Celebrity Solstice at Alaska's Tracy Arm Fjord
Celebrity Solstice at Alaska's Tracy Arm Fjord / Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Solstice's pool deck
Celebrity Solstice's pool deck / Celebrity Cruises
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Solarium
Solarium / Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Silhouette's Lawn Club
Celebrity Silhouette's Lawn Club / Celebrity Cruises / Tim Bieber
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Celebrity Solstice's Sunset Bar
Celebrity Solstice's Sunset Bar / Celebrity Cruises / Quentin Bacon
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Hammock on Celebrity Equinox
Hammock on Celebrity Equinox / Celebrity Cruises / William Abranowicz
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Blu restaurant
Blu restaurant / Celebrity Cruises
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Grilled Veal Chop at Murano
Grilled Veal Chop at Murano / Celebrity Cruises
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Martini Bar
Martini Bar / Celebrity Cruises
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"Elyria"
"Elyria" / Celebrity Cruises
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Oceanview Café
Oceanview Café / Celebrity Cruises
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Wontons from Silk
Wontons from Silk / Celebrity Cruises
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Grilling in the Galapagos on Celebrity Xpedition
Grilling in the Galapagos on Celebrity Xpedition / Celebrity Cruises
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Lawn Club Grill
Lawn Club Grill / Celebrity Cruises
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"Quickfire Challenge"
"Quickfire Challenge" / Kayla Becker
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Celebrity Kids Club
Celebrity Kids Club / Celebrity Cruises
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Persian Garden
Persian Garden / Celebrity Cruises
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Ocean Liners
Ocean Liners / Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Silhouette's Hideaway
Celebrity Silhouette's Hideaway / Celebrity Cruises / Tim Bieber
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Hot Glass Show
Hot Glass Show / Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Solstice's Hot Glass Show
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Tuscan Grille
Tuscan Grille / Celebrity Cruises
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Aqua Class Stateroom
Aqua Class Stateroom / Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Solstice's Sunset Veranda Stateroom
Celebrity Solstice's Sunset Veranda Stateroom / Celebrity Cruises / Michel Verdure
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Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Celebrity Solstice in Alaska / Celebrity Cruises / Michel Verdure
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Café al Bacio
Café al Bacio / Celebrity Cruises
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Persian Garden heated chairs
Persian Garden heated chairs / Celebrity Cruises
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Ordering on iPads at Qsine
Ordering on iPads at Qsine / Celebrity Cruises
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Sushi lollipops at Qsine
Sushi lollipops at Qsine / Celebrity Cruises
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Selecting from the wine tower
Selecting from the wine tower / Celebrity Cruises
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Cellar Masters wine bar
Cellar Masters wine bar / Celebrity Cruises
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Sky Observation Lounge
Sky Observation Lounge / Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Line Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Celebrity has some of the most beautiful and best-designed ships in the industry, true contemporary stunners. Everything — from the extraordinary spa facilities to the half-acre of grass on the line's Solstice-class ships, to the martini bars and romantic seating areas with egg-shaped chairs and daybeds — is tasteful with a modern edge. It's a design aesthetic that has influenced the rest of the industry, too, and now ships are popping up on other lines with style choices that seem ripped right from Solstice.

What We Love

The Art Collection: The cruise line's $60 million collection is contemporary and daring. Included are works by notables such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons, David Hockney, and Anish Kapoor. On some of the Solstice-class ships, original art is even created live as passengers watch glassblowers in a hot glass show.

Unforgettable Spas: The spas, operated by Canyon Ranch SpaClub, are spectacular, with thalassotherapy pools and Persian Gardens. Each is an oasis of calm for passengers who come on board for much needed R&R. Best of all, there's a café full of healthy treats outside the spa on the pool deck, with Greek yogurt parfaits at breakfast and low-fat chicken salad (served with tasty plates of mango with mint and spices) at lunch. 

Innovation: Celebrity has been a risk taker in recent years, putting on an avant-garde, adult-oriented stage show and introducing the first self-serve wine bar at sea. You can even buy Apple products duty-free on board — and learn how to use your new devices, too, in organized classes scheduled throughout the sailings.

Best Known For

Great Buffets: The line has beefed up its culinary game: The Oceanview Café is one of the best buffets in the industry, and you'll find decent cuisine in the main dining room and specialty (for-a-fee) restaurants. Celebrity has also launched a partnership with Bravo's "Top Chef," resulting in theme cruises with a variety of "cheftestants" on board.

Attentive Service: Crew members are not only well-trained, but allowed to think on their feet to meet special requests — even difficult ones, like remembering you like your dirty martinis with extra olives or finding a tub to bathe a baby in.

Who It's Best For

Couples: Twosomes age 40 and up who don't need a constant lineup of activities enjoy the combination of romance, a little decadence, and opportunity to relax. During the day, the quiet corners feel like an elegant place to find time alone. At night after dinner, you'll find a variety of places to dance or toast with cocktails together in an atmosphere that feels both sophisticated and celebratory. 

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Expect Crowds: Although each ship provides plenty of cushy hangout places, with a couple thousand people (or more) on board, there are times when you'll have to get in line, such as when disembarking at a port of call.

The Kids Program Is So-So: The line has facilities and activities for kids, but they lack the excitement of the programming on some competing lines. On some sailings, there are so few children that the kids club hours are limited and the feeling of being stared at by guests who came looking for peace and quiet (and even an escape from their own children) can be intense.

Fran Golden
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger