Celebrity Cruises reveals details of stunning 11 million dollar modern luxury makeover for Celebrity Solstice
On the eve of her arrival down under for her fifth consecutive season, Celebrity Cruises has revealed details of the extensive AUD$11.25 million revitalisation planned for Australia’s favourite cruise ship*, Celebrity Solstice, including “A Taste of Film” cinema experience under the stars, new Lawn Club cabanas, an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant and an all-new digital photo gallery.
Australians will be the first to experience Celebrity Solstice’s myriad of exciting new features. After making her debut as the first international cruise ship to return to Sydney for the summer season on 8 October, the 2,850-guest ship will cruise to Singapore where she will enter dry-dock on 22 October. Emerging nine days later, Celebrity Solstice will then sail into her Sydney home-port on 14 November.
“Since her very first season down under, Celebrity Solstice has won the hearts of Aussies to become Australia’s favourite cruise ship,” says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises in Australia and New Zealand.
“With this extensive revitalisation, we’re adding more of the things they love, making the highest rated cruise ship even better.”
“Australians are great lovers of the outdoors, so our iconic, real grass Lawn Club has proven to be incredibly popular. We’ll enhance this space even further by adding an outdoor movie screen, beautiful cabanas, and introducing “A Taste of Film” experience, which pairs classic films with culinary delights – an industry first.”
“We also know that Australians enjoy indulging in the finest Asian cuisine, so we’ve added Sushi on Five for some of the best sushi at sea,” Armstrong continued.
“We’ve no doubt Australians are going to love all our new offerings, and can’t wait to unveil them when Celebrity Solstice returns to our shores in November,” he concluded.
The revitalisation will see various enhancements and additions implemented throughout the ship, including:
A Taste of Film
Celebrity Solstice will be the first of the Solstice Class ships to offer this gastronomic and film adventure, which pairs big-screen movies that evoke a specific cultural, culinary or destination experience, with cuisine that brings the scenes on the screen to life through guests’ taste buds. Additionally, a large movie screen will be added to The Lawn Club where the unique culinary experience will be hosted.
Lawn Club Cabanas
Brand new alcove-style cabanas will border the real grass lawn for additional seating and relaxation space. Guests will be able to adjust the cabanas to their preferred view throughout the day, whether it be out to sea or towards the outdoor movie screen.
Sushi on Five
Celebrity’s hotly anticipated newest dining experience will take the place of Bistro on Five and feature an expertly crafted à la carte menu, curated by sushi chef Yoshikazu “Yoshi” Okada. Sushi on Five will offer hand-rolled sushi, fresh tableside grated wasabi, house-made soy sauce, Asian-inspired cocktails, Japanese beers and premium sakes, plus an array of mouth-watering starters and entrees.
Celebrity Solstice’s Photo Gallery will also receive a full modern luxury makeover, removing the traditional panel display of printed photos and introducing 25 state-of-the-art touch screen kiosks, where guests will be able to view their professional photos taken throughout their cruise and purchase a variety of photo formats. This new service allows guests to download their purchased photos direct to their mobile device at any time during their cruise, and instantly share their cruise memories with friends and family back home via social networking, email or messaging.
In addition, an expansive Art Gallery will emerge from the current Photo Gallery, featuring a dedicated auction location with contemporary art lining the freshly renovated space.
Suites onboard will also see various modern luxury enhancements, including lavish new patio furniture being added to suite balconies.
The newly revitalised Celebrity Solstice will arrive back in Sydney on 14 November, following a repositioning cruise from Singapore. She’ll then embark on a series of picturesque itineraries with calls to the green natural oasis of New Zealand, the exotic escape of Indonesia, and to sought-after destinations across Australia.
The cruise will call at the pristine island of Lifou in the Loyalty Islands and vibrant Noumea in New Caledonia, before returning to Sydney.
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for guests’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury cruise holidays visiting all seven continents and present immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL).
RCL Cruises Ltd Australia commenced operation in December 2008 as the Australian arm of global cruise holiday company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company offers three cruise brands in Australia and New Zealand: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. In the 2016/2017 cruise season Royal Caribbean International will increase the local fleet to five ships with the introduction of Australia’s biggest, newest and most technologically advanced cruise ship – US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas. She will join Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas andRadiance of the Seas, all homeporting in Sydney, and Legend of the Seas, homeporting in Brisbane. Australia’s highest rated cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, will also sail her fifth local season out of Sydney, while Azamara Club Cruises’ boutique Azamara Journey will make her Australian debut during the 2016/2017 summer season.