(11 a.m. EST) – Suite passengers sailing on Celebrity Cruises will receive more benefits in 2016, including better bath products, snacks and in some suites, Champagne, while passengers in Sky Suites will now have Michael’s Club access.
«Celebrity Cruises now will be the only premium cruise line to offer every suite, regardless of category, a personal butler, exclusive restaurant (Luminae) and a private lounge with a dedicated concierge,» the line said in a release.
Bulgari bath products will appear again in the suites, beginning in January 2016. (The line previously offered Bulgari bath products but eliminated the perk. The new offering will include a new bath collection.) Suite passengers will also have an enhanced selection of «Delectable Delights,» hors d’oeuvres delivered to the room daily.
Passengers who book Signature Suites and above will receive Perrier-Jouet Champagne at embarkation. Other benefits extended to these higher-end cabins, beginning in January 2016, include two bottles of wine or spirits (passengers’ choice), a premium beverage package, in-suite mini-bar stocked daily with complimentary beer, soda and bottled water, complimentary unlimited specialty dining and complimentary internet.
Access to Michael’s Club for Sky Suites passengers will begin on the December 16 sailing of Celebrity Solstice. The private lounge, where suite passengers have access to a concierge and a private bar with complimentary drinks, was originally only for people in higher-class suites. All Michael’s Club concierges have or are working on a Golden Key award from Les Clefs d’Or Austria, an international network of service professionals.
Along with the changes, Celebrity announced an offer for suites on cruises departing January 2016 through April 2017. Passengers who book after November 16 will receive four included perks — a premium beverage package, unlimited Internet, $150 onboard credit and prepaid gratuities.
The extra benefits are part of an ongoing trend within Celebrity Cruises (as well as sister cruise line Royal Caribbean) where passengers in the more expensive cabins receive a phalanx of perks. Celebrity added a dining room exclusively for suite passengers earlier this year, and turned Michael’s Club, previously a beer bar open to all passengers, into a private lounge.