With the addition of the Retreat on the Edge, Celebrity significantly ups the value and benefits for suites guests. Following the lead of Norwegian's Haven and MSC's Yacht Club, the Retreat offers an upscale, sophisticated, and private sanctuary for suites guest.
Asymmetrical, Muscular, bold & elegant
With the launch of the Edge as it's newest class of ships, Celebrity seeks to throw out the mold and revolutionize the design of cruise ships. You'll notice these changes before you even board the Edge. The Edge is striking, bold, muscular, and yet elegant. Her stacks glisten in the sun like the tailpipes on a 60s muscle car. Her bow is uncharacteristically straight to increase efficiency and cut through heavy seas, versus the sleek curve found on most ocean vessels. The brightly colored 90-ton Magic Carpet hovers in the air, offering a unique cocktail and dining experience as you float above the water's surface. The Edge's smooth flat windows of the "infinity balconies" create a smooth elegant exterior versus the bulky steel superstructure on most ocean vessels. The ship's asymmetrical design is evident throughout the ship as seen in the windows of the three story Eden restaurant and lounge, as well as in the jogging track which rises and falls between decks 15 and 16.
As Baby Boomers and Gen Xers move more and more upscale in their cruise preferences, they are looking for a more relaxed cruise experience than previous generations. And it is really no surprise if you think about it. Baby Boomers railed authority in their protest during the 60s & 70s. They have sought more freedom and less rigidity.
So it is no surprise that the cruise industry is responding to this changing demographic and their preferences. Celebrity Cruises has responded by dropping "Formal Nights" for "Evening Chic," and sophisticated cruisers will appreciate this change.
As the global oceans continue to warm, new polar cruise routes are opening and several cruise lines are offering new and exciting expedition voyages. Now passengers can cruise from Seattle through the Northwest Passage from Seward, Alaska, to New York City. Crystal Cruises began these sailing about two years ago. Since then Ponant, Silversea, Lindblad, and Hurtigruten have begun sailing the passage. Cruises typically run 12 – 21 days.
Up for a new adventure? Why not try river cruising? River cruising is now the fastest-growing sector in the cruise industry for very good reasons. And here we give you these thoughts so you can decide if you should be shipping out on a river the next time you plan a cruise trip.
Why am I charged for gratuities?
First time cruisers may be surprised when they get their shipboard final statement the last evening of their cruise. Along with charges for specialty restaurants, onboard purchases, and cocktails, they'll discover a few hundred dollar charge for "gratuities" (some cruise lines are now calling it a "service charge" or "hotel service charge"). While gratuity charges are technically optional on most cruise lines, they are automatically added to your bill, and if you want to have them adjusted or removed, that will take some extra effort on your part. Usually the reception or guest services desk can take care of it for you.
Accidents and other unforeseen incidents can happen on any trip. But when you are out of the United States, getting back home afterwards can be a problem if you don't have your passport with you.
When pricing luxury cruises it is important that you compare apples-to-apples (actually this is true for all cruises). Some cruise lines have several additional costs that will increase your total cruise cost above the base fare. In addition to ‘mandatory’ extra fees (like gratuities), most people pay extra for such things as Wi-Fi, shore excursions, soda (no soda isn't free on most ships), alcoholic drinks, specialty coffees, specialty restaurants, and more. Plus, you have to add the cost of flights to and from the cruise ports, and the cost of at least one day for a hotel before the cruise to minimize airline delays which could cause you to miss your cruise.
What to Expect on Cruise Ship Dining
If food plays a big part on your vacation decision, read up the 9 points below to manage your expectations and get the best out of the experience.
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