past three summers Celebrity Solstice
has ventured to Australia for a long season of cruising. She’s undoubtedly an
eye-catching vessel, as well as a marvel of shipbuilding. Celebrity Cruises
made headlines when it announced that it was sending her to Australia in late
2012, and since her Down Under debut, many cruise fans have enjoyed her stylish
accommodations and unusual features never before seen at sea.
Celebrity Solstice was the
first of five ships in her namesake class, and the largest ship in the fleet at
the time of her launch in 2008. She also pioneered cruise-ship innovations
including a top deck Lawn Club with real grass, a hot glass show and a hull
design with paintwork designed to boost fuel efficiency.
on Celebrity Solstice is an elegant,
big ship cruise experience where you can do as much or as little as you choose,
and high on everyone’s must-do list should be enjoying top quality cuisine.
Dining choices abound on this ship with 10 options.
the elegant Grand Epernay Dining Room, famous for a dramatic two-story glass
wine tower, our top pick of the specialty venues includes Murano, blending
modern and classical cuisine, Silk Harvest, with a menu of exotic Asian fusion
dishes, and the stylish Italian Steakhouse, Tuscan Grille. Blu is the ship’s
unique health food restaurant; it’s exclusive to guests staying in spa-focused
AquaClass accommodations, but is also open to suite guests depending on
Celebrity Solstice is an
ideal ship for long-range cruising with an impressive line-up of leisure and
entertainment facilities. Celebrity’s enrichment program, Celebrity Life, is
offered day and night. It divides activities into four categories – culinary,
wellness, trivia and games – which allows you to choose between going to a wine
tasting, participating in a game show, attending a lecture hosted by an expert
in their field or learning a new dance style.
kicking back with a good book is more your style, Celebrity Solstice has two pools including an elegant indoor
solarium for adults only. Lovers of pampering can head to the recently upgraded
Canyon Ranch SpaClub where a dizzying menu of treatments await from massages to
facials and everything in between. This lovely facility also has a Persian
Garden, a hub of wellbeing featuring a coed sauna, tropical rain showers and
exotic heated relaxation benches with ocean views.
ship’s unique Lawn Club is just over half an acre in size and located on Deck
15, featuring live grass, the Patio on the Lawn and Sunset Bar, lawn bowls, and
a three-hole putting course. Pick of some of the other bars and lounges include
Cellar Masters, where you can indulge in fine wines by the glass recommended by
Celebrity’s sommeliers, and the Sky Observation Lounge, a quiet refuge by day
which transforms into a venue devoted to music and dancing at night.
also well catered for on Celebrity
Solstice with staffed programs available for five age groups between three
and 17 years. Kids also have their own venues to enjoy, including two dedicated
kids’ areas, X-Club and the Fun Factory, and activities for all ages ranging
from Wii games, face painting and scavenger hunts, to slumber parties and a
prom party. Individual babysitting is also available to allow parents to enjoy