An Introduction To: Celebrity Cruises
December 5, 2016
Celebrity Cruises offer large ship luxury and their standard of “Modern Luxury” is what makes them stand out from the crowd. Their five star cruising ranges across eleven impressive ships – but what do they have to offer passengers?
They were started in 1974 by the Chandris family and have gone on to pave the way in luxury cruising. They’ve won plenty of awards to prove their expertise- including “Best Premium Cruise Line 2015.”
But what exactly does this “Modern Luxury” entail, what facilities do they have and what can you expect on-board? Well read on to find out!
Did you know? The “X” found on the funnel of all Celebrity ships is referencing the Greek letter “C” which stands for the first letter of the Chandris’ family’s name.
Meet the Fleet
The fleet consists of 12 ships in total being split up over three different classes of ship which we explain below:
Celebrity Xpedition/Celebrity Xperience/Celebrity Xploration – you’ll experience the Galapagos on a holiday like no other – Yacht style ships carrying as little as 16 guests (Celebrity Xploration) to 100 guests (Celebrity Xpedition).
Millennium Class – consisting of four ships; the Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Constellation. They each carry just over 2,000 guests and have undergone a $140m refurbishment called “solstization” – to bring them in line with Solstice class ships.
Solstice Class – consists of five ships; the Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection. They can each carry between 2,850 and 3,000 guests and are known for being the most innovative ships in the fleet.
Is there a “typical” Celebrity Cruises traveller?
Celebrity is perfect for those who want something extra out of their cruise – especially if it’s a luxury experience.
It’s a five star experience akin to a modern boutique hotel with ultra-modern amenities, décor and atmosphere. For those first time cruisers wanting to experience a stylish voyage, couples or solo travellers, Celebrity has something for everyone.
The range of itineraries also suit a lot of different people, as our cruise consultant Sally explains: “Celebrity eclipse would be the perfect cruise for any wine connoisseur out there – coupled with sailing around the Tuscan coast line and south of France you will taste some of the best wines in the world!” You can learn more about Sally and her adventures on Eclipse here.
Did you know? Celebrity visit over 280 destinations across seven continents, meaning that you can visit anywhere from Italy or Iceland to Singapore or Sydney!
Like many other cruise lines, Celebrity offers exclusive suites which have access to private parts of the ship. This range of suite class category rooms each have varying levels of luxury! Suites include Reflection, Penthouse, Royal, Signature, Celebrity and Sky. You can read more about this here.
The kinds of benefits you can expect to find include a private dining area with dedicated restaurants open morning, noon and night! The range of exotic dishes are from a menu designed by an executive chef with a selection of wine chosen by a master sommelier. There is a VIP lounge, access to Michael’s club and bar, a concierge service, a mini bar that is restocked daily, premium beverage packages, unlimited speciality dining and unlimited internet access.
There are also offer AquaClass staterooms which are balcony cabins located near the AquaSpa. Guests have priority seating in Blu (the speciality dining restaurant,) a pillow menu, aromatherapy selections, wellness classes, unlimited access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room and enhanced personal care products. You can learn more about classes of staterooms here!
Did you know? There’s also a Captain’s Club Loyalty Programme which offers points for those who continue to sail with Celebrity. The benefits and extras you gain as a reward include internet packages and priority embarkation… Sounds like a good reason to keep going on cruises to us!
Entertainment on-board is everything from West End style shows to Cirque de Soleil, with a theatre that has a large orchestra pit and revolving stage. You can watch European style circus shows, live music or a late night comedy show with stand-up comedians.
If you’d like to spend your money (and definitely get something in return!) there’s also shopping on-board, and we’re not just talking a few gift shops! You can browse the likes of Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Bvlgari and many more.
There’s even an art gallery for you to buy art and you can also exclusively purchase apple products from the on-board iLounge – which is the only certified seller of apple products at sea. All products bought are tax free, making the purchase worth your while.
Music on-board includes live music from jazz to swing in the Sky Observation Lounge as well as a resident DJ who hosts theme nights including the 70s and 80s. Dance the night away in Quasar Nightclub or attend a dance class. You could even join in “Dancing with the Stripes” and compete in different elimination rounds featuring different dance styles and live music until a winner is crowned by a panel of judges.
Other competitions include a Daily Trivia game as well as game shows and trivia tournaments.
Did you know? Celebrity are the only line to put grass on their ships. They tried out a dozen species of grass before deciding on the one that they use now, to test out which were the best! Known as the Lawn Club it’s a must see on all Solstice Class cruise ships.
Get active and play basketball, pool volleyball, golf or play bowls or croquet on the lawn club (which you can learn more about here.) You can even enjoy a BBQ on the grass!
Exercise classes are available and include aerobics, yoga and samba. The gym has state of the art equipment and can suit all fitness levels, with experienced and dedicated trainers to help you. Some fitness classes are free, whilst others will cost extra.
Because Celebrity are all about luxury and relaxing, there are also plenty of slower paced options of how to enjoy yourself! Sit back and relax in the Solarium, a glass enclosed adult only venue. With a lap pool and comfy lounge chairs, you can enjoy a peaceful warm atmosphere, whatever the weather!
Did you know? Celebrity were the first to have an “Acupuncture at Sea” clinic. Fancy!
If you want an even more decadent experience, head on over to the Canyon Ranch Spa. It offers a wide range of treatments (which have been influenced by ten different cultures), steam rooms, marble loungers and a private sauna. There is also a tranquil Persian Garden and Relaxation Room available – which is free to guests in suits and Aquaclass. There is so much beautifying – it’s almost exhausting!
