All about the Celebrity Solstice

The Celebrity Solstice was built in 2008. It was renovated in 2021. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 1,033 ft long and 121 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.9 football fields, as wide as 2.3 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 13-story building. The Celebrity Soltice was the first cruise ship to feature a full half-acre of living grass on board.

Celebrity Solstice Ship

The Solstice can hold 2,850 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Solstice has a space ratio of 43. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Gross Tonnage122,000
Passenger Decks13
Passengers (double occupancy)2,850
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.2
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)43

The Solstice is one of five Solstice-class ships currently sailing with Celebrity. The Solstice is very similar to its sister-ships; Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection, although each ship may have some differences.

Celebrity Solstice Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Celebrity Solstice. You have 10 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 4 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 6 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 40% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
AquaSpa Cafe Quick serveIncludedHealthy
BluSit downFlat feeAmerican
Le Petit Chef at QsineSit downFlat feeFoodie
LuminaeSit downFlat feeModern
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedAmerican
Mast GrillQuick serveIncludedHambugers
MuranoSit downFlat feeFrench
Oceanview CafeQuick serveIncludedBuffet
Sushi on Five Sit downFlat feeSushi
Tuscan GrilleSit downFlat feeItalian

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Celebrity serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Celebrity Solstice

The main pool on the Celebrity Solstice
The main pool on the Celebrity Solstice

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Celebrity Solstice has a total of 3 pools and 6 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only.

Total Pools3
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive
Total Hot Tubs6
- Hot Tubs - General Access4
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive

Celebrity Solstice Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Solstice. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Beyond the Podium Talk SeriesIncluded
BingoA la cart
CasinoA la cart
Fitness CenterIncluded
Hot Glass ShowIncluded
Jogging TrackIncluded
Lawn ClubIncluded
Outdoor moviesIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Thermal SuitesFlat fee

Cruise Costs

Celebrity is a premium cruise line. Premium cruise lines typically offer upscale food, accommodations, and service. These typically cost about $150 - $400 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Celebrity Solstice Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Celebrity ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services20%
Soda Price$3.00
Domestic Beer Price$6.00
Drink Package Price$69
Internet PlanBasic web surfing is included, internet for streaming is $20 per person per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Celebrity Cruise Lines offers an "Always Included" program. Guests who book a cruise using this promotion will have gratuities, wifi, and alcohol included. Some sailings are available without this program so pay attention when booking. Typically prices are lower if they don't include "Always Included." The wifi and alcohol package are the base levels and can be upgraded for an additional cost.

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