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How Celebrity Cruises is Revamping Cruise Dining

If you’re one of the people out there who still think cruise dining consists of buffets with heaping piles of food, or uninspiring restaurant experiences, think again. Cruise cuisine and dining experiences on board are rapidly changing with innovative restaurants, gourmet cuisine, and fresh, local ingredients.

Dining on cruise ships is becoming a destination unto itself, and Celebrity Cruises is leading the way. Here are just some of the ways Celebrity Cruises is revamping cruise dining.

The Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room on Celebrity Cruises feels like a luxurious 5-star restaurant. The menu changes nightly and features gourmet cuisine, often inspired by the region you’re currently sailing through.

Wine stored in the Celebrity Cruises wine tower onboard Solstice-class ships.

You’ll be seated at a white-clothed table on one of two floors circling the central attraction: a two-story wine tower.

When you order a bottle of wine with dinner and don’t finish it, your sommelier (yes, a sommelier comes around to each table every night to recommend wine pairings with your dinner) will expertly seal your bottle of wine and save it for you at the optimal temperature in that wine tower.

When you’re ready for it again later in your trip, your sommelier will deliver it to your table. You can even request having it delivered to you at a specialty restaurant if you’re not eating in the main dining room the next evening!

Specialty Restaurants

Gorgeous decor and healthy cuisine in Blu Restaurant.
Blu Restaurant

Celebrity Cruises offers a variety of specialty restaurants on board its fleet of ships and each ship has up to a dozen specialty restaurants to choose from. These specialty restaurants typically cost a bit extra, but they are still a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for similar caliber restaurants on land.

These specialty restaurants are ideal for guests who want a change of scenery from the main dining room. With cuisine ranging from Italian (Tuscan Grille) to French (Murano) to Asian (Silk Harvest and Sushi on Five), you’re bound to find some flavors you’re in the mood for. There’s also a grill-your-own-steak (Lawn Club Grill) house, raw bar (The Porch), and creative cuisine you’ll have to experience for yourself (Qsine).

Guests staying in Aqua Class staterooms also get special access to a spa-inspired restaurant called Blu, which has an aesthetic inspired by the islands of the Mediterranean, and serves up healthy cuisine that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Luminae Restaurant
Luminae Restaurant

Suite guests can also access Luminae, a specialty restaurant just for passengers staying in one of the luxurious suite-class staterooms and is included in the price of your suite. You’ll find high-end ingredients and a chic setting with menu options found nowhere else on board.

One of a Kind Experiences

Celebrity Cruises’ new ship, Celebrity Edge, offers unique dining experiences you can’t find anywhere else.

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge

The first one you can’t miss since you’ll see it as soon as you set eyes on the ship. Celebrity Edge has a cantilevered “magic carpet” room positioned on the side of the ship. The Magic Carpet moves up and down the side of the ship throughout the day and when it’s positioned on Deck 16, it serves as a thrilling restaurant with delicious cuisine and drinks that you’ll enjoy literally right over the sea.

The other dining experience that stands out for its individuality on Celebrity Edge is Eden, a 3-deck tall space that is accented by a wall of windows overlooking the sea. In the evenings, Eden is transformed into an other-worldly garden atmosphere and guests will be guided throughout the space as they eat their meal in an interactive setting served to them by “Edenists.” Just like the setting, the food is also creatively presented and full of surprises.

Celebrity Cruises Dining Attire

Tuscan Grille Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises
Dining in Tuscan Grille Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises

You don’t have to worry about a stiff dress code or packing an evening gown on Celebrity Cruises…unless you want to! Celebrity Cruises has changed its Formal Nights to Evening Chic Nights. On these nights ladies can still wear that evening gown and get all dolled up if you want to because that’s all part of the fun, or you can wear a cocktail dress or simply a skirt, pants, or designer jeans with an elegant top – show off your style! Men can wear pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button down shirt, or sweater – or feel free to get even fancier with your attire.

On other nights, Celebrity Cruises has a Smart Casual dress code.  Ladies can wear a dress, slacks, blazers, jeans, or skirts with casual tops. Men can wear pants or jeans with a sport shirt with sleeves.

About that Buffet…

Oh, and if you still want to experience a cruise ship buffet, don’t worry – the Lido deck is open for three meals a day. Just don’t dine there expecting the status quo; you’ll find tasty cuisine with fine ingredients, including custom-prepared meal options, globally themed evenings, and even sushi on select nights.

To book your Celebrity cruise and start salivating over what you’ll eat during your trip, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Top 10 Reasons to Cruise on Celebrity Edge

If you’ve been researching a cruise vacation, look no further. Here are 10 reasons why you should set sail on board Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge.

You Love What’s New and Cutting Edge

When Celebrity Edge debuts in 2018, it’s destined to be a game-changer for the cruise industry thanks to its modern resort ambiance that blends together indoor and outdoor space like never before on a cruise ship. From staterooms to dining to entertainment, nothing on Celebrity Edge will be status quo and you’ll find delightful pockets of innovation and luxury wherever you are on board.

The Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge

The Magic Carpet instantly distinguishes Celebrity Edge from other ships before you ever even step on board thanks to its cantilevered position on the side of the ship. In the evenings, the Magic Carpet turns into a luxurious restaurant when it “floats” up to Deck 16. You’ll get the amazing chance to dine right over the open water. Get ready for some incredible views from your table. The Magic Carpet also moves to other decks throughout the day, becoming an extension of the pool area on Deck 14 at times, and an al fresco extension of another specialty restaurant on Deck 5.

Destination Gateway

The Magic Carpet isn’t only for dining. It also serves as a relaxing and luxurious waiting area, referred to as the Destination Gateway, for passengers to sit and chat until their tender boat comes to collect them and take them ashore during port days. Plus, you won’t be boarding any normal tender while sailing Celebrity Edge; instead you’ll step into one of the Edge Launches, a covered, air-conditioned boat with bucket seats and large windows for prime viewing of your new destination.

Outdoor Ambiance

Celebrity Edge's Pool Deck
Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck

Celebrity Edge is all about the outdoor space, whether it’s through stateroom or suite verandahs, al fresco dining, or open deck space. Two places the outdoor ambiance of the ship really stands out, though, is the Pool Deck and Rooftop Garden.

Celebrity Edge’s modern Pool Deck has panoramic windows positioned to make viewing the passing sea and land formations easy to take in. Plus, two raised hot tubs shaped like martini glasses give passengers another amazing vantage point for taking in those glistening ocean views. The Pool Deck also has luxurious cabanas lining one side of it, which can be rented out by guests.

The Rooftop Garden keeps the nature aspect from the Solstice-Class’ Lawn Club by adorning the area with greenery tended to by a resident horticulturist. Throughout the day, games and activities are conducted in the Rooftop Garden and at night it transforms into an entertainment venue for live music and Celebrity Cruises’ popular “A Taste of Film” experience, which combines an al fresco meal and movie.

Eden: Dining Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Eden, an innovative space on Celebrity Edge

All of the dining experiences on Celebrity Edge offer upscale settings with gourmet ingredients. Eden, however, stands out – and not just from the other restaurants on board Celebrity Edge, but from all cruise ship dining. Eden is a transformative and interactive dining experience that takes place in a special space on the ship that extends over three decks with a background of glass windows. It is decorated to reflect a nature wonderland and when you’re dining there, “Edenists” come around to entertain you and serve you your dinner. The cuisine itself will be experiential with elements of surprise and is incorporated into the whole experience — this isn’t your typical sit-down restaurant dining experience.

Designer Touches

The look and design of Celebrity Edge was led by internationally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen and prestigious architect Tom Wright. Popular designer Nate Berkus was also brought on to serve as Celebrity Edge’s design ambassador. You’ll see their expert design style all throughout the ship, giving it a contemporary vibe with artistic flair.

Luxurious Staterooms

Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

The staterooms on Celebrity Edge are modern and spacious. 99% of the rooms on Celebrity Edge have king size beds plus you’ll find larger bathrooms, more storage space for your belongings, and spacious living areas. Celebrity Edge offers inside and outside staterooms (the latter of which have windows looking out to the sea), but its true stateroom claim to fame are the unique Infinite Veranda staterooms. The Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda features state-of-the-art doors that open completely to let you bring the sea air right into your stateroom, and so you can effortlessly step to the railing and see the views that await you. Outdoor ambiance is now a prominent fixture for many of the staterooms and suites on Celebrity Edge.

Jaw-Dropping Suites

Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge

The suites on board Celebrity Edge will give you extra space while continuing to offer innovative and private outdoor areas. If you really want to douse yourself in luxury during your cruise, consider the Celebrity Edge’s Iconic Suites or Edge Villas.

The 2-bedroom Iconic Suites are nearly 2,600 square feet in size and feature panoramic windows in the bedrooms and living spaces plus a 700-foot, 270-degree ocean view verandah, all of which will have you relaxing to pleasurable ocean views no matter where you are in the suite.

The Edge Villas also have amazing ocean views, with 2-story windows and a private plunge pool on the verandah. Yes, picture that right now…looking out at the vast blue sea from your own private plunge pool. Guests staying in Edge Villas also have direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck, a private area of the ship just for suite guests, which has a pool, lounge, and specialty restaurant.

Tropical Itineraries

Cruise ship in the Caribbean, St. Maarten

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

A Good Cause

Celebrity Cruises has partnered up with the Malala Foundation, which strives to bring a 12-year education to all girls. The foundation was started by 19-year old Malala Yousafzai, who is a Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace. She is also the Godmother of Celebrity Edge.

Ready to book your spot on Celebrity Edge before sailings are sold out? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or speak with your travel agent.

What to Pack for a Europe Summer Cruise

A Europe summer cruise is a dream vacation for many people. Make sure you get the most out of your vacation by packing the proper attire.

Europe Summer Cruise Packing List for on the Ship

The Lawn Club on Celebrity Cruises

Most Europe cruise itineraries have one or two (occasionally more) days at sea. Make sure you’re comfortable for your day relaxing and having fun on the ship by packing these items.

  • Swimsuit – Bring two or three if you don’t want to deal with having to wear a wet suit sometimes.
  • Swimsuit Coverup – Make sure it’s one you’ll feel comfortable in walking from your stateroom to the pool deck.
  • Comfortable Shorts and T-Shirt – Ideal for any active pursuits you’d like to do on the ship, such as hitting the state of the art gym or playing bocce ball on the Lawn Club.
  • Sundress or Slacks – These clothing items are great to have on hand for Celebrity Life activities. You don’t have to get dressed up for these activities, but if you want to bring some of your fashionable pieces onto the ship, this is a good time to wear them! Celebrity Life activities include wine tasting classes, food demonstrations, informational seminars, and much more.
  • Nightlife Attire – Bring your best dancing clothes if you’re planning to hit the onboard club, or date night attire if you want to sip Champagne or martinis with your significant other. Or bring comfortable lounge clothes if you just want to spend a night in your sumptuous suite ordering room service and watching an on-demand movie!

Dining Packing Tips

Fine dining, gourmet French cuisine, and fun socializing at Murano Restaurant.

In the evenings, you’ll want to change into something to wear for dinner as most ships have a dress code (here is a link to Celebrity Cruises’ dress code).

On Celebrity Cruises, Smart Casual attire is acceptable on most evenings. There will also be (depending on the length of your cruise) one or two Evening Chic nights (a modern reboot of formal nights), and you’ll want to come prepared for those nights so you can participate in the fun of getting all glammed up.

Regular Dining

Ladies: Dress, slacks, blazers, jeans, scarves, skirts, casual tops — Basically, whatever you’re comfortable in without being too casual.

Men: Pants or jeans and a sport shirt with sleeves.

Evening Chic Nights

Ladies: Cocktail dress or skirt/pants/designer jeans with an elegant top. Or get totally dressed up in an evening gown!

Men: Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater. To get fancier, wear a blazer or sport coat over it.

Bring several outfit arrangements for evenings on board, though remember there is laundry service available if needed so you don’t need to feel compelled to overpack.

As for shoes to wear on board, pack a pair of flip-flops or slip-on sandals that are pool-ready, a pair of dressier shoes for evenings, and casual or tennis shoes for recreational activities.

Europe Summer Cruise Packing List for Days in Port

Exploring Santorini, Greece, while in port with Celebrity Cruises.
Touring the cruise port of Santorini, Greece

During your Europe summer cruise, you’ll be visiting many amazing ports of call full of gorgeous scenery, bustling city centers, and historic attractions. Ensure you’re ready for whatever adventure is thrown at you while exploring these sites by packing adequately.

Here is a list of items you’ll want to have in your suitcase for port days:

  • Daypack
  • Comfortable Walking Sandals or Shoes – If new, be sure to wear them in before leaving for your cruise.
  • Sunscreen Stick – Easy to throw into your daypack.
  • Cotton or Breathable T-Shirt or Tanktop – Most parts of Europe get hot in the summer!
  • Shorts or Loose Linen (or other lightweight fabric) Pants
  • Comfortable Dress
  • Sunglasses or Visor/Sunhat
  • Camera with Extra Battery and Extra Memory Card
  • Cardigan – Ideal for cooler days or late evenings in port.

Note: If visiting any religious points of interest, check the dress code before leaving for your cruise. Most require shoulders to be covered, but some even require knees to be covered. A thin, summer scarf is an easy thing to stick in a daypack and which you can tie around your shoulders if needed.

Miscellaneous Items to Pack

Some other things to remember to pack for your cruise include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Medications
  • Kindle or Tablet
  • Charger Adaptor (Your ship will likely be compatible with U.S. electronics , but you may still want an adaptor for in port if you need to charge anything at a café or at your pre- or post-cruise hotel).
  • Toiletries (If you are particular about what you use – Celebrity Cruises provides you with premium toiletry options.)

The good news about cruising is that if you decide there’s an article of clothing you need, you can likely find something similar to it in the onboard boutique – then you can do your shopping during days at sea or in the morning or evenings without having to waste any precious sightseeing time in port!

What to Put in Your Daypack for Ports of Call During a Cruise

One of the best parts of cruising is being able to explore a number of new destinations without having to continually pack and unpack your belongings. With a cruise, you just leave them in your stateroom, step off the ship to go explore, and then board the ship later that day to set sail for a new city, country, or island. Still, you’ll want some things with you during your day in port. Here are some essentials to put in your daypack.

What Type of Bag to Use

First, let’s discuss the actual daypack. What type should you bring? That depends a bit on where you’re going. If exploring a big city or bustling market or town center, a saddle bag style with a sturdy strap that you can sling over one shoulder and wear across your body with the main compartment in front of you will help you to make sure you keep your possessions in view.

However, if you’re doing a rural shore excursion, then a small backpack might be a better fit so it fits more snugly against you while you’re hiking, riding a 4-wheeler, or other adventure.

If you’re just using a purse, make sure it’s a sturdy strap so it’s secure and comfortable and make sure the strap is long enough to wear across your body. Depending where you’re traveling, you also may want to bring a water-resistant purse.

What to Put in Your Bag While in Port

Now for what to put in your daypack while exploring ports. Here is a list of some essentials you’ll likely want with you while in port no matter the destination:

Water: You should be able to easily find water to purchase in most ports you visit, but it’s wise to bring a water bottle with you so you have some right away in case it takes you longer than planned to find water.

Sunscreen: Even if the forecast looks overcast, slather on some sunscreen before leaving your stateroom and pack extra (a sunscreen stick takes up minimal space and won’t accidentally leak in your bag) in your daypack. A bad sunburn is a fast way to a miserable vacation, and even if your skin doesn’t typically burn at home, it may not be used to the level of the sun rays beaming down on you in other destinations, particularly ones closer to the equator.

Adhesive Bandages: Adhesive bandages like Band-Aids are smart to put in your daypack to cover any blisters on your feet in case your travel shoes aren’t as well worn in as you thought. They’re also good to have on hand in case you get any minor cuts while you’re out and about.

Sunglasses or Sun Hat: You don’t want to be squinting at all the gorgeous sites you’ll be seeing. Pack some sunglasses or a sun hat with a visor that won’t easily blow off your head.

Rain Poncho: Bring an easy-to-fold travel rain poncho with you and if it looks like it might rain, stick it in your daypack.

Your SeaPass Card: Don’t forget your SeaPass Card (which you’ll be issued upon boarding your Celebrity cruise). You’ll need it to get off and on the ship.

Extra Camera Battery: If you have an extra camera battery for your digital camera, don’t leave it in the stateroom. You may be surprised how much you turn your camera on and off throughout the day in port and you’ll run through your battery faster than planned.

Things to Put in Your Bag for Island Fun

Here are a few more essentials you’ll probably want to bring in your daypack if visiting an island during your cruise’s port of call.

Swimsuit: Be sure to bring one in your daypack even if you’re not planning on going swimming. You never know – your plans might change once you see that gorgeous Caribbean sea or other body of water where you’re traveling.

Towel: If heading to a beach or water-based shore excursion, bring a towel or be prepared to buy one from a local vendor stand.

Water Shoes: Depending on the type of beaches you’ll be visiting, you also may want to stick in some water shoes so you aren’t hurting your feet if the shoreline is made up of small rocks instead of sand.

Plastic Bag: Having a sealable plastic bag handy is good when hanging out by water to put cell phones or cameras in. Big waves can surprise you coming up the beach, and things can accidentally go overboard while on boats and kayaks.

City Exploring Daypack Essential

There’s not much more you need if doing a city tour than what’s on the general list, but here is one more thing you may want to throw into your daypack.

Scarf: If you’re planning to tour any churches, you typically need to have your shoulders and sometimes elbows covered. Have a lightweight scarf in your bag that you can pull out and wear over a tank top or t-shirt if needed. Churches with super strict dress codes will also require knees to be covered so it’s a good idea to do some research before your trip of any church you want to visit and see what the dress code is.

Are there any other items you think are essential to bring with you when exploring a destination during a day in port during a cruise? Share in the comments below! To find out more about what you can do during your time in port, visit the Celebrity Cruises shore excursions web page and start dreaming!

Do It Here, Then Do It There: Rooftop Pools in California & Pool Decks at Sea

One excellent thing about days upon days of sunshine in California is the ubiquity of pools. With so many pools dotting the landscape, it may be hard for a particular one to stand out, but this selection of rooftop pools in California don’t have any trouble with that. Read on to find out some of the best rooftop pools and lounges you can hang out in southern California, plus one innovative pool deck away from California that is coming soon and puts a whole new spin on ocean views.

Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 

Enjoy skyline scenes of San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter from the trendy pool chairs and lounges surrounding the large aquamarine pool at Float. Partake in blissful relaxation during the day and thumping beats and dancing around the pool at night. You’ll also find daytime dance parties (called Sunburn) on Saturdays during the spring and summer months.

The Rooftop by STK at Andaz San Diego

Andaz is another place to go in San Diego for relaxation during the day and DJ-spun beats at night, all around the shimmering rooftop pool. This sophisticated pool is also adjacent to a restaurant serving menu items with organic, local ingredients.

The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

The rooftop pool at this swanky hotel in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles has a country club vibe and garden décor. Along with views of downtown LA and Beverly Hills, you’ll be able to enjoy poolside concierge service or rent a fancy cabana for the day.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

This hip rooftop bar has an urban feel and is located in the trendy Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The concrete pool is surrounded by lounge chairs boasting views of the LA skyline. Along with typical DJs on the event schedule for the pool, there are also live bands. Foodies will enjoy that Upstairs serves creative appetizers alongside specialty cocktails.

Presenting the Pool Deck on Celebrity Edge

Skylines and city views are great, but sometimes you’re just in the mood for looking at the sea. If that’s you, you may be interested in that aforementioned innovative pool with incredible ocean views…

In December 2018, a new cruise ship will sail its maiden voyage that is set to revitalize the cruise industry and what passengers expect from a cruise ship. That vessel? Celebrity Edge, the first ship in the Edge Class by Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Edge features many amazing features, including infinity veranda staterooms, a cantilevered dining experience on the side of the ship called the Magic Carpet, designer suites with plunge pools, rooftop gardens, top-notch entertainment, and a wide assortment of bar lounges and restaurants.

Oh, and one more thing – a stunning pool area.

Celebrity Edge’s main pool can be found on the aptly named Pool Deck. What makes this pool area so special is the amount of detail that has gone into making it modern and bringing the outside in. Feeling sunshine on your shoulders isn’t anything new while swimming on a cruise ship, but Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck has panoramic windows positioned to make viewing the passing sea and land formations easy to take in. Plus, two raised hot tubs shaped like martini glasses give passengers another amazing vantage point for taking in those glistening ocean views.

The Pool Deck also has luxurious cabanas lining one side of it, which can be rented out. Lucky users of the cabanas will continue to have ocean views while lounging in comfort on poolside beds and couches and sipping cool drinks or ordering lunch and snacks.

Pool Deck Cabanas on Celebrity Edge
Pool Deck Cabanas on Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge and spectacular pools in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

 

 

Introducing Celebrity Edge: the Newest Ship from Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity Edge is an Innovative Ship that Will Change How You Think About Cruising

One of the best parts about a cruise vacation is being immersed in the scenery as you sail along the wide, open ocean and through sun-dappled seas as gorgeous coastal towns and natural scenery come into view. Now, Celebrity Cruises aims to bring the outside in for your cruise more than ever before with the debut of Celebrity Edge, the newest cruise ship part of Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning fleet of ships – and it does so in a sleek, modern fashion.

Celebrity Edge is still in the process of being built, but it is already poised to be a game-changer for the cruise industry when it begins offering itineraries in December of 2018. Here’s why:

Fresh, Modern Design by Big Names

Iconic Suite Bedroom on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite Bedroom on Celebrity Edge

The look and design of Celebrity Edge was led by internationally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen and prestigious architect Tom Wright. Popular designer Nate Berkus was also brought on to serve as Celebrity Edge’s design ambassador.

What does this mean for your experience? A cruise ship vibe like no other that puts a focus on contemporary design with artistic flair and sumptuous comfort. You’ll find urban chic décor and bright, airy settings along with the modern luxury details discerning travelers from around the world have come to expect from Celebrity Cruises.

The Magic Carpet: A Cruising First

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge

If you’re not a fan of having to wait on a cramped deck to board your tender to shore when your cruise ship is in port, then you’ll love the Magic Carpet and be amazed at its engineering prowess. The Magic Carpet serves as a relaxing and luxurious waiting area for passengers to sit and chat until their tender boat comes to collect them. Plus, you won’t be boarding any normal tender while sailing Celebrity Edge; instead you’ll step into one of the Edge Launches, a covered, air-conditioned boat with bucket seats and large windows for prime viewing of your new destination.

Sitting on the Magic Carpet.
Sitting on the Magic Carpet.

The Magic Carpet’s allure doesn’t stop there, though. It also serves as a specialty restaurant in the evenings when it “floats” back up to Deck 16. Thanks to its cantilevered position on the side of the ship, you’ll literally be dining over the open water. Get ready for some incredible views from your table.

The Magic Carpet also moves to other decks throughout the day, becoming an extension of the pool area on Deck 14 at times, and an al fresco extension of another specialty restaurant on Deck 5.

No matter what deck you step onto the Magic Carpet from, one thing’s for certain: you won’t want to miss the chance to see the world from its vantage point.

Designer Staterooms and Suites Highlight the Sea

Iconic Suite Veranda
Iconic Suite Veranda

Think you know what a cruise stateroom is like? Thing again. Celebrity Edge is transforming the way you experience seafaring living during your cruise.

Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

A veranda stateroom is always a popular room to stay in for Celebrity Cruises guests and it gets a complete makeover on Celebrity Edge. The Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda features state-of-the-art doors that open completely to let you bring the sea air right into your stateroom, and so you can effortlessly step to the railing and see the views that await you. Outdoor ambiance is now a prominent fixture for many of the staterooms and suites on Celebrity Edge.

In addition to blurring the edges of outdoor and indoor space, 99% of the rooms on Celebrity Edge have king size beds plus you’ll find larger bathrooms, more storage space for your belongings, and spacious living areas.

Spacious Living Quarters in the Iconic Suite on Celebrity Edge
Spacious Living Quarters in the Iconic Suite

If you want to make that living area extremely large – and utterly fantastic – look no further than Celebrity Edge’s new suite categories: Iconic Suites and Edge Villas.

You’re going to want to live at sea after taking one look at the 2-bedroom Iconic Suites, which are nearly 2,600 square feet in size and feature panoramic windows in the bedrooms and living spaces plus a 700-foot, 270-degree ocean view verandah that will have you relaxing to pleasurable ocean views no matter where you are in the suite.

Edge Villa's Private Plunge Pool
Edge Villa’s Private Plunge Pool

The Edge Villas also have amazing ocean views, with 2-story windows and a private plunge pool on the verandah. Yes, picture that right now…looking out at the vast blue sea from your own private plunge pool. Guests staying in Edge Villas also have direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck.

Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Edge
Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Edge

What’s the Retreat Sundeck, you may be wondering? It’s part of Celebrity Edge’s new area called The Retreat, a special section of the ship only accessible to guests staying in suites. Think of it as your VIP area on the ship. The Retreat has a private pool and lounge plus around the clock butler service and an exclusive restaurant called Luminae, in which only suite-class guests can dine.

The Rooftop Garden: An Open-Air Oasis

The Rooftop Garden on Celebrity Edge
The Rooftop Garden on Celebrity Edge

Guests sailing on Celebrity Cruises have come to expect and appreciate innovative and green outdoor spaces, like the highly lauded Lawn Club on the Solstice-class ships. Celebrity Edge continues this appreciation for outdoor spaces with its Rooftop Garden. The Rooftop Garden keeps the nature aspect from the Lawn Club by adorning the area with greenery tended to by a resident horticulturist. Throughout the day, games and activities are conducted in the Rooftop Garden and at night it transforms into an entertainment venue for live music and Celebrity Cruises’ popular “A Taste of Film” experience, which combines an al fresco meal and movie.

The Pool Deck: Cool in More Ways Than One

Celebrity Edge's Pool Deck
Celebrity Edge’s Sophisticated Pool Deck

The Rooftop Garden is definitely not the only place to relax outside while on the ship. The Pool Deck will likely be calling your name throughout your cruise. It’s where you’ll find the refreshing 25-yard lap pool, which has in-pool loungers (perfect for hot, sunny days – bring a waterproof case for your Kindle!) and an eye-catching mirror installation above one end of the pool. Whether you choose a lounger in the water or one of the many surrounding the pool, you’ll be relaxing in comfort surrounded by gleaming, artistic décor.

One of the coolest things about Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck are the two hot tubs elevated up in the air above the pool (2-stories high!) and shaped like martini glasses. Whether you’re in the hot tub or the pool you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views since the design of the Pool Deck aims to bring you a truly oceanfront setting.

Pool Deck Cabanas on Celebrity Edge
Pool Deck Cabanas

The cabanas lining one edge of the Pool Deck also look out onto the ocean and are available to rent out during the cruise for some extra luxurious poolside relaxation.

Where Celebrity Edge will Sail

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Nightly Entertainment on Celebrity Cruises

After an exciting day exploring a new port followed by a delicious dinner back on the ship, you might think your blissful travel day is over, but the fun is just beginning on a Celebrity Cruises sailing. The nightlife on board a Celebrity ship is varied, providing something for everyone after the sun goes down. Here are some of the top options for how to spend a night on Celebrity Cruises.

Theatrical Performances

Solstice Theater on Celebrity Cruises

Did you know Celebrity Cruises has a grand theater on board its ships? During sailings, Celebrity Cruises presents exhilarating shows that are reminiscent of Broadway, with gifted performers. The highlight of this is Elyria, an adults-only production that puts an intriguing twist on a fairytale with enchanting dream-like visuals and acrobatics alongside powerful singing and dancing.

Other nights in the theater, you may find a comedy skit, magic show, or live instrumental music performance.

Lounges and Bars

Cellar Masters wine lounge on board Celebrity Cruises
Cellar Masters

If good nightlife to you means a tasty drink in just the right setting to match your mood, then you’ll be glad to hear Celebrity Cruises has an assortment of lounges and bars on its ships. Here are some of the best ones for nightlife on board.

Cellar Masters – This is Celebrity Cruises’ onboard wine bar and it’s a leisurely place to get a glass of wine and relax on comfortable chairs for some enticing late evening conversation.

Passport Bar – Passport Bar is located in the Grand Foyer and its expansive space and comfortable seating makes it a great place to head at night for some live music and your favorite drink.

Michael’s Club – For those in Suite Class staterooms, you can spend your late night hours enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine in Michael’s Club, an exclusive lounge open 24 hours a day that has a sumptuous country club feel.

World Class Bar – If your idea of a good night is learning about the art of the cocktail and sipping some top notch liquor, head to World Class Bar and have its expert mixologists blend, shake, and pour you something delectable.

Sky Observation Lounge – This is a great bar to head to at night if you want to see moonlit views of the sea. You’ll also be entertained by Motown singers and dancers who take to the floor with some tunes that will surely get you in the mood to party.

Martini Bar & Crush – This is a chill (literally thanks to the shaved ice topped bar), yet happening place to hang out. Order a decadent specialty martini, and then make new friends as you converse with other passengers who make their way around the Martini Bar as it’s in a prominent location close to the main dining room. Martini Bar & Crush is a great place for an after-dinner or after-show drink if you’re not ready to head to your stateroom yet. The excitement can really pick up when the bartenders do their impressive multi-cup pours.

Martini Bar & Crush on Celebrity Cruises
Martini Bar & Crush

A Night of Indulgence

Think cabaret and speakeasy sultriness when it comes to Indulgence, Celebrity Cruises’ unique experience that takes place in Cellar Masters. The Indulgence party has cocktails and delicious hor d’oeuvres, but what really makes it special are the pop-up performances that happen throughout the party.

Dancing and DJs

Quasar Night Club on Celebrity Cruises
Quasar

Celebrity Cruises has a couple options for dancing the night away.

Quasar – This is the nightclub on board and you can head here each night for some cool lighting and DJ-spun beats to dance to.

Solarium – If you want to move your body to some steady beats alongside ocean and star views, head to the Solarium, which has a alluring vibe thanks to its glass paned ceiling. Though a relaxing adult-only pool area during the day, at night Solarium is turned into a hot nightclub, complete with a DJ.

You can also grab your partner and start an impromptu dance session at the Passport Bar, Sky Observation Lounge, or pretty much anywhere with music on board!

Gambling at the Casino

Casino on Board Celebrity Cruises

Want to add an element of risk to your night? Head to the ship’s casino where you can try your hand at Blackjack and other table games, or test your luck on the slot machines.

A Taste of Film

A Taste of Film is a memorable movie experience that takes place on the Rooftop Terrace. You’ll get to relax under the stars on lounge seating and watch a film al fresco. Adding to the fun are special drinks and snacks that are prepared which go along with the theme of the movie.

Games and Competitions

In addition to the above bars and productions, there are many other activities offered at night throughout the cruise, often hosted by the lively Cruise Director. These may include karaoke nights, the Newlywed Game, the pop-cultured inspired Living Room Games, dance-offs, other amiable competitions, and more.

Note: Not all of the above nightlife activities are offered on every Celebrity Cruises ship. To find a list of attractions and amenities for each ship, click here.

Ready to book your dream cruise and take advantage of all this exciting nightlife? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

West Coast Christmas Markets & Christmas Celebrations at Sea

Ready for some holiday magic? Christmas markets are a great way to do so and you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe to experience one. Here are two ways to have some Christmas entertainment fun close to home on the west coast and while sailing the sea on a cruise.

San Francisco Christmas Fair

One way to experience the magic of Christmas on the west coast of the USA is to step back in time at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. You’ll feel like you’re in London…in the 19th century. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is pretty much exactly like it sounds like: a Christmas festival reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel. You’ll encounter actors dressed in traditional Victorian garb as you walk down lamplit lanes decorated to reflect a London street from many Christmas’ past. Stop at the different stalls to browse holiday gifts or buy roasted chestnuts. There are also many different performances, including old-fashioned dance and music, plus entertainment created for children.

The annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair takes place in San Francisco’s Cow Palace Exhibition Halls and runs from the weekend after Thanksgiving to mid-December. You can purchase tickets here.

Vancouver’s Christmas Market

Just north of the USA/Canada border, you’ll find the British Columbia city of Vancouver. During the month of December, a portion of downtown Vancouver is turned into a winter wonderland reminiscent of what you might expect to see in Europe. Wooden stalls line the festival, filled with delicious holiday treats and gifts.

There is also a photo op with Santa Claus, live music, and a massive Christmas tree. Also, don’t miss stopping by one of the huts serving traditional Glühwein, a festive mulled wine. The Vancouver Christmas Market is at the Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver and you can get tickets to it here.

You can also find some Christmas cheer in Stanley Park (Vancouver’s gorgeous waterside and wooded park) at Bright Nights. Holiday animation and characters are on display and there is also a train ride you can go on around the park.

