‘I’m not sailing on that old thing, do you have anything newer ?’ was a question that I was once asked by a guest. I was actually taken aback as the ship in question was 14 months old and at the time this particular regular guest felt that was old hat.
This question has made me think a lot over the years and when promoting cruise ships I have had the following thoughts:
- How old and up to date is the ship.
- Are the USP’s modern enough for the current market place.
- Is the ship sailing to interesting destinations with good accessibility from the UK.
- How good is the cruise line at maintaining their ships and their upgrade schedules.
- Does the ship still warrant its star rating.
Now lets move on to 2019 and talk about the Celebrity Cruises ‘Revolution’
Celebrity Cruises are going through a renaissance with the launch of their new class of ship ‘Celebrity Edge Class’ that in May 2019 visited Southampton for the first time. This in itself is a revolution in the style of cruise offering but just as exciting is the ‘Revolution’ of the existing celebrity Fleet.
Building new ships, pushing the boundaries and being creative has always been the most exciting aspect of the cruise industry, until now….
I was lucky enough to have witnessed Celebrity Millennium’s naming ceremony in (yes you’ve guessed it) the year 2000. Since then Millennium has had two major refits. These upgrades mainly concentrated on public areas adding new dining venues and generally tidying the ship up.
in February 2019 Celebrity Millennium was the first ship to undergo her revolution and our guests have been blown away with the results:
New Staterooms throughout the ship, every stateroom onboard (from Interior to Suite) have been stripped back and rebuilt. Inspired by Kelly Hoppen, Celebrity Cruises have brought influences from the new Edge Class ship to Celebrity Millennium.
Expanding the Suite Class concept with the Suite Retreat area.
At times we all need that relaxing break, where we can holiday with minimum effort, Celebrity Suite Class is designed to offer that extra touch of luxury in a relaxed and modern environment.
- High quality accommodation in a selection of revolutionised suites.
- Exclusive ‘Suite Retreat’ area only available to suite guests.
- Relax in a Private Suite Guest Only Sun Deck
- Exclusive dining in the suite only restaurant ‘Luminae’
- Exclusive Retreat Lounge
Suite Class is a ship within a ship concept and perfect for a special occasion.
As of June 2019 Three Celebrity Ships have undergone their ‘Revolution’
The expected timeline for the rest of the Celebrity Fleets Revolution are:
Celebrity Silhouette® – 11 Feb 2020
Celebrity Constellation® – 24 May 2020
Celebrity Infinity® – 15 November 2020
Celebrity Eclipse® – 24 November 2020
Celebrity Solstice® – 29 October 2021
Celebrity Reflection® – 03 February 2023
This really is exciting and by transforming their existing fleet into virtually brand new cruise ships Celebrity are securing their future and the allowing their guests to experience Modern Luxury on three distant classes of ship.