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Cruise Ships Cater to Women

Celebrity Cruises' Solstice Caters to Women’s Needs

Some things just need a woman’s touch.

This motto has recently led cruise line Celebrity Cruises to begin redesigning some of their cruise packages, catering towards its growing female customer base. The revamped packages for the company's Celebrity Solstice ship have been reworked with the help of five women dubbed Celebrity’s Leading Ladies.

Celebrity Solstice- AquaClass StateRoom
AquaClass StateRoom

Selected for their unique business perspectives and objectiveness, the group consisted of a frequent cruiser, a travel agent, a travel writer, a hotelier and a cruise considerer. During the four-month design process, the women worked with a innovative consultancy firm to rework cruise ship staterooms, making them more appealing to women.

“They [women] are the most discerning guests when it comes to the stateroom,” said Ellen Taaffe, Celebrity’s senior vice president of marketing. “Their standards are high.”

According to Richard Fain, chairman of Celebrity's parent company Royal Carribbean Cruise Ltd., women travelers wanted much larger and more comfortable accommodations.

"First, we decided to make the staterooms larger — an average of 15 percent larger, in our deluxe ocean view verandas — and then, we decided to make them better," Fain said.

With the help of Celebrity's Leading Ladies, the cruise line decided to improve the flow of its staterooms by making them larger with a more passenger-friendly layout. As an industry first, the Celebrity Cruises created a design with a double set of doors that allow room guests to create a more open space for families or friends traveling together. The neighboring verandas will also be connectable, creating an expanded deck that spans the adjoining guestrooms. Additional storage such as hooks, shelves and nooks will also lend to a room that looks and feels less cluttered.

For a more visually pleasing look, Celebrity Solstice will steer away from the traditional bright, bold patterns, opting instead for neutral colors and elegant textures inside the staterooms. The cruise line hopes the look will appear more sophisticated and timeless.

Other added amenities include individual nightstand reading lights, glass showers, fog-free mirrors and 32-inch flat-screen televisions.

To cater to those who are most passionate about pampering, Celebrity Solstice will also feature a special selection of veranda staterooms called AquaClass — an experience that blends spa elements with highly-personalized service. Available to the 130 AquaClass rooms are exclusive amenities, relaxation room access and the Persian Garden steam room. A special AquaClass-only dining room titled Blu will also be available to passengers.

The Celebrity Solstice will be available to cruisers in 2008. To learn more about the female-friendly ship and other available cruises, visit Celebrity Cruises.

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