Christmas at Sea with Celebrity Cruises

When it comes to Christmas, most people who celebrate the holiday are used to spending it at home or at a relative’s house. While traditions and family time are usually wonderful, you may sometimes find yourself wondering what a non-traditional Christmas looks like, such as one spent at sea. At Celebrity Cruises, we don’t have to wonder; we strive to provide a festive and fun Christmas at sea for our guests who cruise with us over the holiday. Here’s what you’ll find when cruising over Christmas — just be prepared that you may be spending some time on the phone convincing your relatives to join you on a cruise for Christmas next year (though if you want to keep it to yourself and escape the relatives next year, we won’t tell!).

Celebrity Cruises Christmas Decorations

It’s not Christmas without a Christmas tree and on Celebrity Cruises you’ll find numerous adorned Christmas trees onboard when sailing during the holiday. You’ll come across garlands, gingerbread houses, reindeer statues, poinsettias, and other Christmas decor as well when exploring the ship.

Though not technically a decoration, kids will also love the ambiance of being around a white bearded jolly fellow: Santa Claus, who is onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Christmas sailings and even hands out gifts.

Christmas at Sea Dining

Christmas at home can mean hours upon hours of food prep followed by more hours of cleanup in order to have a successful Christmas meal. When sailing on Celebrity over Christmas you just need to dress up in your favorite holiday outfit and show up at the main dining hall for a Christmas feast served to you. After dinner, enjoy a special holiday drink at one of the bars and lounges onboard.

There will also be onboard holiday-themed entertainment and activities like caroling and crafts onboard Celebrity Christmas cruises. To find out more and to book your Christmas cruise, visit www.celebritycruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Luminae Restaurant and Why West Coasters Will Love It

Learn About the Exclusive Luminae Restaurant on Celebrity Cruises + Other Suite Class Perks

West Coasters in general are dedicated foodies and love trying new restaurants and foods. At Celebrity Cruises, we also like experimenting with new flavors and introducing innovative dining experiences. Luminae is one our newest restaurants and has been rolled out to all our ships (with the exception of the Xpedition Class) and it comes with an air of exclusivity. After all, let’s face it, knowing you’re one of a small group of people to try a popular, hard-to-get-into restaurant always makes the dining experience feel a bit more special.

However, most of those type of restaurant outings are sporadic or even once-in-a-lifetime type dining experiences. At Luminae, you can eat there for every meal of your cruise if you’d like. So how is that exclusive? Because Luminae is only available to guests staying in one of Celebrity Cruises’ Suite Class accommodations. Here’s why this stateroom upgrade is so worth it both because of Luminae and other perks.

Luminae Restaurant Perks

Luminae onboard Celebrity Cruises
Luminae on board Celebrity Cruises

Luminae is located in its own special section of the ship and you must scan your suite room key in order to access it. Upon entering the light-filled room, you’ll be enveloped in soothing golds and creams while the outdoor scene unfolds before you thanks to large picture windows. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at Luminae for your convenience – and gastronomical delight – each day.

The food at Luminae consists of modern cuisine with an eclectic twist. Surprise your tastebuds with one of your favorite entrees that will be a bit different – in a good way – than you may be used to. The chefs at Luminae are inspired by cuisine from all over the world, meaning you’ll constantly have new tastes to try with new menus daily. Also, the menu items at Luminae are exclusive to Luminae and aren’t served in any of the other restaurants on board. You might feast on côte de boeuf  with Béarnaise sauce one night and Alaskan halibut with baby bok choy and sesame sticky rice another night.

Suite Class Perks

Staying in a Suite Class stateroom on Celebrity Cruises comes with some extraordinary benefits. You’ll get your own personal butler who can help you unpack, deliver cappuccino or snacks (or a full meal) to your room, shine your shoes, and a myriad of other helpful tasks that will elevate your cruise to a truly relaxing, blissful vacation.

Michael's Club
Michael’s Club

In addition to dining at Luminae, you’ll also gain access to Michael’s Club, an exclusive lounge on Celebrity Cruises to which suite guests have access. Michael’s Club has a luxurious vibe with comfortable chairs in a reading area and an inviting bar. Order a craft beer, sip a glass of wine or try one of the high-end liquors served. There are also pre-dinner tapas served each evening in Michael’s Club. In addition to drinks and good eats, you can arrange your next shore excursion or dinner reservation with the helpful concierge who is available for your convenience in Michael’s Club.

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite with butler

The suites themselves are spectacular, with spacious living areas and verandas – some which even have whirlpools. To learn more about the different types of suites and which one is perfect for you, read our suite blog post.

Other Perks – the Best

Also, if you book a suite, you get all four perks as part of our Go Big, Go Better, Go Best pricing, which enables you to choose certain amenities and onboard packages to be included in your cruise fare depending on then pricepoint you’d like to pay. These perks are:

  • Free Beverage Package (Includes Alcoholic Drinks)
  • Included Gratuities
  • $300 to Spend On Board
  • Unlimited Internet Package

Typically you decide how much you want to pay depending if you want one perk (go! big), two perks (go! better), or four perks (go! best),  but if you stay in a suite, you automatically get all four perks. It’s an amazing value. Find out how you can also currently save $800 with the Season of Savings Event by clicking here.

Plus, you’ll get that all-meal access to Luminae we were discussing – though you may find yourself also wanting to try some of the other specialty restaurants on board. The dining experience on Celebrity is one you don’t want to miss, and with a suite stay you truly have the opportunity to experience it all.

Find your perfect itinerary and book your Suite Class stateroom on a Celebrity Cruises sailing by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com or speaking with your travel agent.

Celebrity’s Sommeliers Make Every Cruise a Wine Cruise

faYou likely expect that you’ll be able to get a good glass of wine on a cruise. But you might not expect to leave your cruise having a deeper appreciation for wine and feeling like more of an expert on different varietals, flavor notes, and more regarding wine — or having the opportunity to order an $8,000 bottle of wine if you so choose! This heightened wine knowledge is all thanks to the sommeliers onboard Celebrity Cruises, who can transform any cruise itinerary into a wine-focused cruise if that’s what you desire.

Learn more about wine from sommeliers.
Learn more about wine from a skilled sommelier on Celebrity Cruises.

A sommelier is a wine steward who has studied wine and been trained in all aspects of winemaking, plus passed a certification exam in order to get the title of sommelier. The sommeliers on Celebrity Cruises bring their wine expertise to guests through a combination of wine events and dinner assistance.

Before we get into what those wine experiences entail, here are some fun facts about the sommeliers and wine on Celebrity Cruises:

  • Celebrity Cruises employs one of the largest teams of certified sommeliers (200) in the world and the largest team of sommeliers in the cruise industry.

  • Celebrity Cruises has 23 sommeliers plus one CellarMaster on each Solstice Class ship and 12 sommeliers plus one CellarMaster on each Millennium Class ship. (CellarMasters oversee the entire wine program onboard including the wine cellar.)

  • Speaking of that wine cellar…Each Celebrity Cruises ship has a 10,000+ bottle wine cellar carrying over 400 labels of wine — meaning the sommeliers have to know their stuff!

  • The sommeliers onboard are trained by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

  • All Solstice Class ships boast a remarkable two-story tall wine tower, a radiant structure of glass and steel created by renowned designer Adam Tihany. Each holds 1,800 bottles of wine at the perfect serving temperature.

    The elegant 2-story wine tower onboard Celebrity Cruises' Solstice-class ships.
    The elegant 2-story wine tower onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class ships.
  • 400 labels of wine are carried on each ship, ranging from $21 per bottle to over $8,000 per bottle. There are also 100 wines offered by the glass.

  • Celebrity Cruises has a rare wine collection including Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1898, Heidsieck Monopole Champagne 1907, Chateau Latour 1929, Chateau Margaux 1929, Chateau Petrus 1978 and Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

  • Celebrity has won 30 of the 34 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence awarded in the Cruise Industry, and every one of Celebrity’s Main Dining Rooms Restaurants have won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

  • And last, but not least — Celebrity Cruises Sommelier Andey Ziff just set the world record for “World’s Largest Sommelier Wine Lesson” certified by the Guinness Book of World Records!

Night of the Guinness World Record being set for "World's Largest Sommelier Wine Lesson" on Celebrity Infinity.
Night of the Guinness World Record being set for “World’s Largest Sommelier Wine Lesson” on Celebrity Infinity.

Yes, the wine experiences on Celebrity Cruises are so popular they are now setting world records!

Wine Experiences on Celebrity Cruises

Wine demonstration at Cellar Masters, Celebrity Cruises' wine bar.
Wine demonstration at Cellar Masters, Celebrity Cruises’ wine bar.

Wine experiences onboard are part of the Celebrity Life Activities and range from beginner tasting classes to wine and food pairings to lessons on choosing the right glass for each wine varietal. Sommeliers lead each of these events and are on-hand to answer questions about wine as they lead guests through interesting tasting experiences.

Wine tasting experience onboard Celebrity Cruises.
Wine tasting onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Here are some of the wine experiences with sommeliers you can expect to find on a Celebrity cruise:

Port Wine Tasting: A sommelier will teach you about the different kinds of port from the Douro Valley in Portugal while you taste different labels.

World Wine Tour: Try wines from all around the world and learn how flavors differ among wine regions in a fun, social setting.

Italian Food & Wine Pairing: Learn how to choose the best wine to go with Italian cuisine, plus learn the basics of food and wine pairing in general.

Private Wine Tasting of Premium Wines: Want to sip more exclusive, high-end wines? This tasting experience is for you.

Riedel Crystal Comparative Wineglass Workshop: The glass your wine is poured in makes a difference in how it tastes. Learn more in this interesting wine workshop.

 Some of these wine experiences can sell out so be sure to sign up for the ones you want to do soon after boarding the ship.

Sommelier serving wine to a group dining onboard Celebrity Cruises.
Sommelier serving wine to a group dining onboard Celebrity Cruises.

During dinner, sommeliers are located in each restaurant — both the main dining room and specialty restaurants — and will personally stop by your table to help you pick out a wine to enjoy with your meal. The sommelier will also expertly seal up your wine bottle for you and store it if you don’t finish the bottle, and then deliver it to your table wherever you’re eating on the following evening.

Wine stored in the Celebrity Cruises wine tower onboard Solstice-class ships.

Before or after your meal (or whenever you’re in the mood for a glass of wine) you can stop by Cellar Masters for more wine excitement. Cellar Masters is the wine bar on Celebrity Cruises, and the sommelier behind the bar there will answer any questions you have about wine and will help you find the best one to fit your taste.

Pour your own tasting at Cellar Masters.
Pour your own tasting at Cellar Masters.

Celebrity Cruises Drink Packages

Celebrity Cruises Sommelier

An easy and often budget-friendly way to experience wines while sailing with Celebrity Cruises is to take advantage of one of the beverage packages.

The Classic Beverage Package (offered as a free amenity with Celebrity’s GoBig/Better/Best pricing) provides wine by the glass up to $9 plus a 15% discount on bottles of wine (even from our prized Reserve Wine list and Rare Wine list.) Upgrading to a premium beverage package is just $10 per day extra and includes wine by the glass up to $13 and a 20% discount on bottles of wine.

The Classic and Premium Beverage Packages include beer and spirits as well. If you’re just interested in wine, you may find Celebrity’s Classic, Premium, and Build-Your-Own Wine Packages more appealing.

Ready to meet some of Celebrity Cruises’ sommeliers and have a wine-centric cruise? Find your perfect cruise itinerary at www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your local travel agent.