Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice is the lead ship of the Solstice-class of cruise ships operated by Celebrity Cruises. Built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, she was floated out on August 10, 2008, and christened by ocean scientist Professor Sharon L. Smith at a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, on November 14, 2008.[6][7][8] The first post-Panamax vessel in the Celebrity fleet, she features innovative interior design and onboard amenities, including an ocean-going live grass lawn, a glassblowing studio, and a 12 deck-high atrium.[9]

Celebrity Solstice in 2011
Name: Celebrity Solstice
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Port of registry:
Cost: US$750 million
Laid down: March 17, 2007[2]
Launched: August 10, 2008[3]
Sponsored by: Professor Sharon L. Smith
Christened: November 14, 2008
Completed: October 2008[4]
Maiden voyage: November 23, 2008
In service: November 2008–present
Status: In service
Notes: [5]
General characteristics
Class and type: Solstice-class cruise ship
Length: 1,033 ft (314.86 m)
Beam: 121 ft (36.88 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.23 m)
Decks: 19
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 16V46
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 2,852 passengers
Crew: 1,250

Service history

Celebrity Solstice left Meyer Werft on September 28, 2008, and arrived in Fort Lauderdale on November 3, 2008. Subsequently, she embarked on a series of short preview cruises for travel agents and dignitaries.[10] On November 14, 2008, at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, she was officially named by Sharon L. Smith.[11] She began commercial service on November 23, 2008.[12]

Exterior design

Externally, Celebrity Solstice looks very different from previous Celebrity Cruises ships. Martin Francis of Francis Design was hired to design her exterior profile.[13] In original exterior renderings, the hull was shown as all-white with powder blue funnels and blue glass upper decks.[13] In a more recent update, the light blue color had been changed to Celebrity's normal dark blue color and the hull was shown having a resemblance to the current fleet's livery, with the promenade deck painted dark blue. Similarly, the large dark blue funnel with a white X that had been the trademark of Celebrity thus far has been replaced by two thin funnels, and it was planned to have the X logo of the company visible in the glass balcony railings on the ship's "hump" (The area of superstructure which extends outward farther than the rest of the balconies). Throughout her fitting out, sea trials, and launch, it was noted that the glass X, unless seen from certain angles, was not visible. Shortly after, the X was refinished to be darker, but still can be hard to see. An afterthought during the sea trials saw the addition of a white X onto the forward funnel, thus bringing Solstice more closely related to her fleetmates.


Her facilities include a theater with a 1,400+ seating capacity and a live grass lawn between the ship's funnels on the upper deck and even a workout room, sauna, indoor pool, and more than 4 hot tubs.[14] On May 30, 2010 the Celebrity Solstice launched the iLounge.[15]

Celebrity Solstice is scheduled to be put in dry dock in October 2021.[16]



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  2. "First Block of Celebrity Solstice". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011.
  3. "Undocking of Celebrity Solstice". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011.
  4. "Celebrity Solstice".
  5. "Celebrity Solstice (26783)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  6. Knego, Peter (January 3, 2009). "CELEBRITY SOLSTICE Decked!". Maritime Matters. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  7. Smith 2010, p. 61.
  8. Saunders 2013, p. 142.
  9. Saunders 2013, pp. 143–144.
  10. NWZonline.de Luxusliner Spezial, retrieved 2008-09-29
  11. "Flagship of Celebrity Cruises' Solstice Class Fleet is Industry's First to be Named by Female Scientist: University of Miami Oceanographer Dr. Sharon Smith". Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. University of Miami. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  12. "Celebrity Solstice Enters Service with Applause from Press and Trade". Celebrity Cruises. Retrieved December 29, 2008.
  13. "Experience Cruise | USA TODAY Travel". www.usatoday.com. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  14. "The grass is really greener on Celebrity Solstice". Cruise Business Review. January 18, 2008. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  15. "Celebrity Cruises to present celebrity iLounge on Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Summit". www.tradingmarkets.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  16. "Cruise Ship Dry Dock/Upgrade Schedules for Cruise Lines in 2018-2023". cruisefever.net. Retrieved August 7, 2018.


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