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Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time.
Since Celebrity’s first sailing in 1990, it has been recognized as an industry leader, praised for providing spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalized service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1; and unexpected, trendsetting onboard activities, all designed to provide a unique experience for vacationers. The introduction of Celebrity’s stylish, widely heralded Solstice Class of ships has reinforced the premium cruise brand’s position as an industry leader.
Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships exemplify Celebrity’s emphasis on designing stunning ships and inviting onboard experiences for vacationers who appreciate the finer things. The ships have taken stylish cruising and impeccable service to new heights. Celebrity Solstice set sail in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, and Celebrity Eclipse in 2010. All three hold 2,850 guests (double occupancy) and have a tonnage of 122,000. Celebrity Silhouette debuted in 2011, and Celebrity Reflection debuted in 2012. Celebrity Silhouette holds 2,886 guests (double occupancy) and has a tonnage of 122,400. Celebrity Reflection holds 3,030 guests (double occupancy) and has a tonnage of 126,000.
Celebrity’s Solstice Class features the industry’s first "Lawn Club" - an outdoor, country club-like venue featuring a lawn of real, growing grass where guests can practice their putting, play lawn games like croquet and lawn bowling, or simply relax under the sun and stars; the first Hot Glass Show at sea, presented in collaboration with The Corning Museum of Glass; and a slate of breathtaking new shows. Inspired by the latest trends in entertainment and the hottest global tickets, the brand redefined the way it delivers premium, unexpected experiences to guests, unveiling an impressive array of 18 shows in 18 months – all produced in partnership with masterminds behind some of today's biggest recording artists and awarding-winning theatrical and television productions. The Solstice Class also offers larger, more intuitive staterooms influenced by "Celebrity’s Leading Ladies," five Boomer women with unique travel and hospitality insights. The new ships present fewer inside staterooms than other ships - 90% of the ships’ staterooms offer outside views and 85% of staterooms have verandas - and feature an entirely new category of staterooms, "AquaClass," designed with spa enthusiasts in mind, offering a host of exclusive amenities. AquaClass guests enjoy unlimited access to the spa’s Persian Garden, located in the two-story AquaSpa by Elemis, as well as priority seating in Blu, a specialty restaurant with healthy dishes created exclusively for AquaClass guests.
Celebrity Reflection, debuted in December 2012, with the premium brand’s first-ever “AquaClass Suites,” each with 300 square feet of luxurious interior design and spacious 79-square-foot verandas, including all exclusive amenities associated with Celebrity’s AquaClass staterooms. The fifth Solstice Class ship also introduced new “Signature Suites,” each offering a 441-square-foot stateroom area and a 118-square-foot veranda with floor-to-ceiling windows and veranda doors. Nestled in the highly desirable corner location of the 14th deck near Celebrity’s new Signature Suites, the 1,636-square-foot “Reflection Suite” is the premium cruise brand’s first two-bedroom suite, complete with a truly distinctive sea-view bathroom extending out over the edge of the ship, a veranda tub with soothing rain shower and panoramic views courtesy of the 194-square-foot wraparound veranda. The unique lines of suites offer guests a menu of Celebrity’s signature suite amenities, including luxurious 24/7 butler service.
During its launch in 2011, Celebrity Silhouette introduced several new venues, including “The Lawn Club Grill,” the industry’s first outdoor, interactive grill venue; The Porch, with a chic Hamptons-style design, offers casual breakfasts and lunches overlooking The Lawn Club and the sea; The Art Studio, where guests can participate in intimate, hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, painting and beading, as well as the art of food, with culinary-themed classes; The Alcoves, eight cabana-style settings for partial or all-day rentals on the perimeter of The Lawn Club, offering themed picnic baskets, an á la carte beverage menu and WiFi; and The Hideaway, with its avant-garde, cozy, tree house design, creating a quiet retreat for reading a good book or a high-tech escape for vacationers relaxing with iPads, which are available to rent.
Dining on Celebrity’s ships is an exceptional experience, rivaling restaurants on land. Six specialty restaurants have their own unique menu and ambience:
Additionally world-class dining options offered across the fleet include:
The Millennium Class features elegant specialty dining options featuring the savory menu from Murano. The menu, blending classic and modern continental cuisine, features a superb wine list and is complemented by exquisite European-style service. At the Ocean Liners restaurant onboard Celebrity Constellation, diners are surrounded by rare artifacts and art deco design transporting them back to the 1920s. The SS United States onboard Celebrity Infinity has original etched glass panels from the SS United States ocean liner. On Celebrity Summit, the Normandie restaurant is outfitted with original paneling and ornamentation from the famed SS Normandie. And the Olympic restaurant onboard Celebrity Millennium features paneling from the historic RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the Titanic.
“Solsticizing” the Millennium Class
The Solsticizing of Celebrity’s Millennium Class ships includes the incorporation of iconic Solstice Class attributes through a significant revitalization.
Among the Solstice Class features introduced on Celebrity’s Millennium Class ships:
The revitalization, when combined with the brand’s robust and widely varied onboard entertainment and enrichment program, Celebrity Life; a broader, well-received Captain’s Club loyalty program; and other brand enhancements – represents a nearly $200-million investment.
The first ship to be “Solsticized” was Celebrity Constellation in May 2010 and later in April 2013, followed by Celebrity Infinity in November 2011, Celebrity Summit in January 2012 and Celebrity Millennium in May 2012.
Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships also were the first in the industry to utilize solar technology, with some of the solar panels serving the dual purpose of providing shade within the Solarium as well as energy production.
In February 2014, it was officially announced that Celebrity would be partnering with Canyon Ranch, one of the world’s leading spa and wellness brands, to feature Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea facilities across Celebrity’s existing fleet of 10 ships. The luxurious Canyon Ranch SpaClub includes a relaxing spa, beauty salon, and wellness and fitness amenities, highlighted with signature Canyon Ranch offerings.
For more than a decade, Celebrity has been bringing its guests to a place that, for many, is nothing short of a life-changing experience. Few guests are left untouched by the unspoiled beauty and historical significance of the Galapagos Islands. The brand has acted as a steward of the archipelago; one of many organizations and environmental groups who know that in order to keep the islands as close as possible to their original state requires constant effort, vigilance, and, above all, respect.
In early 2016, it was announced that the modern luxury brand would be extending it’s fleet capacity in the Galapagos Islands, acquiring tour operator Ocean Adventures and its two ships. The ships, the 48-guest Celebrity Xperience and the 16-guest Celebrity Xploration, continued operating under the Ocean Adventures name until both completed dry-dock in March 2017, officially joining the Celebrity Cruises family.
In September 2016, Celebrity Cruises launched a new global campaign titled Sail Beyond Borders, a statement of the brand’s philosophy. The modern luxury cruise line that visits more than 280 cities around the world, and is home to a crew representing more than 50 different cultures, debuted a global campaign that encourages people to travel, experience different cultures and have a more enriching existence. Opening up the world and encouraging people to go beyond borders is Celebrity Cruises’ core belief. A 30-second video titled “Far Away” aired nationally following the first televised Presidential Debate on September 26, 2016.
Celebrity sails to Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL).
For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call a travel agent.