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Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice Review and Specifications

Specifications of Celebrity Solstice

Year built2008  /  Age : 11
Flag state Malta
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassSolstice
Building costUSD 750 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorCelebrity Cruises
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)317 m / 1040 ft
Beam (width)36 m / 118 ft
Gross Tonnage121878 gt
Passengers2850 - 3420
Crew1000
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks15
Cabins1425
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2016-2021
Sister-shipsCelebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Silhouette
Christened bySharon L. Smith

Current itinerary / position of Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice current cruise is 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney. The itinerary starts on 02 Dec, 2019 and ends on 14 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
02 Dec 18:00    Departing from Auckland, New Zealand hotels
03 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
04 Dec 08:00 - 18:00    Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand
06 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Wellington, New Zealand
07 Dec 08:00 - 19:00    Akaroa, New Zealand
08 Dec 07:30 - 17:00    Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand
09 Dec 17:00 - 18:00    Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
12 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Hobart, Tasmania
14 Dec 06:30    Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia hotels

Review of Celebrity Solstice

Launched in 2008, Celebrity Solstice is the 1st of the Solstice-class Celebrity cruise ships, together with Equinox, Silhouette, Eclipse, and Reflection. Celebrity Cruises Solstice ship is scheduled for "Celebrity Revolution" drydock refurbishment on October 1, 2021.

History - construction and ownership

Celebrity Cruises line was founded in 1988 as the Greece-based Chandris Line (cruise shipping operations between 1974-1996). In 1997, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) merged with "Celebrity Cruises Ltd" to become "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd" (RCCL). The "X" on ship funnels is the Greek letter chi (standing for "Chandris"). Common features of Celebrity Cruises ships include aft located glass-walled dining rooms, signature alternate dining venues, bars and lounges, spacious Atrium lobby areas, a large number of balcony staterooms, large sundecks with swimming pools, The Retreat (adults-only sundeck with full-size swimming pool, Jacuzzi, cabanas, poolside full bar service). Rooftop Terrace (top-deck outdoor lounge-restaurant-cinema), large Spa (with Thermal Suites), premium retail shops selling top-brand merchandise.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship model (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

The 121,878-ton, 2,886-passenger cruise ship Celebrity Solstice was the first to be a part of Celebrity's Solstice class. Solstice has many of the personal amenities that cruisers have come to expect from the line, while able to transport almost 3000 passengers. Each of the vessels in the Solstice class has wireless Internet connectivity, bigger staterooms with flat screen televisions, large bathrooms, more storage space, and plush European bedding. The Solstice-class ships also offer an extraordinary range of customer-inspired services and amenities made possible due to the liners' bigger size.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship model (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

Cruise itinerary program

Celebrity Solstice itinerary program is based on 7-day roundtrip cruises to Alaska from Seattle WA during summer. During the rest of the year, the ship sails on South Pacific Islands, Australia and NZ cruises from Auckland and Sydney. The Solstice also visits Hawaii on repositioning crossings between Alaska and Australia.

Cabins

Celebrity Solstice has a total number of 1426 cabins (of which 66 Suites, 1150 Balcony rooms) in 30 grades. Most Celebrity Solstice staterooms are 195-sq. foot Balcony rooms. 85% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 30 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Celebrity Solstice is the Penthouse Suite (1290 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Besides the main dining room, passengers aboard Celebrity Solstice can dine in three specialty restaurants. One of the dining venues aboard is reserved exclusively for guests in Aqua Class staterooms. There is also a lido buffet with specialty stations, a crepe and panini bistro, a spa cuisine buffet and grill, a poolside grill, and a coffee bar and gelateria. Of the 10 restaurants available, 6 are open for breakfast, 5 for lunch and 7 for dinner. The airy Grand Epernay is ship's main dining room, which spans two decks at the aft end of the cruise ship. The room is light in tones, bright and with ample use of the signature design element of Solstice, glass. Instead of a wine cellar, one end of the MDR is accented with a 2-story glass wine tower.

Celebrity Solstice cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Celebrity Solstice restaurants and food bars.

