Celebrity Cruises Marks 30th Birthday
Celebrity Cruises marks its 30th birthday by reflecting on its journey throughout the years. The cruise line was established in 1990 by the Greece-based Chandris Group, and in 1997 it became part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Celebrity Cruises currently has 14 ships and thousands of team members from over 60 countries.
Over the years, Celebrity Cruises has delivered a number of industry firsts including: introducing specialty dining (2000); the creation of the modern luxury cruise category with the introduction of the Solstice Series (2008); the first solar panels at sea (2008); the first American female captain of a cruise ship (2015); the Magic Carpet, the first cantilevered dining venue on a cruise ship (2018); the first ship to replace plastic water bottles (2018); and the first all-female bridge and leadership team to command a cruise ship (2020); among many others.
“For me, Celebrity’s legacy will be setting modern luxury cruising standards that are Celebrity’s to own, and then resetting and raising the bar, again and again. It is that spirit of pioneering that continues to take the brand and our guest experiences to new heights – and I’m not just talking about the view from the Magic Carpet” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
“As we look ahead to the post-pandemic world we will sail in, there is more progress to be made in our industry. I am confident Celebrity – and the entire RCL family – will continue to lead every step of the way. Our next 30 years will be even more incredible thanks to the ongoing support of our travel partners, our loyal guests, our Captains and crew, and our shoreside team members,” she added.
In 2000, the company introduced the Celebrity Millennium Series, the first new-build vessels for the brand following Celebrity’s acquisition by RCL. It was followed by the Celebrity Solstice Series in 2008 with five additional ships. Recently, in 2018, the Celebrity Edge Series was introduced, with the first-in-series Celebrity Edge being named to Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places to visit in 2019. In addition, the line began operating three smaller expedition ships that sail the Galapagos Islands including the 2019 debut of Celebrity Flora.