Celebrity Cruises Solstice Makes Waves

Aboard Celebrity's "Reflection"
Aboard Celebrity’s “Reflection”

Celebrity “Solstice” ships are the 4-star resorts of the sea, according to Ron Gulaskey, corporate sales director at Celebrity Cruises. With superb specialty restaurants, spacious meeting spaces, a lawn club, glass blowing and art studios, a pillow menu, advanced wine dispensing systems and over 50 international craft beer labels onboard, it’s hard to argue.

The luxury class ships have returned for the season to South Florida for their annual Caribbean cruises.

I boarded Reflection recently with Gulaskey to tour the majestic ship and all the lavish amenities available in the concierge class, which he says includes “upgraded amenities planners ask for at hotels.” Each concierge class stateroom is complete with high quality comfortable indoor and outdoor furniture on the 75-sf veranda, a must for any total relaxation getaway. Aboard the Reflection, up to 3,046 attendees will receive personalized concierge service, cozy plush bathrobes, fresh flowers and fruit bowl—in effort to be more sustainable—along with priority check-in and disembarkation.

Celebrity’s spa bundle, AquaSpa, includes acupuncture, detox wraps and body therapies, various massages, salon services and signature treatments. A fitness room that nearly spans the 123-foot beam of the ship on deck 12 is complete with the latest Life Fitness machines available. Each treadmill has it’s own touch screen TV and iPod jack; a great way to clear your mind while taking in spectacular views of the sea from behind the soaring floor to ceiling windows. Book a private trainer for Zumba, Yoga, or Spin Classes complete with Flywheel bikes.

For those wanting a truly zenful experience, AquaClass suites are the ultimate heaven. Attendees will undoubtedly be able to smell the soothing spa scents permeating from the 152 staterooms as they make their way down the corridor. Gulaskey says these rooms were designed by women for women as evident by their large sumptuous bathrooms, storage rooms and counter space.

“There are 152 AquaClass staterooms on Reflection and the number available for a planner to book is based on availability,” says Celebrity’s corporate sales manager Patrick Bralick. AquaClass guests enjoy many spa amenities as well as exclusive access to Blu, a contemporary restaurant serving clean and green cuisines.

In addition to unlimited access to the AquaSpa, your personal spa concierge will arrange your AquaSpa treatments. The cool soft sea foam-tiled lounges with comfy white cushions in the relaxation room with unobstructed views of the sea mesmerized me the moment I walked in.

Deck 4 is host to the ballroom/conference center complete with a 220-seat tiered theater that can be reconfigured for smaller group functions such as business meetings and cocktail parties. Air walls allow the additional 2,850-sf meeting space to be divided into two or three smaller rooms equipped with four 70-inch LCD TVs. Reflection’s sister ships have a Sky Conference Center on Deck 14 that accommodates 210 pax.

Amazingly wide corridors throughout the public areas alleviate overcrowding and make for an easy stroll through much of the shopping and dining on board. Whether it’s a picnic or art classes on the top deck’s green lawn, or private wine tasting in Michael’s Club, Celebrity Solstice ships offer 4-star service and onboard celebration of the best at sea.—Danielle Adams

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Danielle Adams, CMP is president of the Florida/Caribbean Chapter of Green Meeting Industry Council, and spends most of her time advancing sustainability in the hospitality industry and beyond through workshops, presentations, and as an independent meeting planner and contributing writer for Prevue. Anwar Sadat was the keynote speaker at the first official event she planned while working for Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, sparking her interest in the global community. She is currently engaged in a 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training, and loving life!