Thursday, November 13, 2008

Celebrity Solstice: Day One

After some confusion regarding non-working boarding cards, we finally made it aboard Celebrity Solstice. Met at the bottom of the gangway by a ship’s steward, we were assisted with our carry-on luggage and accompanied to our stateroom, 1605 on Deck 11.

Our accommodations are in AquaClass, which means we have special amenities such as spa toiletries; a spa kit including foot spray, facial mist, and lip balm; loofah slippers, and the services of an AquaClass Concierge to assist us with our spa needs. We also have complimentary use of the Persian Garden in the AquaSpa where we can relax on heated tile loungers after unwinding in the herbal steam room or the aromatic suite.

The first order of business was naturally a bite of lunch in the bright and spacious Oceanview Café. Food stations make selection simple—there are stations for salads, a carving station, a dessert station, and so on. Tables are set with fabric napkins and silverware. We aren’t sure if any table service for beverages is offered, but will check that out tomorrow.

On our brief 2-day preview sailing on Celebrity Solstice we want to accomplish as much as possible so we began a ship’s tour at the Lawn Club (pictured above) where we could play croquet, simply wiggle our toes in the real grass, or watch the Hot Glass Show (seen at right). We skipped the croquet, but wandered barefoot through the grass before heading for the area set up for the Hot Glass Show. The show moderator shared some background information about glass blowing… the top question they are asked is, “Have you ever burned yourself?” And the answer is, “Yes.” The show is fascinating and something truly unique that you won’t want to miss. Oh, and if you get grass stains on your feet, there are foot washing stations adjacent to the Lawn Club.

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