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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2008 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: N/A room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned (2 seatings)
Guest Occupancy: 2,850 Assigned Dining Hours: 6:15 pm or 8:30 pm
Crew: 999 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 122,000 tons Bars/Lounges: Yes
Length: 1,033 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 121 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 24 knots Swimming Pools: Yes
Decks: N/A Hot Tubs: Yes
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

Celebrity Solstice is the newest ship in the Celebrity cruise fleet. She's also the largest (at 122,000 tons) and most feature-packed ship to ever be in the Celebrity family. Among her unique features are a new-to-the-industry half-acre Lawn Club (with real grass), a glassblowing show and studio, and AquaClass staterooms.

Solstice, which launched in November of 2008, was the first of three planned Solstice Class ships. Sister ships are planned to be released by Celebrity Cruises in 2009 (Celebrity Equinox) and 2010 (Celebrity Eclipse).

Destinations & Itineraries
Celebrity Solstice will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Australia & New Zealand, Cruise to Nowhere
2013: Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico

Celebrity Solstice features the widest range of stateroom categories ever available on a Celebrity cruise ship. From standard interior staterooms, to their new AquaClass accommodations, there's something to fit everyone's desires onboard the Solstice. About 90% of the staterooms onboard Solstice have an ocean view, of which about 85% have a private veranda. Standard features in all of Solstice's staterooms include two lower beds that can convert to a queen size (except as noted), European-style bedding, 32" LCD TVs, wireless internet access, telephone, air conditioning, safe, hair dryer, 100& Egyptian cotton towels, complimentary use of bath robes, a private bar (from which you are charged for items you consume) and free 24-hour room service.

Interior Staterooms: The interior staterooms onboard Celebrity Solstice range in size from 183 to 200 square feet. Each room features a sitting area with sofa, a 32" LCD TV and a vanity. Some interior staterooms may have a trundle bed, and some are wheelchair accessible.

Ocean View Staterooms: The ocean view staterooms onboard Solstice are all 176 square feet in size. These staterooms feature a sitting area with sofa, a 32" LCD TV and a vanity. Some of these staterooms have a trundle bed.

Veranda (Balcony) Staterooms: The most basic staterooms onboard Celebrity Solstice that have a veranda are the category 2C staterooms. These rooms (in addition to category 2B, 2A, 1B and 1A) are classified as a Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Veranda. These rooms are 192 square feet, and have a 53 square foot veranda.

A more premium type of veranda stateroom onboard Celebrity Solstice is a Sunset Veranda stateroom (known as a category SV). These rooms are the same size as the standard veranda staterooms, but feature premium locations where viewing a sunset is possible (such as the rear of the ship).

A Family Ocean View with Veranda is 575 square feet, and has a 53 to 105 square foot veranda (depending on the room). These rooms feature a Master bedroom with two beds that covert to queen-size, as well as a second bedroom with one twin bed. There is also a privacy partition in this room.

There are two types of Celebrity Concierge Class staterooms onboard Celebrity Solstice, categories C1 and C2. These accommodations are 194 square feet, and feature a 54 square foot balcony. Guests staying in Concierge Class staterooms benefit from the following special amenities: welcome champagne, daily fruit selection, fresh-cut flowers, daily hors d'oeuvres, a pillow menu, duvets and pillow top mattresses, a leather key holder, personalized stationary, tote bag, Frette bathrobes, a special showerhead, VIP invitations to various events, early embarkation and debarkation, dining and seating preference, preference on shore excursions, express luggage delivery and shoeshine service.

New to the Celebrity fleet onboard Solstice are its AquaClass staterooms. These are veranda staterooms (the same size as the standard veranda staterooms) that have a premium ship location (on deck 11) nearby the AquaSpa. All of the AquaClass rooms are double occupancy, meaning that you cannot have over two people booked in the room. Special benefits included in an AquaClass room include complimentary use of the AquaSpa relaxation room and the Persian Gardens, exclusive access to Blu (the specialty restaurant dedicated to those staying in AquaClass accommodations), a shower panel in each bathroom and use of plush AquaClass robes and slippers.

