- Celebrity Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity cruises celebrated the new century in 2000 with the launch of Celebrity Millennium. Namesake of the Millennium-class ships, Celebrity Millennium introduced specialty restaurants to the fleet. In a move the line termed Solsticizing, Celebrity Millennium
received some of the most popular features of Celebrity’s Solstice-class in 2012, including the addition of verandas to the Celebrity suites, additional specialty restaurants, and spa accommodations. Celebrity Millennium spends her summer months sailing one-way weekly cruises between Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia; the rest of the year she can be found on a variety of exotic Asia and South Pacific voyages.
Millennium-class ships are among the largest and most feature-filled in the Celebrity fleet. The ships include show lounges reminiscent of splendid opera houses, and an alternative restaurant with a classic ocean liner theme. The spas are immense and house a complimentary hydrotherapy pool and café. These ships have a lot to offer families, with some of the most expansive children's facilities in the Celebrity fleet. Recent upgrades have introduced more accommodation categories and dining venues similar to those found on Solstice-class ships.
Rich fabrics in jewel tones mix elegantly with the abundant use of marble and wood accents throughout public areas. The atmosphere is not unlike a luxurious European hotel filled with grand spaces that flow nicely from one to the other.
The Chandris Group, owners of budget Fantasy Cruises, founded Celebrity in 1989. Initially utilizing an unlovely, refurbished former ocean liner from the Fantasy fleet, Celebrity gained a reputation for professional service and fine food despite the shabby-chic vessel on which it was elegantly served. The cruise line eventually built premium sophisticated cruise ships. Signature amenities followed, including large standard staterooms with generous storage, fully equipped spas, and butler service. Valuable art collections grace the fleet.
Although spacious accommodations in every category are a Celebrity standard, Concierge-class, an upscale element on all ships, makes certain premium ocean-view and balcony staterooms almost the equivalent of suites in terms of service. A Concierge-class stateroom includes numerous extras, such as chilled champagne, fresh fruit, and flowers upon arrival; exclusive room-service menus; evening canapés; luxury bedding, pillows, and linens; upgraded balcony furnishings; priority boarding and luggage service; and other VIP perks. At the touch of a single telephone button, a Concierge-class desk representative is at hand to offer assistance. Suites are still the ultimate, though, and include the services of a butler to assist with unpacking, booking spa services and dining reservations, shining shoes, and even replacing a popped button.
What You Should Know
- Stylishly appointed Grand Foyers have sweeping staircases
- There's no charge for use of the thalassotherapy pool in the Solarium
- The AquaSpa Café serves complimentary light and healthy selections
- These ships just have too many passengers to offer truly personal service
- Wines in the specialty restaurants are pricey
- There are no self-service laundries
- Crew Members 999
- Entered Service 2000
- Gross Tons 91,000
- Length 965 feet
- Number of Cabins 1069
- Passenger Capacity 2,138
- Width 105 feet