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The 122,000-ton superliner Celebrity Solstice is set to call Australia home for the summer of 2012-13. Solstice was launched less than three years ago as the first of five “Solstice Class’ vessels, setting a new benchmark for luxury cruising.

Australia will be the first region outside of the Caribbean and Europe to have a ‘Solstice Class’ ship and at 317 metres long, she promises to be the biggest, newest and most luxurious cruise ship ever to be based in the region.

According to Gavin Smith, managing director, Celebrity Cruises Australia, Celebrity Solstice will introduce a style of cruising to Australians that they would usually have had to travel overseas to experience.

Solstice brings a number of firsts to local cruising, including the Lawn Club, with one acre of freshly manicured real grass on the upper decks, a glass-blowing studio, 10 dining venues including five specialty restaurants and 85 per cent of her cabins have their own private balcony.

Kids aged from three to 11 can join the Fun Factory, the ship’s complimentary kids’ club and teens have their own exclusive space too at X Club.

A range of 12- to 18-night cruises will be available in Australia and New Zealand including a circumnavigation of Australia.