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Solstice Class vs. Edge Class on Celebrity Cruises

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Solstice Class vs. Edge Class on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is knowing for offering guests an upscale cruising experience to destinations across the world.  

Their fleet is comprised of 15 ships in 4 different classes, including 3 expedition vessels sailing to the Galapagos Islands. The majority of the ships fit within one of two classes, either Solstice or Edge. 

There are similarities and differences between these eight ships that make them unique in their own ways. Understanding what each Celebrity Cruises ship class, particularly Solstice and Edge Class, has to offer makes the decision of choosing a ship an easier process. 

Here is a breakdown between Solstice and Edge Class ships to help you pick which is the best fit for your next cruise vacation!

What are cruise ship classes?

Cruise ship classes group together similar ships. Each ship within the class has a common base (i.e., size, design, structure, and offerings) that separate them from other classes. Often, they are built around the same time as one another.

Within each class, there can be variations of features, restaurants, or activities that have been added or modified throughout the years. Therefore, ships within a class are often referred to as “sister ships.” 

Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class

With five operational ships, Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class is the cruise line’s largest class. The first ship, Celebrity Solstice, was launched in 2008 and was the first cruise ship to have a real glass lawn at sea, as well as offer a hot glass class onboard. The last ship in the class, Celebrity Reflection, debuted in 2012 and is the largest Solstice Class vessel. 

Celebrity Solstice (2008)

  • Gross tonnage: 122,000
  • Length: 1,041 feet
  • Width: 121 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 2,852
  • Last renovated in 2021

Celebrity Equinox (2009)

  • Gross tonnage: 122,000
  • Length: 1,041 feet
  • Width: 121 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 2,852
  • Last renovated in 2019

Celebrity Eclipse (2010)

  • Gross tonnage: 122,000
  • Length: 1,041 feet
  • Width: 121 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 2,852

Celebrity Silhouette (2011)

  • Gross tonnage: 122,400
  • Length: 1,047 feet
  • Width: 121 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 2,902
  • Last renovated in 2020

Celebrity Reflection (2012)

  • Gross tonnage: 126,000
  • Length: 1,047 feet
  • Width: 123 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 3,046

Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class

The Edge Class is Celebrity Cruises’ newest and most advanced class of ships. The first ship, Celebrity Edge, debuted in 2018 and followed by the Celebrity Apex in 2021 and Celebrity Beyond in 2022. A fourth ship, Celebrity Ascent, is expected to debut in December 2023. 

These ships are modern, stylish, and boast numerous revolutionary high-tech innovations, such as the multipurpose Magic Carpet that sticks out over the side of the ship. By day, it is a tender gateway that connects guests to ports of call, and by night, it is a trendy bar that’s home to some of the best views at sea. 

In terms of gross tonnage, Edge Class ships are larger than Solstice Class ships. However, with the exception of Celebrity Beyond, they are about 40 feet shorter than the latter; Celebrity Beyond is the longest ship in Celebrity’s fleet and stands out from her two younger sister ships. 

Celebrity Edge (2018)

  • Gross tonnage: 129,500
  • Length: 1,004 feet
  • Width: 128 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 2,918

Celebrity Apex (2021)

  • Gross tonnage: 129,500
  • Length: 1,004 feet
  • Width: 128 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 2,910

Celebrity Beyond (2022)

  • Gross tonnage: 140,600
  • Length: 1,073 feet
  • Width: 128 feet
  • Number of passengers (double occupancy): 3,260

Dining options

Solstice Class

Each Solstice Class ship has between ten and twelve dining options. Celebrity Equinox, Eclipse, and Solstice each have ten, while Celebrity Reflection and Silhouette have two more specialty restaurants than the others, bringing their dining venue total to twelve.  

All Solstice Class ships have the same six complimentary options:

  • Oceanview Café is the main buffet that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 
  • Mast Grill is a relaxed, poolside joint that serves up burgers, hot dogs, french fries, and light refreshments in the afternoons.
  • The Spa Café features flavorful, healthy dishes like homemade energy bars and muffins, cereals, and acaí bowls. 
  • Each ship has a two-story main dining room where guests may dine each evening of their cruise and indulge in a three-course meal. The name of the main dining room varies by ship. Onboard Celebrity Eclipse, for instance, it is called the Moonlight Sonata Restaurant, while it’s called Opus Restaurant on Celebrity Reflection.
  • Blu is the exclusive restaurant for guests staying in an AquaClass stateroom that highlights clean, healthy cuisine. 
  • Luminae is The Retreat’s private restaurant where each menu is created by a Michelin-starred chef and is unavailable elsewhere on the ship. 

The primary difference when it comes to dining onboard Solstice Class ships are the available specialty restaurants. All five ships have Le Petit Chef, Murano, Tuscan Grille, and Sushi on Five. Celebrity Reflection and Silhouette have two other specialty venues that the other three Solstice Class ships don’t: The Lawn Club Grill and The Porch. 

