If you’re new to cruising, you’ve no doubt wondered: “What is included on a cruise?” It’s a question that even seasoned cruisers continue to ask, particularly when sailing on a new trip.
Cruising is a great, hassle-free vacation option. Not only do you wake up in a fascinating new destination every morning, but you also have more inclusions than on a typical land-based getaway.
Here, we demystify what is typically included on a cruise, from the kids’ clubs to the theater.
Whether your stateroom preference is an inside, oceanview, or veranda stateroom, or a luxurious suite, your accommodations will always be included within the cost of your cruise fare.
Depending on your type of stateroom, your cabin accommodation will most likely include a private bathroom with ample storage space, a sitting area, and a flat-screen TV, complemented with a modern design.
Over 85 percent of Celebrity’s staterooms have a veranda, offering the perfect private outdoor space to enjoy a morning cappuccino as you watch the sunrise over the ocean or pre-dinner cocktails as the sun melts into the horizon.
Staterooms and suites are available to suit solo travelers, couples, families, or passengers that require accessible rooms with wheelchair access.
If you’re a spa enthusiast, stay in Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass, conveniently located by the ship’s spa. Staterooms feature eXhale(R) bedding, premium bath amenities, a personal spa concierge service, in-room fitness amenities, healthy room-service menu options, and a yoga mat.
AquaClass guests also enjoy complimentary dining at Blu restaurant, unlimited access to the SEA Thermal Suite or The Persian Garden, and complimentary Fitness Classes.
There’s also the option to book a Concierge Class stateroom, which comes with extra perks such as personalized concierge service. On the Kelly Hoppen-designed Edge-class ships, the innovative Infinite Veranda cabins are a great option, too.
These spacious staterooms have a floor-to-ceiling window, where, with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water’s edge.
“Are drinks included on a cruise?” is one of the most common questions asked by newbie cruisers. On every Celebrity Cruises vacation, you’ll find cocktails, wines by the glass, liqueurs, beers, spirits, frozen drinks, sodas, specialty coffees, juices, and bottled water are always included.
Relax and order another round of Mai Tai’s or your daily morning coffee without worrying about an ever-growing drinks tab.
Whereas you can expect to pay anything from 15 to 25 percent service charge in hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafes on a land-based vacation, tips are always included on a Celebrity Cruises vacation.
Use the cash you save on gratuities towards an exhilarating shore excursion or pampering spa treatment.
You’ll find every meal is part of the package. From breakfast, lunch, and dinner to late-night snacks, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is choosing which delicious venue to dine in.
With an extraordinary selection of choices for every taste, from casual to upscale to sweet treats and home comforts, food is one of the best things about cruising.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the grand setting of the Main Restaurant. Tuck into an indulgent feast of chilled shrimp followed by a succulent aged-prime rib one night followed by baked French onion soup topped with gooey Gruyere cheese and a flavorsome seared salmon the next.
Other options include a spa cafe for healthy eaters, the Mast Grill for relaxed, poolside dining, and the laidback Oceanview Cafe, a market-style venue offering dishes from around the world, including made-to-order pizza, sushi, pasta, a salad bar, and a full range of appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
If you wish to try something different, there’s also a selection of mouthwatering specialty restaurants, but those come at an extra cost.
All of Celebrity Cruises’ fares include Wi-Fi as part of its Always Included pricing model. Stay up-to-date with your emails, text with friends, and browse the Internet to your heart’s content without having to worry about hidden fees.
Watch riveting performances at the theater every night without paying a single dime. The entertainment on board our fleet takes place inside the high-tech Theatre and is just as revolutionary as our ships.
Celebrity Edge’s theater is a dynamic space featuring four stage areas—the main stage extending above and into the audience—and eight large, moveable projected backdrops that create an immersive theater experience.
There’s a range of music-focused shows including the whimsical adults-only Elyria, the pop mashup Kaleidoscope, and Cirque-du-Soleil-meets-Shakespeare in A Hot Summer Night’s Dream.
If you’re a fan of comedy, the theater is also the spot for live standup shows. Grab a cocktail, bag the best seat in the house, and prepare to belly laugh your way into the evening.
When you’re on vacation, a long morning slumber with an indulgent breakfast in bed is always in the cards. Or perhaps you like the idea of a romantic dinner for two on your private veranda? Room service is complimentary on a cruise with Celebrity between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. or for 24 hours a day for suite passengers.
Tuck into eggs, pancakes, and fresh fruit, or enjoy a cozy movie night with a burger and fries from the comfort of your cabin. There’s a mix of hot and cold all-day items, plus plenty of kids’ options to choose from.
If you want to take a shot on the slot machines or Roulette table, entry to Celebrity’s casinos is included on a cruise, meaning you won’t have to pay to get in, though, you will still need to pay to play.
Celebrity’s sophisticated late-night casino offers familiar games, action-packed tournaments, and plenty of choices with over 2,000 slot machines and more than 150 table games across the fleet.
