Celebrity Cruises Lifestyle:
Celebrity does an excellent job of combining large contemporary ships with traditional cruising. First-time or experienced cruisers looking for good service and cuisine along with large ship entertainment at a great value will enjoy a Celebrity ship. Celebrity is owned by Royal Caribbean International but provides a slightly more upscale product.
Celebrity Cruise Ships:
Celebrity ships are painted white with a dark blue hull and a distinctive large "X" on the funnel. The interiors are well-maintained and sophisticated. The ships and build dates are:
- Celebrity Millennium - 2000
- Celebrity Infinity - 2001
- Celebrity Summit - 2001
- Celebrity Constellation - 2002
- Celebrity Solstice - 2008
- Celebrity Equinox - 2009
- Celebrity Eclipse - 2010
- Celebrity Silhouette - 2011
- Celebrity Reflection - 2012
Celebrity also has three small ships designed for adventure cruising in the Galapagos Islands--the Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xperience, and Celebrity Xploration. The company will add a new 2,918-guest ship, the Celebrity Edge, to the fleet in December 2018.
Celebrity Cruises Passenger Profile:
Many Celebrity passengers are moderately affluent and well-educated. Most are adults, but families with children and teens also enjoy Celebrity. Although some Celebrity passengers are first-time cruisers, many are experienced travelers who appreciate quality and value and have sailed with Celebrity or another cruise line before. Ages range from 30s to 60s in high season, younger in the low season. Most Celebrity passengers get what they are looking for--something better than a standard mainstream cruise ship.
Celebrity Cruises Accommodations and Cabins:
Celebrity has traditional inside (no window) and outside (window) cabins, and deluxe balconied cabins and suites. The accommodations are spacious and clean. Celebrity also has its special Concierge Class level that provides little extra amenities in the cabins making the cruise experience special--duvets, fruit basket, larger beach towels, plusher bathrobes, etc. Many find the Concierge Class well worth the extra money.
Celebrity Cruises Cuisine and Dining:
Celebrity's fine cuisine is one of the reasons for its success. Both the food and the service are outstanding. The ships' main dining rooms have either two fixed seatings or open seating for dinner and open seating at breakfast and lunch. The dining rooms are all non-smoking. The ships also have innovative, alternative, extra-fee restaurants that provide a unique opportunity to enjoy fine dining.
For coffee lovers, Celebrity ships also have their signature Cova Cafes, which serve Italian coffee and fresh pastries.
Celebrity Cruises Onboard Activities and Entertainment:
Celebrity has the standard production lounge shows, cabaret acts, and lots of onboard activities such as bingo, horse racing, art auctions, and games.
Celebrity Cruises Common Areas:
Celebrity ships have elegant, simplistic decor, with lots of expensive, diverse artwork. The interiors do not challenge your senses the same way that some ships do. Like many modern cruise ships, Celebrity's ships do not have a wraparound promenade around the outside. Celebrity has some nice features not found on many mainstream lines such as cold towels by the pool and cloth towels (rather than paper) in the public restrooms.
Celebrity Cruises Spa, Gym, and Fitness:
Steiner operates the Celebrity spa and fitness programs. The spa sometimes gets booked up quickly, so sign up early if having a massage or other spa treatment is important. Some fitness classes are free, other more "exotic" ones such as yoga or kickboxing charge a small fee per class.
More on Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity's large premium ships sail worldwide. Celebrity's expedition adventure ship, the 92-passenger Celebrity Xpedition, sails the Galapagos Islands. In March 2016, Celebrity announced the acquisition of two other small ships to sail in the Galapagos archipelago. These two ships are being refurbished in early 2017 and sail as the Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Xperience.
Where does the "X" on the funnel (smokestack) of Celebrity cruise ships come from?
The Greece-based company the Chandris Group founded the deluxe Celebrity Cruise Line in 1988, and the ships primarily sailed to Bermuda. In the Greek language, "X" translates as "Chi" in English, and Chandris used the "X" as the logo on its ships. In 1997, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line bought Celebrity Cruises and expanded the fleet significantly but retained the "X".
Celebrity Cruises Contact information:
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, Florida 33132-2096 USA
(305) 539-6000 or (800) 646-1456