Following the flooding of the space, Solstice was pulled by tug from the covered dry dock to a nearby floating dock, where the remainder of the outfitting -- focusing primarily on completing interior spaces, such as adding carpeting and decorating lounges -- will be completed by September 27.
The ship will then undergo sea trials, after which it will head across the Atlantic for a series of pre-inaugural sailings. The vessel will debut in November with a season of weeklong Eastern Caribbean cruises.
Solstice is the first of five of a new prototype for Celebrity Cruises, all boasting innovative onboard features like a hot glass show, the Lawn Club, an onboard bocce/putting venue with real grass and special spa cabins.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor