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  • Celebrity_Solstice_Stateroom_008 - Spent quiet time with someone special on your own private balcony aboard Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_balcony - Savor quietude and create special memories on your own private balcony on board Celebrity Solstice.
  • celebrity-cruises-royal-suite.jpg - The Royal Suite on your Celebrity ship is a luxurious enclave with a veranda, whirlpool and separate living and dining areas.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_at_sea - Experience the serenity of the ocean and the majesty of untouched nature during your sailing on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_at_sea_2 - Celebrity Solstice's itineraries take guests to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, the Mediterranean and Hawaii.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sydney_Heads - Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney Heads, the entrance to Sydney Harbour in Australia.
  • celebrity-solstice-stern.jpg - The stern of Celebrity Solstice.
  • celebrity-solstice-stern-1.jpg - View of the rear of the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Civitavecchia - Celebrity Solstice in Civitavecchia, the unpronounceable port where cruise passengers disembark en route to Rome.
  • Murano Pan Seared Foie Gras - The pan seared foie gras at Celebrity Cruises's Murano.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-formal-dining - Formal night in the dining room on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_at_sea_2 - Celebrity Solstice's itineraries take guests to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, the Mediterranean and Hawaii.
  • Blu Angus Beef Carpaccio - The Angus beef carpaccio is the perfect starter to a meal at Celebrity Cruises's Blu restaurant.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_at_sea - Experience the serenity of the ocean and the majesty of untouched nature during your sailing on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sydney_Heads - Celebrity Solstice departs Sydney Heads, the entrance to Sydney Harbour in Australia.
  • Qsine Chocolate Tombstone - What could be a better epitaph?: the Chocolate Tombstone at Celebrity Cruises's Qsine restaurant.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Melbourne - Celebrity Solstice in Port Melbourne, Australia.
  • Blu Angus Beef Carpaccio - The Angus beef carpaccio is the perfect starter to a meal at Celebrity Cruises's Blu restaurant.
  • Blu Lump Crab Martini - You'll appreciate the Celebrity Cruises chefs' creative touches to classic dishes like this Lump Crab Martini entree. Find it in Blu.
  • Bistro5_Caesar_salad - A Caesar salad at Celebrity's Bistro on Five.
  • Bistro5_seafood_crepe - The Asian-inspired seafood crepe at Celebrity Cruises's Bistro on Five.
  • Blu Chocolate Floating Island with Orange Blossom Creme Anglaise - Can a dessert be a work of art? The Blu Chocolate Floating Island with Orange Blossom Crème Anglaise at Celebrity's Blu restaurant.
  • Blu California Blue Crab Bisque - The French-inspired California Blue Crab Bisque served in Celebrity's Blu restaurant will delight your taste buds.
  • Blu Pickled Beet Salad - The pickled beet salad in Blu restaurant aboard Celebrity Cruises.
  • Blu Charred Veal Loin - Blu Restaurant's charred grilled veal loin served with sweet cherry tomatoes, sliced zucchini and drizzled with a rich jus is just one of the appetizing main courses served during your Celebrity Cruises voyage.
  • Blu_shortribs - Tender braised short ribs with mashed potatoes, one of the elegantly presented dishes at Celebrity's Blu restaurant.
  • CEL_Blu_tuna - Celebrity's artful presentation scores an A with this pan-seared tuna dish at Blu restaurant.
  • Blu_watermelon_jicama_salad - Try the refreshing, sweet watermelon jicama salad while dining at Celebrity Cruises's Blu restaurant.
  • Blu_Pannacotta - Blu restaruant's creamy Pannacotta served on a fresh fruit salad with a berry compote is one of the artfully presented desserts served on your Celebrity cruise.
  • CEL_blu_daurade - A daurade, or sea bream, on the menu at Blu. You'll enjoy the many seafood options served at Celebrity Cruises's restaurants.
  • Celebrity Cruises Sacher Torte - A sacher torte prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
  • 2013_Mar18-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_6804 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
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  • Blu_boursin cheeseOI - Celebrity's Blu serves a soft, creamy Boursin cheese with a flavor and texture somewhat akin to cream cheese.
  • CEL_blu_Aspic - The delicate citrus flavor of an Aspic dessert will complete your evening. You'll find it at Blu restaurant on your Celebrity cruise.
  • Celebrity Cruises Signature Mozzarella Meatballs - Signature mozzarella meatballs served in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant under the direction of master chef Jacques Van Staden.
  • 2013_Mar18-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_6833 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
  • 2013_Mar19-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_7251 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
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  • 2013_Mar20-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_7516 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
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  • 2013_Mar22-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_8294 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
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  • Murano Baked Farm Goat Cheese Tart - The Baked Farm Goat Cheese Tart on the menu of Celebrity Cruises's Murano restaurant.
  • Murano Smoked Salmon Peeky Toe Crab Parfrait - The Smoked Salmon & Peeky Toe Crab Parfrait served in the dining room of Celebrity Cruises's Murano.
  • Murano Loup De Mer - Loup de Mer, a sea bass dish at Celebrity Cruises's Murano restaurant.
  • Murano Grilled Veal Chop - A grilled veal chop served at Murano aboard your Celebrity cruise.
  • Murano Les Petits - Les Petits served at Celebrity Cruises's Murano restaurant.
  • Murano Goat Cheese Pancakes - Goat Cheese Pancakes available at Murano aboard Celebrity Cruises.
  • Murano Camelized Apples - Top off your meal with camelized apples at Murano on your Celebrity cruise.
  • Murano_fruit_salad - A delicate fruit salad presented in Celebrity Cruises's Murano dining room.
  • 2013_Mar22-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_8348 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
  • 2013_Mar22-A_SPE_CelebrityCruises_8472-1 - A dish prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Main Restaurant.
  • Celebrity Cruises Main Restaurant Pumpkin Pie - Don't wait until Thanksgiving to try the pumpkin ie at Main Restaurant on your Celebrity Cruises sailing.
  • Murano Grand Marnier Souffle - A Grand Marnier souffle served in the Celebrity Cruises restaurant Murano.
  • Murano Wild Forest Mushroom Cappuccino - The Wild Forest Mushroom Cappuccino available at Celebrity Cruises's Murano restaurant.
  • Murano Lobster Bisque - The lobster bisque being presented at Murano on Celebrity Cruises.
  • Murano Grilled Veal Chop-1 - A grilled veal chop served at Murano aboard your Celebrity cruise.
  • Murano Pan Seared Foie Gras - The pan seared foie gras at Celebrity Cruises's Murano.
  • Murano Baby Beet Goat Cheese Salad - The Baby Beetroot & Goat Cheese Salad available at Celebrity Cruises's Murano restaurant.
  • Murano_seabass - A sea bass dish at Celebrity Cruises's Murano restaurant.
  • Murano_salad - A salad prepared at Murano aboard Celebrity Cruises.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Grand_Epernay - Celebrity Solstice's main dining room, Grand Epernay, features an impressive two-story wine tower.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_wine_tower - The sommeliers on board Celebrity Solstice will assist you in selecting the perfect wine to accompany your meal.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Murano - At Celebrity Solstice's Murano restaurant, choose from typical dishes such as mushroom crusted rack of Colorado lamb, jumbo shrimp and saffron, and pan seared foie gras.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Silk_Harvest - Celebrity Solstice's Silk Harvest restaurant offers a contemporary blend of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Tuscan_Grille - You'll enjoy an authentic slice of Italia while dining in Celebrity Solstice's Tuscan Grille restaurant.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Grand_Epernay_wine_tower - An eye-catching wine tower is the visual focal point of Celebrity Solstice's Grand Epernay dining room.
  • Silk Cream Cheese Wontons - Cream Cheese Wontons served in Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest restaurant.
  • Silk Signature Equinox Roll - Like sushi? Order the Signature Equinox Roll while dining in Celebrity's Silk Harvest restaurant.
  • Silk Kung Pao Chicken - Silk Harvest's kung pao chicken served with a hint of chili and steamed rice on your Celebrity cruise.
  • Silk Spicy Pad Thai - Spicy pad Thai garnished with fresh lime at Silk Harvest on the Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox.
  • Silk Beef Chow Mein - Beef chow mein on Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest restaurant menu.
  • Silk Caramelized Bananas - Caramelized bananas served with vanilla ice cream, a yummy treat in Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest restaurant.
