A: Planning what to wear on your cruise holiday is easy. You should keep in mind three types of clothing: casual shipboard attire or day wear; conservative resort wear for sightseeing or shopping; and Evening Chic wear.
The number of smart casual and above, and Evening Chic nights on the cruise will vary by cruise duration. As a guide on a standard 7 night cruise there are 5 smart casual and 2 Evening Chic nights. There will be a maximum of 3 Evening Chic nights on cruises of longer duration. Please note, for cruises of less than four nights there may be no Evening Chic night. Please check with us for details.
Here's a few general tips: We recommend low-heeled, comfortable shoes for walking around the ship during the day; pack a couple of swimsuits so you'll always have a dry one; ashore you will need comfortable walking shoes, as well as a hat and sunscreen. When visiting museums, mosques, temples and churches it is appropriate (and in many cases mandatory) to dress conservatively. Women should wear trousers or skirts that cover the knees, sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted. If your cruise takes you to Alaska or Northern Europe we suggest you also pack a jacket and a couple of sweaters.
For evening wear allow for:
Smart casual and above – skirt or trousers complemented by a sweater or blouse for women; or trousers with shirt, polo shirt or sweater for men. Men's shirts must have a collar and sleeves (short sleeves are fine).
Evening Chic – While also having the option to wear your formal best, Evening Chic nights are relaxed, yet sophisticated, attire.
- Women should feel comfortable wearing a cocktail dress, skirt, trousers, or designer/smart jeans with an elegant top.
- Men should feel comfortable wearing trousers or designer/smart jeans with a dress shirt or button-down shirt or sweater, with sport coats/blazers optional.
Please note: T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops, baseball caps and poolwear are not allowed in the main restaurant or speciality restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip flops are not allowed in the evening hours.
The ship's prevailing dress code during all evening hours is 'smart casual and above'. On Evening Chic nights, suitable alternatives, such as casual dining, sushi café, pizza/pasta and in-room dining, for guests who choose not to participate in Evening Chic dining. Evening Chic dress code standards will be enforced in the main dining room on all Evening Chic nights. Smart casual and above dress code standards will be enforced in the main dining and speciality restaurants, and in the Celebrity Theatre during all other evening hours.
How many Evening Chic nights are there on each cruise (applicable from December 4 2015)?
- 6 night cruises or less > One Evening Chic night
- 7 night cruises or longer > At least two Evening Chic nights
- All other nights are “Smart Casual”
If you are travelling on one of our Galapagos cruises onboard Celebrity Xpedition, you will need two types of clothing on your cruise - Casual Explorer's Day Wear and Casual Evening Wear.
Casual Explorer's Day Wear
Lightweight, comfortable clothing suited for walking/hiking.
Lightweight or cotton trousers and shorts.
Lightweight short sleeved and long sleeved shirts such as polo shirts and cotton T-shirts, lightweight rain jacket/wind breaker and sweatshirt.
Comfortable walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots, and waterproof sandals for wet landings.
Two or more bathing suits, as well as extra sunblock, sun hats, sunglasses and other types of sun protection.
A: Our cruises encompass a variety of continents and destinations and therefore the weather in each region will vary. Some of the destinations visited are tropical and may experience heavy rainfall or strong winds (sometimes hurricane force) at certain times of the year. Celebrity Cruises® cannot accept liability for adverse weather conditions during your cruise holiday. See section 5.10 of our Booking Conditions.
Q: What advice does the Foreign and Commonwealth Office give?
A: The FCO provides important travel advice about most destinations around the world. Please ensure that you visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the most up to date travel information.
A: We use electronic tickets (e-docs) for all our guests. Your agent can confirm the timescale for you to receive your e-docs. When you receive your e-docs, we strongly recommend you request your bag tags from our website ASAP. We now also include your personalised bag tag within your e-doc for you to use.
A: In order to expedite the boarding process, we recommend that you complete the Online Check-in at https://secure.celebritycruises.com/login. By completing the Online Check-in and printing out your Set Sail Pass, this will help speed up the check-in process at the cruise terminal. If you are unable to complete the Online Check-in, you can fill out the Guest Clearance Form found within your cruise documents. Please complete these forms before your arrival at the cruise terminal.
