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Celebrity Reveals 2018-2019 Cruise Schedule



Celebrity Cruises is highlighting new destinations and exciting events with their 2018 and 2019 season, which they announced this week.  The modern luxury cruise line will be sailing to 282 destinations in 77 countries around the globe, including 188 overnights in 41 cities.

The itinerary schedule begins with new European and Alaskan cruises, which will be the first to open for sale.  Captain’s Club members have early priority access, open to book now.  The sailings will be open to the public on December 1, 2016.


Celebrity Silhouette

For the first time ever, Silhouette will homeport in Southampton, beginning summer 2018.  The ship will offer:

  • 7 and 8-night Norwegian Fjord sailings
  • Seven 14-night Scandinavia and Russia sailings on three itineraries
  • 14-night Mediterranean, Canaries and Azores, and Iceland and Ireland sailings from Southampton

Guests onboard will be able to enjoy recent enhancements to the ship, including Slush – a poolside frozen drinks bar, Passport Bar, and Gastrobar.

Celebrity Eclipse

After eight years in Southampton, Eclipse will be offering a mini season out of Dublin, Ireland beginning late April to June 2018, making Celebrity the first major cruise line in the world to homeport out of Dublin.  Itineraries will include:

  • a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing stopping in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland; Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland; and Cork, Ireland.
  • 8-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary

In Dublin, Celebrity will be offering a new Celebrity City Stay.  Guests can opt to begin their trip a little earlier and enjoy three nights in a luxury hotel, fully-guided tours, and a farewell dinner to say goodbye to the Irish city before embarking on the cruise.  From late June, Eclipse will be based out of Amsterdam, offering 12-night British Isles cruises and 12-night Scandinavia and Russia sailings.  In September, the ship will sail from Barcelona for a 12-night western Mediterranean and a 12-night Italy and Greek Isles sailing.

Celebrity Constellation

The guest-favorite vessel will offer enhanced Mediterranean cruises with a series of three 7-night sailings – the Greek Isles; Italy, France, and Spain; and Italian Renaissance.  The ‘Grand Med Tour’ will stop in 16 ports across 6 countries, including overnights in Ibiza and Barcelona.  Throughout the rest of the season, Constellation will offer 9 and 12-night voyages throughout the Mediterranean, including stops in the Greek Isles, The Holy Lands, The western Mediterranean, and the Adriatic.

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Celebrity Reflection

The line’s newest ship Reflection will continue to offer 11-night western Mediterranean sailings, as well as its popular 10-night east Mediterranean itineraries, calling Civitavecchia (Rome) home throughout the warm summer season.  For the vacation of a lifetime, guests can combine the eastern and western Mediterranean cruises, pinpointing each of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations in one go.

Collectively, the new European itineraries represent one of the richest seasons for Celebrity, featuring 51 overnights in 15 vibrant cities, and 2 double overnight stays in Europe.

European Signature Event Sailings

Silhouette‘s newest Signature Event Sailing to the 2018 world soccer tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia will have guests on the edge of their seats.  With a double overnight in the city, travelers will have the opportunity to attend both the third place game, and the final match in Moscow via an overland tour.


Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity will continue to offer the 7-night, roundtrip itinerary to Hubbard Glacier from Vancouver aboard Infinity.

Celebrity Solstice

Aboard the recently upgraded ship, guests can embark on the popular 7-night roundtrip Tracy Arm Fjord cruise from Seattle.

Celebrity Millennium

Travelers looking to venture further into the Last Frontier can enjoy alternating open-jaw sailings out of Vancouver or Seward aboard Millennium.

Onboard, Celebrity will bring Alaska to life with authentic food from each port, to local performers who introduce guests to the area’s unique culture.

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Celebrity Celebrates International Women’s Day



Across Celebrity Cruises’ entire fleet of ships around the world – and in all of their global offices – the line will “Ring the Bell on the 7 Seas” in honor of International Women’s Day, which is on March 8.

The campaign was born in partnership with the Red Shoe Movement in support of their Gender Equality Global Initiative. A special bell-ringing ceremony will be hosted by President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, aboard Celebrity Summit. The ship’s executive team and the founder and CEO of the Red Shoe Movement, Mariela Dabbah, will also be in attendance. Each Celebrity ships and the global offices will then follow with their own ceremonies.

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“On International Women’s Day millions of people around the world will celebrate the accomplishments of women, and the men who support their efforts,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “I’m proud to stand with the Red Shoe Movement as gender equality is an ongoing commitment for all of us at Celebrity.”

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“I am proud for Red Shoe Movement, whose mission is to accelerate the representation of women at the top, to partner with Celebrity Cruises to ‘Ring the Bell on the 7 Seas’ especially as Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is a CEO who walks her talk in everything she does,” said Dabbah. “The thousands of crew members and guests around the world on a Celebrity ship or in any of their global offices will unite to take a stand on gender equality. This is a historic moment in this industry and for women worldwide.”

For more information on the Red Shoe Movement, visit

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How Celebrity Just Changed Cruise Dining [VIDEO]



Every now and again, a cruise line comes up with something so innovative it changes everything. Think Royal Caribbean’s surfing simulators or Carnival Cruise Line’s SkyRide. And this week, I was lucky enough to be on hand when Celebrity Cruise Lines unveiled more information about the upcoming Celebrity Edge… including a new dining experience which promises to blow the mind of passengers

The Ship Will Have Nearly 30 Restaurants

During a presentation at New York City’s Pier 36, Celebrity made it clear that they intend to raise the bar when it comes to how people think of cruise food… and not only in the specialty restaurants. Looking at Celebrity Edge — the first of four Edge Class ships — as a clean slate, Brian Abel, Vice President of Hotel Operations, said that the line has “combined unique concepts, expansive menus and incredible design to serve a platter of exciting new dining experiences never before seen at sea.”

Celebrity offered up all kinds of tasty treats during the presentation.

Certain elements will feel familiar to longtime cruisers, such as the ability to choose between traditional early or late set seatings (at which you will dine with the same people each night and have a set wait staff) or Celebrity Select Dining Plus, which gives guests the freedom to book themselves into any of four dining rooms at whatever time they choose. But even with the main dining rooms, Celebrity is switching things up. The ship will have four complimentary main dining rooms, each with a distinctive design and ambiance inspired by a specific part of the world. Menus will feature some of the same items which have proved popular across the Celebrity fleet, but also dishes showcasing the dining room’s inspiration.

The four main dining rooms are Tuscan Restaurant (a nod to the line’s Tuscan Grille and featuring Italian-inspired dishes); the French-themed Normandie Restaurant (described as a “conceptual cousin” to the line’s Murano); Cyprus Restaurant, featuring bright and flavorful Mediterranean dishes); and Cosmopolitan Restaurant, featuring more familiar American cuisine.

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Among the specialty restaurants, standouts will surely be the Fine Cut Steakhouse, Raw On 5 (which promises to offer “the best blend of St. Tropez and New England seafood) and the BBQ served up at the Rooftop Garden Grill. That’s on top of the already announced Eden Restaurant, which will combine dining and entertainment to create a multi-sensory experience for guests, and Dinner On The Edge (aka your opportunity to eat on the Magic Carpet while it is parked in its uppermost position).

At the special presentation, chefs prepared fresh seafood dishes like those which will be offered up at Raw On 5 on board the Celebrity Edge.

The Meal Sure To Cause Your Jaw To Drop

But the real showstopper will be dinners at Le Grand Bistro. During the day, the space will offer up handmade macaroons, artisinal cheeses and baked breads perfect for grab-and-go meals. But at night, the space will transform thanks to Le Petite Chef, an animated 3-D character who appears on your plate and “prepares” the meal for you. While the line describes it as “an immersive fusion of entertainment and dining like nothing guests have ever experienced at sea,” it is, in a word, stunning.

But don’t take my word for it. They recreated the dining experience for us and, because no special headsets or glasses are required, I was able to capture it on video.

Given that Celebrity is the first cruise line to have partnered with TableMation Studios, they know that this is an experience passengers will not be able to experience on any other ship.

“Once again, Celebrity Edge is solidifying, amplifying and putting a superlative on our award-winning culinary experience,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of the line, “allowing our guests to explore the world without ever leaving their table. From the amazing destinations we visit globally, to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings.”

Look for Celebrity Edge, which will be homeported out of Fort Lauderdale, to make her first sailing on November 21, 2018. Her three sister ships will join the fleet in 2020, 2021 and 2022.



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Celebrity Cruises Debuts New Hot Glass Class



Celebrity Cruises has announced that they’re parting ways with the Corning Museum of Glass for their onboard hot glass shows. Now, Hollywood Hot Glass will be taking their place and expanding on the previous programming with a new hands-on element.

Hollywood Hot Glass will host a live glassblowing demonstration on The Lawn Club at the beginning of each participating sailing. Following the demo, guests will be able to register for their own Hot Glass Class, where they’ll work with an instructor to create their own piece of art.

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In each class, guests will be able to choose from eight unique pieces to create, including a vase, starfish, and heart starting at $40 per piece. Attendees will then be able to choose from a variety of colors to make their glass artwork unique. The finished product requires a 12-hour cool down period, after which guests are welcome to take their piece back to their cabin and home with them.

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The new experience will be offered on three ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, and has already launched on Celebrity Equinox. Celebrity Eclipse will begin offering the program on April 1, and Solstice will debut the class on June 15.

Listen to a review of a Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Eclipse here.

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