Celebrity solstice at sea
Celebrity Solstice Cruise in the Caribbean
Celebrity Solstice Cruise in the Caribbean
Celebrity solstice at sea
Celebrity Solstice at Sunset
Celebrity Solstice Sun Deck
Celebrity Solstice Sun Deck
Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant cruising experiences at sea. Its style comes from the root of its name, "sol," meaning "sun," and the sun plays an important role on the ship, from powering the 216 solar panels that contribute to the ship's electrical grid, to powering what It is perhaps the most unusual feature of this or any other ship: half an acre filled with lush, live grass. Called the Lawn Club, this area features the Hot Glass Show, where guests can delight in watching the creation of intricate works of art in glass, from raw materials to finished objects. There are also six private cabanas available for rent for those who want shade and a bit of privacy but don't want to be near the pool area. The Lawn Club is a good place to relax, play boules or watch a movie on the ship's new outdoor cinema screen.
Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe on board, from the elegant shopping boulevard lined with attractive boutiques to the Martini Bar, renowned for its fun staff and elegant cocktails. Passenger flow is excellent, creating a sense of leisure and a refreshing absence of long lines. On our sold-out trip, the ship felt half empty, except for the occasional lack of seats at the elegant Café al Bacio.
The Solstice is an extremely easy ship to sail, even for novice cruisers. It's all lumped together: all the entertainment is direct, the food is reverse, and, experts are quick to point out, the money (casino, reception, shops) is in the middle. Between the main atrium and the Solstice Theater on deck 4 is an attractive mini-atrium, dubbed the "Entertainment Courtyard". It is the nexus for nightly entertainment. Amidst the ship's dining and entertainment venues are the casino, reception, and boutiques and shops spanning all genres and price ranges. Even the specialty restaurants are all grouped together on one deck (deck 5).
Whether enjoying a meal or touring the ship, guests should be prepared for the widespread increase in drink specials and meal packages, especially during the first 48 hours of their cruise. While a polite 'no thanks' is often (but unfortunately not always) enough to shorten the sales pitch, it can be quite off-putting for those looking for a relaxing cruise vacation.
Celebrity espouses the virtues of "modern luxury" and there are touches of this throughout Solstice, from the oversized cushioned loungers on the pool deck to the glass-enclosed sundeck to the individually rolled hand towels in the bathrooms. public. The entertainment is a hit, from engaging "edutainment" lectures on a wide range of topics to big production extravaganzas and more low-key options like a guitar-voice duo. Service is also a highlight, with cheerful and professional staff often going above and beyond to not only meet, but exceed passenger expectations. With the addition of an open-air movie screen and private alcoves, a Japanese sushi restaurant and "A Taste of Film," the line's new dining and movie experience, this elegant ship is more inviting than ever.
Travel:During the day, dress is casual and you'll see lots of shorts, jeans, capris, and T-shirts.
Evening:Celebrity passengers tend to dress up for dinner, usually short- or long-sleeved shirts and pants for men and dressy dresses or casual pants and blouses for women. The formal night at Celebrity has been replaced with a "fancy night" in the main dining room. This means that men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sports jacket and collared shirt, with designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses, or designer jeans or cute pants. At the buffet, almost all forms of clothing are allowed except bathing suits, spa robes, and bare feet.
It is not permitted:T-shirts, bathing suits, gowns, tank tops, hats, and pool wear are not allowed in the main or specialty restaurants at any time. Shorts and flip flops are not allowed overnight.
Sunset Bar - Spectacular views and a casual country club atmosphere. Watch the world go by with a cocktail in hand. Classic and modern options, regionally inspired.
The Spa: The Spa features a host of groundbreaking beauty, fitness and wellness innovations that make it easier than ever to find a blissful and complete vacation.
MARTINI BAR & CRUSH - Classic mixology meets modern taste. Totally great, from the drinks to the ice covered bar.
The Fitness Center - State of the art cardio and weight training equipment will take your fitness to the next level. If you are looking for motivation, you can enjoy the exhilarating views of the sea in the background.
Casino - Sit back and try our popular card games. The exciting table games on offer include Blackjack, Single Deck Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat.
MICHAEL'S CLUB - Luxury and comfort in one place. This exclusive 24-hour lounge features a large screen TV, reading areas with magazines, newspapers and books, plus a continental breakfast. Free drinks and tapas are served before dinner.
