Celebrity Cruises are famously known for their fleet of large ship luxury. Their standard of “Modern Luxury” is a game-changer and what makes them never fail to stand out from the crowd.
They were started in 1974 by the Chandris family and have gone on to pave the way in luxury cruising and with the launch of Celebrity Edge in December 2018, they have started a revolution.
So prepare for the entire fleet to undergo a $500 million renovation to bring their standards up to something that cannot be matched: The Celebrity Revolution.
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.
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Meet the Fleet
Celebrity Xpedition (2001)/Celebrity Xperience (1982)/Celebrity Xploration (2017)– this is the only way to experience the Galapagos with Celebrity‘s Yacht style ships carrying as little as 16 guests (Celebrity Xploration) to 100 guests (Celebrity Xpedition).
Each carry just over 2,000 guests and have previously undergone a $140m refurbishment called “solstization” to bring them in line with Solstice class ships!
Each carry between 2,850 and 3,000 guests and are known for being the most innovative ships in the fleet and revolutionizing the cruise experience!
Is There a “Typical” Celebrity Cruises Traveller?
Celebrity is perfect for those who want that little bit extra out of their cruise; luxury is a way of cruising that all traveller deserve to experience.
The five star standard is comparable to a modern boutique hotel with ultra-modern amenities, décor and atmosphere ideal for first time cruisers wanting to experience a stylish voyage, or even couples or solo travellers seeking quality.
The range of itineraries suit a lot of different people. 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.
Suites At Sea
Celebrity offers exclusive suites which have access to private parts of the ship (and it all comes at varying levels of luxury!) Suites include Reflection, Penthouse, Royal, Signature, Celebrity and Sky. You can read more about this here.
Guests can expect a whole lot of suite perks including a private dining area with dedicated restaurants open morning, noon and night!
Every exotic dish is from a menu designed by an executive chef with a selection of wine chosen by a master sommelier. There’s a VIP lounge, access to Michael’s club and bar, a concierge service, a mini bar restocked daily, premium beverage packages, unlimited speciality dining and unlimited internet access.
There are AquaClass staterooms on offer which come in the form of 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…
Let Celebrity Entertain You
When looking to be entertained through the day or post-dinner, guests can choose between 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. Whatever takes your fancy each day and night.
If you’re feeling lucky, why not try your hand at Caribbean stud poker, slots, blackjack or roulette in the Las Vegas style Fortunes Casino?
If you’d like to spend your money (but definitely get something in return), there is shopping available 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. Fashion lovers will feel right at home.
There’s even an art gallery for you where you’ll have the chance to actually buy art. Not to mention, 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 a lot of beautifying to be had.
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…
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…
Dine the Night Away
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 venues on each ship which 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 options if you just fancy grabbing a drink.
Sip a cocktail in the Slush bar or try out a wine tasting session in the Cellar Masters Wine Bar (where a machine tops up your wine by the glass!)
If people watching is 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).
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.
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…?
Just because Celebrity champions luxury doesn’t mean that there is no place for children or families!
There’re six different children’s clubs available:
Toddler Time– for 3 years and under.
Shipmates– for children aged 3 to 5.
Celebrity Cadets– for children aged 6 to 8.
Ensigns– for children aged 9 to 11.
Junior Teens– for children aged 12 to 14.
Senior Teens– for teenagers aged 15 to 17.
Each children’s club is tailored to different age groups and Celebrity is serious about providing real variety with a different activity for every group.
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 older 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! Let them feel exclusive with behind the scenes on the boat, VIP souvenirs and goodie bags with invites to events like film screenings.
You can also send children to a slumber party from 10pm-1am if you would like to have a late night without your children.
Guests can expect all cabins to 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.
Ultimate luxury! And if you book a suite, these facilities will be upgraded even further…
You will receive a “Celebrity Today” newsletter to let you know what is on the itinerary each day, making it easier than ever to plan your perfect cruise schedule.
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
Celebrity doesn’t enforce a strict dress code throughout your cruise, but you will be expected to get your smartest attire out on “Evening Chic” nights!
Guests will find that there are between one and three evening chic events per cruise.
The evening chic dress code 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 it is 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 onboard Celebrity, meaning that you are guaranteed to get the service you need, when you need it.
Be aware that drinks will carry a 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 $14.50 per person per day for an interior, oceanview and balcony cabin, $15.00 for Concierge Class and Aqua Class rooms, and $18.00 for suites.
As with any line, guests are within your rights to remove gratuities if you don’t wish to pay them!
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