Since being founded by the Greek company Chandris Group back in 1989, Celebrity Cruises has always sought to provide the most impeccable, personalized roster of services out of any cruise company in existence today. Indeed, where some lines rely on flashy or showy things to gain prominence, Celebrity has rather quietly won over a wide range of fans with its neat little touches. Celebrity Cruises was acquired by the cruise line Royal Caribbean back in 1997; from that point forward, the cruise line really put its special focus on amenities and service into overdrive. Beyond the superior service on board, Celebrity boasts an incredibly eclectic array of itineraries. One great example? The Galapagos Islands.
For a very long time, Celebrity’s fleet primarily consisted of mid-sized ships. In this way, the line was able to visibly demonstrate its adherence to the principle of delivering truly personalized service. More recently, though, Celebrity has been launching larger, roomier ships. This is especially true when it comes to its new Solstice class line of ships, which are proof that premier cruise service doesn’t require smaller, more intimate ships. Beyond these sweeping changes, Celebrity has also recently been experimenting with many alternative restaurant concepts like Asian-Fusion and Italian steakhouses. Coming up shortly, Celebrity will launch its “Celebrity Select” flexible dining option, giving passengers one more way to enjoy a truly personalized cruise experience.
Despite its relatively brief history, Celebrity Cruises has managed to carve out a very special niche for itself. Several exciting characteristics make Celebrity a veritable force to be reckoned with in the world of cruise lines. Consider these points:
Personalized services are the absolute trademark of the Celebrity brand. The cruise line is constantly coming up with ways to provide customers with unique, specialized services that will enrich their overall cruising experience. Small touches like personalized stationary help lend a friendly, comfortable air to the experience of traveling on a Celebrity cruise ship.
With the Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Cruises has upped the ante in terms of combining eco-adventure with traditional cruising. As the only cruise line to offer itineraries to these fascinating islands year round, Celebrity truly distinguishes itself and proves once again that it is willing to change with the times, as necessary, in order to keep its customers happy.
People who travel on Celebrity Cruises – but want to kick things up a notch by enjoying some of the most exclusive perks around – can opt to travel in the Concierge Class. Large staterooms with views of the ocean – and with amazingly refined furnishings – are just one small part of what makes Celebrity’s Concierge Class so special.
Every Celebrity cruise ship has something special to offer its passengers. Wine tastings, acupuncture and first class golf programs are all part of what helps this cruise line stand out from the herd.
The Galapagos Islands
With Celebrity’s Galapagos itinerary, passengers can learn more about the amazing diversity of nature first hand. In addition to cruising around these incredible islands, passengers can enjoy guided tours by level 3 naturalists at the park.
With the Baltic itinerary, passengers can enjoy phenomenal, northern ports of call such as Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and St. Peterburg. Most trips wrap up in Estonia, having come full circle.
Celebrity offers up plenty of choices when it comes to cruising around the Mediterranean. Ports of call along the way typically include Mykonos, Istanbul, Naples and Athens.
Celebrity’s Western Caribbean itineraries often feature round-trip from Miami adventures that stop in at ports of call like Grand Cayman, Key West and Puerto Limon. Several options in terms of days at sea are available.
A unique glass blowing studio – where passengers can observe amazing works of art being created firsthand – is just one of the many exciting things about the Solstice. Half an acre of real grass makes up the Solstice’s Lawn Club, a top deck feature that really makes this ship stand apart. Passengers can play bocce or putt around on a bona fide putting course.
Concierge class staterooms help the Millennium qualify as a truly state of the art ship. Kids and teenagers alike will be thrilled with the ship’s Shipmates Fun Factory, where they can while away many hours. The design and décor of the Millennium is also quite stunning, providing an aesthetically pleasing ambiance that is missing in many other ships.
A stunning atrium is the centerpiece of the Celebrity Infinity, with its grand staircase and overall sense of being regal and majestic. A two-story library helps push the amenities and services of this ship into a whole other class – and provides a bit of diversion for those who are tired of fun in the sun activities. The ship’s two-tiered Trellis Restaurant is not only a feast for the body, but a feast for the eyes as well.
Celebrity’s premier adventure cruise ship – the Xpedition – spends the entire year exploring the waters in and around the fascinating Galapagos Islands. Informative, educational and interesting lectures are given regularly in the Discovery Lounge, helping passengers gain a better understanding of the area that they are cruising around in. An almost-entirely Ecuadorian crew helps to provide some of the best on board services of any ship on the water today.