Suites: All of the suites onboard Celebrity Solstice benefit from the following special amenities: assistance with unpacking/packing, daily news delivery, full breakfast, in-suite lunch & dinner service, in-suite afternoon tea service, evening hors d'oeuvres daily, complimentary espresso & cappuccino, shoeshine service, delivery of requested board games, European-style butler service, priority check-in and departing, priority luggage delivery at boarding, welcome champagne, dining room seating preference, personalized stationary, Celebrity tote bag, 100% cotton oversized bath towels, Frette bathrobes, fresh cut flowers, private portrait sitting, and the opportunity to book an in-suite massage.

The most basic suites onboard Celebrity Solstice are the category SS staterooms, known as Sky Suites. These staterooms are 300 square feet, and have a 77 square foot veranda. These rooms feature a living room with queen sofa sleeper, a mini-refrigerator, a 40" LCD TV, a vanity and a bath with shower/tub combination and washbasin.

A Celebrity Suite, at 394 square feet with a 105 square foot veranda, feature a living room with sectional queen sofa sleeper, lounge seating, mini-refrigerator, surround sound entertainment system with 52" LCD TV, vanity, and a bedroom with a 40" LCD TV, a walk-in closet and a dual access bath with shower/tub combination and washbasin.

The second-most premium accommodation onboard Celebrity Solstice is a (category RS) Royal Suite. Such accommodations are 590 square feet, and feature a 153 square foot veranda that has a whirlpool on it. These suites feature a separate living room with dining area, a queen sofa sleeper, lounge seating, a wet bar, a surround sound entertainment system with a 52" LCD TV, a powder room, and a bedroom that has a queen size bed, a 40" LCD TV, a vanity, a walk-in closet, a master bath with whirlpool tub and a separate shower stall.

The most premium accommodation onboard Celebrity Solstice is a Penthouse Suite. There are two of them onboard Solstice and they are a whopping 1,291 square feet each, each featuring a 385 square foot veranda that has a whirlpool on it. These suites have a separate living room with a dining area, a baby grand piano, a queen sleeper, a full bar, lounge seating, a surround sound entertainment system with a 52" LCD TV, a full guest bath, and have a Master bedroom with king-size bed, 52" LCD TV, vanity, walk-in closet, marble master bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower with dual shower heads, double washbasins and 26" LCD TV.

Celebrity Solstice features many exciting dining venues. Among them are The Grand Epernay, Solstice's large main dining room. This two-level area has a two-story glass wine tower and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A wonderful champagne collection is available, besides the great World & Continental cuisine that is served. The main dining room has two seating times for dinner. The main seating time starts at 6:15 pm, while the second seating starts at 8:30 pm.

The Tuscan Grille, one of Solstice's optional specialty dining venues, features a Napa Valley wine cellar and dining options including Caesar salads (prepared tableside), an antipasta bar, Kobe beef and a variety of steaks.

Silk Harvest is a contemporary, casual specialty restaurant with an exotic Asia theme. The menu features a variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Indian cuisine. This restaurant also features a variety of sakes, martinis, beers and cocktails.

Blu is a dining venue exclusively for Celebrity Solstice's guests staying in AquaClass staterooms. Guests that are not staying in AquaClass staterooms can make reservations for this restaurant, if space is available. The entrees on Blu's menu features filet mignon, rack of lamb and blackened ahi tuna.

Murano features a blend of classic and modern Continental cuisine. The wine cellar focuses on boutique-style and limited production vintages. Entrees featured on Murano's menu are spice-roasted duck and pan-seared turbot.

Aside from the main dining room and specialty restaurants there are quite a few other dining options onboard Celebrity Solstice. Bistro on Five features a variety of specialty crepes, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and various entrees (such as quiche, baked ziti and fish and chips). Take-out is available at this venue. Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria is an upscale European-style coffee house that serves gelatos, Italian ices, teas, pastries, and specialty coffees. The AquaSpa Cafe is a nice option for a light and quick snack. Mast Grill & Bar is a poolside venue that serves burgers, tacos, gyros, chicken wings, nachos, hot dogs and more.

The European-style Oceanview Cafe & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the main buffet area onboard Celebrity Solstice. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at this venue. In the evening this area becomes a casual dining option.

Onboard Features
Celebrity Solstice is, by far, the most feature-packed ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet. From her main show room and casino to the never-before-featured Lawn Club, the Solstice has something for everyone.

The first passenger level deck onboard Celebrity Solstice is the Plaza deck. There are a bunch of interior and ocean view staterooms on this deck, as well as various public spaces. Among them are the lower level of the Solstice Theatre (the ship's main show room, featuring various live performances throughout the cruise), as well as the first level of the Grand Foyer, the casual Passport Bar, the Guest Relations desk, and the first level of The Grand Epernay Dining Room (the main dining room of Celebrity Solstice).

The next deck up on Celebrity Solstice is the Promenade deck. Forward on this deck is the second level of the Solstice Theatre. Solstice's casino, Fortunes, is also located on this deck (midship). Towards the rear of the ship on this deck is the second level of The Grand Epernay. Also located on this deck is the Martini Bar (with an ice and snow theme), Crush (an intimate area, with an ice-filled table center, right by the Martini Bar), Shops on the Boulevard (great for some shopping), Quasar (a modern and vibrant night club) and Cellar Masters (a wonderful wine cellar).

The third deck on Celebrity Solstice is the Entertainment deck. On this deck is the third deck of the Solstice Theatre, the photo gallery, the Galleria Boutiques (featuring Gallery Tastings, where you can enjoy various foods and drinks), the art gallery, Michael's Club (featuring jazz music), Ensemble Lounge, Bistro on Five, Cafe al Bacio, as well as various specialty restaurants (including Murano, Silk Harvest Restaurant, Blu Restaurant and Tuscan Grille).

The Continental deck is the next deck up onboard Celebrity Solstice. Midship on this deck you'll find Online@Celebrity, the Solstice's 24 hour internet cafe. Also on this deck are a wide range of staterooms, including various verandas, sunset verandas and two Sky Suites.

The fifth and sixth passenger level decks of Celebrity Solstice are the Sunrise and Vista decks, respectively. These deck features a bunch of different categories of staterooms, including interior staterooms, ocean view staterooms, verandas, family oceanviews with verandas, sunset verandas and Sky Suites.

The Panorama deck is the next deck up on Celebrity Solstice. On this deck are interior staterooms, verandas (including both standard and Concierge Class accommodations) and Sky Suites. Located midship on this deck is the card room.

Celebrity Solstice's eighth deck is the Sky deck. On this deck are interior staterooms, Concierge Class staterooms and various suites (including Sky Suites, Celebrity Suites and Royal Suites). Located midship on this deck is the first floor of the Solstice's two-floor library.

The next deck up is the Penthouse deck, where you can find interior staterooms, Concierge Class staterooms, AquaClass staterooms, Sky Suites, Celebrity Suites, Royal Suites and the Solstice's two Penthouse Suites. Located midship on this deck is the second floor of the Solstice's two-floor library. The Relaxation Lounge is located forward on this deck.

The Resort deck is Celebrity Solstice's tenth deck up. On this deck are some Concierge Class staterooms, as well as Sky Suites. Also located (forward) on this deck is the Solstice's AquaSpa, featuring a solarium, lap pool, Persian Garden, private treatment rooms, the AquaSpa Cafe, a relaxation room and a fitness center. There are a few pools and whirlpools also located on the Resort deck, as well as many lounge chairs. Because of these features, this deck is often busy and is quite popular to hang out in throughout the day.

The next deck up on Celebrity Solstice is the Lido deck. Located on this deck is the casual Oceanview Cafe, the Solstice's main buffet area. Also on this deck is the Mast Bar, the Mast Grill, the Sky Observation Lounge, the jogging track, and the state-of-the-art Sky Conference Center.

