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CELEBRITY
SOLSTICE
PHOTO TOUR
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COMMENTARY
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Overview............................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, Sports...............................................
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Shops, Children, Other Areas.............................Page Three

Entertainment.......................................................Page Four

Bars and Lounges.................................................Page Five

Dining..................................................................Page Six

Accommodations.................................................Page Seven

Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Decks
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OVERVIEW
Celebrity Solstice is the lead ship in what is slated to be a
class of five ships.  She is a remarkable prototype.
With regard to naval architecture, Solstice marries
elements of modern cruise ship design with ocean liner
design.  At the waterline, her bow is narrow and sleek
making her more hydrodynamic than a cruise ship.  As a
result, Solstice can cut through the waves at more than
25 knots.   However, as one moves higher, the hull flares
outward enabling her to have the revenue producing
space of a cruise ship.  While the hull design may be
traced to the Radiance class ships that were built earlier
at the same shipyard for sister company Royal Caribbean
International, Solstice is a much bigger ship.  She also
differs in having a diesel electric powerplant as opposed
to the gas turbines on the Radiance class.         
Inside, Solstice is visually striking.  In style, the ship is
contemporary with some spaces done with modernistic
minimalism while others echo the rich luxury of the past.  
Everywhere, there has been attention to the lighting and
how that affects a room’s appearance and ambiance.  Six
architectural and design firms in addition to Celebrity’s in-
house design team contributed to the
project.                     
Celebrity states that its objective is to provide
“comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences
with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and
extraordinary attention to detail.”   Solstice Cruise
Director Dru Pavlov adds: “I feel that we do a pretty
good job of walking what can be a precarious line
between class, style and elegance, and having a premium
experience without being stuffy.”
At 122,000 gross tons, Solstice is much larger than
Celebrity’s existing ships, holding about one and a half
times as many passengers as Celebrity’s Millennium class
ships.  However, as Simon Weir, Hotel Director on
Solstice notes, “this ship doesn’t really show its size.”  
Indeed, the public areas are laid out in such a way to give
the ship the spacious feel of an upscale, contemporary,
Manhattan hotel.
The larger size of the Solstice class ships and the fact
that they are all scheduled to be in service by 2012 poses
opportunities and challenges for Celebrity.  The
opportunities lie in the facts that the line will be able to
serve more customers and that with larger ships it has
more space to serve those customers.  The challenge lies
in the fact that it must evolve in order to attract more
customers.
“Looking at it as an opportunity, being our first new build
since Constellation in 2002, why would we do things just
the way that we have always done them?” asks Pavlov.  
“As a company, and particularly with the Solstice class,
the idea is to get away from some of the things that we
have been doing the same way for a long time.  As we
get more and more frequent cruisers, [we want to] offer
things that they have not seen before.  But, it is a bit of a
balancing act because you don’t want to abandon what
people have come to love about you and what you do.”
New innovations are particularly apparent in the areas of
dining and entertainment.  Solstice features an array of
specialty restaurants in addition to a traditional main
dining room.  These vary in cuisine and style creating a
variety of options for the guests.  Solstice also features
new entertainment venues that enable creative onboard
programming.
“We are reaching the point where the ship is becoming
the destination.  Sure, we go to a few places along the
way and guests may or may not go ashore but they come
to the cruise for the ship.  On a seven night itinerary,
there will be three days at sea so fully half the time.  We
are at sea and people want that.”
During the winter months when Solstice is sailing the
Caribbean, most passengers are Americans.  However,
especially during the winter holidays, there can be a very
sizeable minority of international travelers.    “It changes
the moment you cross over to Europe or South America
or Alaska.  Then, [Celebrity] becomes very much an
international brand,” explains Weir.
With the expansion of the cruise industry, Celebrity very
much welcomes international guests.  “We cannot focus
on one type of guest. We have to be more appealing to
our international guests and we really have made that
breakthrough at Celebrity.  We remain an English
speaking experience but we cater very well to our
Europeans.”
As noted above, during the winter months, Solstice sails
the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale.  In April, she will
transit the Atlantic and then sail the Mediterranean out of
Rome (Civitavecchia) until November 2009.


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Solstice's lobby by day and by night.
Above: Captain Panagiotis Skylogiannis

Below: Hotel Director Simon Weir
Cruise Director Dru Pavlov
Solstice's $6 million art collection is
varied and unobstrusive as is
appropriate for a ship where the
visual effect is so heavily dependent
on the interior design .   
Above left: The Guest Relations Desk.

Below left:  The Shore Excursions Desk.
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