Continuing a tradition that started with the launch of the new Solstice Class in 2008, Celebrity Cruises chose a breast cancer survivor as godmother of the ship. Michelle Morgan, the chief executive officer of Signature Travel Network, held back tears as she named the ship and cut the ribbon, sending a bottle of champagne smashing into the stack to inaugurate the vessel.
I was in a spacious AquaClass cabin with balcony on the Penthouse Deck. The AquaClass cabins also boast private access to the spa, unlimited use of the Persian Garden (hot stone beds, steam room, and sauna), exclusive use of specialty restaurant Blu, who's menu features a wide choice of fresh and healthy dishes, and extra toiletries. The shower is equally as spacious with jetted bodywash showers from Hansgrohe, which shoot water from multiple heads.
The Hideaway is a funky, quiet area with pods reminiscent of childhood tree houses and alcoves to relax in while reading a book or using the ship's wifi.
Michael's Club, previously a gentleman's club on other Celebrity ships, is now a beer garden selling some 60 different beers from around the world.
An afternoon tea with champagne, sandwiches and scones is served in Murano by white-gloved waiters. Nearby, Bistro on Five serves up crepes and Cafe al Bacio's barista keep the cappuccino machine steaming.
The Lawn Club is a grassy area with over-sized Adirondack chairs, lawn games like bocce and croquet, and private wi-fi equipped cabanas dubbed 'The Alcoves". It's hard to resist the Alice-in-Wonderland like experience of climbing up on the chairs and posing for a picture!
|My friend Dena adding toppings for our flat bread|
I was the "Grill Master" for our table. My first job was to visit the meat locker and select the finest meats for our group. Next up is my lesson in appropriately tenderizing our meat and seafood selections. A variety of seasoning and glazes are available to customize each order.
|Tenderizing our meat and sea food with sea salt|
|Manning the grill|
Don't forget dessert - we highly recommend the chocolate chip cookie cooked on the grill and topped with vanilla ice cream.
|M's Favorites: Mixed Olives – Tzatziki – Eggplant Imambiyaldi Tabbouleh – Hummus – Chicken Kofta – Zathaar Lamb Chops – Kibbeh Mediterranean Chili – Falafel – Goat Cheese Cigars|
The dinner menu is equally as fun with videos accompanying each dish. The Crunchy Munchies (a 5-tier tower of French Fries, Sweet Potato Strings, Vegetable Chips, Potato Croquettes, Spicy Parsnip Crisps, and "Squeezable Sauces"), Lava Crab (Alaksan King Crab with sweet yellow corn and scallions, Kataifi with Old-bay lobster sauce), Disco Shrimp served with a built in strobe light, Sushi Lollipop's (Nigiri Sushi, Soy Center, Wasabi Mayo & Pickled Ginger-Radish Salad) and M's Favorites did not disappoint! I hear dessert is the "Cupcake Affair" which are vanilla and red velvet cupcakes that come with all the fixings to decorate yourself. Our dessert was a special sampler for the inauguration.
The Cirque du Solei style show in the theater is quite good with a mix of contortionists, acrobatics, juggling, singing and dancing.
A variety of classes are available in the fitness center as well as many different machines. Grab a bottle of water from one of the various bars or restaurants as bottled water is not available in the fitness center.
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