The Lawn Club is the next deck up on Celebrity Solstice. Of course, on this deck you'll find The Lawn Club, a new innovation from Celebrity Cruises. The Lawn Club is a freshly manicured lawn where you can enjoy casual outdoor activities (such as golf) in a Country Club atmosphere. Also on this deck is Patio on the Lawn, which overlooks The Lawn Club. This area is a great place to relax and enjoy the views, a book or a cup of coffee. Located at the rear of the ship on this deck, just past The Lawn Club, is the Sunset Bar. Right by this bar is a bocce/lawn bowling area. Located forward on this deck, in a separate area of the ship, is the Fun Factory (where the children's program is based out of) and the X Club (the teen club). Conveniently located in this area is a video arcade.

The Solstice deck is the highest deck onboard Celebrity Solstice. It's a great area to enjoy a panoramic view of the ship's surroundings, or to relax in a canopied lounge bed.

Dress Code and Attire
Three types of clothing are recommended for a Celebrity cruise: casual shipboard attire (day wear), conservative port wear, and eveningwear.

Daywear includes the following: slacks or pants, blouses or shirts, knit tops or polo shirts. A pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes (for deck sports), and a swimsuit cover-up (for cool areas on the ship).

Port wear for women includes: a casual dress, skirt and blouse, or pants outfit. Port wear for men includes: casual pants or walking shorts, and polo-type shirts. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

Eveningwear is broken up by Celebrity Cruises into two main categories, Smart Casual and Above and Formal. Celebrity Cruises classifies Smart Casual and Above as follows: For Ladies: Skirt or pants complemented by sweater or blouse. Gentlemen: Pants (no holes, rips or tears) with sports shirt or sweater. Shirts must have sleeves. T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip flops are not allowed in the evening hours. Celebrity Cruises classifies Formal attire as follows: For Ladies: Cocktail dress, gown or dressy pantsuit. For Gentlemen: Tuxedo, suit or dinner jacket with slacks.

Here's a general guideline that Celebrity Cruises provides for its nightly dining types:
Cruise Length Smart Casual and Above Formal
4-Night 3 1
5-Night 4 1
6-Night 5 1
7-Night 5 2
8-Night 6 2
9-Night 7 2
10-Night 8 2
11-Night 9 2
12-Night 9 3
13-Night 10 3
14-Night 11 3
15-Night 12 3

Children Programs
Celebrity Cruises' youth program is called the X-Club. This program is available year-round and is based out of a section of the ship known as the Fun Factory. The program starts in the Fun Factory at 9 am each day during days at sea, or 30 minutes prior to arrival in port during port days. The Fun Factory closes at 10 pm each night. The X-Club is in a five-tiered age-based system as is as follows:

Todder Time (under 3 years old)
Ship MatesSM (ages 3-6)
Celebrity CadetsSM (ages 7-9)
EnsignsSM (ages 10-12)
Admiral TsSM (ages 13-17)

Children participating in X-Club events must be at least 3 years old and potty trained. However, if your child is under 3 or isn't potty trained you can accompany them to the Fun Factory to take part in activities. On the first day of the cruise there is a Open House event, so that parents can get all the information they want concerning the program. Popular features found in the Fun Factory include various crafts, games, toys, arcade games, music, karaoke, a ball pit and more. There are special teen events and explorations scheduled for the older members of the X-Club.

Tipping and Gratuities
Celebrity Cruises recommends the following gratuity guidelines (per guest, per day):
Assistance Chief Housekeeper: $0.50
Stateroom Service: $3.50
Stateroom Service (Concierge Class): $4.00
Assistant Maitre'd: $1.00
Waiter: $3.50
Assistant Waiter: $2.00
Butler (for suites only): $3.50

These gratuity rates apply to guests of all ages. Please be aware that a 15% gratuity charge will be automatically added to your bar bills. Gratuities for room service, bellboys, casino and spa staff is at your discretion.

You can pay for your gratuities by one of the following ways:
- In cash (at the end of your cruise)
- Having the cruise line add them to your SeaPass (onboard) account
- Pre-paying them (by having your travel or booking agent add them to your reservation)

Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Celebrity cruise ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European, Australian and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically under 21, a parent that is sailing with their 18 to 20 year old son(s)/daughter(s) may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.

Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from the onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.

Gambling Policy
The official minimum gambling age on all Celebrity cruise ships is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required. Some Alaskan ports require you to be 21 years of age to gamble. All gaming operations are performed in U.S. currency.

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