Solstice passengers will find 11 onboard choices for consumption (including room service). And addition to the main dining room and several more casual venues, there will be five alternative eateries to choose from. In terms of overall look, The Bellagio and the Wynn, two of Las Vegas' more upscale hotels, were mentioned as inspiration, and Adam Tihany (of Le Cirque fame), was called upon to design three of the ship's venues.
The spots to dine onboard include:
Grand Epernay, one of the venues designed by Tihany, is Solstice's main dining room, with traditional set seating. The visual centerpiece is a dramatic two-story glass wine tower. The menus may include such offerings as peppered bison filet with red onion preserve; and smoked filet with lentil stew, sultan caper and beef jus. Food will be served on square plates.
Bistro on Five is a casual venue offering crepes, sandwiches, soups, quiche, fish and chips, baked ziti, chicken pot pie, sweets and specialty coffees, all available either dine-in or take out. Open nearly 24 hours, the oceanview spot will take care of the late-night munchies.
Oceanview Cafe and Bar (another Tihany design) is Solstice's newer take on Lido dining, with the focus moving away from buffet lines toward a variety of stations and more individually plated portions rather than self-serve hotel pans. The design is inspired by a traditional indoor/outdoor European marketplace, and there will be plenty of alfresco seating available.
Blu is the venue connected with Solstice's new AquaClass cabin category. Note: Celebrity has said, unequivocally, that this isn't a spa restaurant (the spa cuisine will be left to the AquaSpa Cafe, mentioned below). For Blu, Celebrity's used to word "clean" to describe the fare, defined as a mix of Mediterranean and nouveau Californian. The clean feel will be achieved by avoiding cream sauces -- using reductions and vinaigrettes instead -- and through a general focus on lightness and freshness. Thus: pan-seared filet; blackened ahi tuna; herb-crusted rack of lamb; roasted beet salad with goat cheese.
AquaClass guests will have right of seating in this 130-seat venue, but Jaques Van Staden, Vice President of Food & Beverage, was confident that other guests who wanted to sample the food would be able to do so -- perhaps not on the first or second night, but at some point in the cruise (when AquaClass passengers would want to venture out and sample the other dining options).
Introduced on Celebrity's Millennium-class vessels, the AquaSpa Cafe, positioned for maximum effect in the ship's Solarium, will offer the healthiest fare -- salads, grilled chicken breast, fresh fruit and vegetables -- available onboard.
The Mast Grill & Bar is Solstice's straightforward poolside venue serving, burgers, dogs, tacos, gyros, reubens, and fries and onion rings.
Murano, a specialty restaurant that's already a favorite on Millennium-class ships, is coming to Solstice. Solstice's Murano will be similar to the Murano of older ships, with tableside service and elegant French cuisine -- but with an all-new menu, designed for Solstice, sans Michel Roux. Choices may include warm goat cheese pancakes with sweet bell pepper nage; or spice-roasted duck with raisin-apple compote. Murano will cost passengers an additional $30 per person.
Tuscan Grille is an "Old World"-style Italian grill designed by Tihany to look like a Napa Valley wine cellar. Menu options include Kobe beef, antipasti, homemade gnocchi and ravioli and tableside Caesar salad preparation. Each meal is complimented by an extensive wine selection. There will be a $30 per-person surcharge.
One of the more intriguing venues is Silk Harvest, a pan-Asian venue which will feature a blend of Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian cuisines, including sushi, hot curries and stir fries. In line with the general theme, the restaurant will serve a variety of sakes, Asian beers and cocktails (such as a drink created with ginger root and acai berry). Cost will be $20 per person.
Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria is an authentic Italian cafe serving gelato and Italian ices, fresh-baked pastries, chocolate truffles, and of course, cappuccinos, espresso, coffee and tea.