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Celebrity Reveals 2018/2019 Schedule



Celebrity Cruises has announced the highlights for their upcoming 2018-2019 cruising season.  The latest itineraries include new destinations, with overnights in some of the most sought-after ports in the world.  With a total of 282 destinations in 77 countries across the globe, including 188 overnights in 41 cities and 28 double overnights in 7 ports, this is shaping up to be one of Celebrity’s richest seasons ever.

South America & Panama Canal

Celebrity Eclipse

For the first time, a Solstice-class ship will sail to South America.  Destinations there include Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, along with a visit to Antarctica along the way.  The ship’s South American itineraries include:

  • 14-night sailings between Chile and Argentina
  • Two roundtrip Argentina cruises to Antarctica
  • 10-night sailing to Brazil from Buenos Aires
  • 11-night Signature Event Sailing with a double overnight stay in Rio for Rio Carnaval

Each destination will be brought to life onboard with experiences such as Argentine Tango classes and authentic Latin American cuisine and vintage tastings.  Guests will get a taste of the local culture, embarking on the chef-led excursions Chef’s Market Discoveries in various countries across South America.

Australia & New Zealand

Celebrity Solstice

Back by popular demand, Celebrity Solstice is returning to Australia and New Zealand with brand new ports of call.  Itineraries will include:

  • 10 to 14-night open-jaw sailings from Sydney to Auckland (and vice versa)
  • 13-night adventures at new ports in the South Pacific: Apia, Samoa; Vava’u, Tonga; and Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
  • Two 16-night itineraries along the Southern Coast of Australia to New Zealand – one from Auckland to Fremantle and another from Fremantle to Auckland.
  • 10-night Great Barrier Reef sailings with opportunities to swim, snorkel, and dive.  Guests will also be able to enjoy a new Multi-Day Adventure with an overnight at the fabled heart of the ocean, the Great Barrier Reef, camping under the stars on the Moore Reef Pontoon.
  • Overnight stay in Hobart, Tasmania, where guests can enjoy the Georgian and Victorian era architecture and shop the pedestrian mall on Elizabeth Street.

Authentic cuisine, culture, and entertainment will be featured onboard, so guests will have the opportunity to get to know the ports before even stepping on land.  An enrichment program and partnership with the Australia Zoo also allows guests to learn about wildlife from the land down under.


Celebrity Constellation

Aboard Constellation, guests can uncover the mysteries of exotic destinations in the Arabian Peninsula, India, and Southeast Asia.  Itineraries include:

  • Grand Spice Route Tour – a 29-night journey comprised of two sailings from the Arabian Peninsula (Abu Dhabi) to the Far East (Shanghai).  Follow the path of the ancient spice trade route with stops in Dubai, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Sri Lanka, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh, and more.  It includes 14 cities in 7 countries with overnight stays in Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
  • 12 to 15-night cruises from Abu Dhabi visiting India and southeast Asia
  • Africa and the Arabian Peninsula package – experience an authentic safari adventure in Tanzania with luxurious lodging, fully-guided tours, air travel, and a Celebrity Concierge with a cruise around the Arabian coast and India.
Celebrity Millennium

Follow Celebrity Millennium‘s recent dry dock, which included the addition of the iconic gastronomic adventure “A Taste of Film,” the ship is offering a variety of Asian itineraries, including 13 to 14-night sailings with roundtrip and open-ended sailings from Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Signature Event Sailings in Asia

Constellation‘s newest Signature Event Sailing will bring guests to the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.  Travelers will be enraptured by the heritage-filled parade by day, and the spectacular fireworks display above the harbor at night.

Celebrity Millennium will also be visiting the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, where guests will have prime viewing as thousands of glowing lanterns are released into the night sky to celebrate the first full moon of the Chinese New Year, each carrying a handwritten wish to the heavens.

Bermuda and Canada/New England

Celebrity Summit

Celebrity reintroduces the chance to discover New England and Bermuda separately or together, with itineraries including:

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  • 7-night sailings from Cape Liberty to King’s Wharf, Bermuda with three days and two nights at the island
  • 11-night Independence Day/Canada Day Signature Event Sailings with an overnight in Boston for July 4th and an overnight stay in Halifax to celebrate Canada’s birthday
  • 14-night combined Canada and New England sailings in the fall with overnights in Quebec, and calls to Boston and Halifax, among others
  • 10-night combined New England and Bermuda sailing with stops in King’s Wharf, Portland, and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Travel through Nova Scotia’s most dynamic landscapes in the Eskasoni Cultural Journey, where guests can explore the culture of the Mi’Kmaq people.  Gourmands can tour Côtes-a-Côtes and indulge in Canadian delicacies with the Uniquely Celebrity World Flavors Taste Quebec’s Diverse Wine, Cheese, and Delicacies excursion.


Celebrity Equinox

The Caribbean’s newest year-round resident will make Celebrity one of the only premium lines in the Caribbean year-round.  For winter 2018-2019 only, among the itineraries is a redesigned four-port eastern Caribbean sailing, stopping in San Juan, St. Thomas, Nassau, and a new port of call in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity’s quick escapes to the Caribbean are perfect for guests who may be hard-pressed to find much time for a vacation.  Itineraries aboard Infinity include 4 and 5-night sailings from Fort Lauderdale, with alternating visits to Key West and Cozumel, and Key West and Nassau.

Celebrity Silhouette

Revel in the tropical Caribbean breeze aboard award-winning ship Silhouette, departing from Fort Lauderdale.  Southern Caribbean tineraries include:

  • 9-night cruises stopping in Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao
  • 12-night voyages stopping in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, and St. Kitts/Nevis
Celebrity Reflection

The newest and largest ship in the fleet, Reflection will bring guests to the Caribbean in the ultimate luxury and style.  Itineraries include:

  • 10-night Ultimate Caribbean voyage roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, visiting Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and an overnight in St. Maarten.
  • Three 11-night Ultimate Caribbean sailings also roundtrip out of Fort Lauderdale, visiting Costa Rica, Panama, an overnight in Colombia, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel
  • Four 11-night Ultimate Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale visiting Grand Cayman, Columbia, Curaçao, and Bonaire in the southern Caribbean with overnights in Aruba
Celebrity Summit

From Bermuda to the Caribbean, Summit will be offering a great variety of unique sailings, home-porting in San Juan for the full winter season.  Voyages include:

  • Alternating seven-night southern Caribbean sailings:
    • The first stopping in St. Croix, Dominica, St. Maarten, Barbados, and Grenada
    • The second visiting Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Thomas
  • 10-night Lesser Antilles voyage calling in St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Maarten, and Antigua
  • 11-night Dutch Antilles cruise calling in St. Croix, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, Curaçao, an overnight in Aruba, Bonaire, and St. Thomas
  • Additional 12-night Dutch Antilles voyages calling alternate ports, include Fort De France, Martinique and Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Special Offer

To celebrate the rich lineup of sailings, Celebrity will continue to offer their popular “Go Big, Go Better, Go Best” promotion for nearly all of the 2018-2019 sailings.  Guests who book an oceanview or higher cabin and “Go Big” can choose a free perk from the choices of Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited internet, gratuities, or $150 in onboard spending money.  Cruisers can “Go Better” and choose two perks, or “Go Best” to receive all four, plus a premium beverage package upgrade.

Celebrity will continue to reveal their 2018-2019 lineup in the upcoming weeks.

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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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