"The extraordinary response from our guests to Celebrity Solstice has created a corresponding demand for the ship to sail year-round in the Caribbean, and we’re thrilled to meet that demand," said Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan.
The ship will sail alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale in summer months, and seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries from the same port in the winter. This marks the first time since 2004 that Celebrity has offered a year-round, seven-night sailing in the Caribbean. Celebrity Solstice will be one of two Celebrity vessels sailing continuously in the region; Celebrity Century will offer four- and five-night sailings from Miami.
The shift of Celebrity Solstice to the Caribbean year-round led to a corresponding transition in Celebrity's European itinerary lineup for 2010-11: The new Celebrity Equinox will present the 10- and 11-night Mediterranean sailings from Rome, previously planned for Celebrity Solstice. The 12-night voyages previously announced for Celebrity Equinox between Barcelona and Venice in 2010 have been discontinued. The European sailings previously announced for Celebrity Eclipse, which debuts in 2010, and Celebrity Constellation remain unchanged.