The Solstice Theatre, the ship's main performance venue, is a well-appointed room with semicircular rows of comfortable seats, all with good views of the stage. There are no tables, but the armrests have cup holders. There are typically three highly-produced shows on a seven-night cruise; one is a stadium-style show featuring iconic rock anthems, while the other two are production shows featuring the ship's stars. Other headlining performances of the show included a comedian, a juggler, and welcome aboard and farewell shows.
Offered day and night, Celebrity's enrichment program is called Celebrity Life and features activities divided into four categories: cooking, enrichment, wellness, and trivia and games.
Cooking-focused options include bourbon tastings, kitchen tours, cooking and cocktail-making demos, and Blendtique, a wine-blending class, most of which are free.
Arguably a unique and enriching experience is the "Hot Glass Show," where passengers sit surrounded by the Lawn Club's grass and watch a Corning Museum of Glass master practice his art, with a second artist providing assistance and a third party providing feedback. Passengers can also attend lectures in Celebrity's Beyond the Podium lecture series, where topics range from astronomy to native Australian wild foods and forensic science.
Then there are the waits all cruise ships expect: bingo, trivia, dance lessons and the like, as well as digital camera and computer seminars in the iLounge on deck 6. Deck 10 has a nice, relaxing, open library with a boat of beautiful typical cruise. selection of books The game room on Deck 9 has a bit of action, though it's not much more than a lobby between elevator bays. Deck 7's Team Earth is essentially an advertisement for Celebrity's non-profit partner, Conservation International. The interactive screens are elegant and there is a lot of information available for those interested. An arcade draws adults and children alike, and the Lawn Club regularly hosts games of bocce ball. Musical performances, on deck, in the salons or in the main showroom, span a variety of musical styles, from a classic string quartet to jazz combo and main band big band styles.
Most nights, you'll find live music at various points on the ship: guitars and vocals or jazz in the Ensemble Lounge amidships, as well as a DJ spinning dance music poolside.
Guests can dance the night away at Quasar, the futuristic-themed nightclub on Deck 4, or at the Sky Lounge bar, which has a large dance floor. Both locations are restricted to passengers 18 and older after 11:00 p.m. m. The Grand Foyer also features a live band every night, with a rotating selection of musical styles to suit all tastes.
Don't miss Silent Disco, which happens once or twice on each cruise. The chairs and tables around the Martini Bar are wiped down to create an impromptu dance floor. Get there early to get a brilliant pair of headphones with a switch so you can switch between three different music channels: old-time favorites like the Monkees, contemporary pop, and a live mix from the ship's DJ. Don't worry if you have two left feet; Nobody knows if you're not in time with the music. Even if you don't feel like dancing, this unique club is great fun to watch.
Moviegoers can catch feature films most nights at Celebrity Central, a secondary theater located on Deck 4. Movies tend to be new on DVD. Celebrity Central also hosts events like game shows and bingo.
Solstice uses its Lawn Club to host concerts on the lawn and movies daily on the new open-air cinema screen on Deck 15. It hosts a dining and movie experience, "A Taste of Film", combining a culinary-themed film with delicious culinary morsels. in this attractive open-air space several times during each cruise at a cost of $20 per person.
Fortune's Casino is also located on deck 4, offering games such as slots, blackjack and video poker. Free table game lessons are offered at the casino on sea days.
Bares y Lounges Celebrity Solstice
There's no shortage of places to grab a drink at Celebrity Solstice with a choice of nearly a dozen bars ranging from cozy, club-style spaces to light-filled lounges overlooking the ocean.
Passport Bar (Deck 3):Located on the same deck as the customer service and shore excursion desks, this bar is the perfect place to people watch and enjoy the nightly entertainment in the Grand Foyer.
Cellar Masters (Deck 4):Instead of waiting for a bartender, wine lovers can access an impressive array of wines from around the world through automated dispensers that use a "wine card" that can be inserted for a measured serving of one, two or 4 oz. If you prefer to buy your drinks the traditional way, Cellar Masters is open from 5-5pm. at midnight. The Old World Euro atmosphere makes this an attractive place for a drink in the evening.
