Celebrity offers all the popular cruise favorites, such as magicians, comedians, cabaret acts, passenger talent shows, and Vegas-style musical revues. The overall quality of music and comedy acts is good, but on our last sailing the musical revues were poor. For something a little different, the line provides some nice, understated entertainment touches such as harpists, string quartets, and roving a cappella groups performing in various lounges. You'll also find karaoke, recent-release movies, active casinos, and late-night disco dancing, usually until about 3am.
All the ships also have cozy lounges and bars where you can retreat for a romantic nightcap and some music, from laid-back jazz to music from the big-band era, spiced with interpretations of contemporary hits. The elegant and plush Michael's Club piano lounges, with their gentlemen's club style, serve several functions. Each day from 8 to 10am and 4 to 6pm, the rooms are reserved for "Elite" members of the line's loyalty program (folks who have taken 10 or more Celebrity cruises), with complimentary espresso, tea, and other items in the morning and drinks and wine-tasting events in the evening. Though the piano lounges are little used in between those events, they're a great place to snuggle up with a good book. At night, they're an excellent place for an after-dinner drink.
The Best Art at Sea
Celebrity has been known from the beginning for its art collections, which are so far beyond the cruise ship norm that they're in an entirely different league -- truly museum quality when other lines' collections are mostly decorative at best, with a few standout pieces that provide marquee value.
The older Century-class ships were personally curated by a member of the Chandris family, and have modern collections heavy on names from minimalism, pop art, and other movements from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Mercury alone features works by Richard Serra, Dan Flavin, Richard Long, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg, plus an entire wall mural created for the ship by Sol LeWitt. The new Solstice-class ships feature exceedingly contemporary pieces from both up-and-coming and established artists, the latter including Damien Hirst, Ross Bleckner, John Baldessari, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alexander Calder. There's even a Picasso on Solstice. Equinox's collection takes its curatorial concept from the ship's name (think balance, harmony), and mixes new works with many rescued from Celebrity's old Galaxy before she left the fleet to serve with German line TUI Cruises.
Free handheld audio art tours are available on the line's Century-class and Millennium-class ships.
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