We were excited when Celebrity Cruises announced that the Solstice will be sailing the Alaskan waters this year. Indeed, she sails along the Pacific coast from Ensenada, Mexico to Seattle in May before doing a Seattle roundtrip Alaska itinerary for the season. She ends her time in this part of the world in September when she sails one last repositioning coastal cruise from Seattle down to Ensenada in September.
Why so much excitement? Well, this video sums up well why anyone would be excited about the Solstice.
Take away points on the Solstice:
- It doesn’t feel like a cruise ship, rather instead like a luxury hotel.
- Conde Nast Magazine rated it as one of the top cruise ships in the world.
- The staterooms are spacious and feel more like a hotel room than a cramped cruise cabin.
- 85% of the staterooms have balconies. Balconies are major in Alaska, because unlike destinations such as the Caribbean, the scenery constantly changes. Verandah rooms provide optimal opportunities to see everything, especially glaciers and wildlife. The captain will also turn the ship around so each side of the ship gets the view. That means, you can take it all in on your private balcony — no need to run to the other side of the ship or go to a public spot.
- Three pools: two are outside and one indoor, called the Solarium. The solarium is an adult-only area.
- The Solstice received “The Best for Healthy Dining” award from CruiseCritic.com as a result of their Aqua Spa dining. Note, you must be booked in an Aqua Class stateroom to experience this.
- The Lawn Club, which is the size of eight tennis courts, has real grass. It’s another spot on the ship where you can just hang out. And if the weather is warm enough, how about having a picnic on the lawn as you watch glaciers glide by?
Explore the Solstice itineraries here and if you’d like more information, give us a call at 1-800-565-2784.