Martini Bar (Deck 4):The Martini Bar, with its icy surface and charismatic bartenders, is popular from early afternoon until late at night, with an atmosphere that shifts from laid-back sophistication to party time depending on the mood of the crowd. It is one of the most popular places to drink on board. Order a few "flights" and you'll be treated to a spectacular show that involves flipping bottles, stacking glasses, and pouring a dozen drinks at once.
Set (Deck 5):With soft lighting and comfortable seating, this bar located near the specialty restaurants on Deck 5 is a popular choice for pre-dinner drinks. It can be lively or quiet and romantic, depending on the time of day and the music on offer.
Michael's Club (Deck 5):This club-style bar decorated with dark woods and plush seating is only available to Zenith members of the Captain's Club (celebrity loyalty club) and suite guests. A continental buffet breakfast is served every morning and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available throughout the day upon request. There's also a dedicated concierge to help arrange special meals, shore excursions, and the like. The atmosphere largely depends on the type of passengers on board, with the atmosphere ranging from (almost) quiet to boisterous and lively. Michael's Club is available 24 hours a day, but opening hours vary depending on the itinerary.
World Class Bar (Deck 6):Serving classic cocktails with a contemporary twist, this bar became more popular as our cruise progressed. It's a good bar to socialize with other passengers if you want a quiet place to talk.
Pool Bar (Deck 12):This bar serves wine, beer, and cocktails, as well as soft drinks in a poolside setting, weather permitting.
Pole Bar (Deck 14):Overlooking the pool deck, this bar serves the same drinks as the pool bar below. Smoking is allowed in this bar.
Sky Lounge (Deck 14):Whether the bar is open or closed, this living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic ocean views is the place to be. During the day, it's a peaceful place to curl up in a comfortable seat and read; after the bar opens it gets more lively especially after 10pm. when the dance floor draws a good crowd.
Bar with ocean view (Deck 14):This space at the stern of the ship also serves as the seating area for the Oceanview Café, meaning it can get busy during lunchtime. However, outside these hours there is no shortage of tables where you can enjoy a relaxing drink accompanied by the sea breeze and views of the sea.
Sunset Bar (Deck 15):With its privileged location at the stern, this bar is a favorite at night, when you can enjoy a few cocktails and an unbeatable view of the sunset over the sea. You will also fight for a place there during the boat trips.
Celebrity Solstice Outside Recreation
Two plunge pools and an interactive water feature made up of numerous dancing fountains make up the well-designed outdoor space of Deck 12 pool deck. Inviting but suitable for swimmers and sunbathers, though it can get crowded on days of sea. Above deck walkways provide shady spots below to relax. On sea days, you'll often find live music or a DJ spinning tunes here in the afternoon. Passenger water polo competitions against ship officials also occasionally liven up the atmosphere. However, this area is predominantly a place to relax, sunbathe and chat with other passengers.
The adults-only solarium on deck 12 houses within its wonderfully tranquil enclosure two Jacuzzis and a beautiful pool surrounded by a living wall of ferns and flowers, as well as a relaxing display of water and light. If you sit late in the main dining room, the early evening is a fantastic time for swimming. You probably have the place to yourself.
Most of the outdoor recreation can be found around The Lawn Club, located on deck 15. While still a public space, it also has six bedrooms available for an additional fee ($99 on port days, 249 in days at sea). Each bedroom sleeps six people and reservations are open from 9 am to 9 pm. and includes a variety of extras throughout the day, such as a large fruit plate, a cheese plate, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, Evian water and room service delivered to the bedroom on request. Book the same night as "A Taste of Film" and you can watch the movie in style.
Back on the same deck, near the Sunset Bar, on deck 15, you will find a bocce ball court and further on on the same deck, a basketball court. There is also a race track on Deck 14. Eight laps equals 1 mile.
Around the pool, you'll find the two-person poolside beds that are a signature of all Solstice-class ships, as well as reclining chairs spaced around the same area. These cannot be reserved, so you need to get one in advance. For extra sunbathing space, the forward sundeck on deck 16 is rarely crowded, even on sea days. You can also grab a towel and relax on the Lawn Club's grass, although it can look like you've got an audience if there are people in the corners.
Celebrity Solstice Services
The Guest Service and Shore Excursion desks are located on Deck 3, with Future Cruise Sales located one level above in the Entertainment Court. Most of the action takes place on decks 4 and 5, where you'll find the main dining room, several alternative bars and restaurants, theatre, casino, shops, art gallery, photo gallery, cafeteria and ice cream parlor.