Edge Class

Like Solstice Class ships, Edge Class ships feature numerous complimentary dining venues, including Oceanview Café, Mast Grill, and The Spa Café. Where these ships stand out, however, is the main dining experience. Rather than offer one main dining room, there are four complimentary restaurants for guests to choose from each evening: 

  • Cyprus focuses on Mediterranean dishes
  • Normandie is the modern French restaurant
  • Cosmopolitan specializes in New American cuisine
  • Tuscan serves up global contemporary options with an emphasis on Southern Italian food

Eden Café is a new complimentary venue exclusive to Edge Class ships that offers a variety of morning beverages and bites, including steak and egg bagels, fruit bowls, pastries, salads, soups, paninis, and other sandwiches. 

Additionally, Blu is available for AquaClass guests and Luminae for those staying in The Retreat. 

When it comes to specialty dining, Celebrity reinvented the options on Edge Class ships, with the only venue onboard on Solstice and Edge Class ships is Le Petit Chef. Celebrity Edge and Ascent have seven specialty restaurants, while Beyond has eight: 

  • Fine Cut Steakhouse
  • Le Grand Bistro
  • Raw on 5
  • Le Petit Chef
  • Magic Carpet (Dinner on the Edge)
  • Rooftop Garden Grill
  • Eden Restaurant 
  • Le Boyage by Daniel Boulud (on Celebrity Beyond only)

Bars and lounges

Solstice Class

There is not much variation when it comes to the bars and lounges onboard Solstice Class ships; two ships have a wine cellar, while three feature a casual lounge that serves up comfort food and light bites. Each vessel has ten different options for guests to choose from:

  • Rendezvous Lounge
  • Martini Bar & Crush
  • World Class Bar
  • Café al Bacio & Gelateria
  • Passport Bar
  • Sky Observation Lounge
  • Pool & Mast Bar
  • Sunset Bar
  • The Retreat Lounge (called Michael’s Club on non-revolutionized ships)
  • *Craft Social Bar (Celebrity Equinox and Silhouette)
  • *Cellar Masters (Celebrity Reflection, Solstice, and Eclipse)

Craft Social Bar serves over forty different beers, wines by the glass and bottle, cocktails, and à la carte food options. In comparison, Cellar Masters offers a large selection of international wines that have been handpicked by Celebrity sommeliers. 

Edge Class

Each Edge Class vessel has at least eleven bars and lounges, with more options available on Celebrity Apex and Beyond:

  • The Martini Bar
  • The Magic Carpet
  • The Retreat Lounge
  • The Retreat Pool Bar
  • Café Al Bacio
  • Il Secondo Bacio
  • Eden Bar
  • The Sunset Bar
  • The Pool Bar
  • The Casino Bar
  • The Club
  • Craft Social Bar (Celebrity Apex and Beyond)
  • World Class Bar (Celebrity Beyond)
  • Mast Bar (Celebrity Beyond)

World Class Bar is a Celebrity favorite that was brought back to Edge Class ships onboard Celebrity Beyond. It’s available on all Solstice Class ships, as is the Martini Bar, Café Al Bacio, Pool Bar, and Sunset Bar. 

Accommodations

Solstice Class

Solstice Class ships have cabins for every type of traveler, including Studio, Interior, Ocean View, and Veranda staterooms, as well as Concierge Class and AquaClass staterooms, and the luxurious Retreat suites.  

The only Solstice Class ship, however, to feature solo cabins is Celebrity Silhouette. There are only four available, too. Each is a 103 square foot interior cabin. 

At 1,291 square feet with a 389 square foot veranda, the largest stateroom onboard Celebrity Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette, and Solstice is The Retreat’s Penthouse Suite. 

Celebrity Reflection, however, has the signature Reflection Suite, which is the biggest stateroom among any of the Solstice Class ships; it was the fleet’s first-ever two-bedroom suite and is a whopping 1,636 square feet. Its veranda is smaller compared to other suites, though, and is only 193 square feet. 

Edge Class

Celebrity’s Edge Class offers a variety of different cabins for guests to choose from: Studio, Interior, Ocean View, Panoramic Ocean View, Veranda (including Infinite Veranda and Deluxe Porthole Veranda), Concierge Class, and AquaClass staterooms, and, of course, The Retreat.

Infinite veranda staterooms are available exclusively on Edge Class ships, and according to Celebrity’s website, they are 23% larger than Solstice Class veranda staterooms.

Folding doors separate the balcony portion of the cabin from the living space, and with the single push of a button, you can control whether the window at the end of the room (aka the balcony) is raised or lowered. Like regular balcony cabins, you will have additional seating located on the veranda to soak up ocean views. 

Deluxe Porthole Verandas differ from traditional veranda cabins, as they are partially enclosed — like an alcove — by the ship’s exterior, which results in a slightly obstructed view. 

