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Celebrity Millennium rounds out $140m ‘Solsticizing’ initiative

Celebrity Millennium rounds out $140m ‘Solsticizing’ initiative
Celebrity Millennium set sail Saturday from PortMiami, fresh from becoming the fourth and final Millennium-class ship to complete the line’s $140m ‘Solsticizing’ program, incorporating a host of the venues and experiences from the Solstice-class ships.

The initiative was completed within less than two years, with each ship undergoing the massive transformation over the course of a three-week drydock.

Celebrity president and ceo Dan Hanrahan cited a positive response to the Solsticized ships.

‘Our Millennium-class ships already had a large and loyal following, having repeatedly ranked at the top of many of the world’s most prestigious consumer polls, and their original style, design and ambience served as significant inspiration for the design of the Solstice class,’ he said. ‘So now, we’re bringing it full circle, incorporating on the entire Millennium class what our guests enjoy most on the Solstice class. It ties our whole fleet together in a very powerful way.’

One of the many features added to most Millennium-class ships is Celebrity’s AquaClass category of staterooms, the stylish specialty restaurant Blu, free access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room in the AquaSpa, a personal spa concierge to book appointments, and other amenities and services.

AquaClass and its amenities will be added to Celebrity Constellation in 2013.

Another Celebrity exclusive, Qsine, the novel restaurant introduced on Celebrity Eclipse in 2010 and Celebrity Silhouette this year, now is also aboard Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Millennium.

Other additions include the Celebrity iLounge, which debuted on Celebrity Eclipse and made Celebrity the cruise industry’s first authorized Apple reseller (to be added to Celebrity Constellation in 2013).

Further additions include ‘eXhale’ bedding program, in partnership with Reverie; a new twist on Michael’s Club, where its selection of fine whiskies, cognac, bourbons and scotches is now complemented with craft beers, including 50 international selections; the ice-topped Martini Bar and Crush, the creperie Bistro on Five, Café al Bacio and Gelateria, and Cellarmasters wine bar.

During the Solsticizing of Celebrity Constellation in 2010, the Solstice class-inspired specialty restaurant Tuscan Grille was added to the ship, within the space occupied by Qsine on her sister vessels.