Are you looking at Celebrity Cruises 2022 for your next cruising vacation? This article discusses what type of guests choose Celebrity Cruises and the different ship classes in Celebrity’s fleet. Read on to find out which one is right for you.
We also list each ships’ destinations for 2022 and 2023. This will help you find the part of the world where your favorite ship is sailing. It may even want to make you add to your bucket-list with more dream destinations!
Let’s take a look at what Celebrity Cruises has to offer. And particularly at their new ship due to be launched in Spring 2022 that we can’t wait to sail on – Celebrity Beyond.
We’ll also take a peak at the lesser known Xpedition ships. If you haven’t experienced these yet, then isn’t it time soon?
What is included in the price of your cabin?
Celebrity Cruises has launched their “Always Included” pricing. This offers an all inclusive cruise, just to make the booking process a bit easier for you.
What this means is, which ever class of cabin you book, your price includes the cost of:
- Classic Beverage Package
- Wi-fi (for one device per cabin)
And of course your dining is all included, together with shows, entertainment, and many of the activities on board.
Right now Celebrity offers two different upgrade packages. Always check their website in your country of origin for the latest upgrade package offers and prices. These do vary depending where in the world you live, and where you sail from. And these can change at any time.
Celebrity’s “Elevate” Package
Upgrade to the “Elevate” package (currently prices at USD$30 per person per day). With the Elevate package you get:
- Premium Beverage Package
- Shore Excursion Credit
- “Surf” Wi-fi
Celebrity’s “Indulge” Package
Upgrade to the “Indulge” package (currently prices at USD$60 per person per day). With the Indulge package you get:
- Premium Beverage Package
- On Board Credit
- Streaming Wi-fi
Suite customers: The price includes the Indulge upgrade. There is no need to pay extra for this when booking your suite.
What kind of customer does Celebrity Cruises attract?
Celebrity Cruises has a reputation of being a modern, premium cruise line. And you can see this in the design and decor on board. All the newer ships and even the older but refurbished ships are just fantastic. The entire fleet is stylish and contemporary, whist still giving you the classic cruise experience.
Marketed to appeal to the mostly over 40 age group, in our experience on board we have seen that a high proporation of guests are actually older. Most are 50+ right up to the older generation.
And whilst it is mostly adults on board, if you do want to cruise with kids or teens then you should (we did)!
Kids clubs for all ages are included in the fare. Whilst there are no kiddie pools or water slides on board there are plenty of other fun activites to keep them busy. But in all honesty teens seem to love the facilities on board the Royal Caribbean ships (particularly Oasis class ships) more than those available on Celebrity ships.
Out with the formal and in with the chic evenings
Formal nights on board Celebrity Ships have now disappeared. Replaced by what Celebrity Cruises describe as “Chic Nights”. Up to 2 evenings on board every 7 night cruise will be “chic” where you can dress up as much as you want – or not. Otherwise it’s casual attire in the restaurants for the evenings, without any pomp, ceremony or expectations.
What are the different classes of cabins available on board Celebrity Cruises?
In this best-of-the-best suite class you will get a dedicated butler (or “host”). And what a cabin it will be. You have the choice of the largest and best located suite cabins on board.
Best of all is the exclusive access to the Luminae restaurant, the Retreat lounge and the outdoor Retreat area. The Luminae restaurant offers a chefs dining experience thanks to a collaboration of Celebrity Cruises with Michelin star chefs.
These areas are not accessible to guests in any other class of cabin. You will also have the added perks of priority boarding, nice toiletries and bathrobes, and even in-suite dining if you prefer.
The “Indulge” package (Gratuities, Premium Beverage Package, On Board Credit, Wifi) is automatically included in your booking when you book this suite class.
If you are a Norwegian Cruise Line fan then the Retreat class on board Celebrity can be compared to the Haven class on NCL.
We love Aqua class on board Celebrity Cruises. Basically it’s a balcony cabin slightly larger than the standard balcony cabins (but only slightly) with extra perks.
You have unlimited access to the wellness areas/spa. (We recommend you book your times in advance as it can get busy with Aqua class guests. You are not guaranteed access if you just turn up expecting to get in).
You can dine in the complimentary Blu restaurant, book complimentary gym classes, order snacks in your suite, have branded toiletries in your bathroom and a few other nice touches.
It’s a good choice if you really are spa lovers, are travelling without children and want to be able to use the exclusive areas only for Aqua class guests. The Blu restaurant is a real winner with excellent service.
Tip! – if booking Aqua class, look for cabins that are not directly underneath a cafe or restaurant as it could get noisy.
Generally speaking the concierge class cabins are the same as your standard cabins, however they are slightly better located on the ship. You will also get priority boarding which is a plus if there are long waits or crowds at check-in.
The main difference is the little extras in your cabin and only you can decide if this is worth the extra cost: bathrobes, canopies, tote bags and a welcome lunch.