Edge Class ships also feature the most luxurious suites in the fleet, including the 1,892 square foot Iconic Suites.  

Overall, there’s more of a variety of stateroom options, including the first-ever infinite verandas, on Edge ships. 

Read more: Celebrity Cruises Cabin Overview: What you need to know

Onboard amenities and entertainment

Solstice Class

Unique to Solstice Class ships is The Lawn Club, a 1/2 acre real grass lawn at sea. It’s a great place to play outdoor games and listen to live music!

Additionally, you will find a spa, casino, one-of-a-kind stage productions, adults-only Solarium, food and beverage workshops, art galleries, youth programming, and shopping onboard every ship. Hot glass classes can be purchased for an additional fee on Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, and Eclipse. 

For guests staying in The Retreat, it is important to note that three Solstice Class ships do not have the private Retreat sundeck: Celebrity Eclipse, Reflection, and Solstice. Additionally, The Retreat Lounge is referred to as Michael’s Club on these ships. 

Edge Class

Just like onboard Solstice ships, you’ll find a spa and casino, art galleries, food and beverage workshops, adults-only Solarium, youth programming, and shopping. The entertainment, however, is upped with the exclusive Eden venue. During the day, it hosts cooking classes and wine tastings with master sommeliers. At night, you can find unique performances that mesh dance, music, and acrobatics.

In addition to Eden, each ship has one-of-a-kind performances in the theatre, including Rockumentary, Tree of Life, and Crystalize onboard Celebrity Apex; Elements, Stage Door, and Arte on Celebrity Beyond; and Kaleidoscope, A Hot Summer’s Night Dream, and Colors of Life on Celebrity Edge.

Destinations

Celebrity Cruises is known for their destination-focused itineraries that sail to places like Alaska, Asia, Australia & the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America. Between now and mid-2025, here’s where you can find Celebrity Solstice and Edge ships:

Solstice Class

Celebrity Solstice:

  • Mexican Rivera
  • Pacific Coastal 
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Australia and the South Pacific
  • Fiji
  • Vietnam and Thailand

Celebrity Equinox:

  • Bahamas and Caribbean
  • Mexico
  • Mediterranean
  • Italian Rivera and France
  • Spain and Portugal 
  • Greece, Turkey, and Malta
  • Patagonia and Argentina
  • Antarctica

Celebrity Eclipse:

  • Caribbean
  • Alaska
  • Argentina and Brazil
  • Chile
  • Pacific Coastal and Pacific Northwest
  • New Zealand
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Mexican Rivera
  • Hawaii
  • Bermuda and Martha’s Vineyard
  • Patagonia and Argentina
  • New England and Canada
  • Antarctica
  • Greenland & Iceland
  • Fiji and Tonga

Celebrity Silhouette:

  • Key West, Bahamas, and Caribbean
  • Israel and Egypt 
  • Spain, Portugal, and France
  • Canaries
  • Mediterranean
  • British Isles
  • Scotland
  • Norwegian Fjords
  • Azores & Bermuda
  • Scandinavia
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Belgium and Netherlands

Celebrity Reflection:

  • Bermuda
  • Key West, Bahamas, and Caribbean
  • Greece 
  • Malta
  • Italian Rivera and France
  • Spain and Italy
  • Gibraltar

Edge Class

Celebrity Edge:

  • Caribbean
  • Italy, Spain, and France
  • Hawaii
  • Australia, Great Barrier Reef, and New Zealand
  • South Pacific 
  • Fiji and Vanuatu
  • Alaska
  • Bermuda
  • Portugal and Spain
  • Panama Canal
  • Tasmania

Celebrity Apex:

  • Caribbean
  • Portugal and Spain
  • Canaries
  • Malta
  • Greece, Italy, and France
  • Mediterranean 
  • Norwegian Fjords
  • Belgium and Netherlands
  • Scandinavia
  • Iceland and Scotland

Celebrity Beyond:

  • Caribbean and Bahamas
  • Panama Canal
  • Italy, Turkey, and Greece
  • Croatia and Montenegro
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Bermuda

Solstice vs Edge, which should you choose?

If you are planning a cruise vacation, both Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice and Edge ships are great choices. Depending on your travel preferences, however, you may enjoy one class over the other. 

Edge Class ships have more–more to do, more to eat, and more to drink. There are more stateroom categories to choose from, new dining venues, and one-of-a-kind experiences onboard. Celebrity enhanced the best features from the other two classes to create an innovative and posh class of ships. 

Due to the class’ size, however, Solstice ships have a greater variety of destinations. Between the five ships, they visit just about every part of the world! If you want to travel to a specific region, there’s a good chance that a Solstice Class ship will be scheduled there in the foreseeable future. Plus, there’s still plenty onboard to keep you entertained. And since these ships are older, they tend to be more affordable than sailings on the Edge Class. 

You can’t go wrong with a Celebrity Cruise; it just comes down to what works best for you and your travel party!

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