FROM THE BRIDGE
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The most anticipated ship of the year, Celebrity Edge®, will start her journey in the Caribbean before making her way to Europe. Celebrity Flora℠ will be taking the Galapagos Islands by storm. Then, there’s the Celebrity Revolution—our more than $500 million fleet modernization that’s beginning in January. It’s going to be a year like no other.
We have a lot of new and exciting itinerary developments, too. Celebrity is shaking things up with new ports, more overnights and moving our ships around throughout the world.
Celebrity Eclipse® is going to South America, Alaska and Hawaii. In Europe, you can visit four new ports and experience the nightlife in 16 cities. Six of our stunning ships are sailing in the Caribbean. And that’s just the beginning so let’s break it down.
With three award-winning ships in this destination, you have numerous vacation options including exciting Cruisetours that combine the best of land and sea.
In 2019, we’re adding another ship to our European fleet bringing us to five vessels. Celebrity now takes you to 27 fascinating countries and more than 90 cities, with overnight stays in 16 of them. Celebrity has been named Best Cruise Line in Europe eight years in a row by Travel Weekly so what are you waiting for?
With six ships sailing the gorgeous Caribbean waters, 2019 will be a year unlike any other. Celebrity Edge will make her long-awaited debut here. Celebrity Summit® will be fresh from her Celebrity Revolution revitalization in March. And Celebrity Equinox℠ finishes her revitalization in May and will sail all year round in the Caribbean.
Sailing with Celebrity is the best way to check off those bucket list destinations with new ships, new ports, and longer stays. Our exotic destinations are getting a revamp with new ships and new ports.
Book April 17, 2019 along with April 29, 2019 on two sailings between Vancouver and Honolulu that become a total of 22 nights roundtrip to and from Vancouver. Enjoy 11 relaxing sea days, plus 11 days in the Hawaiian Islands with overnights in Maui and Hilo.
Book the February 16 and March 2, 2019 sailings to visit Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand over 28 nights including 10 sea days on a round-trip out of Hong Kong. Enjoy overnight stays in Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore and Vietnam. And, be among the first to experience the Celebrity Revolution on sailings that indulge you with new design concepts inspired by the ship that it started it all, Celebrity Edge®.
Cruise across the Atlantic Ocean and then explore some of the Western Med’s most beautiful ports when you combine the April 22 and May 6, 2019, sailings. This time of year lets you avoid peak crowds. This luxurious 25-night vacation features 10 sea days and visits Ponta Delgada in the Azores, Lisbon, Malaga, Gibraltar, Marseille/Nice, and Florence.
Experience a mix of Central America and some of the Caribbean’s most stunning ports in St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Kitts. Combine the March 11 and March 22, 2019 sailings and you’ll enjoy 21 nights on vacation, with 8 sea days, and visits to St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Cozumel.
Celebrity Edge is one of the biggest moments to date in Celebrity’s history. As we bring the most anticipated ship of the year to market, we also want to enhance our programming to make our Captain’s Club celebrations more special, more flexible and more accommodating.
Celebrity Edge introduces the industry-changing concept of outward facing spaces designed to build a greater connection between you and the sea. Eden is the essence of this concept, a true window to the world—literally. It’s three levels of sensory experiences completely wrapped in glass. It’s an experience so multi-faceted and innovative, you won’t find anything else like it as sea—or anywhere. As a Captain’s Club member, we want you to be among the first to see it. So starting on our 12/9 Maiden Voyage, the Captain’s Club Welcome Party on Edge will take place on embarkation day in Eden, giving you the opportunity to see it before anyone else. Enjoy a Captain’s Club paradise with live music, drinks and chef specialties.
We’re also changing up the Elite Cocktail Hour to give you more flexibility. Your SeaPass card will be loaded with three complimentary drinks from the Captain’s Club menu that you can redeem at many bars and restaurants throughout the ship. And starting on our 12/9 Maiden Voyage, we’ll announce locations for Captain’s Club members to meet and enjoy cocktails with other members and Senior Officers. So now you can enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or meet up with new friends.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard Celebrity Edge.
Two of our Zenith members recently gave up their top cruiser celebration, so their Michael’s Club Concierge could receive a graduation ceremony at sea.
Onboard Celebrity Equinox℠, Aveline, a 22-year-old Michael’s Club Concierge from North Hampton, England, casually mentioned to two of our Zenith members, Vincent and Gail Rossi, that she was missing her graduation back home from Plymouth University’s Hospitality Management program because she was working on board. Vincent and Gail sent Captain Kate a note letting her know what Aveline told them and asked that they honor Aveline at the next Captain’s Club Celebration rather than honor the two of them as the “top cruisers.”
Mrs. Rossi said, “As parents, the thought that she couldn't be at the ceremony with her family and friends broke our hearts. We have been part of the Celebrity family for almost 25 years and know first-hand how loving and caring that family is. I decided to write a note to Captain Kate and let her know about Aveline missing this once in a lifetime event. We offered to give up our moment in the spotlight (as top cruisers) in order to allow Aveline's achievement to be recognized.”
That letter got the ball rolling and the crew ran with it.
At the celebration, Captain Kate called the Rossi’s up, read their note aloud, and then surprised Aveline with a graduation ceremony complete with a “Bling It On” graduation cap and tassel, sash and flowers. After still honoring Vincent and Gail as top cruisers, Captain Kate asked them to remain next to her as they honored Aveline.
Mrs. Rossi said, “We got the chance to be Aveline's surrogate parents, a job anyone would be happy to do. The result was the most wonderful Captain’s Club party we have ever attended. It was an honor and pleasure to be part of it.”
And Aveline just couldn’t believe the lengths that the Rossi’s and crew went to in order to make her day special. “It meant so much to me. Even though I’m away from home I feel like I’m with my family. That day, the Rossi’s were like my adoptive parents – I took care of them and they took care of me.”
“It’s no secret that we have the most amazing guests and crew,” said Captain Kate. “I am proud to be surrounded by people who care and want to see others succeed. We are a team not because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust, and cheer for each other.”
We have to agree.