  • Murano (76-seats specialty restaurant, reservations only; with French cuisine, Five Senses tasting menu, Champagne High Tea Time; with Demonstration Kitchen for live cooking shows; also features the Wine Cellar annex)
  • Grand Epernay Restaurant (1,429-seat aft Dining Room, with open seating Breakfast 8:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 4:00-5:00 p.m., and two fixed Dinner seatings - at 6:00 and 8:30 p.m., or “My Time Dining”)
  • Bistro on Five (68-seat creperie all-you-can-eat restaurant; offers lunch and dinner with table-side service) was replaced in 2016 by Sushi on Five. The new food menu (by sushi chef Yoshikazu "Yoshi" Okada) includes hand-rolled sushi, fresh tableside grated wasabi, house-made soy sauce, Asian-inspired cocktails, Japanese beers, and sakes.
  • Blu (32-seat AquaClass passengers only restaurant, reservations required; also serves Suite guests upon availability)
  • Silk Harvest (88-seat Asian specialty restaurant/sushi bar, reservation only
  • AquaSpa Cafe (48-seat complimentary Solarium and Spa bar, self-service; offers healthy food choices for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Oceanview Cafe & Bar (758-seat indoor/outdoor self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary; open between 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, with a variety of food stations)
  • Tuscan Grille (132-seat specialty seafood/steakhouse restaurant; reservations-only)
  • Mast Bar (alfresco burger bar, poolside; offers complimentary lunch).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Celebrity's enrichment program is called Celebrity Life. It is offered day and night, and activities are divided into 4 categories: wellness, enrichment, culinary and trivia & games. Culinary-oriented options include galley tours, cooking and cocktail-making demos, wine tasting and Riedel glass tasting - an experiential look at how the feel and shape of a wine glass impact its taste. Spa-fans aboard the Celebrity Solstice can have fun with the 130 “AquaClass” veranda staterooms, with free access to Aqua Spa relaxation room, Persian Garden, nice aromatherapy and steam room. AquaClass guests also receive exclusive complimentary dining in the Blu, an intimate 130-seat specialty restaurant.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

Follows the complete list of Celebrity Solstice lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Solstice Theatre (1,115-seat show lounge for grand musical and show productions; hosts daily trivia games, bingo, classes, movies)
  • Solstice Atrium “Grand Foyer” (3-deck open floor area with live music entertainment); Boulevard Shops (seven Atrium duty-free shops and boutiques); Galleria Boutiques (ten duty-free shops); Sun & Sea Shop; The Lawn Club Shop
  • Passport Bar (Atrium Lobby Bar with live entertainment)
  • The Entertainment Court (live performances, dance parties)
  • Quasar Disco & Nightclub
  • Celebrity Central (200-seat show lounge for movies, musical performances, comedy shows; also hosts classes and games)
  • Michael’s Club (piano bar); Martini Bar (cocktails made by professional mixologists); Crush Bar (with a 12-seat table filled with ice cubes in the middle); Galleria Tastings (food and wine tastings, fashion shows, art auctions); Molecular Bar; Ensemble Lounge
  • Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Solstice Fortunes Casino
  • Celebrity iLounge (24-hour Internet computers room; sells Apple computers; classes available)
  • Team Earth (eco-awareness club)
  • Game On (Card Room)
  • Relaxation Lounge
  • Sky Observation Lounge & Nightclub
  • Cafe Al Bacio & Gelateria (54-seat a la carte specialty coffee, patisserie, ice cream; with the Gelateria - Italian Gelato ice cream bar)
  • Cellar Masters (24-hour Wine Bar; features an Enomatic wine tasting system; provides Sommelier consultations in the evenings)
  • Art Gallery; Library
  • Acupuncture at Sea; Elmis Shop (Spa products); Aquaspa & Fitness complex with Persian Garden (Thermal Suite - rain shower, steam rooms, sauna, heated loungers, aromatherapy showers), Therapy and Treatment Rooms, Hair & Beauty Salon, Solarium (adults area) and Aquaspa Cafe (spa bar)
  • Fitness Center (with separate Aerobics area)
  • Solarium Pool area (with adults-only Thalassotherapy Pool and seawater lap pool; 2 Whirlpools)
  • Pool Bar; Sports Pool;
  • Family Pool;
  • Wet Zone (kids & teens water play area)
  • The Hot Glass Show (live glass blowing show; “The Corning Museum of Glass”)
  • Sunset Bar (alfresco bar, selling fine cigars)
  • Patio on the Lawn (relaxation area); The Lawn Club (real green grass relaxation area)
  • Kids clubs by age (Fun Factory 3-11 yo, Shipmates 3-5 yo, Cadets 6-8 yo, Ensigns 9-11 yo, with supervised age-appropriate activities, like arts-crafts, themed parties, games, movies, toys, interactive games, scavenger hunts)
  • X-Club (teen-only disco and lounge area); Video Games Arcade
  • Tennis Tables, Shuffleboard; Power Walking/Jogging Track; Multi-sports outdoor court; 3-hole Mini Golf putting, Lawn Bowling, Bocce, Croquet; Sun Deck area.

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Celebrity Cruises Solstice ship belongs to company's Solstice-class liners, with sisterships Eclipse, Equinox, Reflection, Silhouette. Solstice is fleet's first Solstice-class vessel (launched on August 10, 2008), with inaugural cruise/maiden voyage on November 23, 2008. The ship has staterooms in various categories, including the new AquaClass and ConciergeClass cabins.

