What's spanking new on Solstice? Take a peek:
Cellar Masters (pictured). This new wine bar will offer sommelier service and serve as a space for enrichment opportunities such as wine tasting that features Riedel, Austria's renowned crystal glass company (that program was introduced fleetwide this year). A company statement describes the decor as having the "deep tones of a winery during a summer sunset."
Ensemble Lounge. Celebrity is forecasting this lounge to be the place for pre-dinner cocktails. Expect musical-themed design elements that hark back to the heyday of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Passport Bar. This drink spot in the Grand Foyer on the ground level of Celebrity Solstice will be designed with a Mediterranean color palette in mind.
Quasar. This is Celebrity's answer to high-tech discos at sea. Quasar will feature "futuristic designs of the 60's and 70's" -- and some classical elements, too, such as leather banquettes featuring details developed from vintage cars. State-of-the-art lighting and four LED screens will provide a light show in time with the beat of the music.
Sky Observation Lounge. This new top-of-the-ship observation lounge is all about the dancing -- each night will feature different themes from tango to ballroom dance. An infinity dome will hang over the dance floor for a view to the night sky. During the day, the venue should be a nice, quiet place to snag a panoramic sea view.
Crush. Part of Celebrity's signature Martini Bar, Crush is an alcove featuring an ice-filled table where guests can participate in caviar and vodka tastings. Private events can also be held here.
Celebrity Solstice will make its maiden voyage December 14, 2008, on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale visiting San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.
We'll continue to post new details as they're revealed, so check back often!
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor