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I stayed in #1126, a "Concierge Class" stateroom on Deck 10 -- but since there were no concierges aboard, it was the same as a standard balcony cabin. One funky Solstice touch that's clearly space saving in intent is that cabin doors open into the corridor rather than into the stateroom. I can't tell you how many times I saw people trying to push instead of pull (it was pretty funny) the door; you'll get used to it.
The layout of the 192-square-ft. cabin (veranda's another 54 square ft.) won't surprise anyone; it's fairly standard cruise stuff. There is a bed (converts to twins or a queen) and a loveseat (position varies; some have beds by the balcony door, others have couches there). There's a vanity, a closet, safe, flat-screen television and telephone. What is different... celebrity solstice cabin
celebrity solstice cabin ...is the ingenuous amount of closet, drawer and storage space. The closets are actually smaller than I'm used to, but there are so many places to stash your gear -- such as cabinets above the bed and drawers everywhere -- you won't notice. The beds are higher than the norm, so large suitcases will slide underneath (there's actually a cage-like feature underneath that stores lifejackets). The color scheme's different, too: lots of soothing neutrals.
Definitely innovative -- not only for Celebrity but for all new ships -- are the bathrooms in the veranda cabins (didn't see insides and outsides). Some 50 percent larger than those standard cubes found on the Millennium-class ships, the shower is superb -- large and oval, with sliding doors that close rather than a nasty old curtain. The toilet and sink are laid out in a different-than-usual way; the sink area has much more storage than most standard ship bathrooms.
A caveat: From the didn't-they-test-this school of ship design, the toilet paper roll is impossibly awkward. Fortunately, the roll comes right off and you can set it aside.
Celebrity Solstice has 11 different types of cabins -- from insides to the Penthouse Suite. I snuck into this one: 1116, on Deck 10, is a Royal suite, measuring 590 square ft. with a 154 square ft. balcony. This is the living area -- and it's clearly not fully outfitted.
celebrity solstice royal suite Facing the other direction is the wet bar and dining area. Other features in the living area will ultimately include an entertainment system with 52-inch flat-screen, powder room off the entry and a sofa that unfolds to a queen-sized bed. The bedroom is completely separate.
The marble bathroom is gorgeous. It's got a separate tub and glassed-in shower...
...and double sinks. But the best part of the cabin (and apologies, photo didn't turn out): The balcony has its own outdoor whirlpool....


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