In the cruise terminal, simply present your cruise documents at the check-in desk. Once all the necessary forms have been completed, you will receive your Celebrity SeaPassSM. You will then be permitted to board the ship. The SeaPass is your identification card for reboarding the ship in the various ports of call, the key to your stateroom and your Charge Card for all your onboard purchases. Upon arrival in your stateroom, you will find your dining and seating confirmation. Your Stateroom Attendant will deliver your luggage as soon as possible after boarding. We recommend that items such as medicines are packed in your hand luggage.
A: Boarding time varies by itinerary. Please check your cruise ticket booklet for the boarding time relevant to your cruise. It is your responsibility to arrive on time unless you are transferring to the ship via our transport. If you are not on board at least 90 minutes before the ship's scheduled sailing time, we shall at that time be entitled to treat your non arrival as a cancellation by you and as such 100% cancellation charges will be payable and no refund will be made.
Please note: that, for security reasons, you will not be permitted to bring any visitors on board the ship in any port. We shall not be required to refund any portion of the cruise or Cruisetour fare paid by any guest who fails for any reason to be onboard the vessel or transport by the embarkation cut-off time applicable to the specific cruise or Cruisetour or the boarding cut-off time applicable at any port of call or destination or point of departure as the case may be, and shall not be responsible for lodging, meals, transportation or other expenses incurred by the guest as a result thereof. Boarding cut-off times for any port of call, destination or point of departure are as announced on the applicable cruise or Cruisetour.
Q: Can I change my stateroom after arrival on board?
A: Subject to availability, you may upgrade to a higher category stateroom after you have checked in. The upgrades, if available, are done and paid for at the Pier Coordinator's desk. You can pay for the upgrade with either credit card, cash or in travellers cheques.
Q: What do I need to do on the last night of the cruise?
A: Pack your bags and place them outside your stateroom door by midnight. Your stateroom attendant will give you luggage tags for each piece of luggage. Please clearly write your name, home address and, where applicable, flight details on each tag. Carry fragile, important and valuable items with you. We recommend that you bring an overnight bag with you for your last night on board.
A: The Cruise Director will give detailed instructions about disembarkation and clearing customs and immigration during the departure talk on the last day of the cruise. We strongly recommend that you attend this important and informative talk. You can also view this talk on your stateroom TV. Celebrity Cruises has no control over the length of time it may take for immigration and customs clearance. The colour of your luggage tag will determine your departure time from the ship and your luggage collection point.
A: A standard fly/cruise package is one that we specifically advertise in our brochure, on our website and in other publicity materials as a cruise and flight combination (and which may consist of additional components such as transfers and overnight hotel arrangements) that we have created for an all - inclusive price. Our standard cruise only package is simply the cruise holiday as advertised in our brochure or on our website without any additional components such as pre hotel arrangements, flights, transfers or other components. The above contrasts with a non - standard package that offers you the ability to select for yourself the components you wish to add to your cruise holiday. See question What is a build your own package? for further details. For US departing cruises and other long haul destinations, a standard fly/cruise package is where we fly you on the day prior to your cruise, provide overnight accommodation selected by us and provide transfers to the port the following day. For European destinations, a standard fly/cruise package is where we fly you on the same date as your cruise departure date and transfer you from the arrival airport directly to the port of departure of your cruise. A non-standard fly/cruise package is any other air and cruise arrangement organised by us for you. In such circumstances you shall be responsible for the cost of all accommodation and transfers in addition to the cost of the standard fly/cruise package.
A: Unlike a standard fly/cruise package or cruise only package, you can use our website to build your own package holiday starting with your cruise and then adding other components such as flights, transfers and overnight hotel accommodation as you require. Be advised that depending on the options you select, this could have an impact on the non - refundable deposit you will need to pay. Likewise if you ask us to add additional components supplied by us to one of our standard fly/cruise packages or cruise only packages, where this is possible, this will also turn your package holiday into a build your own package meaning the non - refundable deposit you have to pay may need to be adjusted to reflect the cost of such additional components. See section 1.1 of the Booking Conditions for further details.
Q: What hotel arrangements are made for me prior to my boarding and after I disembark from the ship?
A: If your booking with us is a cruise-only package i.e. you have not booked your flights through Celebrity Cruises, no arrangements will be made for you. Likewise, if your booking with us is a build your own package, only if you have added hotel accommodation to your booking will hotel accommodation be provided. If you do book hotel accommodation, we recommend you also consider booking transfers as well. If your booking with us is a standard fly/cruise package i.e. you have flights booked and arranged through Celebrity Cruises and your outward flight is scheduled for the day of sailing, no hotel arrangements will be made and you will be transferred by coach to the ship. Where your booking with us is a standard fly/cruise package and your outward flight is scheduled to arrive the day prior to the cruise (generally transatlantic or other long haul flights), you will be provided with a hotel room at a hotel of our choice (subject to change) on a room-only basis. You will be transferred to the ship the following day. On disembarkation, if your booking with us is on a cruise-only basis, you will proceed through Customs and Immigration, collect your luggage and continue with your independently made onward arrangements. If however your booking is on a fly/cruise basis, a transfer to the airport will also be provided.
In certain ports of call, where the return flight is late in the day (fly/ cruise guests only), we may at our discretion provide a complimentary dayroom/luggage store, tour or similar arrangements prior to your return flight. Please check your travel documents for details of any post-cruise arrangements applicable to your booking (subject to change). Please ensure that when you build your own package you ensure that you have considered not only flight arrangements but also transfers and where appropriate pre and/or post overnight hotel accommodation as these additional items will not be automatically included in your booking by the very nature of the fact that you are creating your own holiday.
A: If we are not arranging flights for you, please consult your Travel Agent on the most appropriate flight times, ensuring you allow sufficient time both prior to embarkation and following disembarkation. Please note that the time a ship sails and the time it arrives back, may be subject to change.
Q: How active/fit do I need to be to partake in the Galapagos holiday onboard Celebrity Xpedition?
A: To obtain the most enjoyment out of your holiday, we recommend that guests who wish to book the Galapagos holiday onboard Celebrity Xpedition have a good level of personal fitness. This can be a relatively active holiday and our guided tours of the islands generally involve walking for several hours a day. Our tours may also involve steep climbs in hot weather as well as having to negotiate wet landings (see point 4).
Q: What about stateroom sizes? What about staterooms that can accommodate three or four guests?
A: Please bear in mind that staterooms, by nature, cannot be compared in size to hotel rooms you may find on shore. Should you wish to know the dimensions of any stateroom, this information can be obtained from your travel agent, your reservation agent if you are booking direct or via our website. Each ship has a limited number of three and four berth (bed) staterooms. These staterooms are popular with families, or adults travelling in groups of three or four. Three and four berth staterooms will be made up of a combination of lower berths, upper berths, sofa beds or rollaway beds. Please also note that on our bigger ships, we can accommodate four plus guests. Please check with your travel agent, your reservation agent or through our website at the time of booking should you wish to clarify the configuration of any stateroom.
Please note: Fully occupied staterooms may not be able to accommodate a baby cot. Please note that children under the age of 6 years are not permitted to occupy upper berths within any stateroom. We also recommend that you check that an upper berth is suitable for any member of your party planning to occupy it, as these are Pullman style berths requiring a guest to climb a short ladder to reach the berth. If this will not be suitable, we strongly recommend that an alternative stateroom is booked.
Q: What about electrical equipment and carriage of items that may be perceived as dangerous?
A: The onboard voltage is 110/220 AC (maximum 1500 watts) so please take any necessary adapters (North American and North European plug sockets are available). Hair dryers are provided in all staterooms throughout the Celebrity fleet. Please note, if you are bringing any medical equipment with you that requires mains power, please ensure you check the power requirements with our Special Services team in advance of your cruise. Be advised also that for safety reasons Celebrity Cruises may not permit you to use certain items in your stateroom (see below) e.g. travel irons. Please contact your airline directly to ascertain the up to date position for the carriage of electrical and other dangerous items. This may vary by airline.
A: All items on board ship are priced in U.S. Dollars. All Celebrity ships operate on a 'cashless' system. Simply validate your Celebrity SeaPass account with an acceptable credit card at the cruise check-in desk. Then you can sign all onboard purchases to your account. At the end of your cruise you will receive a completely itemised statement. Guests who pay their SeaPass account with a credit card issued in a currency other than U.S. Dollars, will be charged in the same local currency that the credit card is issued in. For example, a GBP credit card issued in the UK will be charged in GBP. Please note this transaction may be subject to a fee from your credit card company.
