Celebrity Cruises, subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will acquire five new cruise ships, belonging to the Solstice class. Late November 2008, the Celebrity Solstice has officially ...
... been taken into service as the first out of five. With the Solstice series Celebrity Cruises builds, in cooperation with Meyer Werft and Bolidt, a class that has never been shown before.
The unique class of the Solstice series is among other things characterized by the presence of an on board golf course, applied with real grass including drainpipes and the Hot Glass Show, where people can witness a demonstration of glassblowing. With an occupation of two persons per cabin, the Celebrity Solstice can ship 2.850 passengers. Next to that there is room for 1.271 crew members.
So far, it is the largest cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises: a tonnage of 122.000 with a length of over 300 m and a width of almost 35 m. With these dimensions, it is also the largest ship ever build in Germany. Until 2012, Meyer Werft will annually deliver a ship from this type of class. In 2007, Bolidt was elected by Meyer Werft as partner of the year, being a reliable supplier when it comes to design, production, application, financials and safety.
The complete deck finish of the Celebrity Solstice was also entrusted to Bolidt. In total, the ship has been provided with 11.000 m2 Bolideck® Future Teak, among which the outside decks, pool decks and all the balconies. To be able to give the passengers the `welcome aboard" feeling, some of the inside decks were fitted with Bolideck® Future Teak as well, which stimulates the right cruise feeling. On top of that, Bolidt provided the athletic tracks and sports fields with Bolideck® Select Soft, a system that Celebrity Cruises is also very familiar with. Finally, the helicopter deck has been provided with the Bolideck® system as well. Because of the great satisfaction, all the upcoming new ships will be fitted with Bolideck® Future Teak and several existing cruise ships will be converted.
The Celebrity Solstice has recently started its first official series of 8-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.
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