Celebrity Solstice has been visiting Australia every summer since 2012 and has proved to be enormously popular with local cruisers. Launched in 2008 as the first of five Solstice-class ships (the others are Celebrity Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection), Celebrity Solstice carries 2,850 passengers who are looked after by 1,250 crew. Here’s all you need to know about Celebrity Solstice.
Why is this modern luxury vessel such a star? It’s light, bright, stylish and spacious. It has half an acre (2130 square metres) of living grass lawn on its top deck. It appeals to sophisticated travellers – couples, singles, families with older children – and while it’s smart, it’s not stuffy.
When the ship arrives in Sydney this year for its fourth season on October 21, it will be showing off some new features for suite-class guests. These include Luminae – a dedicated suite-only restaurant – a VIP lounge and a range of included perks such as dining at any of the four specialty restaurants.
Dining is definitely a highlight on Celebrity Solstice. Its four specialty restaurants are Murano (French fine dining), The Tuscan Grille (Italian-style steaks and seafood), Silk Harvest (South-East Asian fusion fare) and Blu, which is mostly for AquaClass guests. The main restaurant, Grand Epernay, is set over two decks and features a glass tower filled with wine bottles as a centerpiece. There are also five more casual eateries and cafés to choose between.
If you feel like kicking on after dinner, you can see a show in the main Solstice theatre, enjoy live music and theme parties in the Sky Observation Lounge or dance the night away at the Quasar nightclub.
You’ll find a tempting array of bars and lounges on board, all offering a different vibe. The Molecular Bar is the place to go to sample highly imaginative cocktails, the Sunset Bar is a relaxed alfresco venue at the aft of the ship near the Lawn Club and at Cellar Masters you can sample a range of vintage wines by the glass. That’s just to name a few options.
There’s enough going on around the ship during the day to keep the most fidgety passenger happy. Check the daily Celebrity Today newsletter for activities in the Celebrity Life program, which covers four areas – culinary, enrichment, wellness and games. There are lectures, workshops, shows, behind-the-scenes ship tours and competitions to suit almost every taste.
The ship also has several pools (including an adults-only pool in the AquaSpa), a well-equipped gym and an expansive spa offering a vast array of pampering treatments…or you could head up to the Lawn Club for a quiet game of bocce.
Accommodation on Celebrity Solstice ranges from top-tier suites with a butler service and all the trimmings to balcony, ocean-view and inside staterooms. Eighty-five per cent of all staterooms have balconies, 418 accommodate three or four guests and there are 121 connecting staterooms (ideal for family groups).
Between October 2015 and April 2016, Celebrity Solstice will offer a range of itineraries around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, from eight to 18 nights, departing from Auckland, Sydney and Perth.
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