The newly modernized Celebrity Equinox has embarked on her first sailing since undergoing the "Celebrity Revolution" treatment.
The permanent resident of the Caribbean is the third Celebrity vessel to be "revolutionized" as part of Celebrity Cruises' $500 million investment in ship-wide upgrades, which aims to raise the brand's fleet to the standards of its latest vessel, theCelebrity Edge.
"Celebrity Equinox holds a very special place in the hearts of everyone at Celebrity Cruises, and also for our guests; this one-of-a-kind ship continues to be the most awarded in our entire fleet," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Equinox's bow-to-stern modernization began on 4MAY, 2019, in Cadiz, Spain. The ship spent 29 days there in the hands of more than 500 engineers, architects, designers and other skilled workers.
Enhancements and additions aboard the shipinclude:
The addition of The Retreat for suite guests, including The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge (formerly Michael's Club).
New and reimagined food and drink establishments, including the redesigned Passport Bar and Craft Social (formerly Gastrobar), a casual spot featuring more than 40 craft beers, wine and cocktails on tap, comfort food favourites, flat-screen TVs, and leather seating. There's also Qsine Restaurant (formerly Silk Harvest), which features the brand-exclusive Le Petit Chef dining experiences that bring the tabletop to life using innovative 4k technology.
Refreshed staterooms and suites ship-wide, now all featuring Celebrity's exclusive eXhale bedding collection with king-sized cashmere mattresses.
The launch of a new partnership with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, featuring science-based programming offered as part of the Camp at Sea for young cruisers.
Digital enhancements across the ship, such as the addition of RFID lock technology, digital room keys, and facial recognition technology which facilitates port arrival.
New treatments and products offered at The Spa by Canyon Ranch.
New retail offerings, including John Hardy Boutique, Kate Spade, and new watch boutiques.
Celebrity Silhouette is next up for the upgrade, scheduled for completion on 31JAN, 2020, with five more ships to be modernized by 2023.
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