Celebrity Cruises to invest US$500 million to upgrade entire fleet

Celebrity Cruises to invest US$500 million to upgrade entire fleet
All Celebrity ships will receive more luxurious accommodation, enhanced spas and dining venues and more (Image: Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Cruises has invested an additional US$100 million dollars in its previously announced US$400 million ‘The Celebrity Revolution’ programme, which will see the line upgrading its Solstice and Millennium-class ships with venues and innovations found on Celebrity Edge, which will debut this November.

More than 500 designers, architects and engineers will work on the US$500 million revitalisation project, which will start in 2019 with Celebrity Millennium and be completed in 2023.

British designer Kelly Hoppen, MBE, will reimagine The Retreat area she designed for suite guests onboard Celebrity Edge to create The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge on all of Celebrity’s ships. Hoppen will also upgrade the suites on the Millennium Class ships, and the work on the interiors of the Reflection Suite and Signature Suites, which will be added to the Solstice Class vessels. All interiors will be a ‘coordinated fusion of East meets West’ and offer a ‘warm, inviting opulence.’

“This was a new and exciting challenge to recreate something stylish and luxurious yet totally different from the accommodations that I have designed for Celebrity Edge," said Hoppen. "I wanted to invoke a feeling of timeless luxury that welcomed guests into their own haven. Your bedroom is where you sleep and where you wake, two of the most important times of day, especially when you are on vacation. It was important to create space, harmony and luxury within a home-away-from-home setting and I think we achieved this balance perfectly."

Meanwhile, international hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates will create luxurious staterooms onboard Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit, and also reimagine many of the staterooms and suites on Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection. Inspired by boutique hotels, the staterooms will be reconfigured to provider more space and have Celebrity's eXhale bedding, exclusive cashmere mattresses, radio frequency identity locks, pervasive Xcelerate and Bluetooth capabilities.

"Every detail of our staterooms has been elevated, every comfort refined," said Brian Abel, senior vice president of Hotel Operations at Celebrity Cruises. "By the end of The Celebrity Revolution’, the entire fleet will have the same quality, design essence, and consistency of modern luxury, bringing our fleet to the edge."

Celebrity will also add the Qsine restaurant to all ships, allowing guests to enjoy the virtual Le Petit Chef experience, created by artists of Skullmapping and presented by TableMation exclusively for Celebrity. In addition, the ships’ Main Restaurants will be renovated with new textures and finishes, while the Oceanview Cafés will be redesigned as open marketplaces that serve international delicacies.

Other new innovations will include Sea Thermal Suites, which will first be introduced on Celebrity Edge, and digital photo galleries, new shops with designer brands and refurbishments to various bars, lounges and public venues.

“We launched ‘The Celebrity Revolution’ to do one thing – transform the way our guests experience the world,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “It began with the introduction of the industry-changing Celebrity Edge and continued with the stunning Celebrity Flora. Our dedication to improving the way guests experience the world knows no bounds. We are taking our entire award-winning fleet to the edge and giving people the vacation they truly deserve."

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
18 July 2018

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