  • Silk Pearls of Asia coconut milk - Silk Harvest's Pearls of Asia Coconut Milk dessert served on board The Celebrity Cruises.
  • Silk Red Curry Duck - Red duck curry available at the Silk Harvest restaurant on board Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.
  • Silk Red Curry Duck-1 - Red duck curry available at the Silk Harvest restaurant on board Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.
  • Silk Variety Sushi Platter w Solstice Roll - The Variety Sushi Platter with Solsitce Roll presented in the Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest restaurant.
  • Silk_Harvest_kung_pao_shrimp - Kung pao shrimp at Silk Harvest on your Celebrity Cruises sailing.
  • Silk_Harvest_pad_thai - Pad Thai accompanied by a garnish of lime, coriander and chilli served in the Celebrity Cruises restaurant Silk Harvest.
  • Silk_Harvest_pot_sticker-1 - Pot sticker dumplings at Silk Harvest restaurant on board Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.
  • Silk_Harvest_sushi - Fresh sushi at Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest.
  • Silk_Harvest_chocolate_cake - Oh my God, we're afraid to look: The Silk Harvest Chocolate Cake at Celebrity Cruises' Silk Harvest. Is it good?
  • Silk_Harvest_Pineapple_Tempura - Pineapple tempura is sleekly presented in Celebrity's Silk Harvest restaurant.
  • Tuscan Toffee Panna Cotta - Toffee Panna Cotta served in Celebrity Cruises's Tuscan Grille dining room.
  • Tuscan Italian Tagliare Assortito - Italian Tagliara Assortito at Celebrity Cruises' Tuscan Grille.
  • Tuscan Bisteca Toscana Ribeye - Bisteca Toscana Ribeye steak available at Tuscan Grille on your Celebrity cruise.
  • Tuscan Chicken Primavera Pappardelle - The chicken primavera pappardelle on the menu at Celebrity Cruises's Tuscan Grille.
  • CEL_Tuscan_popcorn_shrimp - Tuscan Grille's popcorn shrimp available on your Celebrity cruise.
  • CEL_tuscan_toffee panacotta - Toffee Pannacotta at Celebrity Cruises's Tuscan Grille.
  • CEL_tuscan_tomato_salad - Tomato salad prepared at the Tuscan Grille on your Celebrity Cruises voyage.
  • Silk_Harvest_sushi_plate - Silk Harvest's fresh sushi plate available during your travels with Celebrity Cruises.
  • Silk_Harvest_chicken_salad - Chicken salad at Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest.
  • Silk_Harvest_crab_fried_rice - Crab fried rice available at Silk Harvest restaurant on board Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.
  • Silk_Harvest_pot_sticker - Pot sticker dumplings at Silk Harvest restaurant on board Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.
  • Silk_Harvest_salt+pepper - Sea salt and freshly ground pepper at Celebrity Cruises's Silk Harvest.
  • Tuscan Cioppino - Try the Cioppino as an appetizer or main dish at Tuscan Grille aboard Celebrity Cruises.
  • Tuscan Trancio di Salmone - Trancio di Salmone at Celebrity Cruises's Tuscan Grille.
  • CEL_Tuscan_fillet - Tuscan Grille's fillet with house-made fries provides a filling way to end your day aboard a Celebrity cruise.
  • CEL_Tuscan_orchetta_pasta - Orchetta pasta at Celebrity Cruises's Tuscan Grille restaurant.
  • CEL_Tuscan_tuna_carpaccio - The tuna carpaccio prepared in Celebrity Cruises's Tuscan Grille.
  • CEL_tuscan_Tiramisu Martini - The Tuscan Grille's Tiramisu Martini on Celebrity Cruises' dessert menu.
  • CEL_tuscan_salmon - Crispy skinned salmon prepared in the Tuscan Grille aboard your Celebrity cruise.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-formal-dining - Formal night in the dining room on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-AquaSpa-Cafe - Some of the buffet offerings at the AquaSpa Café aboard Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity-Cruises-sushi-lolipops - Sushi lollipops: one of the yummy perks of a getaway on a Celebrity Cruises sailing.
  • celebrity-suite-class-dining.jpg - Luminae Restaurant is reserved exclusively for guests who book Suite Class accommodations on Celebrity.
  • Bistro Dulce De Leche_Spanish Crepe - Indulge in a delectable treat like this Dulce de Leche Spanish Crepe in Celebrity's Bistro on Five.
  • Bistro Vegetable Panini - Bistro on Five's Vegetable Panini is a light and fresh lunch option on your Celebrity cruise.
  • Bistro Cowboy Crepe - The Bistro Cowboy Crepe, found at Celebrity Cruises's Bistro on Five, will satisfy your cravings for sweet and savory.
  • Bistro5_chocolate_mousse - A silky smooth orange chocolate mousse is one of the perennial favorites at Celebrity Cruises's Bistro on Five.
  • Blu Gingersnap Basket w Strawberries and Mint Diplomat - You'll be tempted by the crisp gingersnap basket filled with strawberries and mint cream dessert served in the Celebrity Cruises's Blu restaurant.
  • Blu Chilled Sweet Pea Soup - The chilled sweet pea soup on the menu at Celebrity Cruises's Blu restaurant makes a perfect appetizer.