The transaction value of your spending on board the ship plus the exchange rate to be applied will appear on your itemised statement. We will carry out the currency conversion at the commercial daily rate of exchange provided by a reputable foreign exchange dealer and a currency conversion charge will also apply. Please note that a currency conversion charge is usually made by credit card companies, but it should not be necessary for your credit card company to charge such a fee when your transaction value has already been converted to your local currency by us. Should you wish to opt out of this system and therefore have your credit card charged in U.S. Dollars (with your credit card company applying the rate of exchange and currency conversion charge), please inform our cruise check-in agents at the pier.
SeaPass accounts may be settled in cash. We cannot accept personal cheques and any currency other than U.S. Dollars. Only U.S. currency is accepted on board Celebrity ships.
A cash machine is available on all Celebrity ships which dispenses U.S. Dollars (USD $5 fee per transaction will be levied for this service), and Euros (€6 fee per transaction) for European sailings. Please consult your onboard Daily Programme for the opening times of the onboard Bank. Ashore, most credit cards are accepted. In addition you should ensure that you have a small denomination of local currency for incidental expenditure ashore. We also recommend that you take sufficient funds in USD $ traveller's cheques which may be cashed on board in small amounts.
At the time of printing the following credit cards are accepted on board Celebrity ships: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discovery and Diners Card. Since American Express Traveller Cheque Cards are prepaid cards, they cannot be used for on board cruise charges, nor can any other pre-paid card. Please note: We do not accept Maestro/ Switch cards as a payment method.
Whilst you are onboard your daily spend will be authorised at the close of business each day. Your card provider, as part of their standard procedures, may retain these authorisations for up to 28 days which are outside of the control of RCL Cruises Ltd. For this reason, you may wish to set up a cash only account or register a credit card rather than a debit card at the start of your sailing. You may also wish to contact your bank at the end of your cruise to assist with any outstanding authorisations. Final settlement of your account will take place at the end of your cruise. If you are travelling on consecutive cruises your bill will be settled at the end of each cruise.
A: If you have not pre-paid your tips/service charges, for your convenience, we will automatically add this for your restaurant and stateroom services to your onboard SeaPass account on a daily basis in the following amounts, which may be adjusted at your discretion:
$12.95 per person per day for guests in standard staterooms, $13.45 per person per day for guests in Concierge Class and AquaClassSM staterooms and $16.45 per person per day for guests in Suites.
A standard service charge of 18% is automatically added to the price of drinks from the cocktail lounges, bars, and 15% is added for beauty treatments. * Please note that tips/service charges may be shared with other staff members depending on the particular service requirement.
Please note that the tips/service charges can either be prepaid or will be automatically added to your onboard SeaPass account. The tips/service charges are discretionary and therefore the amounts can be adjusted when onboard. Pre-paid tips/service charges will be calculated at the time of booking in Sterling.
All onboard gratuities and those for the naturalists who accompany guests on all the island visits are included in the price of the cruise. This covers all Service Personnel including the waiters and head waiters who look after you in the dining rooms, housekeeping staff, your Butler and Stateroom Attendants.
A: With the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, there are children's facilities and entertainment on board all Celebrity ships. Children's programmes or entertainments are not available on Celebrity Xpedition at any time of the year. Please ask your travel agent to check if the programme will be available on your chosen sailing. Programme hours may vary by ship/itinerary.The programme is available for 3-17 year olds, divided into 5 age groups:
Ship Mates (3 - 5 years)
Celebrity Cadets (6 - 8 years)
Ensigns (9 - 11 years)
Admiral T's (12 - 14 years and 15 - 17 years)
We also have a programme called 'Toddler Time', available on all ships, except Celebrity Xpedition, for children under 3. Please ask your travel agent for more details about the programme.
Please note: Our public washrooms do not have baby-changing facilities. We have a medical centre on board which is staffed by a fully qualified doctor; however please note that our doctors are not paediatricians. Guests must therefore bring onboard an adequate supply of specific medications they need for all members of their family.
We respectfully ask parents not to allow their children to play uncontrolled on deck, in the lounges or on the dance floors, especially during the evening. Children are not allowed in the Casino.
Please note: The number of children present on ships increases during school holiday periods.
Cots are available for infants and these should be requested at the time of making a reservation. However, please note that these will limit the floor space available in your stateroom. Baby-sitting and child minding (for a nominal fee) can usually be arranged provided cruise staff are available to provide this service. The minimum age for in stateroom baby-sitting is twelve months. All children participating in children's programmes must be toilet trained. A small charge may be made for some children's activities.
Due to U.S. Health regulations, young children in nappies/pull ups (including 'swim-safe' varieties) may not use the pools/whirlpools. Please note that facilities and activities are limited for babies under the age of three.
The minimum age for infants to sail is six (6) months, as of the date of sailing and twelve (12) months, as of the date of sailing for Transatlantic, Transpacific, Hawaii, selected South American, Australian cruises and other selected cruises. For the purposes of this policy, any cruise that has 3 or more consecutive days at sea, we will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/Cruisetour.
The health and safety of our guests is our number one priority. As such, in consideration of the limitations of the shipboard medical facility, equipment and staff, the company cannot accept waivers, releases or requests for exceptions to this policy.
Q: What if I'm travelling with a minor and I'm not the parent or legal guardian?
A: Celebrity Cruises takes the security and safety of its guests very seriously. Our 'Travelling with Minors' policy was incepted primarily to safeguard children and to ensure that the responsible adult with whom they are travelling has the appropriate authority and the legal right to do so throughout the duration of their cruise holiday with us. The reasoning for this is two-fold:-
In the event that a child requires medical attention at any time during their cruise holiday, Celebrity Cruises needs to ensure that the responsible adult with whom the child is travelling has the legal right to authorise that any medical treatment be administered.
In the event that a child is travelling without their custodial parent/legal guardian, Celebrity Cruises needs to ensure that the child's custodial parent/legal guardian has authorised the responsible adult to take their child on holiday; particularly as in the majority of cases, this will be out of their primary country of residence. This applies even when the responsible adult is a member of the child's extended family (i.e. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles etc.).
Additionally, when a child does not share the same surname as their custodial parent/legal guardian, Celebrity Cruises requires that the custodial parent/legal guardian produce legal documented evidence that the child is in their primary care; this includes, but is not limited to: birth, marriage, divorce, adoption certificates as appropriate.
These measures are in place to protect children and to ensure no child is taken on board a Celebrity Cruises vessel without the knowledge and consent of their custodial parent/legal guardian. We want you to have a happy and healthy cruise holiday experience with us and this is just one of the ways we ensure this is possible.
What is a legal guardian?
In most cases, a legal guardian must be appointed by a court. There are some exceptions to this rule. Parents of a minor child are assumed to be the child's legal guardians, unless the court has taken parenting privileges away out of concern for the child's well-being. It is also possible for someone to designate a legal guardian in a will, as in the case of a single parent who specifies that an aunt will become the child's legal guardian in the event of the parent's death or incapacitation. Legal guardians are in charge of ensuring that their wards (those persons placed under the care of a legal guardian) are given physical care and comfort, including food, medical attention, housing, and similar needs. They are also usually charged with ensuring that their wards have access to education and other benefits.
Adults who are not the parent or legal guardian of a minor travelling with them must present an original legally affirmed or notarised letter signed by the child's parent(s), authorising the adult to take the child on the specific cruise, supervise the child and allow emergency medical treatment to be administered. In addition parents travelling with minors who do not have the same surname must present proof of parentage which may include but is not limited to birth certificates, marriage certificates or divorce papers etc.
Please note: An individual's age on the date of sailing determines his or her status for the entire cruise holiday. Celebrity Cruises does not accept reservations for student groups. Please consult a travel agent for Celebrity Cruises group policies.
Please use our notarised letter template (click to download) which can be used for all details required on the letter authorising a minor 17 or under to travel with an accompanying adult who is NOT their parent or legal guardian. This is required as per our terms and conditions. It must be signed by a Notary, Commissioner for Oaths or a Solicitor for it to be suitable to take to the pier for boarding.
A: For all other ships, there are two seatings for meals in the main dining room. If you have a preference, you should make this known at the time of booking. Please note that dining times and seating requests cannot be guaranteed and are on a request basis. Dining requests are subject to availability, however we will do all that we can to accommodate requests for guests with specific medical issues. The normal times for evening meals in the main dining room are as follows: Early Seating: 18:00 and Late Seating: 20:30
Please note that dining times may vary slightly by itinerary (usually later on European sailings).
In addition to our 'traditional dining' (an assigned table in our main dining room at the same dining time each evening of your cruise), we also offer a flexible dining option called 'Celebrity Select DiningSM'. This allows you the opportunity to make dinner reservations for your desired dining time on a daily basis. You can also choose not to make reservations, and come to dinner at any point between 6:00 and 9:30pm, however, we strongly encourage reservations to ensure the best service and to avoid any potential wait times. You can also reserve your dining times in advance of your cruise through our website's 'Already Booked' section.