Solstice's iLounge, where guests can access the Internet, take classes, and shop for new Apple products, is located on Deck 6. It functions as an internet cafe, but you can also log in to personal devices via Wi-Fi.
Internet packages are available: one hour of continuous browsing for $19.99; 24 hours for $49; two to three days for $69 pre-purchased or $79 onboard; four to six days for $145 pre-purchased or $159 onboard; seven to nine days for $224 pre-purchased or $249 onboard; 10-13 days for advance purchase of $269 or $299 on board; and 14+ days for $285 pre-purchased or $319 on board. While some computer classes are free, others charge a fee, so check the daily schedule or ask the iLounge staff if there is a charge before you attend.
There is a games room on deck 9, although it is quite small, and a library on deck 10 with a selection of novels, action thrillers, and other cruise favorites. Solstice does not offer a self-service laundry, but you can pay to have the ship's crew do your laundry for you.
Managed by famed spa destination Canyon Ranch, services at the SpaClub include a dizzying array of treatments, including a variety of massage offerings, from sports to New Age and everything in between. A standard 50 minute massage is $145, not including bells, whistles and hot stones. Other treatments include facials for all ages and skin types (starting at $140 for 50 minutes), exfoliation ($140), wraps ($160), and pedicures ($115). The spa also offers teeth whitening and acupuncture.
Teens ages 13-15 get their own "Bliss" menu with hair treatments like "New You" ($109), "Tone-Setting" spray tan ($99) and "Clean and Clear" facials ($109). . Spa prices do not include a mandatory 18% service charge.
The thermal area of the Persian Garden features an aromatic steam bath, a herbal sauna, a traditional Finnish sauna and various therapeutic showers. Heated tiled loungers in front of a wall of windows provide panoramic views and are a pleasant place to read or relax. There's also a relaxation room with cushioned loungers and complimentary snacks like lemon-infused water and herbal tea. Passengers in the Aqua Class cabin automatically receive access to the Persian Garden. Others can purchase a Persian Garden pass at the spa, starting at $25 per day.
Solstice's fitness center and spa occupy the forward section of deck 12. The fitness center features modern equipment including standard treadmills, stationary and elliptical bikes, as well as resistance equipment and a solid selection of free weights. Classes, which include yoga, Zumba, boot camp and spinning, are $12 each. Solstice's winding jogging track is on deck 14; eight laps equals 1 mile.
BLU - AquaClass® guests will enjoy this unique restaurant with clean, fresh flavors and inventive cuisine complemented by an extensive sustainable and biodynamic wine list.
Winery - Immerse yourself in the wine culture. Cellar Masters allows you to sample a bold collection of well-known and unknown wines from around the world.
Murano: Classic French dishes, with a contemporary twist, serve as inspiration for the Murano menu. Enjoy new cuisine with old world charm as we prepare some of our signature dishes at the table while you watch.
Tuscan Restaurant: Savor delicious cuisine inspired by the authentic restaurants of southern Italy. Meals here include Italian-inspired fare, with homemade pasta prepared with a rustic twist.
Café al Bacio – This Italian-inspired cafe located along the Grand Plaza is the perfect place to meet friends and relax over delicious coffees and specialty pastries.
Luminae: Luminae is sumptuously designed by Kelly Hoppen and features daily changing menus as well as selections from Chef Daniel Boulud not available at any other restaurant on board.
SEA VIEW CAFÉ: The decor and offerings of this cafe reflect those of an international market. An international café with a menu that takes diners on a journey around the world.
MAIN RESTAURANT - Spacious and contemporary main restaurant with an extensive curated menu of classic and modern regionally inspired options.
Dining takes center stage at Celebrity Solstice, with an impressive array of free and paid options. Of the 10 restaurants, six are open for breakfast, seven for lunch (although the main restaurant is only open at noon on sea days) and eight for dinner. From the tempting array of ever-changing dishes in the main dining room to the flavorful and hearty dishes in the AquaSpa Café to the silver service, flambés and sense of theater on the French-inspired Murano, dining on this ship is a delight. If you want to try the latter, reserve a table online or on the day of departure, as this exceptional dining experience is deservedly popular.