  • Blu Blackened Ahi Tuna - Fresh blackened ahi tuna at Celebrity Cruises's Blu restaurant.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_LawnClubPicnic - The expansive lawn area of Celebrity Solstice is the ideal spot for a picnic with friends.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Ensemble_Lounge - Mingle and meet new people over drinks in Celebrity Solstice's Ensemble lounge.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Persian-Garden-lounge-chairs - Head to the Persian Garden spa aboard Celebrity Solstice for heated ceramic lounge chairs and a relaxation room.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-class-Martini-Bar - The Martini Bar aboard your Celebrity Cruises Solstice class ship is a great venue for socializing with colleagues or new friends.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Michaels_Club - Kick back, swap stories and enjoy a drink in Michael's Club during your sailing on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sky_Observation_Lounge - During the evening, Celebrity Solstice's Sky Observation Lounge becomes the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy drinks in the company of friends.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Mast_Grill - The Mast Grill & Bar, on Celebrity Solstice's deck, serves poolside fare such as  burgers, tacos, hot dogs, gyros and more.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Crush_Bar - Party with friends new and old or find a new crush in Celebrity Solstice's Crush bar.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Persian_Garden - Spa with a view: Recline on one of the beds overlooking the ocean in Celebrity Solstice's tranquil Persian Garden.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sunset_Bar - Take in the full sweep of the ocean at Sunset Bar on the top deck of Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_entertainment_court - You'll appreciate the wide open spaces aboard Celebrity Solstice during your cruise.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_fitness - Be one with the sea during your workout on a treadmill in Celebrity Solstice's fitness center.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_casino - Are you a high roller? Check out the action in Celebrity Solstice's casino ... minus the actors.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Lawn-Club - If you miss terra firma during your cruise on Celebrity Solstice, head to the Lawn Club on deck, where you can press your toes against real grass.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Solarium-Pool - The Solarium Pool aboard Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-pool-and-Pool-Bar - A look at the pool and Pool Bar aboard Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-light-fixture - A light fixture aboard Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Theater - Celebrity Cruises' Solstice Theater offers a state-of-the-art sound system and a great setting for awards ceremonies.
  • celebrity-sky-lounge.jpg - Head to the Sky Lounge on your Celebrity cruise for sweeping panoramic views.
  • Celebrity-Cruises-Celebrity-Solstice-Persian-Garden.jpg - Persian Garden on your Celebrity cruise has deliciously warm stone lounges, a favorite spot to watch the ship sail away from a just-visited port.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sydney_Opera_House - Watch the sun set over Australia's Sydney Opera House from the top deck of Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sydney_skyline - Celebrity Solstice passes the Sydney skyline as it departs Sydney Harbour on a voyage Down Under.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Sydney_Harbour - Celebrity Solstice docked at the Sydney Harbour. The Solstice typically plies warm southern waters during the United States' winter.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Santorini - Celebrity Solstice will travel through the deep blue waters around the Greek Island of Santorini.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Tracy_Arm_Fjord - Sail down Alaska's Tracy Arm Fjord between ice-capped glaciers during a summmer cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Tracy_Arm_Fjord_2 - Cruise through impressive floating ice as Celebrity Solstice travels down Alaska's Tracy Arm Fjord.
  • Celebrity_Solstice_Tracy_Arm_Fjord_3 - Soak up the spectacular scenery when Celebrity Solstice wanders down Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska during the summer months.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Civitavecchia - Celebrity Solstice in Civitavecchia, the unpronounceable port where cruise passengers disembark en route to Rome.
  • Celebrity-Solstice-Melbourne - Celebrity Solstice in Port Melbourne, Australia.

