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Celebrity Cruises: Explore the World with Luxury and Adventure

Posted: 4/27/2024

Author: Amelie de Moreau

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Discover the world of Celebrity Cruises, where luxury, design, and adventure come together to offer an unforgettable cruising experience. Celebrity is renowned for its elegant ships and top-notch service.

With a fleet of 17 ships divided into 4 distinct classes, including the revolutionary Edge and Solstice classes, Celebrity offers over 300 unique destinations worldwide. Whether it's in Europe, the Galápagos, or elsewhere, each journey is an opportunity to explore new horizons with sophistication and comfort. Celebrity offers a dream cruise at an affordable price!

Whether you're traveling with family, as a couple, or with friends, Celebrity Cruises invites you to embark on a personalized adventure where every detail is carefully orchestrated to meet your expectations. Exciting onboard activities, exclusive excursions ashore, and refined gastronomy await you, ensuring unforgettable memories at every stage of your journey, all at an affordable price!

Who is Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises is one of the subsidiaries of the Royal Caribbean LTD group.

Royal Caribbean Limited was founded in 1968 and holds a significant 25% market share in terms of the number of passengers (as of 2024, www.cruisemarketwatch.com). The group owns three different cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea), and it also holds a 50% stake in the companies TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd, both of which primarily target the German market.

While Royal Caribbean is one of the largest cruise companies in the world, catering more to families, groups of friends, or adventurous travelers, Celebrity Cruises offers a more intimate experience with smaller ships, fine dining, and innovative design. Silversea, on the other hand, provides a luxurious and authentic experience, particularly through expedition cruises.

Currently, the company operates 17 ships across 4 distinct classes: the Edge class, the Solstice class, the Millennium class, and the 3 ships sailing in the Galapagos. It offers over 300 different destinations, with 6 ships based in Europe. Additionally, it has the honor of being the first cruise line to receive stars from Forbes Travel magazine.

Who Cruise on Celebrity?

Celebrity Cruises attracts travelers seeking unique travel experiences, blending cultural discovery, authentic immersion, and discreet luxury. With a focus on personalization and exploration, the company offers exclusive itineraries that will pique your curiosity and take you off the beaten path, providing a fresh and enriching perspective. Celebrity Cruises prides itself on spending ample time in port so that you have maximum time for exploration! Moreover, if the terminal is located far from the city, the company provides a complimentary shuttle service, a rare convenience not often found with other cruise lines!

Setting itself apart from other cruise companies, Celebrity Cruises stands out for its attention to detail and premium service while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere onboard. The ships, crafted by leading designers, boast modern and elegant settings where luxury shines through simplicity. In the evenings, the dress code is typically casual or even casually chic, allowing travelers to feel comfortable while enjoying a refined ambiance.

Foodies will be delighted by the numerous specialty restaurants onboard, as well as the menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs. Each meal is an exquisite culinary experience, showcasing refined flavors and top-quality ingredients for unparalleled gustatory pleasure with every bite.

Whether you're seeking cultural adventure, discreet luxury, or gastronomic delights, Celebrity Cruises promises an exceptional travel experience where every moment is an invitation to explore, savor, and marvel at the wonders of the world.

What's the atmosphere and activities onboard?

While Celebrity Cruises focuses on destination discovery, the company also offers a plethora of captivating onboard activities to entertain its travelers.

At Celebrity, the onboard experience is synonymous with modernity, innovation, and constant surprises. Every evening, a program will be placed on your bed, and the activities offered are both relaxed and exciting, providing passengers with an unforgettable experience at every moment. Whether you're seeking spectacular entertainment or total relaxation, you'll find a multitude of options to suit your desires.

If you prefer quieter activities, Celebrity offers a variety of entertainment included in your package. Shows, concerts, and even performances by Cirque du Soleil await you at the theater, without the need for reservations. You simply need to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the show.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in cooking classes, cocktail-making sessions, and lectures led by experts in their fields. For a unique cinematic experience, movies are screened outdoors on the upper deck, allowing you to enjoy a masterpiece under the stars, comfortably nestled with popcorn and a cocktail.

Traditional activities such as bingo and Trivial Pursuit are also on the agenda, with the chance to win a cruise during certain games. Each ship is equipped with a casino for gambling enthusiasts.

The ships also feature multiple pools and jacuzzis, as well as an adults-only area for relaxation before exploring the next ports of call. You'll also find luxurious spas onboard (not included), offering premium treatments in an innovative and sumptuous setting.

Sports enthusiasts will also have plenty to enjoy, with archery classes, pickleball tournaments, as well as yoga, meditation, and fitness classes. Dance lessons are also offered daily, while on the upper deck, you can practice golf, cricket, and running on the jogging track. The state-of-the-art fitness center will also help you burn off any accumulated calories!

A Distinctive Design

Celebrity Cruises is renowned for the design of its ships, offering all the luxurious amenities of a 5-star hotel, impeccable service (with a ratio of 2 crew members per guest), dishes crafted by Michelin-starred chefs, and a wine cellar to accompany meals while enjoying authentic landscapes and experiences at each port of call.

The company has enlisted top architects (including Kelly Hoppen, Jouin Manku, Tom Wright, and interior designer Nate Berkus) to design and outfit its ships. The Edge series ships are game-changers with their innovative designs, featuring "Infinite Veranda" cabins, the Magic Carpet (a platform on the side of the ship that allows you to hang over the ocean), floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the ship to enjoy the views, as well as infinite pools above the ocean and a rooftop garden on the upper deck with over 200 different plant species.

