Celebrity Cruise Line Review — Ships, Destinations, Dining, and More

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Celebrity might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of ocean cruising, but it is still a major player.

Celebrity Cruise Line has been around since 1988. It was founded by a Greek company for the sole purpose of offering luxury sailings to the island of Bermuda. In 1997, Celebrity was acquired by Royal Caribbean.

Since then, it has added lots more ports and ships and now sails to over 300 destinations on all 7 continents. Celebrity’s 14 ships feature attractions and activities that will appeal to the modern, luxury traveler.

Basic Information

Name: Celebrity Cruise Line

Parent Company: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (also owns Royal Caribbean, Azamara, and Silversea Cruises)

Number of Ships: 14 (with 1 more coming in 2021)

Destinations: 300+

Loyalty Program: Captain’s Club

Credit Card: Celebrity Cruises Visa Signature® Card

Ships

Celebrity Cruise Line operates a fleet of 14 ships with one more coming in 2021.

  • Celebrity Apex
  • Celebrity Constellation
  • Celebrity Eclipse
  • Celebrity Edge
  • Celebrity Equinox
  • Celebrity Flora
  • Celebrity Infinity
  • Celebrity Millennium
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Celebrity Silhouette
  • Celebrity Solstice
  • Celebrity Summit
  • Celebrity Xpedition
  • Celebrity Xploration

The brand new Celebrity Beyond will start sailing in the Fall of 2021.

By 2023, 6 ships will be also updated and modernized:

  • Celebrity Silhouette in February 2020
  • Celebrity Constellation in May 2020
  • Celebrity Infinity in November 2020
  • Celebrity Eclipse in April 2021
  • Celebrity Solstice in October 2021
  • Celebrity Reflection in February 2023.

Hot Tip: The newest Celebrity Cruise Line ship is Celebrity Flora that debuted in 2019. This 100 passenger all-suite mega-yacht sails exclusively to the Galapagos Islands.

Departure Ports

Celebrity Cruises travels to over 300 destinations from 33 departure ports. You’ll find ports of call in 79 countries on all 7 continents.

Departure Ports
North America and the CaribbeanBoston, MACape Liberty, NJFort Lauderdale, FLHonolulu, Hawaii
Los Angeles, CAMiami, FLSan Diego, CASan Juan, Puerto Rico
Seattle, WASeward, AlaskaTampa, FLVancouver, British Columbia
Asia and the PacificAuckland, New ZealandHong Kong, ChinaMelbourne, AustraliaShanghai (Baoshan), China
SingaporeSydney, AustraliaTokyo (Yokohama), Japan
EuropeAmsterdam, NetherlandsAthens (Piraeus), GreeceBarcelona, SpainDublin, Ireland
Lisbon, PortugalRome (Civitavecchia), ItalySouthampton, EnglandVenice, Italy
South AmericaBaltra Island, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorBuenos Aires, ArgentinaRio De Janeiro, BrazilSan Antonio, Chile
Middle EastAbu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesDubai, United Arab Emirates

Private Ports/Islands

Owning a private island or beach resort is a common thing among large cruise lines and is something many passengers have come to expect. CocoCay in the Bahamas (once called “Little Stirrup Cay”) is a private island owned by Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean.

This island paradise has 140 acres of shopping, private beaches, and waterparks. You’ll find 4 distinct beaches plus the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas and the tallest waterslide in North America.

Barefoot Beach at CocoCay
You can relax all day at Barefoot Beach at CocoCay, the private island owned by Royal Caribbean (Celebrity’s parent company). Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

There are also excursions available at this port if you want to try something like parasailing, kayaking, or a stingray encounter.

Hot Tip: Be prepared! Check out our printable cruise packing list and tips for your next cruise vacation.

Onboard Activities

So, what kinds of activities can you find onboard a Celebrity cruise ship?

You’ll find the traditional cruise line staples like pools, a casino, art auctions, and shopping. But, you’ll also find some unique activities on Celebrity ships that you won’t find on other cruises (not all activities are available on every ship and some come with additional fees):

  • A Hot Summer Night’s Dream show
  • American Ballet Theater
  • Archery
  • A Taste of Film
  • Blendtique Wine Experience
  • Bocce
  • Camp at Sea
  • Croquet
  • Cupcake decorating
  • Dueling DJs Silent Disco
  • Elyria (adults only show)
  • Food and wine pairing workshops
  • HIIT classes
  • Hot glass class
  • Jack Daniel’s tasting
  • Macallan tasting
  • Mixology 101
  • Novo Fogo Cachaca tasting
  • Outdoor movies
  • Pool volleyball
  • Pulse Barre
  • Riedel Comparative Wine Crystal Workshop
  • Seventies Night Fever
  • STEM at Sea with Frost Science Museum
  • The Solarium

hot glass class on celebrity cruises
Try your hand at glassblowing during Celebrity Cruise’s hot glass class. You’ll be able to make your own work of art to take home. Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

Evening Chic

You may be familiar with formal nights on other cruise lines where passengers are expected to dress up for the evening. On Celebrity, formal nights have been replaced with Evening Chic nights. These nights are somewhere in between smart casual and formal.

On Evening Chic nights, women will want to choose a cocktail dress or a skirt, pants, or designer jeans with an elegant top. Men will want to choose pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater. Blazers or sports jackets are optional.

Hot Tip: There are 1-2 Evening Chic nights on every Celebrity cruise except for Celebrity Xpedition that sails exclusively in the Galapagos Islands and features casual attire only.

Special Occasion Cruises

Celebrity offers lots of specialty cruises for those times you want to get away for a holiday or connect with like-minded people.

Holiday Cruises

Fun, themed cruises are available during your favorite holidays including Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.

Culinary Cruises

If you’re a foodie, you’ll want to check out a Celebrity Culinary Cruise. With these sailings, Celebrity has partnered with Fine Cooking magazine to deliver a truly exceptional experience featuring culinary experts and globally-inspired cuisines.

Movable Feast on Celebrity Cruises
Foodies, rejoice! You’ll love the Moveable Feast on one of Celebrity’s culinary-themed cruises, featuring star chefs, cooking demonstrations, and more! Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

LGBTQ+

Celebrity celebrates all passengers and strives to make everyone feel included. You’ll find LGBTQ+ events, the largest Pride Party at Sea, and same-sex marriages onboard. In fact, the first same-sex marriage ceremony at sea that was legally recognized happened on the Celebrity Equinox in January 2018.

Music and Themed Cruises

Try out one of Celebrity’s music and themed cruises for the ultimate good time.

  • WOD on the Waves: Fitness-based
  • Salsa Cruise: Celebrates salsa dancing (not the condiment!)
  • Groove Cruise: Celebrates electronic music
  • Smooth Jazz Cruise: Has been called “The Greatest Party at Sea”
  • Blue Note Cruise: Celebrates Blue Note Jazz Clubs, Blue Note Records, and Entertainment Cruise Productions
  • The Jazz Cruise: Known as “The Greatest Jazz Festival at Sea”
  • Ultimate Disco Cruise: Includes over 40 live performances
  • 70s Rock and Romance Cruise: Features over 50 live performances and 25 celebrity interactive events
  • Flower Power Cruise: Featuring peace, love, and 60s music

Autism-Friendly Cruising

Celebrity is proud to offer an autism-friendly cruising experience for both kids and adults. The Camp at Sea staff receives autism awareness training that covers things like the characteristics of autism and other developmental disabilities and communication skills like person-first language.

Onboard you’ll find sensory-friendly films and toys, dietary menu options such as gluten-free or dairy-free, priority check-in, boarding, and departure, and other special accommodations to make your cruise as comfortable as possible.

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Dining and Beverages

Complimentary Dining

The following options are all included in your cruise fare. Please note that not all locations are available on every ship:

  • Blu
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Cyprus
  • Darwin’s
  • Eden Cafe
  • Luminae
  • Main Restaurant
  • Mast Grill
  • Normandie
  • Oceanview Cafe
  • Spa Cafe
  • Tuscan

Cyprus Restaurant on Celebrity Cruise Line
Cyprus Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, which is a nod to the cruise line’s Greek heritage. Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

Specialty Dining

Celebrity Cruises’ specialty dining locations come with an extra charge that will either be a flat, per person cover charge or à la carte pricing.

  • Eden
  • Fine Cut Steakhouse
  • Lawn Club Grill
  • Le Grand Bistro
  • Le Petit Chef
  • Magic Carpet
  • Murano
  • Raw on 5
  • Rooftop Garden Grill
  • Sushi on Five
  • The Porch Seafood Restaurant
  • Tuscan Grille

Bars and Beverages

You won’t go thirsty on a Celebrity cruise. Here are some of the bars and lounges you may find onboard (not all locations available on every ship).

  • Cafe Al Bacio & Gelateria
  • Cellar Masters
  • Craft Social
  • Eden Bar
  • Ensemble Lounge
  • Martini Bar & Crush
  • Michael’s Club
  • Passport Bar
  • Pool & Mast Bar
  • Quasar
  • Rendezvous Lounge
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Sky Observation Lounge
  • Slush
  • Sunset Bar
  • The Club
  • The Martini Bar
  • World Class Bar

Celebrity Cruises Beverage Packages
Celebrity Cruises offers a variety of beverage packages that include everything from wine and beer to coffee, juices, and soda. Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

Most drinks, even non-alcoholic ones, cost extra on a Celebrity cruise. If you would prefer paying upfront for your drinks, you can purchase a beverage package ahead of time. You’ll find packages to suit all tastes, even kids!

All beverage packages are priced per person, per day.

Classic Package: $59+

  • Beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, and frozen drinks
  • Wines by the glass (up to $9 each)
  • 15% discount on wines by the bottle

Premium Package: $69+

  • All Classic Package benefits
  • Specialty coffees and teas
  • Craft and artisan beers
  • Coca-Cola products
  • Premium bottled water
  • Wines by the glass up to $15 each
  • 20% discount on wines by the bottle

Drinks & More Package: $85+ 

  • All benefits of Classic and Premium Beverage Packages
  • 2 bottles of wine
  • $50 in free play at the casino
  • A wine tasting experience
  • Complimentary mini-bar (if both adults in the room have purchased the package)

Classic Non-Alcoholic Package: $18+

  • Coca-Cola products
  • Juices
  • Premium coffee and teas
  • Bottled water

Premium Non-Alcoholic Package: $22+

  • All benefits from Classic Non-Alcoholic Package
  • Premium bottled water
  • Specialty coffee
  • Red Bull Energy Drink
  • Coconut water
  • Vitamin Water products

Kid’s Beverage Package: $15+

  • Smoothies and juices
  • Bottled water
  • Fountain sodas
  • Mocktail mixology class

Premium Bottled Water Package: $16+

  • Unlimited bottles of still or sparkling premium water

Soda Package: $9+

  • Fountain and canned soda

Bottom Line: Beverage packages are priced per person, per day and must be purchased for every day of your cruise. They can’t be shared and they don’t apply to beverages sold in gift shops, the mini-bar, or room service. A 20% service charge will be added to some packages. Not all beverage packages will be available on every ship.

Accommodations

Staterooms on a Celebrity cruise ship evoke a sense of modern luxury. In every stateroom, you’ll find amenities like a flat-screen TV, exclusive Celebrity eXhale bedding, a Cashmere Mattress, custom-blended bath products, plush towels, and more.

Here are some of the highlights:

Single Inside Staterooms are perfect for the solo traveler. These rooms offer all the amenities of a double stateroom but are designed for just 1 person.

If you’re trying to stick to a budget, but still want an awesome view, go for a Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom. These rooms are larger than the Standard Ocean View Staterooms and they come with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Celebrity Cruises Family Verandah Stateroom
The Family Veranda Stateroom is the largest veranda stateroom available. Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

If you’re traveling with lots of family (up to 5 people), check out the Family Veranda Stateroom. These are the largest veranda staterooms with plenty of space both inside and outside.

If total relaxation is what you’re after, try out an Aqua Class Stateroom. These rooms are spa-inspired and come with extra perks like priority seating at Blu restaurant, access to the Relaxation Room and Persian garden, and a personal spa concierge.

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
For a luxury experience, try out a Penthouse Suite on your next Celebrity cruise. Image Credit: Celebrity Cruises

For the ultimate in luxury, book a suite on Celebrity Cruise Line. Every suite comes with a personal butler, private restaurant, private sundeck, and an exclusive lounge.

Penthouse Suites come with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living/dining area, a private terrace, and a private hot tub!

Iconic Suites are the largest available at over 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. These luxury suites are situated over the bridge so you’ll get gorgeous panoramic views.

Hot Tip: Wondering if you can use miles and points to book a cruise? We’ve got all the answers in our detailed guide to using miles and points to book cruises.

Captain’s Club

When you join Captain’s Club, you’ll receive benefits and perks on every Celebrity cruise you take. Plus, each time you cruise, you’ll earn even more points that will help you reach the next tier of the Captain’s Club.

You’ll earn Captain’s Club points based on your stateroom level and the number of nights you sail.

  • Inside and Oceanview Staterooms: 2 Club Points per night
  • Veranda and Infinite Veranda Staterooms: 3 Club Points per night
  • Concierge Class and Aqua Class Staterooms: 5 Club Points per night
  • Sky Suite: 8 Club Points per night
  • Celebrity, Signature, Sunset, Royal Suite, and Edge Villa: 12 Club Points per night
  • Reflection, Penthouse, and Iconic Suite: 18 Club Points per night
Membership TierRequired Club PointsBenefits Highlights*
Preview0Access to Captain’s Club Loyalty Desk service center and Captain’s Club newsletter
Classic2-149Access to Captain’s Club Celebration event
Select150-299Discounted internet and laundry service
Elite300-749Complimentary Captain’s Club cocktail hour, complimentary internet and laundry service
Elite Plus750-2,999Discounts on beverages and specialty dining
Zenith3,000+Access to Michael’s Club and The Retreat Lounge, complimentary premium beverage package, and unlimited internet

*Each tier includes all of the previous tier’s benefits.

Bottom Line: Celebrity’s loyalty club, Captain’s Club, offers perks based on your stateroom level and the number of nights you sail. You can expect some nice onboard benefits like complimentary internet, laundry, and beverage packages, but you won’t find free or discounted cruises as a benefit. 

Final Thoughts

Celebrity is a luxury cruise line that sails to over 300 destinations on 14 ships.

Onboard you’ll find unique activities like the Dueling DJs Silent Disco, a hot glass class, and A Taste of Film which is an outdoor movie and dining experience.

Staterooms on Celebrity cruise ships evoke a sense of modern luxury. Accommodations are available for single travelers as well as larger groups, including suites with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Traditional formal nights are replaced by Evening Chic nights, which should appeal to the modern-day cruiser who doesn’t want to travel with formal wear.

Celebrity also offers many different themed cruises that will appeal to all different types of travelers. Plus, Celebrity strives to be inclusive of everyone, offering special accommodations and activities geared towards autistic passengers and the LGTBQ+ community.

If you’re looking for more information on more cruises, explore our guides to Carnival, Princess, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean.


Frequently asked questions

Which is the best Celebrity cruise ship?

Celebrity Flora is the fleet’s newest addition which began sailing in 2019. However, Celebrity Edge, which debuted in 2018, along with Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Equinox are often ranked as the best Celebrity cruise ship.

Do I have to dress up on a Celebrity cruise?

Not necessarily. Celebrity cruises have replaced the traditional formal nights with Evening Chic nights. On these nights, guests are expected to dress up, but just a bit. Designer jeans and an elegant top will do for ladies, and men can get away with pants and a button-down shirt. However, if you do want to go more formal, that’s acceptable, too.

Are Celebrity cruises all-inclusive?

No, just like most other cruise lines, not everything is included in your cruise fare. You’ll find specialty restaurants and activities onboard that come with additional charges. Many beverages, even non-alcoholic ones, also cost extra.

Katie Seemann

About Katie Seemann

Katie is an Ohio native who caught the travel bug after spending a semester in college in Nottingham, England. In addition to exploring England, she visited Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands during that time and loved every minute of it (everything except the hostel in Scotland – that’s an experience she doesn’t intend on repeating!) In 2015, Katie discovered the world of points and miles, and since then she’s earned countless points and has an embarrassingly large number of credit cards in her wallet (which she needs a spreadsheet to keep track of!)

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