Celebrity Cruises is upgrading two of its Millennium Class ships with a series of exciting refreshes, set to enhance the modern luxury experience onboard. During a scheduled drydock this month, Celebrity Infinity will receive a new chic, multi-functional Rooftop Terracevenue, the first in Celebrity’s fleet; significant renovations to her Penthouse and Royal Suites, and will add one of Celebrity’s signature Italian restaurants Tuscan Grille. Celebrity Summit will also follow with a similar scheduled drydock in March of 2016. The two ship refurbishments build on Celebrity Cruises’ multi-million dollar investment in previously “Solsticizing” its Millennium Class ships.
During the day, the new Rooftop Terrace will offer guests a relaxing, open space with, a modern metal garden design, comfortable modular furniture, cabanas and unique artistic elements. At night, the space will be illuminated by decorative lighting, stereo surround sound and a large screen that will showcase movies and entertainment. There will also be a variety of food options available for purchase, inspired by the entertainment content, the destination or the occasion. The Rooftop Terrace will be located on the 12th deck of the ship, at the aft end, and will officially open on 5 December 2015.
“The Rooftop Terrace is a brand-new way to enjoy the great outdoors on a modern luxury vacation,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
“The popularity of our Lawn Club venues has shown us that some of the richest moments our guests enjoy are when relaxing in beautiful outdoor spaces. In creating the Rooftop Terrace, we wanted to create a hot spot where guests can kick back under the stars in the middle of the ocean, with amazing entertainment and food,” she continued.
As part of the $16 million refresh plan, Celebrity is also investing heavily in its Suite Class experience on Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit. Every Penthouse and Royal Suite will receive new fixtures, marble surfaces, and comfortable seats in the bathrooms. The rest of the suite will be refreshed with new carpeting, drapes and bed linens.
“We want these suites to be so luxurious and comfortable that it’s difficult for guests to leave at the end of their vacation,” Lutoff-Perlo said. “We want the entire ship to turn heads.”
Celebrity Infinity’s S.S. United States restaurant will be converted to Celebrity’s popular Mediterranean inspired steakhouse, Tuscan Grille (debuted on Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships), while on Celebrity Summit, The Normandie will be converted into Tuscan Grille.
They will feature a new menu that includes fresh pasta made in-house; an Italian cocktail menu – a first for Tuscan Grille; a wine list focused on the wine-growing regions of Italy; and new foods like artisanal salami and cheese; crispy crab arancini with lemon pepper aioli; grilled branzino with spinach and olive oil; swordfish with Castelvetrano olives, fennel and white wine and oven-roasted USDA Prime dry-aged steak.
Guests who are currently booked in the S.S. United States for sailings beginning on October 29, 2015 or later, will be given the first opportunity to cancel their reservations in order to rebook in Tuscan Grille. Guests who are currently booked in The Normandie for sailings beginning on March 19, 2016 or later, will also have priority on reservations in Tuscan Grille.
On Celebrity Infinity, the maritime artifacts in the S.S. United States will be featured in a special display area in the casino’s entry vestibule. Items include charts, maps, an original place setting, a ship model, and more. Celebrity Summit’s Normandie also features numerous artifacts that will be preserved and displayed in a special area onboard. These include photographs, artistic works, a ship model, and more.
Additional work taking place onboard both ships will include the addition of an enclosed portrait studio similar to that found on Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Equinox; the creation of a new future cruise sales office; a refresh of the Solarium with new furniture, new floors and a refinished spa café as well as the removal of the themed décor in the ship’s casino.
Celebrity Infinity enters drydock on 15 October and will emerge on 29 October 2015, before sailing several Panama Canal itineraries leading up to 5 December. Then Celebrity Infinity will begin its South America season, which will be followed by an Alaska season beginning in May 2016.Celebrity Summit will sail 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries this winter, both before and after her drydock from February 27 to March 12, 2016, before heading to Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey in April, for her summer season of 7-night cruises to Bermuda. Both drydocks will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.