Celebrity introduces its last Solstice-class ship, the Reflection

A lovely way to start the day

There are few things more delightful than enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of toast on your ship’s verandah in the early morning hours with the sun – and the new day – brand new and full of promise.

Okay, I had butter on the toast, a grapefruit half, all delivered quickly and served nicely. Basically, breakfast is food for life, but the beauty of the sun on the sea, the soft blue sky above and the wondrous quiet, make for a marvelous way to start the day and feed the soul.

It seems apt to reflect on this aboard Celebrity’s new Reflection (corny, I know, but it is still very early in the day).

This ship is the last in the Solstice Class. Celebrity created the class four years ago with the Solstice. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, says the concept came from passengers’ suggestions and those from travel partners and the attention to detail of the German shipbuilder, Meyer-Weft. The collaboration resulted in three more ships — the Equinox, Eclipse and Silhouette – and now the Reflection, for a total of five.

The innovative Solstice class has been successful. It offers the first glass blowing studio at sea, the Lawn Club (with real grass), multiple dining venues all earning top grades, shows, food tastings and the like and an atmosphere of modern luxury and elegant travel that keeps passengers coming back.

A red painted aluminum rose in the Grand Foyer

So anyone who has traveled on Reflection’s sister ships knows the Lawn Club, the Aqua Spa, Martini Bar,Celebrity lounge, the first authorized Apple reseller at sea and so on. There is the comfort of returning to what one knows. .

Reflection features a soothing décor of tones of red and tones of gold. Don’t think over-the-top, we’re talking a deep garnet color, golds so soft they look beige, and as usual, Richard Fain has outdone himself with artwork.  For example, aft stairs art feature silver tones, forward stairs shades of gold. Each deck has interesting pieces including a red painted aluminum rose in the Grand Foyer.

A major point on this two-day inaugural cruise was the naming of the vessel’s godmothers, which Fain says is always a serious decision. This time around the committee looked within the company itself and came up with four women associated with RCCL who have either dealt with breast cancer themselves or have close family members who have had the disease.

They are: Jovanka Goronjic, spa manager on Celebrity Constellation who cut her hair for wigs for cancer patients when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer; Megan Mathie, a glassblower aboard Celebrity Solstice whose mother and sister were both diagnosed with breast cancer and who offers a “Hot Pink Glass Show” on each cruise and shares her story; Helen O’Connell,  community relations manager for the company who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and RCCL Special Events Manager Rosey Rodriguez diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer earlier this year.

During the naming ceremony, Fain commented on the women’s dignity, courage, optimism and concern for others. Their stories were moving.

Time for more reflection!

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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