The handover occurred as originally scheduled, despite some (very) minor hiccups experienced last week during sea trials. The ship had run into some issues with its propulsion system and stabilizers, necessitating a return to dry dock in Hamburg for final adjustments.
Solstice will head across the Atlantic tomorrow (without passengers) and dock in Ft. Lauderdale on November 3. Shortly after its arrival in Ft. Lauderdale, Celebrity Solstice will operate a series of two-night preview cruises for invited travel agents, press and other dignitaries.
Celebrity Solstice will be named in formal ceremonies on November 14, and will embark on its inaugural season November 23, followed by a series of seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale.
Solstice is the first in a series of five "Solstice-class" ships, all of which will features the half-acre Lawn Club with real grass; the Hot Glass Show; Solarium indoor pool; and 10 restaurants, including several specialty options.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor