Sometimes trying something new can be a little scary, especially if it's possibly going to cost you a decent sum money. Trying a cruise line for the first time is no different! But change can be exciting and lead to new opportunities and adventures.
Experience cruiser, cruise blogger and travel writer Marcus Adam, has shared with us his top reasons why you should consider booking a cruise holiday with Celebrity Cruises. If like Marcus, you've cruised with Celebrity Cruises before, then you'll know what he's talking about!
Celebrity prides itself on its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces, together with high levels of service. You will not find waterslides, rock climbing walls, or surf simulators on board. Instead, you’ll find chic bars and spaces, impressive entertainment and amazing food. Sounds amazing, right?
Celebrity offers a wide variety of itineraries across the globe. Destination immersion is a key part of this and the line offers regular overnight stays in ports to allow passengers to experience more and not feel rushed. Celebrity also tends to operate longer (greater than 7-night) itineraries depending on where you are sailing from.
In addition to this, Celebrity is also one of a handful of cruise lines to offer sailings around the Galapagos Islands, including on board their state-of-the-art suite ship, Celebrity Flora.
Cruise in comfort
Celebrity offers a variety of rooms to suit all needs. This includes well-appointed interior, ocean view and balcony cabins, as well as what the line terms Concierge Class cabins, which add a number of additional perks including priority boarding and a concierge service. Then there’s Aqua Class, offering all the amenities of Concierge Class, but adding in an exclusive restaurant, Blu, unlimited access to the Persian Garden spa lounge and other amenities.
Celebrity have also taken the suite experience to the next level with The Retreat. This exclusive experience includes reimagined accommodations, private dining, exclusive bars and its very own sun deck. You can read all about my recent experience of this on board Celebrity Silhouette here.
As part of this, Celebrity offer a range of suites of all different sizes and budgets. Of all of this, the most iconic has to be the Iconic Suite, found on the Celebrity Edge Class. These stylish and contemporary spaces include floor to ceiling windows above the bridge of the ship, two large bedrooms, expansive bathrooms, living and dining space, butlers’ pantry, and a large sundeck, featuring a jacuzzi, to spread out in. Honestly, it’s on another level.
Celebrity ships are a foodie heaven, with a variety of venues serving cuisines to satisfy any appetite. This includes the complimentary main and alternative restaurants, as well as a variety of specialty (for fee) dining. This ranges from upscale steak restaurants, to elevated French cuisine and authentic Italian. On the more quirky side there is Le Petit Chef, where your table literally comes to life with animated characters who “prepare” each course before you’re served the dish.
Celebrity is an all-inclusive brand, offering drinks, Wi-Fi and gratuities in every sailing. This makes it incredible value for money when you consider the other areas we’ve spoken about here. You can further upgrade your experience on board with premium drinks, shore excursion and on board credits.
And of course, for me what makes a good cruise experience great is the staff and service you receive. Celebrity provide a superb service wherever you may find yourself on board. They will try to anticipate your needs and provide special touches throughout your journey.
They’ve got the Edge
Celebrity is an innovative brand where it tries to push the boundaries of design. For instance, with the Solstice class of five ships, which first debuted on 2008, they introduced a new area on the top of the ship called the Lawn Club. And yes you’ve guessed it, it is a real lawn where people can sit, relax or play lawn games. It’s a great space to experience, especially whilst looking out over the sea.
In 2018 Celebrity launched its newest ship concept, the award-winning Celebrity Edge, followed by her sister Celebrity Apex in 2021. Using some of the world’s best interior designers, Edge has reimagined the cruise experience. This includes the Infinite Veranda stateroom, where at the touch of a button the large winter garden living space becomes the balcony. The ship features a number of novel and innovative spaces including the Magic Carpet. Cantilevered over the side of the ship, this tennis court-sized space will move vertically between different decks transforming into different venues, including bars and eateries, depending on where it is situated. This will be taken even further with the delivery of Celebrity Beyond and Celebrity Ascent from 2022.