A History of Fine Cruising

Celebrity Cruises, the award-winning cruise line marked by the iconic “X”, is designed for discerning cruisers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and world-class cuisine.

Founded in 1989 with the objective of fulfilling the travel industry's need for a high-quality, premium cruise product at an intelligent price, Celebrity Cruises succeeded in setting a new, worldwide standard for cruising, and in creating a distinctive expression of superior quality, grand style, attentive service, spacious accommodations, and exceptional dining.

1995: a Spa within a Ship

Along with the launch of the Century-class fleet in 1995, Celebrity Cruises created another industry first: a luxurious spa experience within the environment of a cruise ship, with the introduction of the AquaSpa® by Elemis.

1997: the Merger

In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International, bringing together two extraordinary cruise brands within one corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCL). The RCL family now includes Azamara Club Cruises, Crosiere de France, Pullmantur, SkySea Cruise Line, and TUI Cruises (the last two via joint ventures).

2000: Welcoming the New Millennium

In the year 2000, Celebrity Cruises launched Celebrity Millennium, which featured the cruise industry's first application of gas turbine engines that reduced exhaust emissions by up to 95 percent over traditional propulsion systems. Celebrity Millennium and her sister Millennium-class ships – Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit, and Celebrity Constellation – nearly doubled the line's capacity in just two years (2000-2002).

2003: Serving “New Tastes of Luxury”

More than 100 brand enhancements and new "tastes of luxury" were introduced across the fleet in 2003, including welcome champagne and mimosas; cold towels and fresh sorbet poolside; expanded options in dining, including Sushi Cafés and pasta/pizza bars, sunset yoga, Pilates classes, and more. Celebrity Cruises also introduced "Concierge Class," an enhanced level of accommodations featuring new amenities and priority services, and introduced "Acupuncture at Sea," another undisputed industry first.

2004: Exciting Xpeditions

In 2004, the luxurious mega yacht Celebrity Xpedition was introduced to bring guests to unique itineraries, including cruises to the enchanting Galapagos Islands, in a very unique and exclusive setting.

2008-2012: Bright Like the Summer Solstice

The stylishly-decorated Celebrity Solstice, the first of five stunning Solstice-class vessels was launched in 2008. With a guest capacity of 2,850 and an award- winning design, Celebrity Solstice continued the brand’s rich tradition of style and innovation with even more industry firsts, among them the magnificent Lawn Club. After the launch of Celebrity Reflection, the fifth Solstice-class ship, the rest of the Celebrity Cruises fleet was “solsticized,” and received major upgrades that gave them modern features that were found in the Solstice class.

Sailing Towards the Future

Today, the iconic “X” remains passionately dedicated to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. Celebrity Cruises is ever-evolving, and at the heart of every innovation is our greatest focus: the best vacation experience for the discerning cruiser. As such, partnerships with Apple, Diageo, MGM Resorts, Project Runway, Top Chef, and other exciting brands serve to further enrich the guest experience at sea and while on land.

Two new ships measuring 984 feet long, 123 feet wide, and 190 feet high will join the Celebrity Cruises fleet in 2018 and 2020. Developed under the project name EDGE, the two ships each have a capacity of 2,900 guests and will combine the very best aspects of the cruise line’s Solstice-class and Millennium-class vessels to deliver small-ship itineraries with large-ship amenities.

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