Celebrity Solstice launch marks end of six-year break in shipbuilding

The launch of Celebrity Solstice marks the end of a six-year break in new ship building for Celebrity Cruises.

At 122,000 tons and with capacity for 2,850 passengers, the vessel is the largest in the Celebrity fleet – 31,000 tons bigger than the cruiseline’s Millennium-class ships.

Celebrity Cruises’ associate vice-president and general manager UK and Ireland Jo Rzymowska said: “There was a fear among agents that Solstice would be too big, but it’s just not the case. Royal Caribbean is all about families and activities; this is for clients who want luxury and indulgence.”

Celebrity Solstice is the first cruise ship in the world to have real grass on the top deck where passengers can play croquet or French boules. It also has a glass-blowing studio where there will be live demonstrations and is the first Celebrity ship to have spa cabins.

Passengers in AquaClass cabins, positioned near the spa, get more luxurious towels and bathrobes, and exclusive access to the Persian Garden thermal suite and Blu restaurant, which serves a healthy range of food.

As well as Murano’s speciality restaurant, which is on other Celebrity ships, there are three other places to eat away from the main dining room.

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