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Celebrity Cruises Coronavirus update

RCG-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Azamara Cruises) worldwide by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Fleetwide operations are planned to resume on July 1, 2021, including Celebrity Galapagos cruises.

Next are listed all Celebrity ships and their first scheduled departure dates/regions in 2021 - Millennium (June 5/Caribbean from Philipsburg St Maarten), Infinity (July 4/Mediterranean), Summit (July 4/NYC to Bermuda), Reflection (July 11/Europe-UK-Baltic), Equinox (July 4/Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale), Apex (June 19/Mediterranean), Silhouette (July 3/Europe-UK from Southampton), Edge (July 3/Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale), Solstice (September 26/Asia-Japan from Yokohama), Constellation (Nov 7/Caribbean), Eclipse (October 18/Australia-New Zealand from Sydney). Celebrity Cruises Galapagos ships and their restart dates in 2021 are Flora (July 4), Xpedition (July 24), Xploration (Sept 18).

Celebrity's Australia and New Zealand 2020-2021 winter program was canceled (affected ships Eclipse and Solstice, both homeported in Sydney NSW and Auckland NZ). All Celebrity repositioning cruises in 2021 (Alaska, Panama Canal, Transatlantic) were canceled. The ships Edge and Constellation's European schedules (May-November 2021) were canceled. Celebrity's Alaskan program (ships Eclipse from Vancouver, Solstice from Seattle) was canceled.

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through Celebrity Cruises packages and services. The refunds were in FCC (Future Cruise Credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to April 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by December 31, 2021. Changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by December 31, 2020. Celebrity's Cancellation Policy was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all itineraries departing up until September 1, 2020 / initially through July 31) and receive an FCC.

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Review of Celebrity Cruises

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Azamara Cruises) worldwide by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Fleetwide operations are planned to resume on July 1, 2021, including Celebrity Galapagos cruises.

Next are listed all Celebrity ships and their first scheduled departure dates/regions in 2021 - Millennium (June 5/Caribbean from Philipsburg St Maarten), Infinity (July 4/Mediterranean), Summit (July 4/NYC to Bermuda), Reflection (July 11/Europe-UK-Baltic), Equinox (July 4/Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale), Apex (June 19/Mediterranean), Silhouette (July 3/Europe-UK from Southampton), Edge (July 3/Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale), Solstice (September 26/Asia-Japan from Yokohama), Constellation (Nov 7/Caribbean), Eclipse (October 18/Australia-New Zealand from Sydney). Celebrity Cruises Galapagos ships and their restart dates in 2021 are Flora (July 4), Xpedition (July 24), Xploration (Sept 18).

Celebrity's Australia and New Zealand 2020-2021 winter program was canceled (affected ships Eclipse and Solstice, both homeported in Sydney NSW and Auckland NZ). All Celebrity repositioning cruises in 2021 (Alaska, Panama Canal, Transatlantic) were canceled. The ships Edge and Constellation's European schedules (May-November 2021) were canceled. Celebrity's Alaskan program (ships Eclipse from Vancouver, Solstice from Seattle) was canceled.

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through Celebrity Cruises packages and services. The refunds were in FCC (Future Cruise Credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to April 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by December 31, 2021. Changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by December 31, 2020. Celebrity's Cancellation Policy was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all itineraries departing up until September 1, 2020 / initially through July 31) and receive an FCC.

Celebrity Cruises (website) is the second-largest (by fleet) brand in the RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) group of companies. Established in 1990, the "Celebrity" cruise brand joined RCCL in 1997. Celebrity represents one of the best "luxury ship travel" companies for adults, as well as a signature operator of regularly scheduled Panama Canal transition itineraries and one of the top 3 Alaskan cruise lines. In May 2020, the company celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Company history

Celebrity is a medium-priced luxury cruise company, which travel vacation package product is associated with top-hotel amenities, premium services, sophistication, style, elegance, technology innovations. Celebrity cruise liners offer impeccable service and exquisite cuisine, appealing to moderately affluent, well-educated travellers (mostly adults in their 40s). Celebrity offers "Family Cruises" during holidays (particularly on voyages from the USA to Caribbean and Bermuda) and "Seniors Cruises" (on European and South American itineraries). The letter "X" on ships' funnels stands for the name "Chandris" (in Greek "Xandris").

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The company was founded in 1988 as part of Chandris Group (Athens Greece-based marine corporation, now Chandris Hellas Inc) - shipowner and vessel management. Before Celebrity, Chandris Group operated the cruise brands "Chandris Line" (1960-1974, ocean liner crossings between Greece and Australia), "Chandris Cruises" (1974-1996, Mediterranean itineraries from Greece) and "Chandris Fantasy Cruises (1985--1996, North American itineraries). Chandris' brand "Celebrity Cruises" started with cheap voyages offered on second-hand ships, to become one of industry's most prominent premium "affordable luxury" ship travel brands. The company's current President and CEO is Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.

Celebrity entered the luxury cruising marked with roundtrips from the USA to Bermuda, acquiring more and newer liners. As a brand of RCG, Celebrity's sister companies are RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur (Spain), Marella (UK), TUI (Germany), Silversea. The company's headquarters address is "Celebrity Cruises, 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami FL, 33132-2096 USA".

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship model (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

The company attracts a diverse passenger base, targeting mainly baby boomers and their families, honeymooners, and seniors. In addition to US customers, it also draws travelers from Europe, Canada, South America. Longer itineraries tend to attract older travelers. Week-long roundtrips in Alaska and Caribbean attract more families. To appeal to multi-generational groups, company's family programs were expanded to include dedicated, well-trained staff serving shipboard kids and teen centers with enrichment and educational activities.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship model (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

On October 4, 2018, was launched "Celebrity Central" (website for travel agents). It has 6 sections (news, marketing, and sales, learning and training) and is accessed via personalized log-ins. It combines AirWaves, CruisingPower, company's sales and marketing toolkit (Rewards, Digital Library) and Celebrity Passport (e-learning resource). Celebrity Central has a search bar and tags for popular terms and topics.

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ship model (Edge, Apex)

In December 2020, Celebrity's parent company (RCG-Royal Caribbean Group) sold the Galapagos-based ship Celebrity Xperience to Emerald Blue Cruises Panama. The boat was named Celebrity Xperience (January 2016 through March 2020), "MS Xperience" (April through November 2020) and "Emerald Dream" (since December 2020).

New ships

The following YouTube video (official release) reviews company's newest Edge-Class vessels and their unique features. The EDGE series includes all 5 units - Celebrity Edge (2018), Celebrity Apex (2020), Celebrity Beyond (2021) plus 2 more (unnamed) liners with scheduled deliveries in 2022 and 2024.

 

On April 11, 2019, the shipowner RCCL signed an MoU agreement with Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard (St Nazaire, France) to order a 5th Edge-Class vessel, with scheduled delivery in 2024-Q3.

In February 2014, Celebrity Cruises announced it would add "The Suite Class" fleetwide. Suite Class passengers have their own private restaurant and VIP lounge. Key features on Solstice Class ships include the Lawn Club, which is a freshly manicured lawn on the ship's highest deck. Passengers enjoy casual outdoor activities, a country-club atmosphere, and grass between their toes. They can watch a glass-blowing demonstration on Equinox, Eclipse, and Solstice, or a meal in the Lawn Club Grill. Celebrity ships also have Cellar Masters, inspired by the Napa Valley vineyards, which brings to life a global wine cruise tour experience, while guests learn about and taste a variety of premium wines from around the world.

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ship model (Edge, Apex)

In March 2016, Celebrity Cruises acquired the two-ship company "Ocean Adventures". The purchase of the 16-passenger catamaran Athala II (Celebrity Xploration) and 48-passenger yacht Eclipse (Celebrity Xperience) increased Celebrity Cruises Galapagos capacity by 65%. The two boats joined Celebrity's fleet in spring 2016 but started regular operations following extensive drydocks in January 2017.

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ships - Magic Carpet

Since March 2018, RCCL offers one login for RCI and Celebrity Cruises websites and mobile apps. The new policy allows one account to be used for loyalty program benefits, bookings, and reservations with both brands. The account security was also simplified and strengthened to ensure customers' personal data.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship (Eclipse-Equinox-Silhouette-Solstice-Reflection)

Celebrity brand's cruising experience

  • Accommodations: some of the largest cruise suites (all served by butlers). Luxurious "ConciergeClass" staterooms, attentive highly personalized impeccable service; and enjoying seating preference, priority check-in. 2:1 guest-to-staff ratio
  • Dining: award-winning cuisine, excellent alternate dining venues. Celebrity's "Gourmet Bites" every afternoon, themed lunch buffets. Culinary demonstrations. The line has partnered with "Elizabeth Blau and Associates", as to menu and wine selections, and all the standards of serving.
  • Facilities: the largest cruise ship spa and gym facilities at sea ("AquaSpa by Elemis" - world-class beauty salon, spa treatments and fitness programs). "Celebrity Theatre" for Broadway-style productions, huge European-style casinos, bingo, themed bars, and lounges, including a European style disco, large pools, poolside recreation programs (massages, yoga), onboard boutique shopping.
  • Enrichment: "Celebrity Lecture Series". Rich contemporary art collections. Art auctions, and enhanced golf program.
  • "Celebrity Escape" concept (reserved exclusively for adults ages 21 and older) offers complimentary classes, workshops, themed events, fashion shows, deck parties, etc.
  • By the "Family Cruising Program", on all voyages are offered complimentary games, parties, educational and fun activities, history and sea life explorations, dedicated/exclusive pools and discos for teens.

Via partnership with CG Technology (fka Cantor Gaming), Celebrity Cruises introduced industry's first casino gaming mobile app. Passengers download the free app (Cantor Mobile Casino) via ship's WiFi network to Android or Apple phones/tablets. The app allows them to play slots, video poker, and table games anywhere on the ship. At the ship's casino lounge passengers can play (for real) games like roulette, poker (plus Texas Hold 'Em) and blackjack. Some ships have Let It Ride and baccarat available upon request. All ships have at least 1 poker table in the casino and host tournaments during the voyage.

Since 2013, the company has been partnered with "Top Chef" (US reality competition TV series). In late 2014, both companies started the exclusive "Top Chef at Sea" cruising experience. By this onboard culinary program, fans and foodies have the opportunity to travel with a lineup of celebrity chefs on food-themed "Top Chef Signature Sailing" each year. Celebrity also offers an interactive "Quickfire Challenges" and "Top Chef"-inspired menu evenings fleetwide on cruises 5-nights or longer (excluding Galapagos Islands).

In 2017, Celebrity Cruises partnered with Bravo Media for a new cooking video series - "Isaac Takes On". This digital show follows Top Chef's Isaac Toups as he cruises around the Caribbean on the ship Celebrity Reflection, competing against passengers in a variety of culinary challenges. The ship has its own Michelin-star chef - Cornelius Gallagher, who also makes appearances throughout the series.

In February 2019, Celebrity Cruises announced two new (exclusive) partnerships - with Daniel Boulud (Michelin-starred Chef) and with ABT-American Ballet Theatre (NYC-based, 1939-founded classical ballet company). Both partnerships created unique onboard culinary and entertainment experiences fleetwide.

  • The Celebrity-ABT partnership allows passengers (on selected ships) to enjoy ballet shows by guest performers and to join the dancers for seminars and ballet classes.
  • Chef Daniel Boulud is the founder of a global restaurant group that includes 7 NYC restaurants plus 6 in other (national and international) destinations. As Celebrity's Global Culinary Brand Ambassador, he designs signature dishes for Luminae (exclusive / Suite-only restaurant). Celebrity also introduced "Chef's Table by Daniel Boulud" - a private galley/kitchen tour and 5-course VIP dining package.

The new experiences were introduced in 2019, starting with the liners Summit, Equinox and Millennium.

In December 2019, the company signed an exclusive partnership with OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd (Bahamas-based global provider of health and wellness services and products to cruise ships and land-based resorts). The partnership starts in May 2020 and is fleetwide (including the newbuilds under construction).

All-inclusive deals

Since November 17, 2020, every Celebrity Cruises deal includes unlimited beverages (classic cocktails, beers, wines by the glass, sodas, juices, bottled water, brand coffees and teas), onboard gratuities and Wi-Fi.

Option upgrades offered to all bookings include:

  • ELEVATE Package (unlimited premium drinks and shore excursions priced up to USD 200 per person)
  • INDULGE Package (ELEVATE Package plus unlimited streaming Wi-Fi Internet and up to USD 400 per person in OBC/onboard credit).

"Celebrity Revolution" fleetwide refurbishments

In July 2018, the company announced a USD 500 million fleet modernization (drydock refurbishment) program dubbed "Celebrity Revolution". The project was scheduled for February 2019 through February 2023.

Fleetwide renovations include all staterooms and public spaces on 9 liners to bring their onboard amenities and services up to the standards of EDGE-class ships. For staterooms were contracted HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates / US-based hospitality interior design company) and Kelly Hoppen (UK-based interior designer).

All staterooms will be upgraded with eXhale bedding sets (premium cashmere mattresses) and high-tech amenities (RFID locks, Bluetooth, Xcelerate / Wi-Fi Internet).

Renovated Celebrity ships will have "The Retreat" (adults-only sundeck) with a full-size swimming pool, Jacuzzi, private cabanas, padded loungers, poolside bar service (food and drinks).

Luminae Restaurant (Suites-only) will be redesigned and will be introduced new (custom-made) menus by chef Cornelius Gallagher.

Qsine Restaurant will be added fleetwide and will offer "Le Petit Chef" (virtual dining-entertainment experience) created by Skullmapping artists and presented by TableMation Studios exclusively for Celebrity Cruises.

Main Dining Rooms, Oceanview Cafe and Sunset Bar will be redesigned, as well as most public venues. In the SPA will be added expanded SEA Thermal Suite. Retail shops will be expanded with new shopping brands - including Hublot (luxury Swiss watches) and Shinola (luxury watches, jewelry, premium leather goods).

 

The 4-year fleet refurbishment program started in February 2019. The current list of scheduled for drydocks Celebrity ships (by the "Celebrity Revolution" project) is as follows:

(NEW) Celebrity cruise gratuities 2021

Since January 2020, the company's daily gratuity rates (per person/pp, both adults and kids are charged) were increased by ~7% (in comparison to the previous rates).

  • Standard cabins' daily gratuity was changed from US$14,50 to US$15.50 pp (per day).
  • ConciergeClass and AquaClass staterooms' daily gratuity was changed from US$15 to US$16 pp (per day).
  • Suites' daily gratuity was changed from US$18 to US$19 pp (per day).

Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day. Passengers can prepay gratuities. Daily gratuities are split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).

In 2018, Celebrity's daily gratuities (pp per day) were USD 13,50 (interior-oceanview-balcony staterooms), USD 14 (Aqua-Class and Concierge-Class) and USD 17 (Suites).

Celebrity cruise ship Room Service

Celebrity Cruises requires a fee of USD 4,95 for ordering items from the cruise ship's room service menu.

  • Room Service is operated on each Celebrity cruise vessel and between 11 pm - 6 am.
  • Prior to September 2015, the basic room service items delivery to passengers' cabins was complimentary. The exception was for some premium items (like a cheese platter, filet mignon, Caprese salad).

New shipboard Wellness classes

In 2018, Celebrity and Canyon Ranch upgraded fleetwide the onboard fitness program by adding more (to a total of 20) fitness classes and wellness seminars for passengers. Of all classes, 6 are based on different exercise groups - Acupuncture (Pain Relief), Conditioning (Pilates), Longevity, Mindfulness (Spiritual Cycling), Nutrition (Detox 101), Sweat (Tabata).

Among the new wellness offerings are:

  • "Acupuncture for Pain Relief" revives energy levels, treats pain and digestive discomfort, de-stresses, aids a healthy sleep.
  • "Pilates to the Beat" is a mat class choreographed with upbeat songs.
  • "Age-Defying Technology" reviews the latest technologies, wellness products and services that help anti-aging.
  • "Spiritual Cycling" Incorporates mind and energy awareness while cycling to musical beats.
  • "Detox 101: Weight Loss and More" reviews the most effective detox foods and how they promote weight loss.
  • "Tabata Impact" is a Japanese intense and fast full-body workout offering best cardio and training techniques.

Itinerary of Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity cruise line's destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean (all, but mostly Southern), Mexico (Caribbean, Mexican Riviera), Panama Canal, South America, Australia New Zealand, Asia (Taiwan-China-Japan, Thailand-Vietnam), Northern Europe (from the UK), Eastern and Western Mediterranean.

The Royal Caribbean-owned brand Celebrity Cruises operates one of the industry's youngest and most innovative fleets. The liners all are Malta-flagged, excepting the Galapagos Islands fleet (Ecuador-flagged).

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in June-August 2021 (for the first time) Celebrity homeported a ship (Millennium) in Philipsburg (St Maarten Island). The Caribbean mini-season included 7-night roundtrips from Philipsburg to Oranjestad Aruba-Willemstad Curacao-Bridgetown Barbados (itinerary1) and Road Town Tortola BVI-Castries St Lucia-Barbados (itinerary2). The planned for Celebrity Millennium summer 2021 Alaskan cruises (between Vancouver BC Canada and Seward AK) were canceled.

Celebrity 2021-2022-2023 cruise ship deployments

In late-March was announced Celebrity Silhouette's "Staycations" (6- to 8-night itineraries) roundtrips from Southampton England, starting on July 3.

In late-March 2021, the 2021-built Celebrity Apex ship's inaugural season in Northern Europe was revised and a new summer program in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea) was announced. The season (starting June 19, 2021) is based on two 7-day roundtrip itineraries from homeport Piraeus-Athens Greece. The "Greek Islands and Cyprus" itinerary visits Rhodes, Santorini, Cyprus (Limassol). The "Greek Islands and Israel" itinerary visits Santorini, Rhodes and Haifa Israel (port to Jerusalem-Tel Aviv). Bookings opened on March 30, 2021.

Celebrity's North America 2021 season (Summit) has 19 destinations (7 countries) including Greenland (for the first time). The ship is due to stay for 10+ hours in port at 56 stops, docking in a total of 39 of those cruise ports for 12+ hours. Summit's new 10-night itineraries start in the summer from NYC and visit Charleston SC and Bermuda. Another 7-night Bermuda roundtrip stops in Newport RI and circles Liberty Island. In August, Summit offers two Transatlantic cruises (between the USA and Europe) with 14-night itineraries from NYC-Cape Liberty to Dublin Ireland, then Dublin to Boston MA. New destinations include Prins Christian Sund and Qaqortoq. After the summer, the liner homeports in Boston for 12-night "Canada and New England" roundtrips.

Celebrity's Alaskan ships in 2021 (Eclipse, Solstice, Millennium) visit 12 USA and Canada ports with extended port stays. Eclipse offers 7-night roundtrips from Vancouver and through Inside Passage visit Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, Hubbard Glacier. Millennium offers two 7-night Alaskan itineraries - one northbound (from Vancouver) and one southbound (from Seward). Both include Inside Passage cruising and visit Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier. Solstice offers 7-night roundtrips from Seattle and visits Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Inside Passage, Victoria BC, Endicott Arms, Dawes Glacier. Eclipse also explores the North Pacific coast from San Diego CA to Vancouver.

Celebrity Cruises 2021-2022 deployment features 14 liners scheduled to visit 280+ destinations in 75 different countries on 7 continents. The 2021-2022 schedule includes 8 new ports - Taranto, Salvador de Bahia, Salomague-Ilocos (Philipines), Ishigaki, 3 new Greek island ports (Hydra, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos) and Homer Alaska (Kenai Peninsula). The season also features 125+ overnights in 30+ ports, including in Oporto City (Portugal) and Montevideo (for the New Year's Eve 2021).

Celebrity Solstice is the first Solstice-class boat deployed in Asia (cruises to China and Japan) and also in Southeast Asia (to Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).

Australia New Zealand 2022-2023 program

In February 2021 was announced the Celebrity Eclipse ship's Australia and New Zealand 2022-2023 winter season. The program runs between September 2022 and April 2023 and is based on 5- to 18-night itineraries (19 total) with departures from homeports Sydney NSW Australia and Auckland NZ. The voyages also included the themed "Food and Wine Classics", "Five Star Getaways" and "Sun and Beach Escapes", plus Great Barrier Reef cruising.

Celebrity Cruises 2022-2023 Australia and New Zealand season features overnight ports (Adelaide, Hobart Tasmania, Cairns), longer port stays (8 pm departures), maiden port call (Port Arthur Tasmania), Auckland to Fiji voyage (January 2023), 3x South Pacific Island hopper itineraries (to Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia), Transpacific relocation voyages (RepositionCruises.com) between Honolulu Hawaii and Sydney NSW.

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