Celebrity Solstice

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Celebrity Solstice
Career
Name: Celebrity Solstice
Owner: 2008–2008: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
2008–2012: Celebrity Solstice Inc.[1]
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Port of registry: 2008: Nassau,  Bahamas
2008-present: Valletta,  Malta
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: $750 million (USD)
Laid down: 17 March 2007[2]
Launched: 10 August 2008[3]
Christened: 14 November 2008 by Sharon L. Smith[4]
Completed: October 2008[5]
Maiden voyage: 23 November 2008
In service: November 2008-present
Identification: Call sign: 9HRJ9
IMO number: 9362530
MMSI number: 249409000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Solstice-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 121,878 GT[1]
82,363 NT[1]
9,500 DWT[1]
Length: 1,033 ft (314.86 m)
Beam: 121 ft (36.88 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.23 m)
Decks: 19
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 16V46
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two ABB Azipod propulsion units (2 × 20.5 MW)
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 2,850 passengers
Crew: 1,500

Celebrity Solstice is a Solstice-class cruise ship owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises. At the time she was launched, she held the record for the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany;[6] however, her record was surpassed when the Disney Dream was launched in 2010.

Celebrity Solstice in Melbourne

Celebrity Solstice is the first ship in the Solstice class, her sister ships being Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection. Equinox and Eclipse entered service in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Silhouette was launched in 2011, and Reflection in 2012.[7]

Service history[edit]

Celebrity Solstice left the Meyer Werft on 28 September 2008, and arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on 3 November 2008. Subsequently she embarked on a series of short preview cruises for travel agents and dignitaries.[6] On 14 November she was officially named by the ocean scientist Sharon L. Smith in a ceremony at Port Everglades.[4] Celebrity Solstice began commercial service on 23 November 2008.[8]

Exterior design[edit]

Externally, Celebrity Solstice looks very different from previous Celebrity Cruises ships. In original exterior renderings, the hull was shown as all-white with powder blue funnels and blue glass upper decks.[9] In a more recent update, the light blue color had been changed to Celebrity's normal dark blue color and the hull was shown having a resemblance to the current fleet's livery, with the promenade deck painted dark blue. Similarly, the large dark blue funnel with a white X that had been the trademark of Celebrity thus far has been replaced by two thin funnels, and it was planned to have the X logo of the company visible in the glass balcony railings on the ship's "hump" (The area of superstructure which extends outward farther than the rest of the balconies). Throughout her fitting out, sea trials, and launch, it was noted that the glass X, unless seen from certain angles, was not visible. Shortly after, the X was refinished to be darker, but still can be hard to see. An afterthought during the sea trials saw the addition of a white X onto the forward funnel, thus bringing Solstice more closely related to her fleetmates.

Amenities[edit]

Celebrity Solstice and her sisters offer a wide variety of stateroom categories, including Celebrity Cruises' signature ConciergeClass and the new AquaClass.[10]

Other onboard amenities include a large theater with a 1,400+ seating capacity, multiple restaurant dining options, The Patio on the Lawn, numerous bars and clubs, Solstice Deck, youth facilities, Online@Celebrity, and many other common and unique features. Some unique features include glass-blowing classes/demonstrations as well as The Lawn Club, a live grass lawn between the ship's funnels on the upper deck.[11] On May 30th, 2010 the Celebrity Solstice launched the iLounge.[12]

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