Personally, we would rather pay a bit more and upgrade from a standard cabin to Aqua class, where we feel you get more value for money with all the extras above plus access to the spa and to the exclusive Blu restaurant.
Standard class for inside, ocean view (window) cabins and veranda (balcony) cabins
That leaves the standard cabins which are all a similar size. The inside cabins in the lowest price category. These have no windows or balconies. Then there are the ocean view cabins which have a window, and finally the veranda cabins which means you have a cabin with a balcony giving you an extra 5-6 square meters on your cabin size.
And we must say that despite the differences above between what you get and what you don’t get in the different cabin types, the class difference is much less noticeable on Celebrity cruise ships than with some other cruise lines. Really, everyone feels like they are travelling in luxury, regardless of the class you book. And that’s because the ships are just stunning, where ever you go on board.
And whilst you will see that Celebrity is more pricey than other premium brands, the general view is that you get value for your money. You will pay a premium for suite upgrades as the price difference is quite a lot compared to standard cabins.
Celebrities cruises 2022 ship categories and what they offer you and your family
Celebrity “Edge” class ships include:
- Celebrity Beyond – Nr. of guest 3260 – Launch date April 2022
Destinations: Mediterranean summer and Caribbean winter
- Celebrity Apex – Nr. of guests 2910 – Launched: 2019
Destinations: Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, Ireland, Norwegian Fjords, Israel, Meditteranean, British Isles summer/autumn and Caribbean, Bahamas and Peurto Rico winter
- Celebrity Edge – Nr. of guests: 2918 – Launched: 2018
Destinations: Mediterranean and Greek Isles summer, Panama Canal and Caribbean winter
The plan is from April through to August in 2022, Celebrity Beyond will be sailing the Mediterranean. Itineraries include Spain & Portugal, France and Italian Riviera, and Italy and the Greek Islands. Then in the Autumn, the ship will cross the atlantic to cruise in the Caribbean for the winter sesaon. So there is plenty of opportunity to choose a fantastic itinerary and be one of the first to sail on this brand new cruise ship, and have a holiday of a lifetime in the summer of 2022.
Is the biggest and newest the right ship for you?
“Edge”is Celebrity Cruise’s largest and newest class of ships. They are some of the best cruise ships currently as sea. Beautifully designed with outstanding facilities, it really is hard to fault them.
And we are happy to report that Celebrity have finally included more cabins for solo travellers on these ships if you are travelling alone. Prices are still quite high though so we are hoping to see a reduction in these in the future for solo guests.
Infinite varanda cabins are possible to book, so you can use your balcony either open, or as a fully enclosed living space. Definitely great for families of 4 who want the extra space in the balcony category cabins.
With hot tubs elegantly perched above the pool and a jogging track that is spread out over 2 decks, you can workout with a view.
A magic experience onboard Celebrity Cruises
Have you seen the magic carpet? Unique to Edge ships, the extra moving floor built out over the edge of the ships is a cool innovation. It’s a meeting point or restaurant during day and an entertainment area at night.
The platform is also used for moving guests into tender boats. This makes the whole operation of getting you to shore much quicker when in tender ports.
A tender port is a port of call where your cruise ship needs to anchor off-shore, rather dock at the pier side for disembarkation.
Guests are moved from the cruise ship into small boats, called tenders, to reach the shore for disembarkation when visiting a tender port. Some tender ports include Bar Harbor in Maine (New England), Naples (Italy), Edinburgh (Scotland), Airlie Beach (Australia) and Corfu (Greece).
So what do we love best about Edge ships? It would have to be a few things as they is so much which is great about these ships.
We love Eden, stretching over 3 floors. This area makes you feel like you are out in nature. Then there is the Grand Plaza with the wrap-around Martini bar, our favorite place for a drink before dinner. And finally the rooftop garden with iron statues, greenery and sunset bar and the Rooftop grill restaurant.
But in face the list goes on with a theater with 4 stages, mesmorizing backdrops and use of innovative technologies for fun evening shows.
And what else is different on Edge ships?
Most noticeably is the main dining expereince. Instead of one main dining room, Celebrity Edge class now offer 4 different dining rooms included in your price and you can move between the dining areas throughout your cruise.
The specialty restaurants are so innovative that we would go as far to say that Celebrity do the specialty dining experiences better than most other luxury cruise ships at sea today. Experience it for yourself and we be remember you meals on board for a long time to come.
And if you are thinking of a vacation down under then you’ll be excited to know that Celebrity plans to have Celebrity Edge in the pacific for the Australia and New Zealand itineraries of 2023-24. What a winning combination of both outstanding destinations and a top class cruise ship. Edge will be sailing out of the ports of Auckland in New Zealand, and Sydney in Australia.
What can we expect from Celebrity Beyond?
Well, it’s longer and higher than any other Celebrity ship. They have installed a sunken seating area on the resort deck (where you find the swimming pool). Plus you get an infinity pool on the side of the top deck with all important extra shady areas for those summer sun cruises. And more seating has been included in the Sunset Bar.
