Celebrity Cruises review for August 2021

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

Celebrity Cruises is remarkable for its focus on crafting unique onboard experiences. Enjoy world-class service and innovative entertainment above the waves. Plus, drinks, Wi-Fi and gratuities are always included in your fare. Cheers to that!

14 ships

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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 Alcohol included
Room service Room service included
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Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).

Expert review

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?).

Just keep in mind that this isn’t a budget experience. If you’re not a big drinker and are looking for a low sticker price and good value, check out Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line instead.

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, South America, South Pacific, Southern Caribbean, Southern Europe, Transatlantic, Western Europe, Western Mediterranean

Celebrity cruise packages

If you want to further elevate your onboard experience, consider booking one of Celebrity’s packages. We expect these to come in handy for couples booking a romantic getaway, along with friends who want to pamper themselves while sailing into the sunset. Here’s what you have to choose from:

Perks ExtraPerks UltraPremier PassThe Retreat
Shore excursion creditSame as Perks Extra, plus:The Premier Pass must be purchased by two guests in the same cabin. It includes:The Retreat aims to mimic the experience you’d have at an all-inclusive luxury resort. Instead of a regular cabin, you’ll stay in the nicest, largest suite on the ship — and you’ll also get:
Premium beverage package for one guestUnlimited digital photo packagePriority embarkation and debarkationOne shore excursion credit
Dinner in specialty restaurants of your choiceOne welcome bottle of Veuve ClicquotPremium drinks
High speed Wi-FiHigh speed Wi-FiHigh-speed Wi-Fi
Laundry serviceInside Access tourLuxury suites
Officer’s lunchReserved theater seating
Captain’s toast and photoDedicated butler
Wine pairing with sommelierAccess to the VIP lounge, private restaurant and sun deck
Laundry service24/7 complementary in-suite dining
Premium bath amenities
Plush bedroom slippers and bathrobes
Complimentary bottle of champagne

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

Celebrity Cruises offers enchanting experiences atop the waves, and we especially love that you don’t need to worry about paying for drinks or Wi-Fi after stepping aboard. Still, it may not be a good option for families with kids or travelers on a super strict budget, since it’s more of a luxury experience — which is reflected in the price tag.

Pros

  • Drinks, Wi-Fi and gratuities are included in your fare.
  • 24/7 Apple computer lab available for use.
  • Food and drink packages can save you money at specialty restaurants.
  • There’s a certified sommelier in every restaurant.

Cons

  • Shore excursions cost extra.
  • Pricier than budget cruise lines like Carnival or MSC Cruises.
  • Smart Casual attire may be too strict for some — no T-shirts, swimsuits, shorts or flip-flops allowed during the evenings.
Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, However, it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated domestic travelers as of April 2021. International travelers need to get tested three days prior to flying out of the US and within three days after returning, even if you are fully vaccinated. It recommends that you delay travel if you’re not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.

If you’re planning a trip outside the US, bear in mind that many countries have placed restrictions on US tourists. Check the US embassy website for updates before booking international travel.

Frequently asked questions about Celebrity Cruises

Who owns Celebrity cruises?

Celebrity Cruises falls under Royal Caribbean International ownership since 1997.

Does Celebrity Cruises offer a branded credit card?

Yes. The Celebrity Cruises Visa Signature can earn you extra points and rewards when you book one of its cruises.

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