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Dubbed the Celebrity Revolution, Celebrity Cruises is set to modernize its existing ships following the introduction of the new Celebrity Edge.
In order to refurbish the premium line's five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class vessels, $400 million will be spent between 2019 and 2023. Specific changes include updated accommodations such as inside and ocean-view cabins, signature and AquaClass staterooms and the Reflection suite.
"We're not just redesigning the staterooms, we're tearing them down and building them back up," explained Brian Abel, Vice President, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises, in an infographic. "The incredible new design by HBA is sleek, contemporary and comfortable, and speaks volumes about our commitment to the guest experience."
Staterooms are being efficiently reconfigured with storage optimization in mind, including the 11,579 new Cashmere Mattresses and Bedding Collection sets that are on the way.
Suite guests will soon also have access to the new Retreat Sundeck and Retreat Lounge. The sundeck will be an al fresco venue with outdoor day beds for scenic rest and relaxation, while the lounge will be a high-end hotspot for complimentary drinks, gourmet tastes and live entertainment.
Meanwhile, for everyone on the Millennium-class, the Oceanview Cafe will serve as an international marketplace buffet with a sleek, whimsical setting. It will only be aboard the Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Summit.
The four oldest ships had previously been "Solsticized" to better match the newer Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Solstice, but these upgrades will enhance them even further. More announcements regarding the entire fleet are expected to come.
"Celebrity Cruises has always been recognized as an innovative, trend-setting brand, and the Celebrity Revolution is just another instance in which we keep raising the bar in modern luxury travel," concluded Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises, in the infographic.
"This is the largest investment the brand has ever made to modernize our fleet, and it's all for our guests."
Because the Millennium-class has the most updates needed to bring it closer in line to the future Celebrity Edge, it makes sense that current details are specific to that grouping of ships beyond accommodations.
It's likely as more Celebrity Edge features are revealed, other means in which both the Millennium-class and Solstice-class are effectively "Edgeized" to match will become apparent. As the latter is not largely different in size to the upcoming ship, it could easily facilitate a number of similar amenities. The new Edge will surely retain plenty of uniqueness, however.
It's an exciting time for Celebrity Cruises as the company anticipates the Celebrity Edge to come online in December 2018, before any of the Celebrity Revolution renovations are complete.
Jason Leppert - Senior Writer, Cruises and Cruise Travel - is a San Diego-based cruising expert with more than 100 sailings...
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