menu
Home > Cruise Lines > Celebrity Cruises > In-Depth Celebrity Cruises Information
In-Depth Celebrity Cruises Information
In-Depth Celebrity Cruises Information
Return to Celebrity Cruises
 The Fleet:

 Onboard Experience:

 Staterooms:

 Entertainment:

 Spa and Fitness:

 Children and Families:

Overview:
Celebrity was founded by the Greece-based Chandris Group in 1989 with Celebrity Zenith launching in 1990 and the goal of providing a high quality premium cruise product at an intelligent price. The Zenith was followed by Celebrity Century, Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury, sleeker and larger ships that possessed spacious stylish interiors and impressive contemporary art collections. Celebrity was acquired by Royal Caribbean in 1997 and now operates as a sister cruise line as part of Royal Caribbean International, which also includes Azamara Club Cruises and Pullmantur, among others. Royal Celebrity Tours was introduced in 2001, capitalizing on the strengths of both the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity brands and offering pre- or post-tour land packages along with cruises.

Since inception, Celebrity has provided a rich and pampering experience to their guests. In 2003 they unveiled more than 100 new "tastes of luxury" fleetwide, including welcome champagne and mimosas, cool towels and fresh sorbet poolside, expanded dining options, and sunset Yoga and Pilates classes, among many other innovations. Also introduced that year were "Concierge Class" staterooms, an enhanced level of accommodations featuring new amenities and priority services, and "Acupuncture at Sea," another first. The addition of mega-yacht Celebrity Xpedition in 2004 enabled Celebrity to offer cruises in the Galapagos.

The ensuing years have produced new and larger ships, and Celebrity has continued their commitment to introducing enhancements while upgrading services and amenities to position themselves as a premium market cruise line. The fleet is currently comprised of 11 ships sailing not only the Galapagos but Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Pacific Coastal, Panama Canal, South America, Transatlantic, and Transpacific itineraries. Offering cruises and cruisetours of 2 to 23 nights, Celebrity continues to set industry standards with their "Modern Luxury" campaign and to provide a premium cruise experience to their passengers.
 top
The Fleet:
Celebrity's stylish ships range from the 2,842-ton 96-passenger Celebrity Xpedition to the 126,000-ton 3046-passenger Celebrity Reflection. Last of the "original" Celebrity ships, at 71,545 tons with passenger capacity of 1814, Celebrity Century is a classic small cruise ship. Refurbished in 2006, it offers all the amenities expected on a Celebrity ship, and an intimate atmosphere.

Celebrity's Millennium Class ships were introduced in 2000 with the debut of Celebrity Millennium, followed by sister ships Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit in 2001 and Celebrity Constellation in 2002. Weighing in at 90,940 tons with a passenger capacity of 2038 to 2170, these ships embodied the cruise line's art and culinary visions and also introduced firsts such as all-glass elevator banks and spa cafes, and alternative restaurants that pay homage to some of maritime history's most famous ocean liners.

The Solstice Class ships debuted in 2008 with the Celebrity Solstice, followed by Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, Celebrity Silhouette in 2011, and Celebrity Reflection in 2012. The first three ships weigh in at 122,000 tons with passenger capacity of 2850, while the slightly larger Celebrity Silhouette (122,400 tons) accommodates 2886 passengers and the Celebrity Reflection (126,000 tons) holds 3046. These ships feature larger staterooms and fewer interior cabins; 90% are oceanview, with 85% of those having verandas. The Solstice Class ships also introduced the new "AquaClass" staterooms, designed for spa enthusiasts and offering a host of amenities including unlimited access to the Relaxation Room and Persian Garden, and priority seating in Blu, the specialty restaurant featuring healthy dishes created specifically for AquaClass guests.

Another addition to Solstice Class ships was the industry's first "Lawn Club," an outdoor country-club like venue with real grass, where guests can practice putting, play croquet or simply relax. Celebrity Silhouette introduced a host of new dining and activities venues, including the Lawn Club Grill, an interactive outdoor grill venue; The Art Studio, where guests can participate in hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, beading, painting, and culinary arts; The Alcoves, cabana-style settings for rent on the Lawn Club perimeter, and The Hideaway retreat.

