An unparalleled class. An extraordinary experience.
From the minds of the world’s top designers and architects comes a class of ships that defy the imagination. Introducing Solstice Class.
Encapsulating Celebrity Cruises' vision of innovation with service and style, and boasting a host of groundbreaking new features and design, Solstice Class ships are truly extraordinary.
Expansive decks, rich colour palettes illuminated by beautiful natural light, spacious accommodations and a stunning array of onboard diversions - are all delivered with the exceptional service and attention to detail for which Celebrity Cruises is world renowned.
Magnificent architecture and stylish design to its advanced technology Celebrity’s Solstice Class leaves convention behind.
|Inaugural Date:||November 23rd, 2008|
The Lawn Club - With it’s decidedly Country Club ambiance, The Lawn Club, located on Solstice’s highest deck, lets you relax and enjoy a variety of casual outdoor activities on its magnificent, freshly manicured lawn. There's absolutely nothing like it.
The Hot Glass Show - Celebrity Cruises and the Corning Museum of Glass together bring you the dazzling and engaging Hot Glass Show. Watch as professional glassblowers create gorgeous pieces of art in an interactive setting in this one-of-a-kind exhibition.
AquaSpa - Lose yourself in Celebrity Solstice’s deeply indulgent AquaSpa. From our soothing treatments to the immersive Persian Garden, we’ve created an atmosphere that will collectively caress the senses like never before.
Martini Bar & Crush - Inspired by the cool grace of ice, snow and water, the Martini Bar boasts an ambiance unlike any other, exemplified by its sleek, frosted main bar. To further indulge you, we’ve added Crush, a small alcove featuring an ice-filled table centre where you can sample Caviar and Vodka pairings well into the night.
Quasar - Take to the dance floor and embrace the invigorating pulse of Quasar. A contemporary nightclub with a retro flair, it will lure you in with vibrant lighting and hypnotic rhythm.
Cellar Masters - Inspired by the vineyards of Napa Valley, Cellar Masters brings to life the experience of a global wine tour while you learn about and taste a large variety of wines from around the world. A welcoming and unique on board environment, you'll discover new wines, receive recommendations and enrich your knowledge of the world of wine.
Fortunes Casino - Test your luck at the exciting yet elegant Fortunes Casino. This spacious venue features a distinctly Monte Carlo atmosphere, tailored to comfortably accommodate both players and observers. With 200 machines and 16 tables, there’s a game of chance to satisfy every impulse.
Theatre - Enjoy intimate performances on a grand scale at the eponymous Solstice and Equinox Theatres. Each ship’s theatre will treat you to inspiring Broadway style shows, beautiful music arrangements and hilarious comedy acts. The plush, comfortable atmosphere and rounded stage make every show feel like it was created just for you.
Main Dining Room - The main dining room glistens with a magnificent two-storey glass wine tower, stunning chandeliers and gorgeous ocean views. Inspired by the grandeur of Hollywood, you’ll enjoy the finest cuisine in a plush atmosphere that exudes style and sophistication. Savour delicious, freshly prepared Classic World & Continental cuisine, with exceptional service.
Blu - As the specialty restaurant serving our AquaClass guests, Blu’s menu features a wide choice of fresh and healthy dishes. A selection of International and California wines accentuate your meal, all to be enjoyed in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere.
Café al Bacio - Café al Bacio’s selection of speciality coffees and tasty liqueurs complement a variety of freshly baked pastries. In addition, the Gelateria offers a variety of Italian ices and gelatos prepared with an artistic touch.
Value for money
I recently had the unfortunate experience of cruising on the Celebrity Solstice, and regrettably, my overall impression is far from positive. The cruise was marred by a series of disappointments, primarily centered around the lackluster service and subpar amenities. From the onset, the service on the ship left much to be desired. Rather than creating a relaxing environment, the staff seemed more intent on interrogating guests for every request, displaying a stark absence of hospitality and empathy. It was evident that the crew was discontented, which greatly impacted the overall atmosphere on board. The culinary aspect of the cruise was equally unsatisfactory. The food, particularly at Blu, failed to meet the high standards associated with Celebrity Cruises. Not only was it inedible, but it also did not justify the premium price for what should have been an exclusive dining experience. This further contributed to the overall sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction. Adding to the woes, the ship itself showed signs of aging and inadequate maintenance. The lack of engaging activities and entertainment options left passengers with little to do, creating a sense of boredom. The absence of music around the pool area further accentuated the lack of a vibrant atmosphere. The cabins, described as dated and extremely worn, further added to the diminishing appeal of the cruise. The worn-out state of the accommodations was a stark contrast to the expectations set by a reputed cruise line like Celebrity. In conclusion, my vacation experience on Celebrity Solstice was far from enjoyable, and the cruise has unfortunately tarnished my perception of Celebrity Cruises as a whole. I strongly advise potential travelers to consider alternative options, as the combination of lackluster service, substandard food, and an aged ship have left an indelible mark of disappointment. My hope is that Celebrity Cruises addresses these issues promptly to ensure a more positive experience for future passengers.