Grande Epernay (decks 3 and 4):The stately and airy Grand Epernay is the ship's main dining room, spanning two decks at the aft end of the ship. The room is bright and light toned, with extensive use of the ship's unique design element, glass. In fact, instead of a wine cellar, one end of the dining room is highlighted by a two-story glass tower, with tall stairs to reach the bottles on the higher levels.
Surprisingly for a ship carrying over 2800 passengers, this restaurant feels spacious and uncrowded. There is ample room to move between tables, and the openness of the room, combined with the wide carpet on the floor, results in a tolerable noise level, even when the restaurant is full. Breakfast, lunch (only on sea days) and dinner are served at the Grand Epernay, with a maximum wait of five minutes per table, even at peak times.
Dinner is served in two conventional sittings (typically 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM) with designated tables and tablemates. Lunch and breakfast are open places. The Celebrity Select flexible dining option is also available from 5:30 p.m. m. to 9:00 p.m. m. With Celebrity Select, passengers have the option to decide whether they want to dine with their own party or at a mixed table with others. They can also make specific dinner reservations for each day of the cruise online in advance, make reservations on board, or simply show up when they're ready to eat.
The service is prompt, attentive, helpful, and friendly, and the food is consistently good. The breakfast menu offers items similar to those available at the buffet-style Oceanview Café, such as eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, and pancakes, but the dining experience is more sophisticated thanks to the elegant setting. It's an especially nice option on days at sea, when there's time to relax over breakfast instead of rushing out on excursions.
Lunch consists of lighter cafe fare such as burgers and fish and chips, as well as hearty meals such as prime rib, with crowd-pleasing desserts such as New York cheesecake, decadent chocolate cake, or a selection of ice creams and sundaes.
The dinner menu is divided into two sections: "always available" favorites like Caesar salad, salmon, New York strip steak, and crème brûlée, which are available nightly, and a menu that changes every night. the days, where prime rib, lamb shanks, and seafood fettuccini sit down. comfortably alongside more adventurous dishes like frog legs. If you're not sure what to order, ask the waiters as their suggestions are often spot on.
Vegetarian and healthier options are identified on the menu, but if you have specific dietary requirements (vegan or gluten-free), please discuss them with the maitre d' before your first meal or ask specific questions about the menu items you select. Orders are handled with aplomb, according to several customers we spoke with who have requested special meals. With an enticing blend of French, Italian and "New American" styles, with contemporary ingredients and culinary styles, you're sure to find something on the menu to tempt you.
Lights (Deck 3):Only guests staying in suites can dine at Luminae, an intimate restaurant open for breakfast, lunch (sea days only), and dinner. The space is stylish and contemporary, with decor to match the "sunshine" theme on board. Floor-to-ceiling windows add an inviting glow to the restaurant's gold and chrome design touches, and two separate rooms create a refined atmosphere. Dining is several levels above the main dining room visually, with a focus on modern and elegant dishes, but not exactly the same as what's on offer at the ship's excellent specialty restaurants. The service is excellent and Luminae never seems busy, even when it's full.
Breakfast includes staples like omelettes and pancakes, plus a few surprises like huevos rancheros, a savory Mexican breakfast plate, and a creamy yogurt-granola parfait. Espresso-style coffee is complimentary, but not comparable to what is offered in the paid coffee lounge on deck 5. Lunch is served from noon to 1:30 p.m. m. on sea days and includes a selection of starters, sandwiches and main courses and a couple of desserts.
Dinner includes a daily changing menu plus the option to order from the main dining room menu. Meals begin with a complimentary amuse-bouche from the chef, followed by appetizers including roast pigeon, beef tartare and lobster hearts of palm salad. Main courses consist of pappardelle with venison ragout, ricotta cavatelli with duck bolognese, and Thai green vegetable curry. Portion sizes are sensible to leave room for desserts like mascarpone cheesecake with pistachio nougat and dark chocolate mousse.
While the food is delicious, it's the excellent service and sense of exclusivity that takes Luminae to new heights. With attentive staff and an inviting dining room that's a feast for both the eyes and the stomach, Luminae delivers on its promise of a "deliciously unique dining experience."
Luminae is open from 8 am to 9:30 am for breakfast, from noon to 1:30 pm. for lunch and from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner.
