Enhanced image of a current Solstice Class ship to represent the newbuilding CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE. Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.

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Celebrating SOLSTICE Sea Trek

Stellar ECLIPSE Sea Trek

Celebrity Cruises announced a number of refinements and new features for its fourth and fifth Solstice Class ships, the CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE (due in 2011) and CELEBRITY REFLECTION (due in 2012) today. In lieu of the non-revenue generating Corning Museum of Glass-sponsored Hot Glass Show, both ships will be fitted with “The Lawn Club Grill,” the industry’s first outdoor, interactive grill venue, adjacent to the real grass expanse of the innovative Lawn Club surrounding the funnel uptakes.  At night, for a surcharge, guests can order select meats to be grilled or join chefs in the actual cooking process.  Both ships will get a new 48 seat Lawn Club adjacent complimentary breakfast and lunch venue called the Porch, featuring panini, pastries and salads.  Also adjacent to the Lawn Club, there will be an Art Studio where courses in art and cooking will be offered and eight cabanas called The Alcoves (accommodating two to four guests each) will be installed. Team Earth, the atrium adjacent space underneath the card room dedicated to raising environmental awareness, will be replaced with the Hideaway, a 30 person retreat with wi-fi access, coffees and teas.  Down on Deck 5, Michael’s Club will be restyled with new decor and a new bar list as well as snacks.

The CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE will get 17 additional cabins while the CELEBRITY REFLECTION will gain 89 cabins, housed in an extra deck, increasing her capacity to 3,030 passengers. New 251 square foot Aqua Class suites will be added, providing all the current amenities in the category plus butler service.  The pool area will be expanded and capacities of all restaurants and the show room will be increased to accommodate the additional guests.  The CELEBRITY REFLECTION will also be approximately three feet wider than her sisters.

Currently, there are three exceptional 122,000 gt, 2,850 passenger Solstice Class ships in service: the 2008-built CELEBRITY SOLSTICE, the 2009-built CELEBRITY EQUINOX and the 2010-built CELEBRITY ECLIPSE.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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