final show reminisces about all the productions the theater has hosted, leading to the venue to illuminate once again, in celebration of Broadway favorites past and present.
“Pulse”: Guests aren’t likely to sit still when this showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s central character, “Rhythm Man,” ignites a motion and vocal spectacular driven by the widely varied music and instruments that create the beat. Complementing the three shows are a variety of specialty acts, also created with Poet Theatricals, including still performers, ring jugglers, fairy characters and a variety of acrobatic artists. “Travelers today have experienced such a variety of entertainment, so we need to ensure we continually offer new and unexpected options, along with some of the most popular programming,” said Celebrity Cruises’ Vice President of Hotel Operations and Entertainment, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. “We think we’ve accomplished that with the breadth of entertainment guests will experience on Celebrity Solstice.” The state-of-the-art theater on Celebrity Solstice seats 1,115 guests and has been expressly designed to optimize sight lines and bring guests closer to the entertainers. A curved stage creates an almost theater-in-the-round experience. The traditional orchestra pit was omitted to allow for more guest seating in the sought-after central area of the venue, with musicians’ platforms instead positioned to the left and right of the stage.
In addition to shows in the theater on Celebrity Solstice, the abundance of entertainment onboard will extend into multiple other venues, as well:
Sky Observation Lounge
The new signature lounge atop Celebrity Solstice will invite guests to participate in multiple styles of dance, with the entire venue transforming to reflect each nightly theme. From wild red for tango nights to midnight blue for ballroom dance, guests will have the opportunity to participate in lessons during the day, in preparation for dancing the night away.
Ideally-suited for late-night comedy shows, cooking demonstrations, enrichment lectures and feature films, this 200-guest venue also will present proprietary, must-see shows and events.
Located in the center of the ship and flanked by Celebrity Central and the hip Quasar nightclub, the Entertainment Court will serve as an entertainment hub on Celebrity Solstice. The Court’s unique design and proximity to Quasar allows for opening up both venues to create a larger entertainment atmosphere at night. During daytime hours, the Court might bring such surprises as psychics and caricature artists to entertain guests of all ages.
Guests who love the mod, futuristic designs of the ’60s and ’70s will find Quasar particularly captivating. Cocoon-shaped acrylic chairs suspended from the ceiling will enhance the drama of the space, as will state-of-the-art lighting and four large LED screens programmed to create a nightly light show synchronized with the music.
The Pool Deck
An unique series of animated water fountains that can be synchronized to music will serve as a constant source of surprise on the pool deck onboard Celebrity Solstice. Meanwhile, live music will be performed on the adjacent stage on days at sea, as well as during themed parties and other special events.
A signature space across the Celebrity fleet, Michael’s Club on Celebrity Solstice will invite privacy and intimacy, amidst a backdrop of soothing piano and jazz music, and rich, comfortable furnishings.
The ideal setting for a cocktail with live music prior to an extraordinary specialty dining experience, the Ensemble Lounge’s aubergine accents and stylish, contemporary furnishings will reflect a period when jazz greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie reigned supreme.
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal and South America. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour affiliate. Noted for “The Top Cruise Ships in the World,” as voted by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler (February 2008 readersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ poll), Celebrity’s current fleet will be joined by Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, and a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit Celebrity Cruises website. And for more information about Celebrity Solstice, visit Cruise Celebrity Solstice site.