Celebrity Select Dining is subject to availability and gratuities must be paid in advance in order to use this option. If you wish to be more flexible, breakfast and lunch are also served in alternative locations. Please check your Daily Programme for times and locations. Continental breakfast is served on request in your stateroom between 06:30 and 10:00. A Room Service menu is available 24 hours a day. Guests in suites can request a full menu for each meal to be served in their suite. Food on board is included in the cost of your cruise price, however a cover charge will apply for Speciality Restaurants on Celebrity ships (from USD $25-$50 per guest, depending on the venue). Reservations are required for the Speciality Restaurants and are on a first come first served basis and taken daily on board. You can now pre-book speciality dining reservations up to 5 days before you sail, please visit our website for further details. Guests dining in Celebrity's Speciality Restaurants must be at least 12 years old, with the exception of Silk Harvest Restaurant, Tuscan Grille and Qsine® (onboard our Solstice Class ships) where children of any age will be accommodated. The minimum age for suite guests dining in Murano and Blu is 12 (when seated there based on availability). Blu Speciality Restaurant is reserved exclusively for AquaClass guests. Children staying in AquaClass staterooms are welcome to dine in Blu with an adult also staying in an AquaClass stateroom. Additionally, children of 12 years and older, who are staying in a suite will be accommodated in Blu when dining with an adult, based on availability. Please note that any suite guests that dine in Blu will be charged a $5.95 cover charge payable per person.
Please note that children's menus are not available in the Speciality Restaurants on board the Celebrity Cruises' fleet.
On board Celebrity Xpedition you have several dining options, including the main dining room at Darwin's restaurant, selections served on the deck through the day at The Beagle Grill, or complimentary room service at selected times (not 24 hours).
A: Yes. It is available 24 hours a day (except on Celebrity Xpedition, see 'DINING & DRINKS) whether you want an extra blanket or a midnight snack. Enjoy Celebrity’s delectable 24-hour in-stateroom dining, complimentary before 11pm. A $4.95 per room fee applies between 11pm and 6am. For our Suite Class guests, the late-night room service charge is waived.
On all ships, except on Celebrity Xpedition, you may also order room service on the Interactive TV in your stateroom (Interactive TV is not available on Celebrity Xpedition).
A: The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Celebrity Cruises ships sailing from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand is eighteen (18). The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Celebrity Cruises ships sailing from North America is twenty-one (21).
All guests must comply with Celebrity's policies, including among other things, agreeing to not provide alcoholic beverages to any other person, regardless of age. At private shoreside resorts such as Labadee and CocoCay and when in US & Canadian ports, the minimum drinking age will remain twenty-one (21).
If a guest reaches a birthday that will change their adherence to our alcohol policy, they may visit the Guest Relations Desk and on showing their passport as proof of age, their records will be updated to allow them to purchase and consume alcohol.
We reserve the right to vary minimum age limits without notice where local laws require or where deemed desirable or necessary. Please note that within the territorial waters of some countries on your itinerary or based on your embarkation port, the onboard shops may be closed or alternatively restrictions may be imposed on some items available for purchase.
Please note: that some of our cruise itineraries call exclusively upon EU ports of call and for such cruises we are required to charge VAT (value added tax) on certain onboard goods and services depending on the VAT regulations of the home port country or the country of a port of call. Such VAT is charged on goods and services at the point of sale and is subsequently paid over to the country charging the VAT. Non-EU residents may be able to reclaim VAT paid on physical goods when they depart from the EU, normally at the departure airport. Restrictions apply and this policy is subject to change without notice. This policy also applies on some short sailing's departing from the UK.
Guests can now take on board the ship, two bottles of wine/champagne per stateroom on embarkation only. If the wine is consumed in a public area, the corkage is USD $25 to pay. Alcohol purchased in a port of call or on board from the Duty Free Gift Shop is not for consumption on board during your cruise, any such alcohol will be stored and delivered to your stateroom on the last night of the cruise.
Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under stated age above, demonstrate irresponsible behaviour, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Celebrity Cruises reserves the right to revoke or otherwise restrict drinking privileges of any guest, regardless of age.
Additional policies for groups apply and will be enforced without exception. Applicable regulatory age restrictions apply while the ship is in port and until the vessel enters international waters.
