Arthur Frommer

August 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer: Cruise from NYC to the tropics in elegance

In the world of cruising, most of the recent attention has gone to the floating amusement parks — the mega-sized Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Norwegian Epic. But the real breakthrough in ship design occurred nearly three years ago with the introduction of the 3,000-passenger Celebrity Solstice. It was the product of a graceful new design meant to carry a large number of passengers but in an unusually spacious and traditional cruise-ship setting. On the Solstice, there were no lines or crowds, no bowling alleys or giant water chutes, no carnival-like attractions. It was a dignified cruise ship, and it received unusually favorable reviews and considerable customer loyalty.

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