Blue (Deck 5):Passengers booked in AquaClass cabins can dine at Blu, a private restaurant serving lighter "spa-inspired" dishes that rely less on rich, sautéed sauces and more on natural reductions, ragù and herbs. Breakfast includes a variety of healthy starters, such as a low-fat yogurt parfait with blueberry compote or a bowl of crunchy muesli. Hot dishes range from pecan pancakes and French toast to smoked salmon and asparagus frittata.
Blu presents a dinner menu similar to the Grand Epernay, with three appetizer options, four soups and salads, a starter salad, four main courses and three classic grilled meat dishes. While some meals are similar to those served in the main dining room, the food tends to be more refined and the service more personal. Tables for two are close together and therefore more suitable for couples who enjoy socializing more than romantic gatherings. AquaClass passengers do not need to pay extra to dine here, and Suite passengers can reserve tables according to available space, free of charge. The restaurant is off-limits to all other passengers. Open for breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:30 am and dinner from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Oceanview Café (Deck 14):The Oceanview Café is a multi-station buffet for breakfast and lunch, and an alternative casual venue open for dinner. One of the most attractive buffet venues we've seen at sea, Oceanview's layout is excellent, with many serving and prep stations positioned like islands in the middle of the room rather than stretching along the walls. The result is a reliable and spacious operation that offers a wealth of options.
There are conventional options like British stations (sausages, English bacon, baked beans) and Asian stations (miso soup with mixes, tofu, rice, etc.), as well as vegetarian options, an epic salad bar, pasta dishes made on time. with carved meat stations completing the mix. Although the main area of the Oceanview Café closes for (very) brief periods throughout the day so that the staff can prepare the next meal service, it is unlikely that you will go hungry. Pizza, pasta, and ice cream are available from noon to 1 a.m. m., and breakfast is served until 11 a.m. m. Coffee, tea, and juices are available 24/7 from self-service dispensers.
The standard breakfast selections don't change (omelette station, Canadian and American bacon, turkey and pork sausage, potatoes, fruit, pastries, and breads), but there is more than enough variety to satisfy even the pickiest eater.
Lunch includes a variable "Chef's Choice" station (mainly a station for slicing ham, leg of lamb, beef, etc.), plus tacos, pasta, stir-fries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other specials that vary by meal. day. today. Sandwich options include hot (corned beef) or cold (turkey, chicken salad) with a choice of breads, condiments and garnishes such as French fries. Live cooking stations with custom pasta options with a choice of sauces (Bolognese, Marinara, Alfredo) and freshly made French fries with meat, seafood, spices and sliced vegetables are also available. The salad bar is available daily and offers a wide variety of options.
Drink service is prompt and the tables are generously spaced, which, combined with the floor-to-ceiling windows, gives a relaxed, open feel to this popular dining room.
The Oceanview Café is open from 6:30 am to 10 am for breakfast (10 am to 11 am for brunch), noon to 2:30 pm. for lunch, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for afternoon tea and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner.
Neck Rack (Deck 14):The Mast Grill, located on the same terrace as the Oceanview Café but facing the main pool, serves burgers, hot dogs, fries and more. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
AquaSpa Café (Deck 15):The AquaSpa Café, located in the Solarium, offers healthy and convenient options for breakfast, such as granola and fruit, and salads and made-to-order dishes, such as grilled salmon for lunch. The cafeteria also serves complimentary tea, coffee and juices. Open from 7:30 am to 9 am for breakfast and from noon to 2 pm. for lunch.
Room Service:Room service is available 24 hours a day, with a selection of sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and desserts. Room service is free unless you order one of the few paid premium options, like an artisan French cheese plate ($15). Full or continental breakfast is also offered. Suites and Concierge Class staterooms have a more extensive breakfast menu to choose from, with delicious premium options like fresh-squeezed juices and creamy smoothies included at no additional cost. Room service is free for all passengers, except when requested between 11:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 am, when there is a $4.95 room service charge. Suite guests are entitled to free 24-hour room service.
Whether you're craving a bowl of noodles or some fine cuisine, there's something to satisfy your palate at one of Celebrity Solstice's many specialty restaurants. Enjoying a meal at one of the half dozen paid restaurants is a real treat with innovative cuisine, well-spaced tables, and attentive service. It's worth putting a little more into your vacation budget for at least one special dining experience.