All beverage packages can also be purchased once onboard the ship. Please note, on certain European itineraries, due to VAT regulations we may be unable to sell beverage packages in advance of the cruise.
A: Except for Celebrity Xpedition, there is a medical centre on board our ships, which is staffed by a fully qualified doctor and a minimum of one nurse. On Celebrity Xpedition there is usually one licensed (under Ecuadorian law) physician in attendance on board. The medical services available and medications kept on board are extremely limited, and guests must bring an adequate supply of any specific medications they need.
Our medical facilities are not intended or designed to serve as a clinic for guests. There is a charge for all medical services and adequate travel medical insurance is strongly recommended. Charges must be paid on board ship and claims for reimbursement should be directed to your travel insurers. Charges are based upon U.S. Government Medicare Physician Fee schedules. The medical centre provides complimentary motion sickness tablets if required. We are not responsible for the diagnosis, treatment or services furnished by shipboard medical personnel.
A: Smoking is not permitted in any dining venue, casino, theatre, lounge, hallway, elevator or corridor. This policy includes smoking-like products such as electronic cigarettes. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom or on any stateroom balcony. Exterior designated areas will remain in place and details can be found within the daily Celebrity Today provided onboard. For each of the ships, the Hotel Director, at his discretion, will designate either Port/Starboard and Forward/Aft of the Promenade deck as an exterior (covered) smoking venue.
Celebrity Xpedition operates under a stricter policy than the rest of the fleet, it will continue with the same policy of allowing smoking only on the ship's outer decks, in designated areas.
The Lawn Club and the Sunset Bar at the Lawn Club onboard our Solstice Class ships will not allow smoking.
Violations to the smoking policy may result in a $250 cleaning fee being charged to the guest's onboard account and may also be addressed through the line's guest conduct policy.
Our smoking policy is subject to change. Changes may be introduced where countries that we are sailing to/from enforce their local smoking regulations.
A: There is a fully equipped Casino on board all Celebrity ships. You can play popular games such as blackjack or roulette, as well as slot machines. You should consult your Daily Programme for opening times. Please note that the Casino is closed whenever the ship is in port. Guests under the age of 18 are not permitted in the Casino at any time. Guests are advised that the use of any video recording or camera equipment is strictly prohibited in the Casino. Guests who request a cash transaction from casino cashiers will be charged a small transaction fee. Please see the key talking points below:
Cash transactions include cash advances and the purchase of casino chips and tokens.
The fee is set at 3% of the amount of cash or casino chips/tokens that the guest requests.
The transaction fee will be charged to the guest's SeaPass account along with the amount of the cash transaction.
Previously, cash advances through guests' SeaPass accounts were not considered 'cash' transactions. We recently adjusted our cash transaction practices to align with much of the cruise industry and now charge a small transaction fee similar to what credit card companies charge when people withdraw cash advances against their credit account for land-based transactions.
Q: How do I find out about and book shore excursions?
A: To get the most enjoyment out of your visit to a port of call, we recommend you select one of our shore excursions, which have been planned by our travel experts and are recommended by the authorities for the particular ports.
Shore excursions must be booked at least 5 days prior to your sailing date. Please note that by purchasing your shore excursions in advance you will avoid the need to visit the busy explorations desk on board the ship. Alternatively you are free to explore and make your own arrangements at each port of call travel documents permitting (except on Celebrity Xpedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands - please see below). The staff at the Shore Excursions Desk on board will be happy to provide you with information and book your excursions. The cost will be charged to your SeaPass account.
Please note some excursions are subject to minimum numbers requirements and may be cancelled if these requirements are not met. Proof of Certification is required for all scuba tours. Subject to our Booking Conditions, Celebrity Cruises is not responsible for any injuries or losses sustained whilst guests are ashore, whether on organised excursions or otherwise. Please also see sections 4.5 and 5.7 of our Booking Conditions.
On our Celebrity Xpedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands, you will not be allowed to explore on your own in the visitor locations with the exception of the two towns that are visited on Isla San Christianoble and Santa Cruz at Puerto Ayorta. Apart from these two exceptions, your guides will accompany you at all times. Many of the guides are multi-lingual but all tours will be given in English. Please note that the itineraries on our Galapagos sailings are subject to change at the request of the Galapagos National Park for conservational reasons and these changes are out of our control.