Want to learn something new? Attend an acupuncture seminar, watch two chefs battle it out in the Best Chef’s cooking competition, learn Spanish with Rosetta Stone, attend a youthful skin seminar, try a body sculpt boot camp or learn how to mix the perfect mojito in Mixology 101…
One thing’s for sure, on a Celebrity ship you could never be bored!
Did you know? You can even get Botox and teeth whitening on Celebrity Cruises! Just be careful to go easy on the injections, you don’t want to end up looking like Donatella Versace…
Modern luxury means that even the dining experience on Celebrity is ultra-modern – in fact – they were the first cruise line to introduce menus on iPads where you place your order digitally!
There are up to 7 unique dining venues on each ship. This includes the Main restaurant, with its stunning two story wine tower. Here there are usually two sittings, and you can sit with the same people each night to make friends with your fellow passengers. Casual dining options include the Oceanview café for 24 hour service or Café al Bacio for Italian style coffee, pastries and sandwiches.
In addition to traditional dining, you can also chose select dining, so that you can eat at a time to suit you.
Speciality dining adds a cover charge, but the restaurants are definitely worth it! You can visit Murano for a “tea at the Ritz” experience, or the Tuscan Grille for an upmarket steakhouse. Silk harvest offer Asian cuisine with a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes, whilst Qsine serves tapas style palette pleasers.
If you are staying in AquaClass rooms then you can also eat exclusively at Blu, which offers Mediterranean style fresh and flavoursome dishes. The cover charges vary depending on each speciality restaurant, but range between $35-$50 dollars.
Did you know? Celebrity’s fleet of ships use 2.5 million potatoes a year.
As well as the fabulous restaurants, there are plenty of places to grab a drink! Enjoy a cocktail in the frozen cocktail at Slush bar or try out a wine tasting session in the Cellar Masters Wine Bar (with an enomatic wine system – meaning a machine tops up your wine by the glass!) If people watching’s your thing then sit in the Passport Bar next to the Grand Foyer and watch the world go by as you nurse a pint, or watch the sun go down in the Sunset Bar.
Did you know? Room service can be delivered 24 hours a day and if you order pizza it will arrive in a specially insulated carrier.
Alternatively, Michael’s Club offers over 60 types of international beers (although it is exclusive to those in Celebrity, Signature, Royal, Penthouse and Reflection Suites as well as Zenith Captain’s Club) and there is the Gastro Bar which offers something similar no matter what class you’re in. You could even sip a margarita by the pool at the Pool Bar and Mast Bar. Wherever you choose to drink – you can enjoy a relaxing tipple!
Did you know? The Martini Bar and Crush has an impressive 100 brands of vodka and 36 varieties of Martini’s to choose from. The bar top is even made from ice! So, do you want yours shaken not stirred…?
Family Friendly Facilities
Some people are surprised to learn that Celebrity is family friendly – but it is! Just because it is a luxury line doesn’t mean that there is no place for children.
There’re six different children’s clubs available:
Toddler Time – for those under three years old. It allows parents to play with their child whilst they interact with other toddlers and children their own age.
Shipmates – for those aged three to five.
Celebrity Cadets – for children who are six to eight years old.
Ensigns – for kids that are nine to eleven years old.
Junior Teens – for those who are twelve to fourteen.
Senior Teens – for teenagers ages fifteen to seventeen.
Each children’s club is tailored to different age groups and provides activities to meet their needs. Whether they are using the sports courts, learning how to make pizza, baking a cake, painting, swimming, enjoying the arcade or even just hanging out with other children their own age.
For elder teens, X Club is open from 9am to 10pm every day and includes activities like karaoke, games consoles and a teen nightclub.
Did you know? Celebrity provides children with state of the art equipment to film a video project on a programme called “iTake” where they are armed with GoPros to make a short film in groups. Then they edit their efforts in the Celebrity iLounge!
Family friendly amenities include cribs for children, baby changing in public toilets, children’s menus in restaurant and in cabin babysitting. Babysitting is available for $6 per hour per child and is suitable for those aged three to eleven.
There are also VIP passes available for children. It lets them head behind the scenes on the boat, gives them VIP souvenirs and goodie bags and also invites them to events such as a film screening with popcorn. You can also send children to a slumber party from 10pm-1am if you would like to have a late night without your children.
All rooms come with 24 hour room service, a mini bar, closet and storage space, a flat screen interactive TV, bathrobes, hairdryer and 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Sounds like luxury to us! If you have suites, these facilities will be upgraded even further (see explanation of suite class above!)
Each day you will receive a “Celebrity Today” newsletter to let you know what is on the itinerary each day.
Did you know? The reflection suite shower is a diamond shaped pod that extends out over the deck, giving you a clear view of the outside world! Don’t worry though, at the touch of a button you can turn the glass cloudy- just remember to flick this switch so you don’t give people in port a shock!
Evening chic dress means a cocktail dress or blouse for women and smart jeans or trousers for men. Smart casual is acceptable in restaurants for the rest of the cruise, and means a dress or trouser suit for women and a sports jacket or blazer to be worn with trousers for men.
Casual attire is accepted in the day time and swimwear is fine – if kept to the pool! You can also rent a tux on-board if you need to.
There is a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1 meaning that you can get the service you need, when you need it. Be aware that drinks will carry a 15% service charge and spa treatments will also incur an additional cost. The gratuities on Celebrity will vary depending on the type of room you stay in. You can currently expect to pay $12 per person per day for a standard cabin, $12.50 for Concierge Class and Aqua Class rooms and $15.50 for suites.
As on any line, you are within your rights to remove gratuities if you don’t wish to pay them!
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