2009's Best New Cruise Ships
Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity, Solstice and Equinox
Cabins 1,425, ranging from 176 to 1,291 square feet
Perfect For Style-conscious thirtysomethings drawn by the edgy design: outdoor lounging pods; textured walls; and exquisitely sculpted wooden benches.
Unusual Features More than $6 million worth of modern art by such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jim Dine is displayed throughout the dining rooms, lounges, and stairwells. Guests can play bocce and croquet at the Lawn Club (with real grass, a first on a cruise ship), and watch a team of experts from the New York–based Corning Museum of Glass present a live glassblowing show at sea.
Routes The Solstice plies several seven- to 15-night routes: southwest through the Mediterranean; through the eastern Caribbean; and a transatlantic trip from Fort Lauderdale to Rome. The Equinox, which is identical to the Solstice and launches August 8, offers 10- to 14-night itineraries in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, plus a voyage from Southampton, England, to Rome.
T+L Tip Come 5:30 p.m., head to Crush, a 10-seat lounge located in an alcove off Deck 4’s popular Martini Bar, for the best scene on board. 800/647-2251; celebritycruises.com; seven nights from $899 per person on the Solstice; 10 nights from $1,099 per person on the Equinox.