When the Celebrity Solstice first took to the waves in 2008, it heralded a whole new era for Celebrity Cruises, in the same way that Celebrity Edge did ten years later. Substantially larger than her predecessors, with the capacity for hundreds more passengers, Celebrity Solstice also boasted wildly original innovations like a genuine living grass lawn for guests to picnic on. Over a decade on from then, the Solstice is still enthralling guests - in fact, this is one of the region’s favourite cruise vessels to this day.
Of course, Celebrity Solstice hasn’t gone untouched since its debut - she’s seen some major refreshes over the years, including an $11 million refurbishment in 2016. This has ensured that the ship has remained relevant and in top notch condition for those boarding today, just as it was when it launched. Read on to find out all the essentials about this benchmark modern luxury cruise ship.
When you’re on holiday, your surroundings play a huge part in your ability to unwind and find real mind and body refreshment. Luckily for guests, Celebrity Solstice is brimming with beautiful spaces that craft the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.
Speaking of relaxation, for most cruisers the highest point of the ship, Solstice Deck, will be the go-to locale for ultimate lazing. The canopied lounger beds provide the perfect spot to while the day away with a good book or simply work on your tan. For an even more serene experience, pay a visit to the Solarium. This is an adults only area so you won’t have to worry about kids running around making a racket - take a few gentle laps in the pool or simply soak up the tranquility from the comfort of a lounge chair. Another excellent spot to watch the world go by is the Sky Observation Lounge. Featuring sweeping panoramic ocean vistas, you can gaze out in quiet contemplation or catch up with friends while admiring excellent views. Or to really make the most of this ship’s unique features, you could head to the lawn club for a picnic on a genuine grass lawn or just chill in the club’s cute cabanas.
Of course, there’s much more to do on the Celebrity Solstice than just lazing around. The entertainment aboard this ship takes shows to a level that many Kiwi cruise enthusiasts will never have seen before. Celebrity Cruises has gone to great lengths to make sure there’s something to keep everyone entertained on the Solstice.
Visual spectaculars like Euphoria will have the whole family in awe of the performers’ high flying aerial antics, while Broken Strings provides a life-affirming musical tale that everyone can clap along to. For a different kind of evening, leave the kids behind and check out the sensual adults-only Elyria, a richly immersive experience telling a tale of darkness, temptation and love. Shows will vary somewhat by sailing but you can always be sure you’ll find entertainment which will surprise and delight you aboard the Celebrity Solstice. If you’d like to get a little more hands-on with your onboard experiences, you can always take a Hot Glass Class. Learn from an expert how to craft molten glass into stunning designs, which you can then take home as a memento of your holiday. Guests can even indulge their inner culture vulture while browsing the onboard art gallery, delving a little deeper with insightful art seminars or attending a high-energy art auction.
The Food and Drink
Celebrity Cruises takes particular pride in its culinary offerings, so you can rest assured that the food aboard the Celebrity Solstice will exceed your expectations. Whether you’re sticking to the fare-inclusive dining options or splashing out a little with a visit to the ship’s specialty eateries, any cruise on the Solstice will be a real treat for your tastebuds.
A dining staple for most guests on a Celebrity Solstice voyage will be the Main Dining room - everything here is included in the cruise fare, but that doesn’t mean the quality is any lower. Internationally-inspired dishes designed by a Michelin-starred chef are the order of the day here, and with a menu that changes nightly it’s easy to find something new to tempt your palate.
To experience cuisine that could set you back hundreds of dollars on land for a tiny fraction of the cost, consider exploring beyond the complimentary options and sit down to sumptuous feasts at a few of the specialty restaurants on the Solstice. Tuscan Grille will treat you to traditionally crafted Italian dishes with a modern twist - embrace the art of slow culinary appreciation at Tuscan Grille to understand the true meaning of indulgence. For a distinctly different specialty restaurant experience, get a group together and get ready to share dishes inspired by the vibrant culinary traditions of the Far East at Silk Harvest. Fresh flavours, vibrant colours and a culture of social meal appreciation can all be found here, creating an atmosphere perfect for catching up with friends old and new while savouring wonderfully flavourful dishes. Then there’s Murano. Historically, France has led the way in haute cuisine and Murano brings together the best of this nation’s classic dishes while adding artful contemporary twists for the modern palate. Sink your teeth into some of the world’s most acclaimed luxury dishes at this tastefully indulgent restaurant.
Reading about the amazing things you can see, do and experience on the Celebrity Solstice is only ever going to give you a very small picture of what it’s like aboard a ship like this. To fully explore and enjoy the many attractions that Celebrity Cruises offers on this vessel, get in touch with the team at Cruise Sale Finder and find a Celebrity sailing that’s perfect for your next epic holiday.