Deck 5 is the epicenter of special dining on Celebrity Solstice. The Ensemble Foyer, a bold, black, boxy room with an innovative audiovisual art installation, is the entrance to the Ensemble Lounge, an energetic and convivial watering hole ideal for pre-dinner drinks. In one of the best pieces of interior architecture we've seen on any ship, Ensemble forms a nexus from which four specialty restaurants (Blu, Murano, Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grille) spread out like the spokes of a wheel. Keep an eye out for discounts on boarding day, when specials tend to be quiet; otherwise, reservations are essential for most locations. Murano in particular tends to fill up very early during each cruise. Dinner is served from 6:00 p.m. at 10 pm at each location. Specialty restaurants are open for lunch occasionally on sea days, depending on the itinerary.
Murano (deck 5); $50:Food at Murano is rich and decadent, with traditional French dishes like foie gras, creamy bisques, and a cheese board alongside contemporary interpretations of classic foods. The main course is a six-course tasting menu, with a starter, soup and salad, a fish dish, sorbet, a meat dish and dessert; all dishes, except ice cream, are also available on the à la carte menu. There are two options for each dish on the tasting menu and the option of a paired wine with each dish. The wine pairing increases the charge to $89 instead of the standard $50, however the pours are generous. Impeccable service and dishes like lobster tail flambéed with basil brandy, smoked bacon and Dijon cream add a touch of theater to this exceptional dining experience.
Silk Harvest (Deck 5); $35:Silk Harvest is pan-Asian, with a menu offering a mix of related but not necessarily complementary dishes. Savor Japanese favorites such as sushi, beef and chicken sate, chicken green curry or Chinese-style roast duck, all served family-style in the center of the table. While some guests may find it hard to justify the $35 entree charge for fairly standard Asian cuisine, Silk Harvest offers a nice change of scenery for those on longer cruises.
Tuscan grill (deck 5); $45:A prime location at the stern ensures this elegant and charming rustic restaurant is a popular choice, especially when the ship is at sea or docked in picturesque South Pacific ports. Steaks are the star at Tuscan Grill, though pasta lovers have plenty of options too, including ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti bolognese, and lobster linguine Alfredo. It is better to have an early dinner so that you can enjoy the view before the sun goes down.
Café al Bacio (Deck 5); to the letter:Coffee lovers can get their caffeine fix at Café al Bacio & Gelateria, which also offers Italian ice cream and sorbets at an adjacent stand, all at a la carte prices. The cakes and other treats in the refrigerated cabinet change throughout the day and are free. With comfortable seating, stylish decor, and some of the best coffee at sea, diners should be prepared to cling to empty seats at this popular cafe, especially at peak hours. Open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sushi No. 5 (Deck 5); to the letter:Passengers can choose from a variety of breads, sashimi and other entrées, all priced per item, at this cheerful Japanese cafe-style spot. Options include an edamame finger bowl ($4), lobster ramen ($12), spicy tuna roll ($10), and ginger chicken gyoza ($7). Open from noon to 2:30 pm. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Ocean View Guarantee
Solstice juxtaposes bright colors, windows, and skylights above with warm browns, tans, golds, and reds in the carpeting, furniture, and wood trim below to bring warmth to what might otherwise have been a stark decor. This stylistic mark is most evident in the ship's cabins. Bathrooms are large by cruise ship standards and feature a glass door instead of a shower curtain, along with bath products including individual tubes of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, which are replaced daily. Other amenities are typical: robes, safes, and minibars. Standard staterooms have plenty of storage space when you add cubbies, drawers, closets, and space under the beds. Flat-screen TVs are interactive: order room service, check your bill on board, or book a tour with the remote control.
The centerpiece of each room is the large flat screen LCD television interconnected with a mini Mac computer, through which passengers can make reservations, services and excursions; examine your accounts; consult menus; and watch entertainment on demand. The channel's programming includes everything from cartoons to TV classics and movies; travel, sports and news cable channels; ship information channels; and music channels. For those who have left their laptops at home and still want to access the Internet in their room, they can do so using their stateroom's full keyboard and remote combination.
Interior:Standard Inside Staterooms are a comfortable 174 square feet. They have two beds that can be made into a queen. You will also find a sofa bed, wardrobe, desk with chair and wardrobe.
Ocean view:The outside cabins have the same furnishings as the inside cabins and have a large panoramic window. They are slightly larger than the Inside Staterooms at 175 square feet.
