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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fun Features Make Solstice Class Popular

In November 2008, Celebrity Cruises introduced its first Solstice Class ship with features never before seen at sea, such as a half-acre “Lawn Club” with real, growing grass, and a “Hot Glass” glassblowing show. In addition, larger staterooms – thoughtfully designed by a group of five discerning women – and new, hip specialty restaurants created lots of Solstice Class fans. Since the first ship in the class, the Celebrity Solstice, made its debut, Celebrity has launched three more: the Celebrity Equinox, the Celebrity Eclipse and the Celebrity Silhouette. A fifth ship, the Celebrity Reflection, is scheduled to launch in October.

The Solstice Class still earns rave reviews for its more-spacious-than-usual cabins. Passengers love the roomy bathrooms, the warm colors used in the decor, and the considerable storage space. Balconies are attached to an impressive 85 percent of Solstice Class cabins.

 In addition to the Lawn Club and Hot Glass Show, each Solstice Class ship has an AquaSpa offering exclusive treatments. The Cellar Masters wine bar has with a state-of-the-art wine by-the-glass dispensing system that enables guests to sample and appreciate new tastes in wine. One of the innovative dining spots is the Silk Harvest Restaurant, which presents authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes served family style, along with “small plates” that are fun to share.

The Eclipse was launched in 2010 with a few new twists. This ship was the first to have the quirky and eclectic Qsine restaurant, where the iPad menus are just the start of the fun. The menu – which includes spring rolls, sushi lollipops, lobster-escargot fritters and more – is served in unique and unexpected ways.

The Silhouette, launched in July 2011, introduced another new dining venue: the Lawn Club Grill, where you can serve as your table’s “grillmaster,” assisted by a Celebrity chef. The Silhouette’s Lawn Club is also graced by the chic cabanas of The Alcoves; and The Art Studio, where master artists provide classes in jewelry making, beading, painting and even drink mixology.

The Reflection will be equipped with all of the best-loved Solstice Class features and will be larger than its sisters, with an additional deck, room for more sun loungers and more seats in the theater.

Solstice-style features are so popular that Celebrity just finished the process of “Solsticizing” its Millennium Class ships. Some of the Solstice features added to the Millennium Class ships include the AquaClass category of staterooms, which offer the same serene ambiance as the AquaSpa; the stylish specialty restaurant Blu; the availability of Frette bathrobes and slippers, and a cool, ice-topped Martini Bar.

If you’d like to experience the trend-setting Solstice Class features on any of these ships, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.