Since our inception in 1989, Celebrity Cruises® has held true to its commitment of taking the very best aspects of premium cruising and updating them to reflect the lives of modern discerning travelers. In 1997, we merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is our dedication to surrounding our guests with modern luxury—in every detail.
That means ships styled by renowned architects and designers, globally inspired menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef and soured locally in the amazing places we visit, an array of upscale stateroom options, seamlessly intuitive service, and so much more.
It all began when Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1989 with the objective of fulfilling the travel industry's need for a high-quality, premium cruise product. The company was determined to set a new, worldwide standard for cruising, and to create a distinctive expression of superior quality, grand style, attentive service, spacious accommodations, and exceptional cuisine.
Believing that the dining experience is an essential part of a quality cruise vacation, Celebrity custom-built galleys to create the finest gourmet cuisine at sea, preparing everything from scratch, using only the finest, freshest ingredients. Along with the launch of the Celebrity Century Class fleet in 1995, Celebrity created another industry first: a luxurious spa experience within the environment of a cruise ship.
In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International, bringing together two extraordinary cruise brands within one corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Today, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, Pullmantur, and Royal Caribbean International.
Celebrity Millennium Class Debuts
In 2000, Celebrity launched the appropriately named Celebrity Millennium®, and with it the industry's first application of gas turbine engines, which reduce exhaust emissions by up to 95 percent over traditional propulsion systems. Celebrity Millennium and her sister ships - Celebrity Infinity®, Celebrity Summit® and Celebrity Constellation® - nearly doubled the line's capacity in just two years, with each ship offering guests an unmatched dining experience in distinctive, intimate specialty restaurants.
Even More Luxury
More than 100 brand enhancements were unveiled across the fleet in 2003, including welcome champagne and mimosas, cold towels and fresh sorbet poolside, expanded options in dining, including Sushi Cafés and pasta/pizza bars, sunset yoga and Pilates classes, and more. During the same year, Celebrity introduced "Concierge Class," an enhanced level of accommodations featuring new amenities and priority services, and introduced "Acupuncture at Sea," another undisputed industry first.
Adventure Cruises to the Galapagos
In 2004, the line launched "Celebrity Xpeditions," a series of highly unique events and excursions designed to offer savvy travelers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be treated famously in new environments. The one-of-a-kind program gives guests the premium experiences they have come to expect from Celebrity, in new and exotic settings, including cruises in the enchanting Galapagos Islands on a luxurious mega yacht,Celebrity Xpedition, and a series of premium excursion options on select itineraries.
Enter Celebrity Solstice Class
In 2004, we launched our all-inclusive Galapagos vacations aboard the cutting-edge Celebrity Xpedition®, featuring a series of highly unique events and excursions designed to offer savvy travelers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to explore this amazing corner of the world. These vacations proved to be so popular, we announced an expansion of our offerings in the Galapagos Islands coming in 2017, with two more ships, Celebrity XperienceSM and Celebrity XplorationSM.
Enter Celebrity Solstice Class
Celebrity Solstice® Class exemplifies our emphasis on designing stunning ships and inviting onboard experiences for vacationers who appreciate the finer things—with a modern twist. The ships have taken stylish cruising and impeccable service to new heights. Celebrity Solstice® set sail in 2008, Celebrity EquinoxSM in 2009, and Celebrity Eclipse® in 2010. All three hold 2,850 guests (double occupancy) and have a tonnage of 122,000. Celebrity Silhouette® joined the fleet in 2011 and Celebrity Reflection® in 2012. Celebrity Silhouette holds 2,886 guests (double occupancy) and has a tonnage of 122,400. Celebrity Reflection holds 3,030 guests and has a tonnage of 126,000.
Celebrity's Solstice Class features the industry's first Lawn Club—an outdoor venue featuring a lawn of real, live 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 created in partnership with POET Theatricals. Celebrity Solstice Class also offers larger, more intuitive stateroom design 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 lovers in mind, offering a host of exclusive amenities. AquaClass guests enjoy unlimited access to the Relaxation Room and Persian Garden, as well as priority seating in Blu, a specialty restaurant with healthy dishes created specifically for AquaClass guests. The ships also present a two-story AquaSpa, with the Relaxation Room and Persian Garden similar to those found on several other Celebrity ships. Celebrity's Solstice Class ships also are 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.
Celebrity Silhouette introduced several new venues, including The Lawn Club Grill, the industry's first outdoor, interactive grill venue; The Porch, with a chic Hampton's-inspired design, and offering 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.
The Celebrity Dining Experience
Dining on Celebrity's ships is an exceptional experience, as diverse as the places we visit. Our Michelin-starred chef crafts menus inspired by and sourced from our ports of call, and we feature one of the largest wine collections and teams of sommeliers at sea—so you’ll always find the perfect pairing.
Celebrity Cruises Today
Just as we elevated Celebrity's culinary excellence, Celebrity's Solstice® Class has redefined the brand overall. Many of the design elements, experiences and dining concepts introduced on the Celebrity Solstice Class ships are so compelling that in early 2010, Celebrity announced plans to "Solsticize" its Celebrity Millennium Class ships by incorporating iconic Solstice Class attributes through a significant revitalization.
Among the Celebrity Solstice Class features introduced on Celebrity Millennium Class:
- AquaClass staterooms and the exclusive AquaClass specialty restaurant, Blu
- Qsine, the "uniquely unordinary" specialty restaurant
- Tuscan Grille, our traditional Italian steak house with a modern twist
- Bistro on Five, the vibrant creperie
- An ice-topped Martini Bar paired with Crush, whose ice-filled table presents a selection of chilled, top-tier vodkas
- Café al Bacio and Gelateria
- More sumptuous suites, with all new furniture, flat-screen TVs, upholstery, bedding and carpeting
- Restyled staterooms, with entirely new carpeting, flat-screen TVs, upholstery and bedding
- New color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflective of Celebrity Solstice Class in every public venue, from the Celebrity Theater to Seaside Grill, from the main dining room to Michael's Club
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 multiple other brand enhancements – represents a nearly $200-million investment.
Celebrity Infinity was Solsticized in late 2011, followed by Celebrity Summit in early 2012, and Celebrity Millennium in late 2012.
With its pulse on what guests want, and with an eye toward the future, Celebrity Cruises continues to innovate and to deliver unforgettable, award-winning vacation experiences.
In 2016, we completed extensive, $8M makeovers on Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium, and Celebrity Summit, introducing new features such as the Rooftop Terrace, where you can enjoy A Taste of Film—a delicious new way to enjoy great movies.