Celebrity Cruises is perhaps the most design-forward of the major lines, especially starting with Celebrity Solstice, which arrived in 2008 and culminated in the 2012 Celebrity Reflection. Unusual and interesting features distinguish these vessels, such as the Lawn Club, a half-acre of real turf on the top deck, and a Hot Glass Show. These latest ships are so popular that Celebrity recently “Solsticized” four of its older ships, to mixed results.
Dining gets a big push on Celebrity, but the meals don’t always justify the steep add-ons (generally $30-$40); the buffets, however, are noteworthy for their wide spreads and variety of fresh veggies. While the dress code isn’t strictly enforced, a majority of guests suit-up on formal nights, and outfit themselves elegantly for less ceremonial evenings.
Cabins feature interactive TVs and sleek design. In addition to Caribbean, Alaskan, and a broad range of European itineraries, the line is the only one of the major players with an expedition-style ship, Celebrity Xpedition, a 90-passenger vessel that takes guests to the Galapagos Islands year-round.