One of the major distinctions onboard Celebrity Solstice is the use of towering glass walls -- and the effect is lots of light, and a sense that there's a lot of space. The pool itself is long enough for (short) lap swimming (a plus). The towering ribbon-like water mural with its wood frame has the capability to flash fiber optic lights.
I was fascinated by the ceiling overtop the pool. See the square grid? It's been implanted with photo voltaic cells that generate electricity for cooling. It's one of a number of eco-oriented technology advances that have been incorporated into Solstice. The clear glass panels in the ceiling open to let in fresh air.
The ship's spa -- which is huge -- still had a ways to go in some respects, so we don't have photos of the lobby or the treatment rooms. But here's the salon. Other features will include shops selling Elemis-branded beauty supplies (there are separate shops for men and women).
The gym, though, is amazingly complete; exercise equipment is already installed!
Clearly, one place that Fain loves is the ship's Persian Garden. We suspect he doesn't typically get a whole lot of time while cruising to relax on heated tiled beds, so he took full advantage (for about a minute). Other features include steam and sauna, and showers that offer tropical- and spring-scented rains.
Here's a wider shot of the Persian Garden. This ship will be the first in Celebrity's fleet to offer AquaClass cabins. You'll pay about $200 over a Concierge Class rate to reside in one of the 192-square-ft. balcony staterooms. The perks? Special proximity to the spa, a spa concierge (and priority booking for treatments) and unlimited access to the AquaSpa relaxation room, the Persian Garden and Blu. Treatments are not included in the fare; Fain told us that passengers told Celebrity they'd rather just book their own.