By Michael Coleman
ATHENS, Greece — Passengers were greeted by many firsts this week as they boarded the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice.
The vessel sports a half-acre-sized lawn complete with real grass on the top deck. Between games of bocce ball and croquet, even putting competitions, couples have also been enjoying picnics — sans shoes of course — as bare feet meets turf for the first time at sea.
Steps away, almost incredulously, is the Corning Museum of Glass hot glass blowing workshop; another first. Two shows are offered nightly in the specially-designed, dedicated studio.
The ship is also making her Mediterranean debut with port calls in Italy, Turkey and Greece. From Rome to Taormina, Sicily; Ephesus to the sparkling Greek Isles; the landscape could not be more appealing.
But it is here in the cradle of western civilization, where the Greeks have given us the modern Olympic Games and awe-inspiring venues like the Acropolis, where passengers learned of another first: The shiny new Celebrity Solstice, in all of her 15-Deck glory, has quickly become a destination in and of itself.
It’s doubtful that passengers will forgo visits to Mediterranean treasures to simply stay onboard to enjoy all that Solstice has to offer, but who could blame them given the ship’s contemporary design, warm service and host of dining choices?
We’ll reveal the secrets of this special ship, and a number of other firsts, as the week progresses.