A: Friends and family can reach guests on any Celebrity ship 24 hours a day via telephone simply by calling 001 732 335 3296. Callers must pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). There is no charge for waiting or dialling time; charges begin when the caller connects to the ship. Please note, on Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos Islands, a telephone service is available in each stateroom for a reasonable fee. Details about contacting Celebrity Xpedition will be provided in the Guest Ticket Booklet. Alternatively, friends and family can e-mail you providing you have an Internet e-mail account. E-mail centres are available on all Celebrity ships. Costs will be charged to your SeaPass account.
Please note that mobile phones with international capability may not work whilst a ship is at sea.
A: Consecutive cruises are cruises taken consecutively. For example, a Western Caribbean cruise immediately followed by an Eastern Caribbean cruise. Please note that there may be duplication of onboard programmes, menus and entertainment. Please also note that due to the preparation of the ship between sailings, some shipboard facilities may not be available on changeover day.
On the changeover day, it will be necessary for you to disembark the ship in order to comply with customs and immigration. It is also necessary for all back-to-back cruise guests to re-register their SeaPass card on changeover day for the new sailing this must be done at the pier before you board the ship again for your next cruise. If you have booked the same stateroom for each sailing, you may leave luggage within your stateroom. If you have booked different staterooms for each sailing, you will need to pack your luggage at the end of the first sailing and it will be stored for you until your new stateroom is ready for occupancy.
Please note that as our ships are not US flagged, in accordance with US legislation, we are not permitted to fulfil bookings of two or more consecutive cruise itineraries whose first itinerary commences in one US port and the second itinerary concludes in a different US port unless such itineraries include a distant foreign port. If you wish to book two consecutive sailings that commence and conclude in different US ports please contact our reservations department or your travel agent to specifically check for further advice before making a booking. Where we identify that a booking has been made in violation of these requirements we must reserve the right to cancel any such booking(s) and refund to you the price paid.
A: We are pleased to offer an advanced cellular roaming network that allows you to make calls from anywhere in the world using your own mobile phone and number. If your network provider supports them, you may also be able to access GPRS and GSM services such as email, web access, and text messaging. Guests are encouraged to check with their providers prior to sailing, to enable roaming and check rates. Please note: not available on Celebrity Xpedition. All international roaming charges will be conveniently billed to your home carrier.
Q: Why does my cruise start/end in Ensenada? / Why does the ship only stop for one hour in certain ports?
A: American legislation requires that any vessel commencing a voyage from a U.S. port of call must call at a distant foreign port before ending a cruise in a different U.S. port. For operational reasons some of our itineraries terminate at a nearby foreign port such as Ensenada rather than returning to a different U.S. port. On others the ship simply calls at a distant foreign port for a very short period of time prior to returning to the U.S. terminating port. The port at which your cruise departs and terminates is shown on the relevant itinerary. For example, Hawaii cruises commencing in San Diego finish in Ensenada. Please note that other cruise itineraries may also be impacted by these or similar requirements. Please note that for the short technical calls at a foreign port, guests are not permitted to leave the ship but will need to ensure that you have met any applicable passport or visa requirements for this destination. If your cruise ends for example in Ensenada instead of the port your cruise originally departed from, fly/ cruise guests will be transferred by coach to their departure airport. No arrangements are made for cruise-only guests. Please also note that coach transfer times from Ensenada to San Diego Airport is approximately two hours.
Q: Can I join the ship once the cruise is underway at a port of call further along the cruise itinerary?
A: It may be possible for us to arrange for guests to be 'downlined'. Our staff will need to arrange for security access to be granted for guests to join the ship at a later stage. We must be advised as soon as possible, so we have time to arrange for requests to be authorised. Please note that on some sailings, due to immigration constraints or Cabotage reasons; we are unable to arrange downlining for any guests.
Q: What transfer arrangements will be made at each of port of call to take me to the nearest city?
A: The transfer arrangements vary at each port of call. In some ports of call, there is a complimentary shuttle available. In other ports of call, a shuttle can be provided for a charge. For a list of all transfer arrangements, this information will be provided onboard the ships.
A: Some of our ships operate what we call 'Interport sailings.' This means that a guest boards at a specific port during part of a scheduled itinerary and can then disembark at the same port during the ship's next scheduled itinerary, in effect doing a portion of two regular scheduled sailings. Please note that it may not be possible for 'Interporting' guests to pre-book Spa Reservations in advance of their Interport sailing.