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Celebrity Solstice Breaks Record For Longest Ship To Dock In New Zealand’s Port Chalmers


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Over the past few years, the cruise industry has stepped up its game more than ever, with innovative additions to vessels aimed at enticing new and old passengers alike. However, with larger, more spacious cruise ships comes the greater possibility that accidents and crimes will take place. Our cruise ship accident lawyers have represented many passengers and crewmembers who have been hurt onboard a vessel as a result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, and while a new vessel can quite inviting, it often presents new opportunities for accidents and injuries. Even, the size alone of the more massive ships presents unique dangers. The buddy system is always a great idea when traveling onboard larger ships, which will help deter assailants from targeting you or your loved ones. Having a flash light and first aid kit is also a good idea, as well as providing Walkie Talkies for your family.

When prepared, cruise vacations can be extremely fun, especially when the focus is on the marvels of the vessel and record-breaking accomplishments. This weekend, one cruise ship made headlines when it berthed at Port Chalmers in Dunedin, New Zealand. The vessel, Celebrity Solstice, set a record for the port for being the longest cruise ship to ever dock at Port Chalmers.

The 2,850 passenger and 1500 crew Solstice docked in Dunedin for a day on Saturday, but the short stay was definitely a memorable one. Weighing in at 121,878 GT, it wasn’t the heaviest vessel to call on the port, leaving that record to Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas. However, Solstice took the honor of longest vessel to visit Dunedin, stretching 317.19 meters long, just over 6 meters longer than Voyager of the Seas, from bow to stern.

Not only was the vessel the longest to ever dock in Dunedin, but it was also one of the most innovative. Solstice boasts an array of unique features, including a two-story glass tower of wine bottles located in the vessel’s main restaurant and a natural grass lawn on the top deck that passengers can use to play sports or relax.

While this was a memorable weekend for the Solstice, this isn’t the first time the vessel breaks a world record. When it was first built, the Solstice was the largest cruise ship to have been constructed in Germany, as well as the first of five Solstice class ships that were ordered by Celebrity Cruises for service under the Maltese flag.

Royal Caribbean shouldn’t be too jealous of the Solstice’s accolade, as Celebrity Cruise Line is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean International. Celebrity was founded by the Greek Chandris Group in April 1988, and has operated under the Royal Caribbean fleet since 1997. Solstice, like all Celebrity ships, stays true to its roots, however. The vessel displays the traditional Chandris marking, an “X” representing the Greek letter chi, for “Chandris,” on twin athwartship funnels.

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