Celebrity Solstice Ship Inspection February 2013
WOW – what more can I say. Having sailed on Celebrity Century over Christmas 2011 around New Zealand this ship really is a step up. If I classified this ship in a nutshell I would say it is like Club Med on water.
From the minute you walk onboard you notice the amount of natural light and spaceous areas. The Atrium in the middle of the ship which has glass elevators so that you get the natural daylight and as you go down past the Library which is amazing but also benefits from this huge amount of natural light. Then there is the tree in the middle of the Atrium as you go down suspended their in what I called the Ice Cream Cone.
This ship definitely won me over from head to toe and even though most of the passengers were off the ship enjoying their day in Adelaide I still think you would not have noticed it if they were onboard as there are plenty of areas inside and outside to pass the day away. Whether by the family pools on Resort Deck 12 or the adults only area of the Solarium, or you head up to the Lawn Club Deck 15 which as the name suggests has real lawn – yes I kid you not it is real – anybody for a game of croquet or mini golf.
The gym on board has something for all gym junkies as is a good size, the Solstice Theatre could probably fit everybody on the ship in there it looked that big, then of course we have the nightclub for the dancers and numerous bars around the ship. An Art Gallery for art lovers and of course on of my favourite places onboard the cafe for coffee and the Gelateria for Ice Cream. The list goes on with Casino, Spa area for the ladies along with hairdresser, barber shop and Michaels Club for the gentleman.
So let me see what is left, oh I know dining or course, which starts with the double level Grand Epernay main dining room, then we have the fabulous Murano restuarant for fine dining with a cover charge of $40 per person, next is Blu for Aqua Class guest, Tuscan Grille and Silk Harvest. What I liked about this was the layout with Grand Epernay down on Deck 3 and 4 Aft and then the remaining restaurants above this on Deck 6. Don’t forget you also have the Ocean View Cafe as well for buffet. So I think meal time is well catered for.
One little thing that sparked my interest and I cannot comment with regards to the ladies public bathrooms was in the mens they had little saying stuck to the wall above the urinals. I have a couple here for you as well.
I’m not sure my photos will do this ship justice but here are a few to wet your appertites.