The Countdown Begins

Well the cruise countdown has officially begun. Yes, a new cruise has been booked and I can’t wait for it to get here. The bad part, it is over a year away next March 15th. This will be an anniversary cruise for me and my wife for our eight year anniversary.

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette

We will be sailing on the Celebrity Silhouette on an Eastern Caribbean cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale. We will be visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. It’s basically the ideal itinerary that we were looking for.

7 Day Eastern Caribbean

7 Day Eastern Caribbean

My wife and I are probably on the same page of what we are most looking forward to. Yes that will be spending our anniversary together WITHOUT the kids. After this point, I am guessing we are on different pages. She will probably say that she is looking forward to each of the destinations. She will be sitting at work and looking at excursions and will be calling me and emailing me on what ones she likes. While I’m excited about the itinerary, I am most excited about finally getting onboard a Celebrity Solstice Class ship.

The Celebrity experience is something that fits our likes to a tee. They offer a more upscale experience or, as they refer to it, “Modern Luxury”. They put more emphasis on food quality, so much so they even partnered with Bravo’s “Top Chef” to offer the Top Chef at Sea experience. You can read more about that on a previous post, Celebrity and “Top Chef”, a Foodie Dream

My wife has already told me she is looking forward to trying Qsine and Tuscan Grille. I am looking forward to the Lawn Club Grill. The highlight of dining at the Lawn Club Grill is the opportunity to serve as your party’s “Grill Master,” by being paired with a Celebrity chef to assist in preparing the menu for your table over custom-built, ventilated grills. Plus it is located next to the Lawn Club, a half acre of actually growing green grass.

Celebrity Lawn Club

Celebrity Lawn Club



Tuscan Grille

Tuscan Grille

I’m sure I will be writing more about this cruise over the next year but, right now, I’m just excited over a new countdown beginning.


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Celebrity Announces New “Suite Class” Taking Pampering to a New Level

Celebrity is now joining in on giving the ultimate in pampering by unveiling the “Suite Class” experience on their ships.  Exclusive new benefits include a suites-only restaurant, VIP lounge, complimentary premium beverages, plus much more. A personal butler will also be there to help take care of every need. This will truly be an over-the-top experience.


“Our guests are accustomed to exceptional quality and service, and for those wishing to further indulge in the very best while on vacation we have launched ‘Suite Class’, specially designed to appeal to the most discerning vacationer,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “We know that suite guests value privacy, personalized service, exclusive access and flexibility, and providing them with their own unique benefits, such as a dedicated restaurant with a dining experience like no other, is just another way that we are significantly elevating the guest’s vacation with us.”

Reflection Suite Bathroom

Reflection Suite Bathroom


There are 3 levels to the new “Suite Class”. The Entry Level is for guests staying in the Sky Suites. The Mid Level is for guest staying in the Signature Suites and the Celebrity Suites. Finally, the Top Level is for guests who are staying in the Royal Suite, Penthouse Suite, and the one of a kind Reflection Suite.  The higher the level the more amenities are offered to you. You can see these by clicking on the link below.


Some amenities included in the new “Suite Class” are:

Private dining – A dedicated private restaurant reserved exclusively for all Suite Class guests will be available morning, noon and night. Each meal will feature unique menus that offer sumptuous dishes not available anywhere else onboard. Guests can truly immerse themselves in the local culture with specially crafted menus inspired by the local destination, and enjoy the world’s best ingredients. Memorable and inspiring dishes will be served, from locally caught seafood, to the freshest pasta. The Suite Class chef can provide a tailor-made experience to suite guests and prepare a dish to their liking, and the Cellar Master – Celebrity’s head sommelier – will select from more than 450 wines to provide the perfect pairing.

Premium ‘all in’ benefits – Premium beverages, dining across all specialty restaurants, unlimited internet access and a private bar with water, sodas and beers will all be complimentary for guests staying in Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites.

VIP lounge – A private VIP lounge, Michael’s Club, will be available to guests staying in Celebrity, Signature, Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites. A dedicated Concierge service and unique food and beverage experiences by Celebrity’s James Beard- featured chef will be provided to guests.


This amazing news from Celebrity is another example of how the mainstream cruise lines are stepping up their product to their top end customers. Just last Month Norwegian Cruise Line introduced their Butler Drawn Bath Menu for guests staying in their suites and in The Haven. You can read more about that in my earlier post Being Pampered, What Would You Pay?.  If you can afford it these options sure seem like a great way to get pampered while on you cruise vacation.

