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Old December 11th, 2007, 01:14 PM
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Please don't make me walk the plank for this, but there is a long article on features of Solstice on the home page of another unmentionable cruise site.
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It's a press release from Celebrity
Here's the link
http://www.celebritycruises.com/abou...equence_code=A
I've posted it below as well.

I Love The Nightlife: Celebrity Solstice To Present The Coolest New Places To See And Be Seen Along With Longtime Favorites


Miami - (November 26, 2007 ) - Celebrity Cruises will present a stellar line-up of nightclubs and lounges on the line's new Celebrity Solstice, scheduled to launch in December, 2008. From an intimate, enriching wine cellar to a vibrant club that transforms with each night’s dance theme, the 2,850-guest ship will offer guests some of the most stylish and varied public spaces at sea.

"Our Solstice-class fleet will present several entirely new venues, along with creative twists on some of our guests’ longtime favorites," said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We think our guests will find the design and style in every space not only inviting, but also absolutely stunning."

Indulge in New Hot Spots' on Celebrity Solstice

Cellar Masters
The sophisticated Cellar Masters wine bar will deliver exceptional wines by the glass and bottle, and the superb sommelier service that is a Celebrity Cruises standard. An ideal locale for enrichment opportunities, Cellar Masters also will present the renowned Riedel comparative wine-tasting program introduced across the Celebrity fleet this year. With a design inspired by the deep tones of a winery during a summer sunset, Cellar Masters’ interior will deliver an experience that is a perfect balance between the senses and the wine.

Ensemble Lounge
The ideal setting for a pre-dinner cocktail en route to an extraordinary specialty dining experience, the Ensemble Lounge’s design pairs classical architectural elements with contemporary treatments. With whimsical patterns suggesting the ebb and flow of varied music rhythms, the space’s aubergine accents and stylish, contemporary furniture will reflect a period when jazz greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie reigned supreme.

Passport Bar
Located at the ground level of the sweeping Grand Foyer, the Passport Bar has been designed to make a memorable first impression. Inspired by the contemporary, understated elegance of ocean-going yachts, the Passport Bar will feature a color palette reflective of the Mediterranean, with warm tones of walnut and zebra wood complementing the nautical look.

Quasar
Guests who love the mod, futuristic designs of the '60s and '70s will find Quasar particularly captivating. Cocoon-shaped acrylic chairs suspended from the ceiling will enhance the drama of the space, as will leather banquettes featuring details developed from vintage cars of the "flower power" era. State-of-the-art lighting and four large LED screens will be programmed to create a nightly light show synchronized with the music’s pulsing beat, making Quasar the happening place where the party can begin or end.

Sky Observation Lounge
The new signature lounge atop Celebrity Solstice will invite guests to participate in multiple styles of dance, with the entire lounge transforming to create an atmosphere reflective of each nightly theme. From wild red for tango nights to midnight blue for ballroom dance, guests will have the opportunity to participate in lessons during the day, in preparation for dancing the night away. Sweeping curves, cloud-like forms and an infinity dome over the dance floor will create a feeling of being suspended in the clouds by night, while during the day, Sky's light-colored palette will provide the perfect backdrop for the venue's spectacular, panoramic views of the sea.

New Twists on Celebrity Favorites

The Martini Bar & Crush
Inspired by water, ice, and snow, The Martini Bar & Crush aboard Celebrity Solstice will give a nod to Celebrity Century's popular Martini Bar, with its own hip twist. This enclave will feature an alluring frosted bar-the perfect chilled surface for enjoying over 100 varieties of vodkas from around the world-and multiple martini mixes, from the classics to the latest creations. New on Celebrity Solstice will be Crush, a small alcove featuring an ice-filled table where guests can participate in caviar and vodka tastings, or even host a private event.

Fortunes Casino
The glamour of Monte Carlo comes to Celebrity Solstice in Fortunes Casino. With its comfortable elegance, European ambience and easy flow, Fortunes will challenge guests to win their favorite games of chance, while those who prefer to observe the action will enjoy comfortable viewing areas. The largest casino in the Celebrity fleet, guests will have the opportunity to take a seat at 16 gaming tables or 200 of the hottest gaming machines.

Michael's Club
A signature space across the Celebrity fleet, Michael's Club on Celebrity Solstice will invite privacy and intimacy, with its classic, English leather club chairs, dramatic black glass chandelier, and a grand Michelangelo marble fireplace paired with contemporary artwork and accessories. The rich, comfortable furnishings will create a warm atmosphere conducive to conversation, amidst a backdrop of soothing piano and jazz music, as well as single malt scotch and cognac tastings.

Celebrity has assembled a team of some of the best designers and architects in the business to lend their lauded talents to the creation of Celebrity Solstice. Those involved in designing the ship’s distinctive lounges and nightclubs are 5+Design, BG Studio International, Inc., RTKL, and Celebrity’s own Newbuilding & Design team.

Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice will be the line's first in a class of four 2,850-passenger vessels with an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, who constructed the line’s Century-class fleet-Celebrity Century, Celebrity Mercury, and Celebrity Galaxy–is building the 122,000-ton ship.

Following several weeks of inaugural activities, Celebrity Solstice will make its maiden voyage December 14, 2008, on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. The itinerary will be offered on Sundays through April 5, 2009, with an alternating itinerary calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, B.V.I; and Labadee, Haiti, through April 12, 2009. Fares for veranda staterooms begin at $1,099 per persona, based on double occupancy.

Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and South America, and will begin sailing in Australia and New Zealand in November. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour affiliate. Noted for "The World's Best Large Ships," as voted by the readers of Conde' Nast Traveler (February 2007 Cruise Poll), Celebrity's current fleet will be joined by Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, and a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit Celebrity Cruises website And for a virtual preview of several of the venues on Celebrity Solstice, visit Celebrity Solstice Preview .
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BTW... what I didn't see mentioned in the press release, which might interest some...
there are going to 3-5 alternate restaurants on the Solstice. Not just the one like on the Millie Class ships.
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The ship better have a lot to offer given those tired old inaugural itineraries.

I like Celebrity, but not 2800 pax worth. I know the ship is too big for the Panama Canal. Is it also too big for the Straits of Gibralter? Well, maybe not.

But it's too big for me.
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Kuki, thanks for posting that! If the cogs in my brain worked right, I should have done it myself.

Also, I believe that Mike has heard that Solstice is going to be part of the Azmara fleet. That would be interesting.
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I thought the whole point in launching the Azmara brand was to compete with the likes of Oceania.

Hardly seems like the Solstice fits in with that idea.
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I am disapointed to hear it will take 2850 PAX-I thought Celebrity was above adding the "monster ships" the other lines have.


We were considering booking a Millie cruise in the next couple of months but my hubby said we should wait and do the Solstice next year since it would be brand new.


but I enjoyed the Connie so much and the fact that it was not too many people. Maybe we should go for the Millie.
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Hey let's give it a chance, first wait till she sails then go on her, afterward critisize if you must. Personally I am looking forward to experience my cruise on her.

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Hey let's give it a chance, first wait till she sails then go on her, afterward critisize if you must. Personally I am looking forward to experience my cruise on her.

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Well Manuel, I couldn't wait to go on a voyager class ships some years ago-we finailly booked and sialed on the Mariner of the Seas about 2 and half years ago.

It was too many people, the flow of the ship was terrible,as far as crowd control- and I hated it- plus,all the little extras, like the rock climbing wall and inline skating was closed sea days-which made the pools way too small for over 3000 PAX. I said then and there I would never go on another voyager class or the new freedom class.

I enjoyed my two Celebrity cruises I took since then on the Zenith and then the Constellation. I thought the Zenith a great little ship and was disapointed they got rid of her-but still the Connie was still a good size but not TOO big.
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Momofmeg we have done 7 Celebrity cruises and they were all great, but I like to try something different once in a while. Now the solstice is not so big compared to other megaships, and it will be a different design. I booked it for april 09 and i will judge it myslef

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Momofmeg we have done 7 Celebrity cruises and they were all great, but I like to try something different once in a while. Now the solstice is not so big compared to other megaships, and it will be a different design. I booked it for april 09 and i will judge it myslef

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Okay, I agree! but you know -now that I know this-I think I would prefer a 10 day connie cruise instead.

but if I read posts from others who disliked the voyager class ships because of all thepeople and they say the Solstice was not like that-then I will b ewilling to try it.

I would be interested to read what you thought of your cruise. Who knows you may talk me into booking the solstice in 2010.

What Celebrity ships have you been on?
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The ship better have a lot to offer given those tired old inaugural itineraries.

I like Celebrity, but not 2800 pax worth. I know the ship is too big for the Panama Canal. Is it also too big for the Straits of Gibralter? Well, maybe not.
No. The Strait of Gibraltar is an "International Strait" under maritime law precisely because it is over six nautical miles (but less than twenty-four nautical miles) wide, and it is also plenty deep. Ships that are much larger -- supertankers displacing over 500,000 tons -- transit the Strait of Gibraltar quite frequently.

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But it's too big for me.
What can I say? That's your issue -- not mine. Nonetheless, I expect that MV (?) Celebrity Solstice will head to the Mediterranean in the spring of 2009, possibly with an itinerary or two that might entice you to give her a try!

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It was a joke, Norm! Sheesh. I was just through the Strait for the third time last month, not counting a roundtrip ferry ride from Tangier to Spain many years ago, which is more or less across the Strait, or a little East of it, I guess. In any event, I know that anything can navigate it easily.

Any cruise is a good cruise so I never say never, but our view right now is that it would have to be an extraordinary situation for us to book on anything that big. Our preferences are headed in the other direction. We love what O has done with the R ships, and hope Azmara eventually gets its act together well enough to encourage us to give it a try as well. If we ever do Tahiti we'll probably take Princess' version.
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