It's obvious that Celebrity has succeeded in marrying luxury, design, and sophistication, offering a perfect balance for clients seeking adventure and authenticity in their travel destinations while also desiring moments of relaxation and luxury onboard.

Onboard with Family on Celebrity?

Celebrity offers "Camp at Sea," in partnership with Xbox and Anturus, for children aged 3 to 17. The Kids' Club focuses on four essential pillars: art, cooking, socialization through group activities, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The STEM program is only available on the Celebrity Equinox and Edge.

The program provides a variety of exciting activities led by a dedicated team of animators. Children will have the opportunity to participate in treasure hunts, sports activities, themed evenings, and video game competitions. However, you won't find pools with huge slides or a water park; if that's what you're looking for, other cruise lines may be more suitable.

Children are divided into four age groups: Teens (13-17 years old), Captains (10-12 years old), Cadets (6-9 years old), and Shipmates (3-5 years old). Teens even have their own spaces onboard, providing an ideal opportunity to make new friends away from adults. Additionally, from the age of 10, children are free to come and go from the club as they please.

On sea days, the club is open free of charge to children from 9 am to 10 pm, with themed evenings extended until 1 am (with mandatory parental signature). On port days, these services are also available free of charge from 9 am to 12 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm, and 7 pm to 10 pm. Outside of these hours, the cost is $6 per hour per child.

Finally, children's menus are available at the main restaurant, childcare services are available only for guests staying in suites (at a rate of $30 per hour), and these services are not available for cruises in the Galapagos. The animation team is also trained to handle children with autism (they even have many activities specifically designed for them).

What’s Included?

At the time of booking, you'll have the choice between the cruise-only rate and the All-Inclusive rate. It's also important to note that for all cruises outside of Europe, one hotel night before your cruise and transfers (airport and port) are included.

The cruise-only rates includes full board, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as beverages such as water, coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, and some non-alcoholic drinks like fruit juices or lemonade. Gratuities are not included and are approximately $18 per person per day for interior cabins, as well as 20% in bars, specialty restaurants, and spa treatments.

The All-Included package includes the Classic Beverage Package (including all drinks priced under $10 and unlimited) as well as the basic internet package. When you choose this option at the time of booking, you'll save at least 20% compared to onboard rates.

Depending on the ship, there are between one and four main restaurants, and you'll either need to choose a time for dinner (usually at 6 pm or 8:30 pm), in which case, seats will be assigned to you for the duration of your stay, or you can dine at the restaurant of your choice whenever you want.

As for specialty restaurants, these are not included in the price of your cruise; you can book them at the time of booking or upon arrival on the ship via the app. I recommend doing this quickly as some restaurants fill up very fast!

The Other Packages

Celebrity Cruises offers various packages: an internet package, beverage packages, as well as specialty restaurant packages. I advise you to always book your package before boarding as they are generally cheaper!

Celebrity offers two internet packages: the Basic and the Premium. The Basic package allows you to surf the internet, use instant messaging systems, and send emails. The Premium package also allows you to make video calls and stream music and videos. The prices of internet packages vary from one cruise to another depending on the destination and duration.

If you opted for the all-included package at the time of booking, it's possible to upgrade your package to obtain the Premium package, and you will only pay the price difference between the two packages.

Celebrity offers two types of beverage packages: the basic package (included if you opt for the all-included package at the time of booking) and the Premium package. The basic package allows you to consume all alcoholic beverages priced at $10 or less. It also includes a wide selection of soft drinks and cocktails, as well as wines, and offers a 15% discount on wine bottle purchases. The Premium package allows you to consume all beverages priced at $17 or less. Additionally, it includes a wider variety of cocktails, premium coffees, champagne by the glass, and offers a 20% discount on wine bottle purchases.

It is also possible to opt for a non-alcoholic package, which includes bottles of Evian, San Pellegrino sodas, premium coffees and teas, as well as numerous non-alcoholic cocktails and smoothies.

It is important to note that individuals in the same cabin must have the same beverage package. In cases where alcohol cannot be consumed (such as pregnancy, being a minor, or other reasons), a non-alcoholic package will be mandatory. The prices of the packages vary from one cruise to another.

Celebrity offers numerous specialty restaurants, including a Steakhouse, an interactive restaurant - the Petit Chef - where an animated little chef prepares your dish in front of you, a sushi restaurant, a seafood restaurant, a French cuisine restaurant, and more. In short, as I mentioned earlier, Celebrity is renowned not only for the design of its ships but also for its cuisine!

The company allows you to reserve specialty restaurants before your cruise (up to 72 hours before departure), and the more restaurants you book, the more you'll save! Please note that these packages do not include gratuities (20%), which will be added at the end of your cruise. The prices of these restaurants range from $45 to $150 per person for a minimum 3-course menu ($10 for children aged 6 to 12).

When Do we Cruise?

As you've gathered, Celebrity isn't just another cruise line. It stands out with its innovative ship designs, tailor-made itineraries, exceptional excursions, top-notch cuisine, and exceptional service.

So, what are you waiting for? Book now! Contact us via the form, or by phone at 020 4576 2793, or by email: theteam@ifyoucruise.com and let us guide you towards an unforgettable adventure amongst more than 300 destinations!

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