When it comes to new ships, the cruise industry keeps outdoing itself. Cruise lines often update existing ships to make them more stylish, comfortable and entertaining than before. They also invest in brand-new ships with truly innovative features. That's exactly what happened when Celebrity launched Solstice in 2008.
This 2,850-passenger ship features the cruise industry’s first shipboard lawn. The half-acre of lush, green grass is the centerpiece of the Lawn Club on the top deck. Guests can play bocce ball or croquet at the Lawn Club, practice their putting or even enjoy a picnic under the open sky.
The Solstice, which was the first of five Celebrity ships of its type, also features staterooms enhanced by a woman’s touch. To help make the new ship’s staterooms both stylish and functional, Celebrity gathered insights and opinions from a panel of five women: a frequent cruiser, a travel agent, a travel writer, a hotelier and potential cruiser. That's because, according to Celebrity, women are not only the primary cruise planners, they are the most discerning guests when it comes to the stateroom. The panel of women helped Celebrity create staterooms with efficient floor plans, clear sightlines to sea views and an elegantly neutral color palette, among other features.