Celebrity's 11 ships are known for their sophisticated cuisine, upscale ambience, destination-focused itineraries and themed cruises focusing on art, food and wine. Still, families cruise Celebrity because it’s more lowkey than its sister Royal Caribbean ships, and the line offers popular kids’ programming.
Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit will undergo a $16 million refresh while in dry dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, the Bahamas. The first cruise line to offer a spacious lawn of real, growing grass on the top decks of its ships, Celebrity will expand its lineup of modern, luxurious outdoor spaces when Celebrity Infinity receives a new “Rooftop Terrace” venue. The dry dock work will also enhance Celebrity’s commitment to its Suite Class, with significant renovations to the ship’s Penthouse and Royal Suites, and will include conversion of the ship’s specialty restaurant to one of Celebrity’s signature venues, Tuscan Grille.
Celebrity Summit will follow with a similar scheduled dry dock in March 2016. The Suite Class on both ships will benefit from this investment as every Penthouse and Royal Suite will receive new fixtures, marble surfaces, and comfortable seats in the bathrooms as well as new carpeting, drapes, and bed linens. They will also receive a refresh of the Solarium with new furniture, new floors and refinished pool tops.
Celebrity Fun Factory programs are available for kids ages 3-11 from 9 am to 10 pm every day. The programs feature crafts, treasure hunts, theme parties, the latest gaming and more. There are late-evening activities at $6/hour per child. In association with Autism on the Seas, Celebrity Cruises has earned Autism Friendly Cruise Line Status for accessible inclusion of autistic and developmentally delayed children.
Ships are outfitted with Xbox stations for players of all ages. Free play time is also available during certain times for Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360.
Cruisers ages 12-17 have their own X-Club with gaming consoles, late-night dance parties and sports. There’s also a special Teen Bliss spa menu at the onboard Canyon Ranch Spa featuring massages, mani/pedis, styling sessions and more.
Celebrity has introduced a free program, iTake, where aspiring young directors learn to shoot and edit video using the latest technology. iTake is available on all ships with a Celebrity iLounge.
Around the ship
Kids’ pools and slides, as well as basketball courts, are available almost fleetwide. In-room sitting is $19 per hour for up to three children. On shore days, some programming is available for an extra fee.
In this series
- Family Cruise Guide 2016 (main article)
- Family cruises on Costa Cruises 2016 (next article)
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