Celebrity Solstice: Stalwart pioneer still going strong

Our review

Snapshot

Celebrity Solstice is the Solstice-class namesake vessel from Celebrity Cruises. When it debuted in 2008, the ship delivered several firsts at sea. Among these new innovations was the Lawn Club, an open-air deck with real grass and plants offering a tranquil place to relax while at sea.

While the ship has been around for more than 11 years, it still maintains much of its original character. Many of Celebrity Solstice's features can also be found on her sister ships, and have been updated for the line’s newest class, the Edge class. Celebrity Solstice still offers a comfortable and upscale cruise with a distinctive, stylish design and attentive service ahead of a major makeover in 2021.

Who will like sailing on Celebrity Solstice

If you love delicious food, contemporary interior design and great service, then Celebrity Solstice is a good choice for your next cruise. Loyal Celebrity cruisers will appreciate the ship’s main dining room, superb service and popular hangouts like the Crush Martini Bar. Newbies will find the simple layout, artfully designed public spaces and the ship’s itineraries to be a worthy draw for sailing on this beautiful vessel.

Where Celebrity Solstice sails

Our fall to winter: Celebrity Solstice sails in and around South Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and Bora Bora with itineraries that range from seven to 18 nights. 

Our spring to summer: The ship features an itinerary along Alaska's Inside Passage with stops in Seattle, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Vancouver.

Ratings & awards

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Cruise Critic           
  • Top 20 Large Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)
    Silver Award for Pool Design (Solarium), Travel Weekly Magellan Awards (2013)
    12 Best Cruise Ships for 2012, Frommer's (2012)

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Cruises on this ship

Here's a 3½-minute video overview of activities aboard Celebrity Solstice from our friend Jason Leppert of PopularCruising.com.

Food & cuisine

Celebrity Solstice offers some typical cruise ship dining venues plus alternative dining spots. The World Café is a traditional cruise buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We dined there several times for breakfast and lunch and usually found the food to be on par, although the selections did get repetitive over the course of 10 days.

A silky smooth orange chocolate mousse is one of the perennial favorites at Celebrity Cruises's Bistro on Five.
Courtesy of Celebrity CruisesA silky smooth orange chocolate mousse is one of the perennial favorites aboard Celebrity Solstice.

Other casual options are the Spa Café, a healthier alternative for breakfast and lunch in the Solarium. There is also the Mast Grill, searing up hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries for midday snacks.

One of the most addictive places on board is Café al Bacio. Treat yourself to a cookie, pastry or slice of cake at this resident coffee shop.

For dinner, we had traditional dining at 6 pm in the main dining room. The multi-course meals offered a wide selection of choices that changed nightly. In addition, the menu features “Classics” that remain the same throughout the entire length of the cruise. We never had an issue finding items that we loved.

There are three specialty restaurants aboard Celebrity Solstice. We sampled two of them during our 10-night journey. Tuscan Grille is an Italian-inspired restaurant that offers standard takes on classics like calamari, gnocchi and chicken parmesan. One of the only Silk Harvest restaurants left in the fleet, we found the Asian menu at this venue to be consistently satisfying, featuring spring rolls, tempura shrimp, and noodles. Murano is the third specialty restaurant, offering elegant French cuisine.

 

Party with friends new and old or find a new crush in Celebrity Solstice's Crush bar.
Stephen Beaudet / Courtesy of Celebrity CruisesParty with friends new and old or find a new crush in Celebrity Solstice's Crush bar.

Also, if you have a special diet, make sure to tell your travel consultant because Celebrity Cruises will accommodate many different kinds of dietary needs including vegetarian, kosher, no-sugar-added desserts, food allergies and other dietary needs. (They do need advance warning.) Because specialty dining is very popular, you might miss out on getting a reservation if you wait to book when you get on the ship. One way around this challenge is to purchase a Specialty Dining Package ahead of time. 

Where we went and what we loved

Having sailed on the ship five years earlier, we knew what to expect from our sailing. So when we saw the ship was offering a 10-night Hawaiian cruise, it was a simple decision for us to book this trip.