Solstice Class ships were also the first in the industry to utilize solar technology, with some solar panels providing shade as well as energy production within the Solarium. While many features from Millennium Class ships led to inspiration for the Solstice Class ships, the cruise line recently completed a close to $200 million refurbishment of their Millennium Class ships, "Solsticizing" them to incorporate several of the most popular features found on the Solstice Class vessels.
 top
Onboard Experience:
Offering an exceptional level of personal service, appealing dining choices, spacious accommodations and a wide variety of activities, Celebrity successfully blends the classic with the innovative in an atmosphere of style and carefree elegance. Celebrity has always believed that the dining experience is an essential part of a quality cruise vacation, with emphasis on ambiance, presentation, and service, as well as fine cuisine. For dining, guests can choose either traditional dining or "Celebrity Select Dining," allowing them to vary their dining time day to day. In addition to stunning main dining rooms, the ships offer a variety of intriguing alternative restaurants, as well as buffet and other casual options. All ships feature luxurious spas and state-of-the-art fitness centers. Activities and entertainment run the gamut from enriching and educational offerings such as lectures and workshops on a variety of subjects, to dance classes, wine tastings, karaoke and game show trivia contests. Activities are listed in the daily program rather than over the public address system, contributing to the pleasingly serene, more low-key onboard atmosphere.

Celebrity attracts a diverse passenger base from baby boomers and their families to honeymooners and seniors. Fellow passengers tend to be mostly from the U.S., but the cruise line also draws travelers from Canada, Europe, and South America. During the summer and holiday months, Caribbean and Alaskan itineraries tend to draw more families, while the longer cruises or those with more exotic itineraries tend to draw a somewhat older crowd.
 top
Staterooms:
Staterooms range from spacious suites offering a host of extras including European-style butler service, to the spa-inspired AquaClass cabins that provide unlimited access to the Persian Garden, and their own specialty restaurant, Blu. Concierge Class cabins provide special perks such as early boarding, pillow menu, and fresh flowers upon arrival. Featuring a high percentage of Veranda staterooms, Celebrity ships also offer oceanview and interior cabins, all with stylish design, luxurious amenities, and at least 172 square feet of space in even the minimum category. Smoking is prohibited in all staterooms as well as on verandas. (There are designated outdoor areas on the ship where passengers are permitted to smoke.)
 top
Entertainment:
Daytime activities range from sports and fitness classes to "Celebrity Life Activities," offering a wide variety of pursuits under the categories of "Taste," "Learn," "Revive," and "Play." In addition to classic cruising activities such as bingo, trivia contests, and talent shows, adults can relax with a good book in the Solarium adults-only sanctuary or try their luck in the casino. Evening entertainment ranges from lavish Vegas-style revues, comedians, and magicians, to live music and dancing in more intimate settings.
 top
Spa and Fitness:
Celebrity's AquaSpa by Elemis is highly regarded, as are the fleet's fitness centers. From meditative relaxation to sensory delights, guests can choose from a variety of pampering treatments at the tranquil AquaSpa including facials, massage, body wraps and body therapy, as well as Acupuncture at Sea, Botox, and a full-service salon. All ships feature well-equipped fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of fitness classes including Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, and Body Sculpt Boot Camp. Celebrity also offers personal training and wellness programs, and adults can unwind in the adults-only Solarium seawater pool, soothing Persian Garden, or spacious Relaxation Room. (There is an additional charge for fitness classes, Persian Garden, and Relaxation Room, but use of the fitness center is complimentary.)
 top
Children and Families:
Celebrity offers a four-tier dedicated youth and teen program for kids ages 3-17, staffed by experienced counselors and divided into age-appropriate games and activities: Shipmates for ages 3-5, Cadets for ages 6-8, Ensigns for ages 9-11 and X Club Teens for ages 12-17. The dedicated playroom Fun Factory features games, hands-on activities, video games, movies, arts & crafts, and story time for the younger cruisers, while teens and tweens can hang out in the X Club with their own arcade and dance floor. Kids must be at least 3 years old, toilet trained, pull-up and diaper-free to participate in the programs, unless accompanied by a parent. Toddler Time provides toddlers and their parents an opportunity to play together with toys and products provided by the Fun Factory team, and families are also welcome to borrow toys for their children's entertainment.
 top
Return to Celebrity Cruises