MIAMI — Celebrity Cruises wants all of its ships to look as good as Celebrity Edge and it’s spending half a billion dollars to reach that goal.
The fleet-wide upgrade, dubbed ‘The Celebrity Revolution’, “isn’t a makeover, it’s a $500 million game-changer,” says the cruise line.
The massive project is a reimagining of the fleet in partnership with more than 500 leading architects, designers, and engineers, all working to bring the rest of the brand’s award-winning fleet to Celebrity Edge, set to launch this fall.
The first upgrade will take place in 2019, starting with Celebrity Millennium, and will continue across the fleet through 2023.
“We launched The Celebrity Revolution to do one thing – transform the way our guests experience the world. It began with the introduction of the industry-changing Celebrity Edge, and continued with the stunning Celebrity Flora,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
Designer Kelly Hoppen will bring the newly added Reflection Suite and Signature Suites (found today on Celebrity Reflection) to Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, and Celebrity Silhouette, with her style, a fusion of East meets West, with clean lines, neutral tones, and a warm, inviting opulence, says the cruise line.
On Celebrity Edge, the exclusive new sanctuary for all Suite Class guests is called The Retreat, and now Celebrity is bringing this experience fleet-wide. Every ship will offer The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge, both designed by Hoppen. The Retreat Sundeck is billed as “a chic, open-air hideaway with the feel of a high-end resort, where guests can unwind on plush loungers, sip tantalizing cocktails, and savor refreshing treats”. At The Retreat Lounge (formerly Michael’s Club), the atmosphere is inviting yet sophisticated.
When redesigning the accommodations, “every detail was carefully thought through with guest comfort at the front of mind”. Hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) transformed the staterooms on board Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity, and Celebrity Summit, plus the staterooms and many of the suites on board Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection “into a statement about modern luxury”.
”Every detail of our staterooms has been elevated, every comfort refined,” said Brian Abel, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises. “By the end of The Celebrity Revolution the entire fleet will have the same quality, design essence, and consistency of modern luxury, bringing our fleet to the edge.”
All staterooms will feature a fresh, chic design, rivalling the world’s best boutique hotels, said Abel. They will also be fitted with Celebrity’s eXhale bedding featuring exclusive luxurious cashmere mattresses, RFID locks, Xcelerate and Bluetooth capabilities.
For dining, guest-favourite restaurant Qsine will be added across the fleet and completely renovated, now offering the brand’s virtual Le Petit Chef experience.
Oceanview Café will be redesigned with an open, airy, marketplace-inspired design, while the Main Restaurants will undergo a redesign, with new textures and new finishes added throughout.
More innovations on the way include:
- Expansion of the new SEA Thermal Suite, first introduced on Celebrity Edge, to offer an array of therapeutic spa experiences at sea;
- New shopping experiences featuring sought-after brands and designers, such as Shinola, John Hardy and Hublot, plus state-of-the-art digital photo galleries;
- Elevated bars and lounges, including the newly reimagined Passport Bar and an expansion of Celebrity’s popular Gastrobar concept, serving more than 40 craft beers, creative cocktails, and gourmet comfort food; and
- Upgrades to public venues all throughout each ship, including The Hideaway, Team Earth and The Library.