A couple watches a volcano's magma stream into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Tor Johnson / Courtesy of Hawaii Tourism AuthorityA couple watches a volcano's magma stream into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Originating from Honolulu, the itinerary included two stops on the Big Island and two days in Maui, along with five days at sea for the repositioning to Vancouver to begin the Alaskan season. Prior to the cruise, we spent several days on Oahu exploring the island’s sights, including Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach and the Dole Plantation.

On the Big Island, we had a bird’s eye view of the Kilauea volcano during a helicopter tour by Blue Hawaiian. This was certainly a highlight of our trip! We also explored Volcanoes National Park with our feet on the ground during an island tour covering other equally beautiful landmarks. It was amazing to hear stories and see firsthand the changes in landscape from the recent 2018 eruption.

In Maui, we braved the Road to Hana with a guided tour. Yes, I was not about to drive these winding roads. This scenic drive twists and turns along the island’s coast with several awe-inspiring vantage points along the way including numerous waterfalls and black sand beaches. We also spent a day at the Haleakala Crater. From the 10,000-foot summit, you can marvel at this massive crater’s landscape. While we were not here at sunrise, we hear the views are even that much more impressive.

 

Spa with a view: Recline on one of the beds overlooking the ocean in Celebrity Solstice's tranquil Persian Garden.
Quentin Bacon / Courtesy of Celebrity CruisesSpa with a view: Recline on one of the beds overlooking the ocean in Celebrity Solstice's tranquil Persian Garden.

Activities on board

The ship does not offer many bells or whistles, but the cruise director Lewis Power Stannard and his energetic activity staff hosted your typical cruise events. There were daily trivia sessions held in the Sky Lounge and game shows that took place in the Entertainment Court. Outdoors, movies were played on the pool deck and games were available on the Lawn Club.

The onboard fitness center and running track were available for those looking to get a workout in during the day. You could also take a dip in one of three pools located on the ship, including the indoor Solarium for those colder destinations. Or perhaps, you’d rather just relax at the Sunset Bar and enjoy a drink along with the uninhibited views. 

If you're looking for a bit of enrichment, the Beyond the Podium lecture series in another great activity onboard Celebrity Solstice, especially when they feature naturalist Brent Nixon.

If you're willing to pay an up-charge, you could purchase a pass to the Persian Garden, the ship’s thermal suite. You can also take advantage of the food and wine pairing classes or book a session at the hot glass studio.

 

Mingle and meet new people over drinks in Celebrity Solstice's Ensemble lounge.
Quentin Bacon / Courtesy of Celebrity CruisesMingle and meet new people over drinks in Celebrity Solstice's Ensemble lounge.

Bars & lounges

Not to miss are the delicious samplings mixed just for you at the Martini Bar & Crush, which is an ice-topped bar, or Michael's Club, which pours fine whiskeys, scotches, cognacs and bourbons. If you are a wine aficionado, then taste some wine at Cellar Masters, where you can try the state-of-the-art Enomatic wine-by-the-glass dispensing system. You can also head to Cosmos Lounge at the observation lounge for dancing and a libation. 

For families

While we found few families onboard the ship, there is children’s programming and additional activities specific for families.

Entertainment 

Each night in the main theater, you'll be able to take in a different show. These featured a variety of production shows by the Celebrity singers and dancers, with our favorite being Broken Strings. There were also several guest vocalists, a comedian and a piano prodigy featured as headliners during our trip. Most of these acts were pretty typical of cruise ships. Of course, there was also plenty of live music to be found around the ship.

During our overnight in Maui, a local group called Drums of the Polynesian was brought on board to showcase music and dance from the region. It was a great performance, as the group featured adults and children and felt authentic. We wish Celebrity had a few more of these types of performances during the trip.

Staterooms

One area that we hope gets attention during the ship’s 2021 refurbishment is the staterooms. Our balcony cabin on deck 7 showed considerable signs of wear. Furniture and décor were quite dated as well. The bathroom had visible rust spots, and the outdoor balcony furniture looked like it should have been replaced a few years ago. As balcony staterooms go, the room was average size. With some creative unpacking and storage, there was just enough space for our 10 days worth of clothing and gear.