The food in Cafe Blu was horrible. I am a plant eater mostly. My choices were limited and tasteless. My husband found the meats in the Ocean View Cafe to be over cooked. I have noticed on our last 3 cruises with Celebrity that the quality of food has gone down. The entertainment has always been slow, but enjoyable. However, during this cruise the entertainment was unimaginative. I felt like the cruise director was creating activities more for a nursing home. There were activities like paper airplane contests. I enjoy music from all eras, but most of the music was from the 50’s. Also, the movie selections were terrible. I understand that children were also on the ship. However, I believe that children movies should have been available in the teen or children’s lounge. I did not enjoy the animated movie selections offered in the Solstice theater for adults to watch. It was a very long cruise and I think that the Cruise director (Eddie) could have done a better job setting up activities and entertainment.
The main draw for booking this cruise was the itinerary which cruised one way from Honolulu to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia over our 20th anniversary. Having sailed twice on Celebrity since cruising restarted it is the cruise line my husband and I are most familiar with at this time. Everything went as planned with no problems or disruptions and the weather was fantastic. Overall it was an enjoyable vacation. The food was a big disappointment for me with the Main Dining Room menus obviously scaled back lacking any true appetizers or side dishes. The proteins were mostly ok but lacked flavor and flourish. Eating was just to get it done and not an experience. The specialty restaurants (Murano, Tuscan Grill, Sushi on 5) were a step up and a welcome break from the included food. Entertainment especially at night was thin and nearly an afterthought. Only one comedy show in 17 nights and very minimal local cultural type shows except for the Polynesian dancers who boarded one night to give a show at 5 p.m. by the pool and left prior to the ship departing. There were a lot of lecture talks and presentations in the daytime, however. As always the crew was friendly and attentive. It is always a pleasure to enjoy a ship on the open ocean. But there wasn’t anything special about this sailing other than the itinerary. The all included perks we once enjoyed and were justified by a higher Celebrity price point are now gone and with the decline in food offering the value for money just isn’t there anymore. I’d sail Celebrity again if they had a good deal but not on the Solstice.
We booked Aqua class, as had done several times before. Not worth it, and for much less, you get almost the same in other categories, like Veranda or Concierge. Blu restaurant was always full, had to wait 15-20 minutes every evening, no matter what time we arrived. Breakfast is available between 7.30 and 9. Good but very slow. Seems they are short on personnel. Menu not as good as it used to be, fewer options. Much better options in the main dining room. Ocean View restaurant is good, with many different options, opened most of the day. Impossible to use the Persian Garden, always full (only 8 beds). Air conditioning was not working in our cabin, has to call twice to have it repaired. The pools were OK, both the outside and the indoor. Café al Bacio is always good, good selection of coffee and tea with very good pastries and extremely nice personnel. The ship looks old, needs upgrading.
This was our 2nd time on this exact ship and itinerary. We took it a 2nd time because we had a cruise credit which had to be used, and it was convenient for us. We really enjoyed the Dawes Glacier experience (turning that big ship around in the middle of a Fjord; no easy trick) as well as Zip-Lining Grizzly Falls and the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour! The OnBoard experience was a very mixed bag this trip. FIRST, the bad: The Canyon Ranch Spa services were a complete WASTE of money. As a spa oficionado of 25 years (& 12 cruises), I was incredibly disappointed in the skill level of the massage therapists, and found the Front Desk coordinator absolutely unfriendly & curt to even speak to. I had several issues that were poorly handled by her. When you spend $240 for a treatment with automatic gratuity, and its "Canyon Ranch", you expect it to be superb. I phoned the Spa Manager to discuss my complaint and was merely thanked. The service was so bad, the Massage Therapist checked me out in room knowing how unhappy I was, instead of taking me to the front as is always done!! Getting a decent service is a toss-up here and they'll do nothing about it if its unacceptable. Money down the drain... SECONDLY, the good: The regular Staff on this ship was wonderful! From the Cabin Steward & Senior Staff, to the Regular Dining and Specialty Dining; we never had an issue. The Staff at Cafe al Bacio and our regular Dinner Staff (Raul, Howard & Robert), made us feel like we were royalty.