Celebrity Solstice Heats Up the Seas

The new Hot Glass Show will be the first of its kind

By: Ana Figueroa

Celebrity Solstice will introduce an industry first when it debuts in Dec. 2008. In collaboration with the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, the Solstice will bring the art of glassblowing to sea when the Museum’s Hot Glass Show debuts.

The Hot Glass Show will provide live demonstrations and a narrated performance of glassblowing, designed to engage, educate and inspire cruisers about the art, history and science of glass.

“We’re confident our guests will be awestruck by what we’re offering with The Corning Museum of Glass,” said Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Dan Hanrahan. “The museum’s surveys repeatedly show that live glassmaking demonstrations rank as one of the top reasons more than 340,000 people visit the museum each year. Now, it’s also a compelling reason to sail on Celebrity Solstice.”

Located on the ship’s upper deck within a custom-designed, outdoor glassmaking studio, the Hot Glass Show will present the history and craft of glassblowing, from its ancient origins to its current countless uses. Three resident “gaffers” highly skilled glassblowing artists will educate and entertain cruisers with live glassmaking shows, lectures and workshops.

In addition to the Hot Glass Show, Celebrity Solstice will feature an array of innovative hot spots. From an intimate wine cellar to a vibrant club that transforms with each night’s dance theme, the 2,850-guest ship will offer guests some extremely stylish and imaginative public spaces. Those venues include Cellar Masters wine bar; the Ensemble Lounge; Passport Bar; the ’60s and ’70s-inspired Quasar and the new signature lounge atop the ship, the Sky Observation Lounge.

Celebrity Solstice will also offer a special twist to the Celebrity Century’s popular Martini Bar. Inspired by water, ice and snow, The Martini Bar & Crush aboard Celebrity Solstice will feature an alluring frosted bar the perfect chilled surface for enjoying over 100 varieties of vodkas from around the world. New on Celebrity Solstice will be Crush, a small alcove featuring an ice-filled table where guests can participate in caviar and vodka tastings, or even host a private event.

Following several weeks of inaugural activities, Celebrity Solstice will make its maiden voyage Dec. 14, 2008, on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. The itinerary will be offered on Sundays through April 5, 2009, with an alternating itinerary calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, B.V.I.; and Labadee, Haiti, through April 12, 2009. Fares for veranda staterooms begin at $1,099 per person, based on double occupancy.