That said, each stateroom features: 

  • Celebrity’s eXhale bedding, with modern Reverie mattresses and custom-embroidered linens made of Egyptian cotton sateen weave.
  •  Individual safe
  •  Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  •  100% cotton towels
  •  Complimentary use of terry-cloth robes
 
Spent quiet time with someone special on your own private balcony aboard Celebrity Solstice.
Stephen Beaudet / Courtesy of Celebrity CruisesSpent quiet time with someone special on your own private balcony aboard Celebrity Solstice.

AquaClass Staterooms

These spa-inspired staterooms feature indulgent amenities like a Hansgrohe shower tower and custom-blended bath products to help you feel restored and renewed. An AquaClass Spa Concierge can help you arrange all your spa appointments, and you will have complimentary access to the relaxing Persian Garden. 

Worth exploring

Cellar Masters

Inspired by the vineyards of Napa Valley, Cellar Masters brings to life the experience of a global wine tour while you learn about and taste a large variety of wines from around the world. A welcoming and unique onboard environment, you'll discover new wines, receive recommendations and enrich your knowledge of the world of wine.

Sky Observation Lounge

Don't look back, look forward and be amazed by the breathtaking views. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Sky Observation Lounge will captivate you, and the expansive space will please you as you relax in the comfy seating all around. The lounge is versatile and can be transformed to suit any occasion.

During the evening, Celebrity Solstice's Sky Observation Lounge becomes the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy drinks in the company of friends.
Quentin Bacon / Courtesy of Celebrity CruisesDuring the evening, Celebrity Solstice's Sky Observation Lounge becomes the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy drinks in the company of friends.

Passenger makeup

There was a lot of variety among the passengers aboard on our 10-night Hawaiian cruise. While the cruise line offers a children’s program, you will typically find fewer families sailing on Celebrity Solstice than contemporary lines like Royal Caribbean or Carnival. Mainly, there were couples and groups of adults from various age ranges sailing this unique itinerary. Many of the fellow passengers were also regular cruisers.

Dress code

The main dining room is business casual, and for the most part, cruisers abided by these suggestions. On the two Evening Chic nights, Celebrity Cruises’ version of formal night, there were plenty of suits and cocktail dresses though not mandatory. During the day, almost any type of attire is acceptable.

Reality check

Celebrity Solstice is scheduled for a major update in 2021 as part of the Celebrity Revolution project. It is expected that the ship will be receiving updates to the staterooms and several public areas, as well as some new specialty dining and an updated exterior paint job.

Currently, the ship is an excellent choice for sailing to regions like Alaska and Australia and New Zealand. It provides the perfect complement to those port-intensive exotic locations. Service generally met our expectations, and the cruise director’s staff ensured that the guests were well entertained. 

However, if you are looking for a ship with newer amenities and diverse onboard options, Celebrity Solstice might not be your first choice. Instead, you might want to opt for one of Celebrity Crusies’ newest ships, like Celebrity Edge or Celebrity Apex, which will be debuting in April 2020. Those ships sail traditional Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries but offer new features like the Resort Pool, signature entertainment, the Rooftop Garden and a variety of restaurants.

Disclosure

Don and Heidi Bucolo sailed on Celebrity Solstice at their own expense. See Cruiseable's Ethics & Disclosure policy

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Along with my wife, I'm the co-editor of EatSleepCruise.com, helping you sea the world, one port at a time!

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Celebrity Solstice
  • Where: Australia/New Zealand

  • What: Mast Grill
  • Where: On deck

  • What: Sky Observation Lounge
  • The Martini Bar, near the Atrium, is the perfect pre-dinner or after-dinner spot for drinks.
  • Celebrity Life activities include a variety of fun and engaging events throughout the day.
  • The new glass blowing classes in conjunction with Hollywood Hot Glass let you create your own personal souvenir.
  • Get your country club on at the Lawn Club.
  • Sample fine wines from around the world at Cellar Masters wine bar.

Top dining options on board

Grand Epernay

  • Style: Global
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Silk Harvest

  • Style: Asian cuisine
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Murano

  • Style: French continental
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,850 Passengers [?]
1,500 Crew
19 Decks
2008 Maiden voyage
122,000 Tonnage [?]
1,041 Length in feet
121 Width in feet (max beam)
28 speed (mph) [?]

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