If you want to stay in shape while you cruise, you’re in luck, since every Celebrity ship features a state-of-the-art fitness center. They’re free to use and equipped with the latest workout equipment, including Technogym cardio and weight machines.
If you find yourself needing the motivation to hit the treadmill or cross-trainer, the fitness center’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer endless ocean views that are sure to do the trick. There’s also a running track on deck if you prefer outdoor exercise.
Sundeck & Pools
Celebrity’s sundecks may feel like a high-end private beach club, but don’t expect to pay an outrageous membership fee to access them. Pack your bathing suit, a stylish cover-up, and sunscreen and head to Celebrity’s sundecks and pools, which are included within your cruise fare.
Enjoy live music and games by the pool. Soak in the hot tub or take in some child-free relaxation at Celebrity’s popular adults-only Solarium, complete with pool and sun loungers.
Guests of The Retreat, our luxury vacation experience, also enjoy exclusive access to a private sun deck on Edge-series and revolutionized ships.
Live Music, Bars & Lounges
From Latin and jazz to Ibiza anthems and classic quartets, you’re in for a treat if you love live music. All of Celebrity Cruises’ lounge bars and nightclubs are included on a cruise, and there’s live nightly entertainment to enjoy in every corner of the ship.
Soak up the sounds of a live guitarist at the Sunset Bar. Test out your karaoke chops at Quasar nightclub. Enjoy DJs and late-night dancing at Sky Observation Lounge. Lose your inhibitions at the famous Silent Disco and feel real grass between your toes at The Lawn Club, a chic spot for live music with regular concerts, on Celebrity’s Solstice-series ships.
Martini Bar & Crush is another popular spot. While you’ll have to pay for your artisanal martini, the entrance is free and worth it, since bartenders put on elaborate and theatrical displays by pouring up to fifteen cocktails at once from a dizzy height.
You may be wondering, what is included on a cruise for kids? Celebrity’s family-friendly ships offer a Camp at Sea program for children aged three to twelve. Camp at Sea is open every day, with a fun-filled schedule of activities such as arts and crafts, themed parties, sports tournaments, treasure hunts, and even calming meditation sessions.
Camp at Sea is broken into three age-appropriate groups: Shipmates for the three to five set, Cadets for six to nine, and Captains for ten to twelve-year-olds.
Shipmates participate in creative learning at the Creation Station, enjoy fun playtime, and learn new songs. Cadets’ nautical-themed program teaches little ones all about the basics of sailing during activities around the ship, while Captains make pizzas and compete in scavenger hunts.
Older kids also have a dedicated space at the Teen Club, for thirteen to seventeen-year-olds. Your teenager can take part in culinary classes and attend silent disco parties that are overseen by a dedicated team of teen counselors.
Celebrity also hosts Toddler Time sessions for the smallest members of your family. Take your tot to stay-and-play sessions, take part in storytime, and enjoy popular nursery rhymes with other parents and toddlers.
Exclusive to Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Edge is the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at Sea education program, which is also included on a cruise, with programming crafted in partnership with the Frost Science Museum, which focuses on topics such as nautical exploration, marine life, and conservation.
One of the many wonderful things about a cruise vacation is that, with a full program of included activities, you’ll never get bored.
Show off your culinary prowess at a cooking class. Hone your bow and arrow skills with an archery lesson. Learn to make your favorite drink at a cocktail-making experience. Listen to an expert-led talk and lecture. Alternatively, movie screenings, arts and crafts classes, bingo, and trivia sessions all take place around the ship.
For outdoor recreation, enjoy a leisurely game of croquet, participate in a golf contest on the putting green, play a relaxing game of Bocce or lawn bowls, and compete on the basketball court.
On Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, and Celebrity Solstice, watch a Hot Glass Show, where molten glass is shaped into beautiful art. (There is also a fee if you decide to take part in a Hot Glass Class to create your own masterpiece.)
To stay up to date with all daytime activities listings and events, pick up a copy of Celebrity Today, the ship’s daily newsletter.
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Art Exhibitions & Auctions
If you’re an art lover, pencil in a visit to Celebrity’s art gallery, where exhibition admission is included on a cruise. Celebrity Cruises partners with the world’s largest art dealer, Park West Gallery, to offer an exquisite and varied art collection.
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne as you watch a live auction and browse pieces on display, including works by some of the biggest names in art, such as Salvador Dalí, Yaacov Agam, and Pablo Picasso.
You’ll also find a vibrant, jaunty, and thought-provoking multimillion-dollar collection of art in public areas around the ship.
A deliciously sweet scoop of ice cream is an essential part of any vacation—on land or at sea. On Celebrity Cruises, this refreshing snack is available for free at the Oceanview Cafe. Select a cone, your favorite flavor, a colorful topping, and grab a seat on the sundeck to savor your delicious scoop.
Now that you’ve discovered what is included on a cruise, explore the wealth of itineraries sailing to destinations including Alaska, the Caribbean, and Europe, by browsing our exciting worldwide sailings on our website.