Once again, cruise ship and photography enthusiast, Andreas Depping, has done an amazing job of capturing the beauty of a brand new cruise ship. His latest subject? The new Celebrity Silhouette during its preview voyage. Mr. Depping first started photographing new ships as they made their way out of the Papenburg Ship yard. His work has proved so popular and highly regarded, that many cruise lines now invite him on board their vessels as part of their press previews. He has been gracious enough to share a few of his works with Cruise Talk and our readers. For a complete look as this new ship and many more amazing photos please visit his site: Cruiseship-Gallery.de. This stunning ship marks the latest in the line of Solstice Class ships from Celebrity. However, a few new features set it apart from the previous sister ships.
Lawn Club and Grill
Perhaps the biggest change from the previous three ships in this class is the absence of the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Show, which has been replaced with an out door grill concept specialty restaurant. This new restaurant, pictured above, will feature an interactive grilling experience where dinners can actually participate in the grilling of their own gourmet steak meals. According to Celebirty: “This will be an opportunity for guests to serve as their partyâ€™s â€œGrill Master,â€ by being paired with a Celebrity Cruises chef to assist in preparing the menu for their table over custom-built, ventilated grills. This unique, one-on-one interaction will give the Grill Master a one-of-a-kind, firsthand lesson in proper grilling techniques and other tricks of the grilling trade. All guests will have the opportunity to choose from a gourmet salad bar, a la carte â€œbuild your ownâ€ pizzas and more than 12 grilled specialties. â€œGrill Mastersâ€; who wish to demonstrate their grilling prowess â€“ or learn a few tips by being paired with a chef â€“ will receive a complimentary apron as a memento.”
Also new to the Lawn Club area are private, wi-fi-equipped cabanas called â€œThe Alcovesâ€ and â€œThe Porch,â€ a casual cafe that will offer the same atmosphere one might find in a quaint park side cafe, including a casual dining spot offering sandwiches, coffees and a lush grassy lawn with the added beauty of sea views and breezes. Replacing the corning museum of glass museum display on previous ship is the new â€œThe Art Studio,â€ where vacationers can enjoy interactive artist led painting and visual art lessons. According to Celebrity, the center will offer “lectures, demonstrations and interactive classes ranging from jewelry creation to sketching to painting, all led by master artists, through Celebrityâ€™s new partnership with ArtCenter/South Florida.”
Celebrity has added another new area to this ship, a tree house like get away called, what else “The Hide-A-Way”. This area which is designed to be reminiscent of a child’s tree house, utilizes the space occupied by “Team Earth” on previous versions of the ship. This space, though lacking in ocean views, will provide a quiet spot for those who like to read or utilize their lap tops in an open inviting space while cruising.
The Michael’s Club
The Michael’s Club has a new design to fit its re-purposing to continue to serve a a venue fine liquors, but also it to now serve as the place to go for hand crafter beers, ales, and lagers. There is no piano to be found in the pictures of the club, so perhaps that entertainment will move to the adjacent Ensemble lounge, or eventually a piano will be moved into the club. Celebrity literature does promote live music in the venue. A big screen TV has now been added for major international sporting events and the club now contains an expansive bar seating area and a large refrigerator to accommodate the special beers, ales, and lagers now featured in the lounge.
Familiar Settings with a Slightly Different Look
For those already acquainted with the Solstice Class ships, many of the public spaces will seem very familiar. The new ship, like its predecessors, contains a large multi-storied atrium surrounded by glass elevators and features a large “Floating” tree in the suspended in the center. The Main Dining Room utilizes the same upscale contemporary decorating scheme as the previous ships, but this time with a hint of burgundy red in the palette. This version of the ship also includes the four main Specialty Restaurants, Qsine, Muranos, Blue (for spa suite guests) and The Tuscan Grill, along with the Bistro on Five and Cafe Baccio. The ship will also feature a large scale “Cirque” style show call, what else, “Silhouette” in the Celebrity theater. Just like on other Solstice Class ships, passengers can enjoy the Cellar Master’s Wine bar, Martini bar with frozen bar top, Fortunes Casino, and much more. There is really too much for me to describe here. I almost forgot to mention the pool, spa, cardroom and computer room.
For your best look as the new Silhouette, including all the public spaces and several different types of state rooms, visit Andreas Depping’s site, Cruiseship-Gallery.de. His beautiful pictures speak for themselves. Again a big “Thank You” to Mr. Depping for the use of his photographs in this article.