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Celebrity Cruises review for April 2020

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Enjoy world-class service and innovative entertainment above the waves.

Whether you’re hoping for an intimate cruise with 99 like-minded passengers to the Galapagos or are looking to get lost at sea with hundreds of vacationing revelers, Celebrity Cruises has a ship to meet your needs. Its nearly 1:2 staff-to-passenger ratio promises attentive service — especially if you’re in a suite, in which case you’re paired with a personal European-style butler.

Parents may take a shine to the S.T.E.M-inspired activities designed for youth, while they can escape with other adults at a kid-free lounge. Guests of all ages can enjoy unique entertainment, such as American Ballet Theater, musical and play productions, live music and dynamic parties (silent disco, anyone?).

Still, booking a cruise is a big commitment. And with Celebrity Cruises, you may have to pay hefty gratuity costs after the trip is over. Get anchored by the facts before booking your next cruise.

14 ships

Number of ships

Price

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Details

Target demographic Families, Adults, Seniors, Teenagers, Toddlers, Honeymooners, Singles, Young Adults, People with disabilities
Number of ships 14 ships
Contact options Phone, Email, Facebook Messenger
Payment options Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink No free alcohol
Room service Room service included

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Expert review

Celebrity Cruises is remarkable for its focus on services and crafting unique onboard experiences. But if the extra fees sound too burdensome, compare other cruise lines out there.

Where do Celebrity Cruises depart from?

Celebrity Cruises’ ships depart from 25+ ports worldwide, from Oceania to Europe, the United States and even Galapagos.

  • Amsterdam, Anchorage, Auckland, Baltra, Baoshan, Barcelona, Bayonne, Boston, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Fairbanks, Fort Lauderdale, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, New York City, Newark, Rome, San Antonio, San Diego, San Juan, Seward, Shanghai, Singapore, Southampton, Sydney, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice

Celebrity Cruises destinations

Escape to stunning bucket-list locales around the globe — but note that it doesn’t dock at any ports in Africa.

  • Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Galapagos, Hawaii, India, Mediterranean, Middle East, Northern Europe, Pacific, Pacific Coastal, Panama Canal, Repositioning, South America, South Pacific, Southern Caribbean, Southern Europe, Transatlantic, Western Europe, Western Mediterranean

Why you should — or shouldn’t — cruise with Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises offers enchanting experiences atop the waves. But it’s still got weak points.

Pros

  • It’s received many prestigious industry awards, including:
    • 2018 Travvy Awards Best Cruise Line Overall and Best Cruise Line for the Caribbean/Bahamas
    • 2018 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Best Overall and Best Service in the Large Ships category
  • Celebrity iLounge grants access to an Apple computer lab 24/7, complete with an Apple specialist — though using the Internet will cost you.
  • Its Captain’s Club Cruise Rewards Program grants access to benefits, perks and freebies.
  • Food and drink packages can save you money on specialty restaurants.
  • There’s a certified sommelier in every restaurant.

Cons

  • Shore excursions are not included with your fare.
  • Gratuities aren’t included in your ticket price and are billed to your SeaBoard account every day that you’re aboard:
    • Standard accommodations. $14.50 each person, each day
    • Concierge Class and AquaClass staterooms. $15 each person, each day
    • Suites. $18 each person, each day

    In addition, all beverage and mini bar purchases and spa or salon services incur a 20% fee that’s automatically added to your bill.

  • Wi-Fi gets pricey at $16 a day for access to the Internet and messaging apps, while full access to the Internet costs $35 a day.
  • Soft drinks cost extra unless you purchase a beverage package.

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