Celebrity Cruises is the fresh face of cruising, leading the charge to bring modern sophistication to the ocean circuit and eliminate tired stereotypes of the past. Celebrity is one of the youngest lines at sea - in fact, it has yet to pop the big 3 - 0, and it strives to maintain a youthful yet worldly persona in all that it does.
Why cruise with Celebrity?
Luxurious, but not ostentatious. Classic, but not old fashioned. Intrepid, but not overwrought.
Celebrity Cruises perfectly walks the line of what it is to be a modern day cruise line, peeling away the stale perception of cruising by offering an exceptional approach to discovering the world, travelling in contemporary luxury along the way.
The ships are known for their innovative approach to everything from dining experiences to onboard activities. For example, many ships offer cocktail bars, but it's Celebrity that introduced a molecular bar where you can sip on a cocktail that's as much about chemistry and experimenting with the state of its ingredients as it is about taste. Then there's craft-beer oriented Michael's Club, and late-night club Quasar to dance the night away.
Even the traditional cruise line spa has undergone a complete overhaul with Celebrity Cruises' Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Inspired by the real land-based health resorts in the US, the cruise line brings the experience onboard, offering personal training sessions and massages, as well as manicures and acupuncture. Canyon Ranch is a favourite among veteran cruisers.
The latest from Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity has just wrapped up their Australian summer cruising season for 2016/17 with a final departure of Celebrity Solstice in April, bringing an end to a record-breaking season that saw more than 50,000 people escape the real world for an onboard adventure. What's even more exciting is that Australians and Kiwis are getting into the cruising experience in greater numbers, with more than half of those who took a spin on the Solstice coming from one of these oceanic countries.
In global Celebrity news, the line has recently announced another ground-breaking innovation - Celebrity Edge. This is the line's first new ship class in 10 years, and they have spared no expense in introducing features such as a deck-climbing magic carpet, infinite verandas in staterooms, and total control over the personalisation of each cabin. The class has been designed with the â€˜celebrities' of the global architecture world, and has resulted in the redefinition of ship planning that is touted to â€œestablish a new baseline for ships from here on outâ€, according to chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Richard Fain.
Cruise itineraries that will inspire you
When it comes down to it, much of your decision to take a cruise will be about the unforgettable destinations you visit along the way. Celebrity aims to please with inspired itineraries to ensure an exquisite experience both on and off the ship.
An escape across the ditch for a New Zealand cruise is always a popular option, as you'll get to see more of this little country in the corner of the world than many Kiwis do. Cruising through unreal locations such as Milford Sound and Dusky Sound will feel dreamlike, and stopping off at main centres such as Wellington and Auckland will give you a chance to experience New Zealand's multicultural city life.
Or perhaps it's time you saw a little more of Australia, with a 12-night Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Sydney that will take you all the way up the stunning and sun-soaked east coast to Cairns, Port Douglas and Willis Island. It's the kind of trip that will make you fall in love with Australia all over again, and one that will no doubt kick off a lifetime love affair with cruising.
Testing the waters?
If you've been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for a reason to try out the ocean holiday, Celebrity is the line to trust for your first foray into modern cruising.