Solstice juxtaposes bright sunlit colors, windows and skylights above with warm browns, tans, golds and reds in the carpets, furniture and wood trim below to warm up what might have otherwise been a stark decor. This stylistic stamp is most evident in the ship's cabins. Bathrooms are large by cruise ship standards and feature a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain, along with bath products that include individual tubes of shampoo, conditioner and lotion, which are replaced every day. Other amenities are typical: robes, safes and mini-bars. Standard cabins have plenty of storage space when you add up cubbies, drawers, closets and space beneath the beds. Flat-screen TVs are interactive -- order room service, check your onboard account or book an excursion using your remote.
The centerpiece of each room is the large, LCD flat-screen television interfaced with a Mac mini computer, through which passengers can book reservations, services and excursions; examine their accounts; check menus; and watch on-demand entertainment. The channel line-up includes everything from cartoons to classic TV to free movies (offered in two languages); cable travel, sports and news channels; ship information channels; and music channels. For those who left their laptops at home and still wish to access the internet ensuite, they can do so using their stateroom's combination full keyboard and remote control.
Interior: Standard inside cabins are a comfortable 174 square feet. They feature two beds that can be converted to a queen. You'll also find a sofa bed, cupboard, desk with chair and wardrobe.
Oceanview: Outside cabins feature the same furniture as the inside cabins and have a large picture window. They are a tiny bit larger than the inside cabins at 175 square feet.
Balcony: Of the 1,279 cabins with ocean views (including suites), 1,205 have balconies -- this is 85 percent of total inventory. At 194 square feet, these cabins are similar in size to those inside but come with a 54-square-foot balcony with a table and two chairs. A partition on the balcony can be opened to create a larger shared space for those traveling with family or friends in adjoining cabins.
Passengers booking one of Solstice's 277 Concierge Class rooms will get balcony cabins -- with some sweeteners, including more premium locations on the ship (higher up and aft-facing), fresh fruit, flowers, sparkling wine (as a welcome gift), nightly canapes, an expanded room service menu, restaurant seating time preferences and priority check-in and disembarkation. Other benefits include an exclusive welcome aboard lunch in the main dining room, dedicated concierge desk, pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices and in-room enhancements such as Egyptian cotton oversized bath towels, Hansgrohe massaging showerhead and Frette robes. Shoeshine service is complimentary, as is use of a golf umbrella and binoculars.
AquaClass: These 130 cabins are essentially standard balcony cabins with prime locations and additional spa-themed perks, including access to Blu, the ship's "spa cuisine" restaurant. In the cabin, you'll have an aromatherapy diffuser, which subtly adds scent throughout the room, and a super five-head Hansgrohe shower panel in the bathroom, which makes showering on a cruise ship a surprising joy. You'll also get daily teas, bottled water on embarkation day, a personal concierge to arrange spa treatments and free access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room.
Suite: All suites include personal butlers; breakfast, lunch and dinner service; afternoon tea; daily evening hors d'oeuvres; and espresso and cappuccino -- all ensuite -- plus a range of other perks including use of the exclusive suite-only restaurant, Luminae. Celebrity Suite passengers also enjoy exclusive use of Michael's Club, a clubby bar and lounge that includes perks such as complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the day, a personal concierge and a daily breakfast.
The 44 Sky Suites represent the bulk of the suite inventory on Celebrity Solstice. They measure 300 square feet with 79-square-foot verandas accessed through floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors, and have two beds convertible to queen-size and bathrooms with a shower/tub combination and sink. The living room has a queen sleeper sofa, vanity and 40-inch LCD TV. Significantly larger are the two Penthouse Suites, measuring 1,291 square feet with 389-square-foot balconies. These cabins offer floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors, separate living room/dining room, baby grand piano, full bar, queen sleeper sofa, two 52-inch LCD TVs (the one in the living room has surround sound) and a master bath with a whirlpool tub, shower stall with dual shower heads, double sinks and even a 26-inch LCD TV. The veranda has a second whirlpool and lounge seating.
Other suite offerings are 12 Celebrity Suites (394 square feet, 105-square-foot balcony) and eight Royal Suites (590 square feet, 158-square-foot balcony). Each Celebrity Suite has a walk-in closet and separate living and sleeping areas, with flat-screen TVs in both the bedroom and living areas. Royal Suites also provide separate living and sleeping areas, and they have separate tubs and showers in the bathrooms, full wet bars and glass-topped dining room tables. Each Royal Suite has a whirlpool on its balcony.
Penthouse Suite and Royal Suite cruisers receive unlimited dining in all specialty restaurants, a complimentary Premium Beverage Package for all, complimentary unlimited internet access and a stateroom setup of one bottle of vodka and one bottle of scotch or gin with mixers, a choice of spirits and wine.
Family: Families can take advantage of 121 connecting staterooms and four Family Ocean View Staterooms with verandas. These rooms measure a generous 575 square feet with one master bedroom plus a second bedroom (with a single twin bed) and sitting area with a sofa (convertible to trundle bed).
Accessible: Solstice has 30 state-of-the-art wheelchair-accessible staterooms, covering a wide range of categories from Inside to Sky Suite. Eighty percent (24) are outside, and 20 of the 30 accessible cabins have accessible balconies. All accessible staterooms have additional square footage over their non-accessible counterparts and have 32-inch-wide automatic doors with sitting-level key card slots. Most accessible staterooms feature 5-foot turning radiuses. Bathrooms have roll-in showers, ramped thresholds and lowered fixtures. Suites feature the services of a butler, who will, among other chores, assist in the moving of heavy luggage as well as packing and unpacking. Facilities are also available for passengers with visual or hearing disabilities. A service animal relief box is available on request.