To ensure that suite guests get as much value for their money as possible, Celebrity have increased the size of the Retreat area on board. A second deck has been added and a larger circular pool. It’s a beautiful area.
The popular martini bar is now larger in the Grand Plaza so less chance you need to fight your way to the bar in the evening.
Celebrity “Solstice” class includes 5 ships:
- Celebrity Equinox – Nr. of guests: 2852 – Launched: 2009 – Refurbished 2019
Destinations: Caribbean, Key West, Mexico, Bahamas
- Celebrity Silhouette – Nr. of guests: 2902 – Launched: 2011 – Refurbished 2020
Destinations: Northern Europe and Mediterranean summer, Caribbean, Bahamas, Key West, Mexico winter
- Celebrity Eclipse – Nr. of guests: 2852 – Launched: 2010 – Refurbished 2021
Destinations: Pacific Coastal California, Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific
- Celebrity Solstice – Nr. of guests: 2852 – Launched: 2008 – Soon to be Refurbished
Destinations: Alaska, Japan, Asia
- Celebrity Reflection Nr. of guests: 3046 – Launched: 2012 – Soon to be Refurbished
Destinations: Mediterranean, Caribbean and Bahamas
This gorgeous class of ship is undergoing renovations by Celebrity Cruises to bring each and every ship up to scratch to match their sister ships.
Popular amongst guests with many returning guests who cruise this class of ship time and time again, it’s easy to see why when you climb on board. Sophicated decor, a large theater, great dining options and the elegant “Lawn Club” on the top decks makes the Solstic class a good all-round ship for couples and families alike.
Celebrity’s Murano restaurant
There are a wide variety of dining concepts on board and unique to Solstice class ships is the French dining experience in Celebrity’s Murano restaurant, This is a really popular choice of specialty restaurant with guests.
It has a reputation of being a fine dining restaurant but without pretense. You will feel really welcome by the knowledgeable staff and somaliers so sit back and enjoy a french feast! If you want to try just one of the specialty restaurants during your cruise then this is the one.
Choose one of the ships that have been refurbished. So far that is Equinox and Silhouette.
The best thing about Solstic class is that they cover a huge number of different destinations in their itineraries.
From Japan and Alaska to the Caribbean and Mediterranean, you can be sure of a great cruise on a luxury ship in a destination that will with all possibility be on your bucket list.
Celebrity “Millennium” class includes 4 ships:
- Celebrity Millennium – Nr. of guests: 2218 – Launched: 2000 – Refurbished 2019
- Celebrity Summit – Nr. of guests: 2218- Launched: 2001 – Refurbished 2019
- Celebrity Constellation – Nr. of guests: 2184 – Launched: 2002
- Celebrity Infinity – Nr. of guests: 2170 – Launched: 2001
The oldest of the fleet, the Millennium ships are being brilliantly refurbished. Two have been completed so far. Our latest cruise vacation was on board Summit and is was beautiful. You would never have guessed the cruise ship was nearly 18 years old when we sailed on her.
The only thing we would say is that the Grand Foyer was nice, but no where near the “wow” factor that you have on the more modern ships.
The Roof Top Terrace is a favorite place to be during the day, and even in the evening if you want to enjoy an open-air movie. And the wine bars are excellent on Milliennium ships.
If you like a smaller cruise ship and you don’t miss not having a huge variety of activites on board, then the Millennium class could be for you.
The sailing experience is quieter and generally a more relaxed. It could be the class for you if destinations are your focus and you just want an all-inclusive elegant and easy way to get there.
Choose the refurbished ships when you book. Because you’ll find a big difference to the overall feel of a modern refurbished vessel compared to one where wear and tear is obvious.
Celebrity “Xpedition” class include 3 luxury vessels:
- Celebrity Xpedition – Nr. of guests: 48 – Launched: 2004
- Celebrity Xploration – Nr. of guests: 16 – Launched: 2017
- Celebrity Flora – Nr. of guests: 100 – Launched: 2019
Designed to help you explore and discover your destinations, the Celebrity Expedition class of ships a long way from a traditional cruising experience.
These smaller ships can reach smaller ports and more unusual destinations thanks to their small size.
Priced higher than the more main-stream cruises, you are paying not only for a much smaller, more intimate and specialized cruise ship but also for the voyage of discovery. And that includes experts and guest lecturers on board who offer nightly talks about the destinations, the wildlife, and the environment you are about to discover.
In the restaurants on bord you will eat the food reflective of the destinations you visit.
Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Xpedition and Xploration visit in the Galapogos Islands, Quito and Maccu Picchu.
Xpedition cruises are for those of you who are seeking real adventurer, and who are active and looking for an expereince beyond a regular cruise. Because what you’ll get is a glamorous yachting, adventure-seeking, once-in-a-lifetime experience.