Pre-Inaugural and Naming Ceremony on the Celebrity Solstice

11/14/08 to 11/16/08 



We were invited to a pre-inaugural cruise on the beautiful new Celebrity Solstice.  We were very excited to be able to get to see this new class of ship from our favorite cruise line.  Plus, this particular pre-inaugural cruise had the official naming ceremony, which was a very moving and exciting event.  Since we will be cruising on the Solstice in March, the main purpose of this review is to share photos of the lovely rooms and cabins.



Grand Epernay






Bistro on Five





Oceanview Cafe and Bar















Dan Hanrahan, Celebrity CEO and Richard Fain, RCL CEO                                                                                


AquaSpa Cafe


Mast Grill & Bar










Tuscan Grille





Silk Harvest




Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria






Bars and Nightlife

Specialty Restaurant Bar Menus

Murano Bar Menu

   Blu Bar Menu


Tuscan Grille Bar Menu

Silk Harvest Bar Menu

Daily Specials at All Bars


Cellar Masters



Ensemble Lounge


Lawn Club, Bowling, and Sunset Bar









Looking down from the Sunset Bar




Sky Observation Lounge







Martini Bar (Ice Bar)




Michael’s Club



Galleria Tastings





Celebrity Suite  1237









Sky Suite  2120



Concierge Class 1231




Aft Balcony 1206 (Deck 9)


Adjoining cabin door configuration                                                                               


Views from Aft Balcony on Deck 9


Penthouse Suite 1611








Inside Handicapped Accessible  8164


Deluxe Ocean View with Veranda 9139







Outlets at Desk


Keyboard for use with Cabin TV                                Life Preservers stored under bed


Trundle Bed in Cabin 7317                                         Pullman Bed in Ceiling in Cabin 7317



Fortunes Casino




Shops on Boulevard along one side of the Casino allow for walking

along Deck 4 while not having to pass through the casino.


Solstice Theater











Art Gallery



Card Room (deck 9) 



Library (deck 10)



Solstice Deck (deck 14)









Persian Gardens










Pools and Decks











Fun Factory









Corning Glass Show



Other shipboard features


Elevator lights are blue until an elevator arrives, then it turns Orange to make it easy to know which one has arrived.


Tree in a cone                     Tree suspended


  Very large globe




Great Signage keeps you from getting lost


Naming Ceremony and Entertainmnt

Naming Ceremony


St. Andrews Pipe Band of Miami


 "A Beautiful Day" music & lyrics by U2 and sung by Antonio Sol              World class violinist Lucia Micarelli



Solstice's godmother Dr. Sharon L. Smith has devoted her life to studying the oceans of the world.





The Shows

1st night:  "Solstice - The Show"










2nd night - "Ghost Light"








Big Sendoff from Tugboats                                            Moon Rising on the Solstice


Photos from the Solstice Preview in Miami at the RCCL Headquarters in Miami


Photographic Equipment Used in Review

Canon 40D digital SLR camera
Canon 17-85 IS lens
Canon 10-22 ultra-wide lens
Canon 70-300 IS telephoto lens

Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph camera


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