CELEBRITY CRUISES unveiled more features of its new Solstice ship Tuesday at its Miami headquarters, including details about retail and entertainment aboard.
Contrary to initial speculation, glass-blowing demonstrations by the Corning Museum of Glass are on the entertainment-side of onboard services, not retail. Expert glass blowers from the N.Y.-based museum encourage passengers to draw designs that are then blown into glass objects before their eyes. But the final product is not for sale. The objects may latter be given or raffled away, said Steve Gibbs, hot glass programming manager for the museum.
"We're more interested in showing the process rather than selling the product," Gibbs said.
To meet fire-code standards the blowing process had to change from traditional propane and natural gas fires to electric, said Robert Cassetti, the museum's senior director of creative services and marketing. The demonstrations are to take place on the Lawn Club deck in a specially ventilated room designed to instantly seal-off in case of fire.
Retail items include Lawn Club-inspired flip flops that have fake-grass lining, clothing and knick-knacks emblazoned with the Solstice-crest, and diamonds cut in a fashion exclusive to the cruise line.
The 86-facet cut stone is mined in Canada and can be placed in a setting designed by the guest while aboard the ship. The diamond will be cut by a company in New York and shipped to the passenger after the cruise.
Wine service aboard includes an innovative wine service system from Florence, Italy-based Enomatic. The automated system pours sample glasses from 12 different bottles of wine on tap behind a glass shield where temperature controls and nitrogen infusion keeps the wine fresh for up to 28 days.
One of the wines for sale is Celebrate Life Merlot, which will donate $1 to fight malnutrition in Africa for every bottle sold.