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Celebrity Cruises will be increasing their gratuity rates from January 2, 2018.

Celebrity Cruises is increasing the automatic gratuity rates by $1. For standard cabins, the amount will go up to $14.50, the new rate for Concierge Class and Aqua Class cabins will be $15.00 and suites will have an increased rate of $18.00.

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Celebrity Cruise Line has stated that any pre-existing bookings will have until January 2nd to purchase their gratuities at the old rate. Bookings from Jan 2nd and for those guests wanting to pay gratuities on the ship from that date will have to pay the new automatic rates.

The gratuities are automatically taken off the onboard SeaPass account but guests can still change the gratuities at the end of the cruise if they really want to. The gratuities are paid and shared among crew members in the housekeeping, dining room and bar departments.

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) So that’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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Celebrity Cruises have celebrated the ceremonial keel laying of Celebrity Flora, an expedition ship built specially for sailing around the Galapagos Islands. The ceremony took place at the shipyard in Tolkamer, the Netherlands.

As a part of the keel laying, a 49.2-ton block was lifted in the air and a lucky coin was placed in the dock before the block was lowered into position.

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Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making its debut on May 26, 2019. It will be offering 7-10 night cruises and 11-15 night cruises.

Celebrity Flora has its inaugural sailing in 2019, has a crew of just 80 and guests of 100 giving a very personal feel.

Features will include the outdoor Ocean Grill, serving fresh local ingredients and seafood; an upper-deck observatory with cosy seating and a library; The Vista open-air lounge with cocoon-style chairs, private cabanas and a hot tub; a marina stocked with Zodiacs; and environmentally-friendly systems, including anchorless technology that can maintain the ship’s position while also protecting the sensitive sea floor.

Celebrity Flora will offer guests the best accommodation there is on board. The ship is built specifically for this destination

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For those of you who enjoy cruising and are partial to a glass of wine, I am sure you are aware about Celebrity Cruises  teaming up with the Wine Show

Boasting 13 restaurants and one of the biggest and rarest wine collections at sea, Celebrity Cruises also employ some of the best wine specialist who are among the best in the world.  Adding to all those ingredients Celebrities partnership with the TV series The Wine Show will now take it to a different level.

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One of the wine experts on board will be Joe Fattorini.  Mr Fattorini has 25 years’ experience within the wine industry which has given him an impressive database for contacts around the world from wine producers to vineyards. Joe is not just known for presenting the Wine Show he is involved in several things, from hosting Wine dinners to conferences and he also writes for leading wine magazines.

Another wine expert on board is Amelia Singer. Amelia is also known for putting on interactive tastings, dinners and events in central London. Amelia is known as the new face within the wine industry. She picked up her wealth of knowledge over the years by working with well-known retailers and also online fine wine merchants.

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Celebrity Cruises on board wine experts have selected several shore excursions for guests to enjoy:

Spain

In Barcelona you will have the chance to visit one of Spain’s most celebrated wine cellars belonging to the Torres great wine family who have been part of the Wine culture for over three centuries. Whilst on the tour you will be able to participate in wine tasting as well as taking in some breath-taking scenery that’s on offer.

Italy

In Italy you can book an excursion to visit Lazio’s wine district one of Italy’s most ancient wine regions. Here you will step back in time and learn about the Pallavicini family who boast a history within the wine industry dating back to Roman times. Also what could be better than pairing your wine tasting day with my personal favorite Italian Food Bruschetta as well as Pasta tossed in real Italian Olive oil?

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France

Dating back to the 3rd century BC you will get the chance to visit the Chateau de Cremat which is one of the oldest vineyards in France. The area is mainly known for its Rose but at the Chateau de Cremat they also produce red and white wine which you will be able sample taking in some amazing aromas.

So there you have it. The above are just an example of some of the excursions that are on offer.

So why not give Cruise Club UK a call today to check the availability.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

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Celebrity Edge was finally announced yesterday and after much guessing and excitement we can finally share with you this amazing ship. Due to set sail December 2018 from her homeport of Fort Lauderdale, she will offer two 7 night Western & Eastern Caribbean sailings

Celebrity Edge is designed to leave the future behind

Gross tonnage: 129,500

Guest staterooms: 1467

Guests: 3373 on full capacity

The theme for Celebrity Edge is ‘outward facing’, breaking the traditional ship design. Designed to bring the destination in, from the Edge staterooms to the pool deck offering even greater views of your destination.

The way you cruise will never be the same again

Your choice of staterooms:

1,467 total staterooms

146 Sky Suites

Two Penthouse Suites

6 Edge Villas

Two Iconic Suites

918 of these rooms are Infinite Veranda Staterooms

16 accessible Edge Staterooms with Infinite Veranda

16 single Edge Staterooms with Infinite Veranda

104 Aqua Class Infinite Veranda Staterooms

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284 Concierge Class Infinite Veranda Staterooms

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By teaming up with some of the world’s best designers you can experience never before moments at sea. 70% of the staterooms are larger, plus the all new Infinite balconies are an industry first!

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The new Edge staterooms feature an Infinite balcony, with the touch of a button your entire living space becomes a balcony where you can walk to the water’s edge.

Two new suite categories, too good to be true have been announced:

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Iconic Suite: Two Suites that offer the best views. They are the largest suites in their fleet, each offering 1,880 square feet of opulence. These suites are located above the bridge offering panoramic views from front to back. The outside space includes a private hot tub, sleeps six guests, 2 bedrooms complete with a king size cashmere collection bed and 2 bathrooms

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Edge Villas: Six, two storey luxury residences. Featuring a 3 foot deep plunge pool. Their design blends indoor and outdoor living. Sleeps four guests.

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Also available to Suite guests: The Retreat – luxury private space with indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor area features a full sized pool, hot tub and dedicated Pool Butlers. Indoors The Retreat Lounge is available 24/7. Luminae, the exclusive Suite Class restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner

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The highlight of the Celebrity Edge is the outward facing Magic Carpet. The size of a tennis court, reaches heights of 13 storeys above sea level. The world’s first cantilevered floating platform. Located on the starboard side of the ship it will be used for live performances, dining and includes a full bar

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Up on the resort deck, enjoy the new Rooftop Garden, main pool area, jogging track and adult’s only solarium. The pool deck includes oversized sculptures, two storey hot tubs and private cabanas. The Rooftop Garden is a living urban playscape, inspired by childhood playgrounds. Watch a movie, dine at the grill or dance the night away!Pool Bar Day 1.4_HR

Our 7 night sailings start from only £875pp. plus book an ocean view stateroom or above on selected sailings by 3rd May 2017 and receive a free Classic Drinks Package for two. OR book a Suite Class and get the following: free Premium Drinks Package for two, $300 to spend on board, unlimited WiFi and free gratuities

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Book your sun soaked sailing with us today by calling free on: 0808 149 3197 or click here for more information

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.