The Spring cruise ship season for Astoria ends with the last two ships between today and Wednesday. Monday the Celebrity Solstice ties up at pier one at 8:00am with a departure scheduled for 6:00pm. Wednesday the Sapphire Princess pays a call. These will be the last ships making the transition to Alaskan waters to make a stop in Astoria this month. In all there have been nine ships making the stop here for Spring. The other half of the season begins in August with the arrival of the S.S. Regatta on the 20th of the month to be followed by ten more cruise ship calls between the end of August and the beginning of October.
The Solstice can accommodate 2850 passengers and crew and is 1041 feet long The ship was christened in 2008 but has recently underwent a large rehab. Celebrity is known for it's fine cuisine which is considered a step up from food served on Princess, or Royal Caribbean and for it's spa facilities which are rated some of the best at sea. Princess is viewed as a more adventurous cruise with less focus on culture and more effort on providing sports activities, major entertainment venues and generally considered more kid-friendly than Celebrity. As a mid-sized class Solstice also boasts more personalized service with a higher crew to passenger ratio.