I was present at the news conference discussed here
by Gene Sloan of USA Today. It is an accurate account of what transpired. I then went out to the Solstice Deck to see and there were many chairs up there. Chairs around the main pool seemed sparse, but then we were sailing with maybe a 50% passenger load on the preview cruise and it was cool in the English Channel. They may not have had all chairs deployed. There were many chairs in the Solarium pool area.
I wouldn't let lounge chairs be my sole deciding factor for choosing the Equinox. It is easily the most beautiful, best-designed ship I've ever seen.
What Dan Hanrahan said to us also included comments about guests being able to have picnics on the lawn, with blankets laid out and so forth.