Celebrity Cruises ship classes explained
By Rebecca Bradbury | 15 Jul 2021
If you’re wondering what sets each of the Celebrity Cruises ship classes apart, this expert guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about the cruise line’s fantastic fleet.
The four Celebrity Cruises ship classes all have something different to offer but are united in a number of ways, from being fitted out to the highest standards and boasting stunning guest spaces to offering first-rate, personalised service.
As well as continuing to add to its fleet with innovative new builds, Celebrity Cruises is also in the midst of an extensive $500-million refurbishment programme known as the ‘Celebrity Revolution’, which began with Celebrity Egde and Celebrity Flora. The line continues to revolutionise five of its ships with 500 A-list architects, designers, and engineers on board set to reimagine the entire fleet.
Read on to discover what defines each one of the Celebrity Cruises ship classes as well as what makes each ship unique, such as when they can expect the revolution treatment – that’s if they haven’t already been transformed.
Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium Class ships are some of the most celebrated at sea. The cruise line took delivery of the four ships in this class between 2000 and 2002, and they sail to exciting destinations across the world.
Joining Celebrity Cruises in 2000, 2,138-passenger Celebrity Millennium was the first in the fleet to be modernised as part of the cruise line’s Celebrity Revolution. Emerging from its revolution on 9 February 2019, the ship now features brand new staterooms, re-imagined lounges and restaurants, a re-designed spa and new boutiques. The exclusive Suite Class experience has also been expanded: alongside restaurant Lumiere, there is now The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge.
The 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity joined Celebrity Cruises in March 2001 and is in the midst of its revolution. The ship cruises in South America and Northern Europe.
Celebrity Summit accommodates 2,158 guests and became part of Celebrity Cruises’ fleet in October 2001. The ship was revamped as part of the line’s Revolution programme in March 2019 and similarly boasts expanded Suite Class facilities, new suites and re-imagined restaurants and lounges, including the Martini Bar and Cellar Masters.
Welcoming 2,170 passengers, Celebrity Constellation is one of the classiest ships at sea, benefiting from Solstice class upgrades such as speciality dining venue Qsine and The Rooftop Terrace bar. It’s currently undergoing an update as part of the Celebrity Revolution and will feature one Infinity Balcony – when, at the a touch of a button, the entire living space becomes a balcony.
The Solstice Class introduced a new era of larger ships and higher capacity for Celebrity Cruises. Although, thanks to excellent passenger flow, there’s no queues or overcrowding, proving luxury cruising doesn’t equate to being small and cosy. The class also features innovative facilities such as top-of-the-ship Lawn Club, featuring real grass.
The first in the class and one of the most decorated in the fleet, 2850-passenger Celebrity Solstice made its Celebrity debut in 2008 and sails to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Alaska.
Based in the Caribbean all year round, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox is one of the most stylish ships in the Solstice class. It underwent revolution upgrades in June 2019 after joining the line in 2009.
The award-winning, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Eclipse joined the fleet in 2010 and is currently undergoing its revolution upgrades. Sailing to an exciting range of destinations, the ship eliminates the hassle of long-haul flights.
Celebrity Silhouette was welcomed into the Celebrity Cruises fleet in July 2011 and has also undergone the revolution revamp. Sailing to Europe and the Caribbean, 85 per cent of the ship’s suites are enhanced by sweeping balconies and ocean views. Up to 2,886 passengers fit on board.
The last of the Solstice class is Celebrity Reflection. After being inaugurated into the fleet in October 2012, the 3,046-passenger ship’s next rejuvenation is planned for 2023.
Celebrity Cruises launched a hugely successful Xpedition programme in 2004, offering its upscale, active passenger base a new option: a once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos Islands experience. It is the only big-ship cruise line to offer year-round sailings in the region. As such, the line has three Xpedition ships and the innovative Celebrity Flora. Due to sailing restrictions in the island-chain, the Galapagos Class can only host up to 100 guests.
The original Xpedition class ship, Celebrity Xpedition was the first of the cruise line’s fleet to be based in the Galapagos Islands. Joining in 2004, it has an occupancy of 100 guests.
Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Xperience
The charter-only, 16-passenger Celebrity Xploration and the 48-passenger Celebrity Xperienceboth joined Celebrity Cruises in 2014 and offer more intimate sailing experiences.
Celebrity Cruises welcomed Celebrity Flora to its fleet in May 2019. Accommodating 100 guests, it is the first ship of its kind to be specifically designed for the Galapagos Islands. Incorporating an outward-facing design, eco-friendly features and expert onboard guides, it is one of the most luxurious and state-of-the-art ships to ever sail in the region.
The newest of Celebrity Cruises ship classes, the Edge Class sets a new standard of innovation and luxury at sea. At the moment, Celebrity Edge is the only ship in the fleet, but three further sister ships are expected over the coming years.
Launched in December 2018, Celebrity Edge accommodates 2,908 guests and is considered by the line to be revolutionary on every level. Blending inside and outside living spaces, the ship counts the Magic Carpet (a 13-storey platform suspended above the sea), a water-inspired spa with 23 treatment rooms and the glittering Grand Plaza among its top features. The ship sails in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Second to join the Edge Class was Celebrity Apex. Its inaugural sailing took place in April 2020 and it was based in Europe for its debut season. Guests can expect the same ground-breaking features as its sister ship Celebrity Edge. As well as the cruise line’s innovative Magic Carpet and Rooftop Garden, The Retreat is the crowning glory on board, offering stunning suite accommodations but also private dining, exclusive spaces and a lineup of services and amenities, designed by Kelly Hoppen, CBE.
The third ship in the Celebrity revolutionary Edge Series, Celebrity Beyond, takes their innovative outward-facing design further than ever, with open-air spaces, fine dining and space for 3,260 guests. It’s also home to The Retreat, with its two-story Edge Villa with outdoor plunge pools and Iconic Suites, the largest in the fleet, with Personal Retreat Hosts throughout.