Modern and classy, Solstice was the biggest passenger ship built in Germany. Deck layouts of all Solstice-class Celebrity liners show optimized interior architecture designs for easy passenger flow. The vessel is very easy to navigate, with all entertainment venues located forward and all food venues located aft. All "money" places (casino and shops) are midship. All specialty dining venues are on Deck 5. This ship also has solar panels to produce (though of limited amount) electricity, fuel-efficient hull design, and coatings, eco-friendly lighting.

Cruise itinerary October 20-29 (9-day "South Pacific Islands" roundtrip from Sydney NSW) became Australia's first-ever vegan-themed voyage. It was available for booking on Celebrity Solstice and featured a special vegan dining menu. The voyage (themed "The Whole Connection") was organized by Paige Renshaw and as onboard pre-scheduled events featured daily food demonstrations, workshops, and professional presentations, as well as meditation classes, yoga and pilates, various group activities and documentary movie nights. The itinerary's call ports were in New Caledonia and Vanuatu (Noumea, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines, Lifou Island).

Celebrity Solstice Itineraries

The below listed Celebrity Solstice cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Celebrity Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Nov 20 12 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney
2019 Dec 02 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland
2019 Dec 14 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Cruise Sydney
2019 Dec 23 12 days, round-trip New Zealand Holiday Cruise Sydney $4409
2020 Jan 04 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Cruise Sydney $4749
2020 Jan 14 11 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef Cruise Sydney $1299
2020 Jan 25 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Cruise Sydney $1499
2020 Feb 07 10 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1099
2020 Feb 17 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland $1719
2020 Feb 29 10 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland Melbourne $1299
2020 Mar 10 10 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1499
2020 Mar 20 12 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1599
2020 Apr 01 13 days, round-trip South Pacific, Fiji, & Tonga Auckland $3669
2020 Apr 14 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1509
2020 Apr 25 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney $2769
2020 May 11 10 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu $1149
2020 May 21 8 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver $999
2020 May 29 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1249
2020 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1149
2020 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1179
2020 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1189
2020 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1099
2020 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1339
2020 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1199
2020 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1159
2020 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1159
2020 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1189
2020 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1159
2020 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1099
2020 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $999
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1049
2020 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1099
2020 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $1079
2020 Sep 18 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Honolulu Vancouver $1299
2020 Sep 28 18 days, one-way from Honolulu to Sydney Honolulu $2599
2020 Oct 16 2 days, round-trip Sampler Cruise Sydney $339
2020 Oct 18 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Cruise Sydney $1929
2020 Oct 28 12 days, round-trip Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand Sydney $1749
2020 Nov 09 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1999
2020 Nov 23 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1699
2020 Dec 05 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Cruise Sydney $1311
2020 Dec 14 10 days, round-trip Australia's Great Barrier Reef Sydney $1729
2020 Dec 24 10 days, round-trip New Zealand & Australia Holiday Sydney $2279
2021 Jan 03 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Cruise Sydney $1648
2021 Jan 14 11 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1949
2021 Jan 25 10 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1729
2021 Feb 04 8 days, round-trip Australia & Tasmania Cruise Sydney $1299
2021 Feb 12 9 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1469
2021 Feb 21 13 days, round-trip South Pacific, Fiji, & Tonga Auckland $3403
2021 Mar 06 10 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1729
2021 Mar 16 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Cruise Sydney $1013
2021 Mar 24 11 days, round-trip Australia & New Zealand Cruise Sydney $1969
2021 Apr 04 11 days, round-trip Australia's Great Barrier Reef Sydney $1479
2021 Apr 15 18 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney $3619
2021 May 03 11 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu $2049
2021 May 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver $859
2021 May 21 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $959
2021 May 28 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $959
2021 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1009
2021 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1059
2021 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1059
2021 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1109
2021 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1209
2021 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1159
2021 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1159
2021 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1159
2021 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1109
2021 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1109
2021 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1059
2021 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $1009
2021 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise Seattle $959
2021 Sep 03 7 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $859
2021 Sep 10 16 days, one-way from Vancouver to Yokohama Vancouver $849
2021 Sep 26 14 days, round-trip Best Of Japan Cruise Yokohama $1719
2021 Oct 10 13 days, one-way from Yokohama to Singapore Yokohama $1489
2021 Nov 21 14 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Cruise Singapore $1519
2021 Dec 05 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1519
2021 Dec 19 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1919
2022 Jan 02 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1519
2022 Jan 16 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1469
2022 Jan 30 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1519
2022 Feb 13 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1519
2022 Feb 27 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $1569
2022 Mar 13 14 days, round-trip Best Of Southern Japan Cruise Yokohama $2319
2022 Mar 27 14 days, round-trip Best Of Japan Cruise Yokohama $2219
2022 Apr 10 14 days, round-trip Best Of Japan Cruise Yokohama $2219
2022 Apr 24 12 days, one-way from Yokohama to Vancouver Yokohama $714

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