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Celebrity and “Top Chef”, a Foodie Dream

Are you a foodie? If you are, yesterday’s news from Celebrity Cruise Line and Bravo’s “Top Chef” might just be your dream come true.  The two announced a partnership that will bring a taste of the Emmy® Award-winning culinary competition while sailing the seas on 10 of Celebrities’ modern luxury ships. This will be the cruise industry’s first Top Chef-themed licensing partnership on a large scale.

dish-020414-top-chef-at-sea_0“Embodying passion for creativity and culinary excellence,‘TopChef’ perfectly complements our already exceptional culinary line-up and innovative dining that guests enjoy while vacationing with us,” said Lisa Kauffman, VP of Marketing, Celebrity Cruises. “We are thrilled to offer new, diverse experiences in the coming year that invite vacationers to engage in their favorite entertainment and culinary options exclusively onboard Celebrity.”

Celebrity will launch four special cruises that will feature former “Top Chef” contestants. Guests on these sailing will have the opportunity to participate in complimentary cooking demonstrations, the show’s famous, interactive Quickfire Challenges and other activities. Guest will also have the opportunity to enjoy private cooking classes and events hosted by the former contestants at an additional fee. These four sailings are:

  1. July 27 2014 on the Celebrity Summit sailing to Bermuda.
  2. August 15, 2014 on the Celebrity Solstice sailing to Alaska
  3. September 19, 2014 on the Celebrity Infinity sailing to: Paris (Le Havre), France; Bordeaux(La Rochelle),France; Bilbao, Spain; Vigo, Spain; Porto (Leixoes), Portugal; and Harwich, England departing from Harwich, England.
  4. November 15, 2014 on the Celebrity Reflection sailing to: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Miami, Florida departing from Miami, Florida.

In addition to the four exclusive cruises with “Top Chef” alums, Celebrity will also introduce Quickfire Challenges and “Top Chef”-inspired menu evenings to its modern luxury vacations on all sailings departing July 2014 – June 2015.

“‘Top Chef’ viewers are constantly asking for their chance to get a taste of the show first-hand,” said Jamie Cutburth, SVP of Partnerships, Bravo & Oxygen Media. “With their commitment to and excellence in providing top-tier gastronomic experiences, the partnership with Celebrity Cruises is a delicious way for us to satisfy this request for Bravo’s loyal and passionate fan base.”

The four exclusive cruise will be sure to fill up fast so, if you want to experience this, you should book your cruise soon.

Author: Nathan Nehmer nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

Info courtesy of Celebrity Cruise Line

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Celebrity Reflection Arrives in Miami


Photo from @passiocrociere

The Celebrity Reflection arrived in Miami, her homeport for the winter months, yesterday.  She will begin sailing her 7-day Caribbean sailing on Saturday December 8, 2012 after a couple shorter sailings.

The Celebrity Reflection is the 5th and final planned ship in the Celebrity Solstice Class. The Reflection will accommodate up to 3,046 guests and will have one more deck that the other Solstice-class ships. The Reflection will also be the first Celebrity ship with Aqua-class suites.

The naming ceremony took place yesterday in the Reflection Theater before she sets sail on her first cruise from Miami.  During the ceremony, all the typical pageantry took place including the blessing of the ship and the breaking of the bottle against her funnel. The four godmothers of the Reflection were also introduced. The godmothers are employees of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the parent company of Celebrity Cruises, who have been touched by breast cancer in their lives.  The names of the godmothers are: Jovanka Goronjic, Megan Mathie, Helen O’Connell and Rosey Rodriguez.

Many people were tweeting from on board the Celebrity Reflection yesterday. I will share some of the tweets now with you.

@meghgrace: View from #celebrityreflection. #nofilter #maulatsea


Photo from @meghgrace

@NickMcKetaPhoto: #celebrityreflection has an apple store on the ship!!!

@juanguibeme: #CelebrityReflection you are gorgeous!

@midtownchica: @USATODAY @CelebrityCruise @nancytrejos I’m here too! It’s a gorgeous ship! Paired w/ perfect miami weather of course #celebrityreflection

@ExpertCruiser: #CelebrityReflection is decked out for the holidays


Photo from @ExpertCruiser

@Steph_MH: Yeah, to wake up to this is just surreal. #celebrityreflection


Photo from @Steph_MH

We look forward to seeing more of this ship many times in the next few years.

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