Review of Celebrity Solstice deck 3 (Plaza-Dining-Lobby)
Celebrity Theater (formerly Solstice Theatre, capacity 1115 seats; lower level 1 of 3) is the ship’s main show lounge with large stage for grand-style musical and show productions in the evenings. The theater’s entertainment options include performances by guest entertainers, dancers, musicians, magicians, stand-up comedians, Poet Theatrical performances. Feature evening shows are “Ghost Light” (Broadway-style production), “Pulse” (singing and dancing production) and “The Solstice Show” (cirque-style acrobatics). The theater lounge also hosts various daily activities (itinerary-related expert lectures and media presentations, bingo, trivia games, workshops and classes).
Atrium “Grand Foyer” is a 3-decks high midship-located area with open-floor design, multimillion-dollar art works, live plants, live music entertainment, daily auctions and various presentations. It is part of the ship’s 10-decks high Atrium with glass elevators.
Passport Bar is the Atrium’s Lobby Bar with a grand piano (live music performances).
Shore Excursions Desk (booking, information), Guest Relations (Reception Desk) provides 24-hour guest services (cashier, luggage, assistance, information, bookings, reservations).
Luminae (92-seats) is an exclusive restaurant for Suite Class guests only (excluding Junior Suites). Luminae is complimentary, open-seating, split in 2 sections, with its own kitchen (galley) and open every day for Breakfast (8 – 9:30 am), Brunch (10:30 am – 1 pm, seadays only), Lunch (1 – 2 pm, portdays only) and Dinner (6 – 9:30 pm). Catering to higher-paying passengers, the Luminae restaurant features classy furniture (in white and yellow), luxury dining amenities, intimate atmosphere, superb service. The decor is rich in gold and black, with lots of mirrors, chrome and glass, plenty of light from floor-ceiling windows. The cuisine is international, with freshest ingredients (locally sourced), premium seafood and meat choices. The menu (limited to 4 appetizers, 5 main dishes, 3 desserts, also burgers and sandwiches) changes daily depending on the cruise itinerary (ports of call and region/destination) and time of the year (season). Among the menu items are Maine Lobster salad, Alaskan halibut, beef steak tartare, cote de boeuf (beef rib), veal loin, ragout, roasted squab (pigeon), handcrafted desserts. Luminae also has an extensive wines list (over 400 selections) and offers a gourmet dessert cart and daily presentations of premium chocolates. The wait staff is highly-trained – attentive, knowledgeable in each dish ingredients and able to suggest wine pairings.
Grand Epernay Restaurant (aft-location, capacity 1429 seats) is the ship’s Main Dining Room (MDR). The restaurant is complimentary and on 2 levels (connected via double staircase). It features floor-ceiling windows and 2-story high wine tower with glass walls (tall ladders are used for reaching bottles at its highest levels). Grand Epernay dining room serves open-seating Breakfast (7 – 9 am, deck 3 level), open-seating Lunch (on seadays only- between 12 noon and 1:30 pm, on Deck 4 /upper level), open-seating Afternoon Tea (4-5 pm) and Dinner (with 2 assigned seatings- early at 6 pm and late at 8:30 pm). “My Time Dining” (6 – 9:30 pm open-seating dinner) is available on deck 4 (upper level).
Main Dining Room menus offer – Breakfast (made-to-order eggs and omelets, poached egg bar, sausages, bacon, fruits, breads, cheeses, cereals, yoghurt, pastries, waffles-pancakes station), Lunch (hamburgers, panini sandwiches, pizza, pasta bar, soups, salad bar, carving station, fried chicken, fish & chips, pies, themed cuisine -Indian, Italian, Chinese), Afternoon Tea (served with scones and mini sandwiches) and 4-course Dinner (appetizers, soups-salads, entrees, desserts-cheeses). Among the dinner menu items are pasta, pizza, seafood (shrimp cocktail, grilled-poached-broiled salmon, seared ahi tuna, lobster bisque), poultry (grilled chicken, duck, Cornish hen, pheasant), red meat (NY strip steak, prime rib, lamb chops), escargot, vegetarian dishes, chocolate cake, cheesecake, apple pie, creme brulee. Also available are gluten-dairy-lactose-sugar-free items and daily specials (based on cruise itinerary / ports of call). MDR also has carving station, curry station, grill station (hamburgers, hot dogs), made-to-order stir fries station. At Dinner is offered Sommelier Recommends (separate menu section) suggesting wine pairing (red and white wines by glass or bottle with listed prices). For passengers bringing their own wine in the MDR there’s $25 corkage fee (per bottle). Dinner reservations by day can be made in advance (online). The MDR is closed for lunch on portdays (both levels). Note: Depending on cruise itinerary (ports arrival times), MDR times may slightly vary.
Cruise cabins from 3101 to 3174, of which Interior (category 12) and Oceanview rooms (category 8).