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PROFILE AND REVIEW
Cruise line profile - Celebrity Cruises - Solstice class - profile and review
Above: Celebrity Solstice.
Above: Celebrity Equinox.
Above left: Celebrity Reflection.
Above right: Celebrity Silhouette.
Above: Celebrity Solstice.
Above: Celebrity Equinox in new livery.
Below: Celebrity Eclipse.
Celebrity Cruises' five ship Solstice class includes: Celebrity
Solstice; Celebrity Equinox; Celebrity Eclipse; Celebrity Silhouette
and Celebrity Reflection. These are large ships ranging in size from
122,000 to 126,000 gross tons and capable of accommodating
between 2,800 to 3,050 guests.
The cruise experience on the Solstice class is up-market, causal
and contemporary. It is for cruisers who are looking for more
sophistication and elegance than the mass market lines but at the
same time, more relaxed than traditional premium cruising.
While the layout is essentially the same, each of the ships has a
slightly different interior décor. The style is cosmopolitan with an
extensive collection of contemporary art. There is considerable
natural light and spaciousness.
Along the same lines, the exterior public spaces are
contemporary and upmarket in design. A unique feature is the half
acre of real grass lawn on each ship. The adults-only Solarium is
enclosed in glass and has a large pool as well as the delightful Spa
Each of the Solstice class ships has three complimentary main
dining rooms. Which dining room a guests can access depends upon
his or her stateroom category. Suite guests have exclusive access to
the gourmet restaurant Luminare. Aqua class guests dine in Blu, a
restaurant that specializes in healthy dining but prepared in a
gourmet manner. Other guests dine in the large main dining room,
which offers both a flexible dining option and a traditional fixed
In addition, each ship has an array of specialty restaurants
ranging from traditional elegance to cutting-edge dining. The last
two ships in the class, Silhouette and Reflection, have an additional
specialty restaurant. All the ships also have a number of casual
dining venues, some of which are complimentary.
Guests staying in certain suite categories have access to the
luxury Retreat facilities. These include the aforementioned
Luminare restaurant as well as an exclusive lounge and a separate
Most of the facilities on board are open to all guests.
For entertainment, each ship has a large theater, which features
visually spectacular production shows as well as more traditional
shows with visiting entertainers. There are also bars and lounges
and a casino on each ship. The first three ships in the class also had
a venue where guests could watch glass blowing demonstrations.
Activities include lectures and cultural events as well as the
usual cruise ship fare.
All five of the Solstice class ships were built by Meyer Werft in
Papenberg, Germany and the ships reflect the quality for which
this shipyard has become known. The ships are very similar
except that Reflection has an additional deck.
The ships have pod propulsion driven by a diesel electric
system. Their cruising speed of 24 knots puts them above
average. They are also very maneuverable.
Celebrity has updated the ships over the years to add new
features. In the most recent round of refits, the traditionally white
hulls are being repainted blue. As of this writing, Equinox and
Silhouette have gone through “Revolution.”
While there are significant differences, the Solstice class in
many ways is the forerunner of Royal Caribbean's Quantum class
Above left: Celebrity Eclipse.
Above right: Celebrity Reflection.
Below: Celebrity Silhouette.