Balcony:Of the 1,279 ocean view staterooms (including suites), 1,205 have balconies, representing 85% of the total inventory. At 194 square feet, these staterooms are similar in size to the interiors, but feature a 54-square-foot balcony with a table and two chairs. A partition in the porch can be opened to create a larger shared space for those traveling with family or friends in adjacent staterooms.
Guests who book one of Solstice's 277 Concierge Class rooms will receive balcony staterooms, with a few incentives, including more premium locations on the ship (above and towards the stern), fresh fruit, flowers, sparkling wine (as a gift of welcome), evening hors d'oeuvres, an expanded room service menu, restaurant seating preferences, and priority check-in and deplaning. Other benefits include an exclusive reception with lunch on board in the main dining room, dedicated concierge desk, pre-departure lounge with complimentary coffee and juices, and room upgrades such as oversized Egyptian cotton bath towels, shower Hansgrohe whirlpool tubs and Frette bathrobes. Shoeshine service is free, as is the use of a golf umbrella and binoculars.
AquaClass:These 130 staterooms are essentially standard Balcony Staterooms with prime locations and extra spa-related benefits, including access to Blu, the ship's "spa kitchen" restaurant. In the cabin, you'll have an aromatherapy diffuser, subtly scenting the entire room, and a Hansgrohe Super five-head shower panel in the bathroom, making bathing on a cruise ship a surprising pleasure. You'll also receive daily teas, bottled water on the day of departure, a personal concierge to arrange spa treatments, and free access to the Persian Garden and relaxation room.
Suite:All suites include personal butlers; breakfast, lunch and dinner service; afternoon tea; daily evening snacks; and espresso and cappuccino coffee, all with private bathrooms, plus a host of other perks, including use of the suite's exclusive restaurant, Luminae. Celebrity Suite guests also enjoy exclusive use of Michael's Club, a club-style bar and lounge that includes benefits such as complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, personal concierge, and daily breakfast.
The 44 Sky Suites make up the majority of the suite inventory at Celebrity Solstice. They measure 300 square feet with 79 square foot balconies accessed through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and have two queen-size convertible beds and bathrooms with shower/tub combinations and sinks. The living room has a queen sleeper sofa, dresser, and 40-inch LCD TV. Significantly larger are the two Penthouse Suites, measuring 1,291 square feet with 389-square-foot balconies. These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, separate living/dining area, baby grand piano, full wet bar, queen sleeper sofa, two 52-inch LCD TVs (one in living room with sound surround) and a master tub with jetted tub, double shower stall, double sinks, and 26-inch LCD TV. The balcony has a second hot tub and sitting area.
Other suite offerings include 12 Celebrity Suites (394 square feet, 105 square foot balcony) and eight Royal Suites (590 square feet, 158 square foot balcony). Each Celebrity Suite has walk-in closets and separate living and sleeping areas, with flat-screen TVs in the bedroom and living areas. Royal Suites also offer separate living and sleeping areas, and have separate bathtubs and showers in the bathrooms, full wet bars, and glass-topped dining tables. Each Royal Suite has a hot tub on the balcony.
Penthouse Suite and Royal Suite guests receive unlimited dining at all specialty restaurants, a free Premium Beverage Package for all, free unlimited Internet access, and a cabin configuration with one bottle of vodka and one bottle of whiskey or gin with mixers, a selection of spirits and wine.
Family:Families can enjoy 121 connecting staterooms and four family staterooms with ocean views and balconies. These rooms measure a generous 575 square feet with a master bedroom and a second bedroom (with a single bed) and living room with a sofa (converts to a pull-out bed).
Accessible:Solstice has 30 state-of-the-art wheelchair accessible staterooms, spanning a wide range of categories from Inside to Sky Suite. Eighty percent (24) are exterior and 20 of the 30 accessible staterooms have accessible balconies. All accessible staterooms have additional square footage over their non-accessible counterparts and feature 32-inch-wide power doors with seat-level key card slots. The most affordable cabs feature a 5-foot turning radius. The bathrooms have showers for people with reduced mobility, ramped thresholds and recessed lighting. The suites have the services of a butler, who, among other tasks, will help with handling heavy luggage, as well as packing and unpacking. The facilities are also available for passengers with visual or hearing impairments. A service animal care box is available upon request.
*Prices are correct at time of publication and may be subject to change