Celebrity ships hold the top four prestigious spots in the 2006 Condé Nast Traveler's annual readers' survey ranking "The Best Cruise Ships in the World."
Overall, Celebrity ships comprise seven of the top 12 ships in the world according to travelers, thus endorsing the extraordinary service and experience offered onboard.
Their award-winning cuisine, world-famous amenities and cabins and suites that are the most spacious at sea, not only ensures an wonderful cruise experience, but builds long-term relationships with their guests.
Celebrity Cruises, which was acquired by Royal Caribbean in 1997 and operates now as its sister cruise line Celebrity, has always enthusiastically mixed innovation with ageless classic.
In their attempt to grow closer in market position to Crystal (worldwide), with big new ships on the horizon (so to speak!), Celebrity, this 'little cruise line', is still very focused on the highest standards of personalized service, even on it's newest, enormous Millennium-class ships.
And just as an example of that, the largest ships will be complemented by one of the smallest, the 98-passenger Celebrity Xpedition. This creates a whole new market of 'unusual' cruise experiences.
At this point, the major thrust focuses on the Galapagos, where Celebrity has become the only big ship cruise line to offer year-round sailings.
The aim? To combine the line's big stylishness with more adventure-oriented destinations. Expansion is gradual with the line's concentration on its larger-ship programs.
The vessels that visit the Hawaiian Islands include Summit and Infinity from the Millennium class as well as the slightly older Mercury from the Century class. These classes do make a difference as facilities vary.
Departing from mainland ports of Ensenada, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as Honolulu itself, the various itineraries visit different ports.
Hawaiian ports of call are Kona, Hawaii; Hilo, Hawaii; and Honolulu, Oahu, Lahaina, Maui, depending on which of the three options you choose.
What's the Food Like?
Feel like dressing up?
Well, Celebrity still sticks to the traditional option in their formal dining rooms, now served up with menus from Michel Roux.
And if you want to keep it casual there are any number of easy-to-please eateries to suit the whole family too.
The options do vary between the two classes of ship that cover the Hawaiian Islands, so make sure you get what you want, before you book your cruise!
Some of the specialised casual dining options are, as an example:-
SS United States Specialty restaurant with a demonstration galley and dine-in wine cellar
Oceanview Cafe & Grill serves casual buffet-style breakfast, lunches and sit-down dinner with indoor/outdoor seating
- Mast Bar serves refreshing drinks overlooking the main pool
- AquaSpa Cafe serves nutritious drinks and snacks
- Champagne and Martini Bar offers Osetra & Sevruga caviar
- Cova Cafe Milano
- Complimentary 24-hour room service including gourmet pizza delivery
What's There to Do?
During the day
As you might imagine, there's lots to do, with a variety of daily activities led by cruise staff. the usual poolside and in the pool activities (including 4 whirlpools), are supplemented by port & shopping lectures and shore excursions.
There are great shopping opportunities at 'The Emporium' with specialty boutiques for duty-free shopping, jewelry, souvenirs and logo items both Children and adult for total relaxation
A range of deck sports include basketball, golf simulator, shuffleboard, and jogging supplemented by a unique and relaxing 'Accupuncture at Sea' program.
On Celebrity Cruises, the children have experiences to savour for a lifetime.
The Celebrity X-Club Youth Program offers a full compliment of age-specific activities and entertainment all year round, where children can explore science and nature.
They also have the option to participate in a full menu of activities including talent shows, treasure hunts, dinner parties, the Late-Night Slumber Party and more (dependent on the vessel).
There are children-only areas of the ship (such as the Shipmates Fun Factory), to build their sense of independence, yet guests can feel secure leaving their children in the Celebrity staff's caring hands.
While the ship is docked, guests can even leave their children onboard for an 'Afternoon Get-Together'.
When the Sun goes down
Onboard, Celebrity have great evening entertainment. With a selection of bars and lounges as well as the usual great showtime line-ups too.
- Whilst exclusive full production shows promise to fascinate your mind and captivate your imagination there are quieter and lighter places too.
- Michael's Club offers cigars and cognac
- Constellation Observation Lounge for panoramic views, piano music and dancing
- Rendez-Vous Lounge with cabaret acts and comedians
- Cinema showing first-run movies
Need to keep in touch?
And, on Infinity and Summit, passengers bringing their laptops will find Connect@Sea (24-hour Internet access) in all cabins, whilst other vessels have internet cafes.
Who Goes on Carnival Cruises?
Celebrity attracts a wide range of passengers, especially baby boomers and their families.
You also get some seniors and honeymooners to and all these from a diverse geographical spread. The cruise line also draws travelers from a pleasant geographic range, including the U.S., Canada, and UK.
Real luxury on Carnival? Well, Celebrity also has introduced Concierge Class.
Some premium oceanview cabins have been transformed via a variety of extras, from service-related additions (such as priority luggage service) to plusher furnishings (such as luxurious bed coverings and some balconies with dining tables).
Originally available only on its Millennium-class ships, the innovation has proved so popular that it is now available on most of the ships in the fleet and is being extended to more and more staterooms.