|Owner:||2008–2008: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
2008–2012: Celebrity Solstice Inc.
|Port of registry:||2008: Nassau, Bahamas
2008-present: Valletta, Malta
|Builder:||Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany|
|Laid down:||17 March 2007|
|Launched:||10 August 2008|
|Christened:||14 November 2008 by Sharon L. Smith|
|Maiden voyage:||23 November 2008|
|In service:||November 2008-present|
|Identification:||Call sign: 9HRJ9
IMO number: 9362530
MMSI number: 249409000
|Class and type:||Solstice-class cruise ship|
|Length:||1,033 ft (314.86 m)|
|Beam:||121 ft (36.88 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft (8.23 m)|
|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)|
Celebrity Solstice is the lead 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.
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. On 14 November she was officially named by the ocean scientist Sharon L. Smith in a ceremony at Port Everglades. Celebrity Solstice began commercial service on 23 November 2008.
Externally, Celebrity Solstice looks very different from previous Celebrity Cruises ships. Martin Francis of Francis Design was hired to design her exterior profile. In original exterior renderings, the hull was shown as all-white with powder blue funnels and blue glass upper decks. 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 Similarly, the large dark blue funnel with a white X that had been the trademark of Celebrity thus far has been replaced by two thin funnels, and it was planned to have the X logo of the company visible in the glass balcony railings on the ship's "hump" (The area of superstructure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.
Celebrity Solstice and her sisters offer a wide variety of stateroom categories, including Celebrity Cruises' signature ConciergeClass and the new AquaClass.
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. On May 30, 2010 the Celebrity Solstice launched the iLounge.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Celebrity Solstice (ship, 2008).|
- Official website
- Cruise Critic review
- Celebrity Solstice ship location in Google Maps
- "There she grows ..." – review in The Sydney Morning Herald of a cruise on the Celebrity Solstice
- "Celebrity cruise ships: Century v Solstice" – comparative review in traveller.com.au (Fairfax Media) of Celebrity Century and Celebrity Solstice