In concept, the Sky Observation Lounge offers the same stuff as every cruise line's ship-top venue. There are great views from floor-to-ceiling windows, comfy seating, a big bar, and a bandstand and dance floor. But this one's especially spectacular; like the indoor pool, its nearly 40-ft. ceiling and towering, arching windows, make it feel spacious and most un-cruise like.
The martini bar, sleek and contemporary, has a way to go. One unique feature is the adjacent Crush, an area highlighted by a long, narrow table with a trough cut into the center; it will be filled with ice (hence the name Crush), and will host caviar and vodka tastings.
Celebrity opted not to recreate its Cova Cafe di Milano concept here, but there's still a coffee bar, just a more contemporary interpretation.
Cellar Masters is the ship's wine bar. In a twist on the "same old" wine tasting concept, Celebrity, in partnership with Riedel, the renowned Austrian maker of crystal, will offer "wine glass tastings." The tastings will allow passengers to see if the same wine tastes different depending on the shape and quality of the stemware.
Ensemble, located near the cluster of alternative restaurants, is the gateway to dinner; adjacent to it are Murano, the ship's European-inspired alternative restaurant; Blu; Tuscan Grill; and Silk Harvest. Think sultry ambience and Duke Ellington and Count Basie on the stereo. And Michael's Club, a Celebrity staple, is adjacent; prepare to get waylaid after dinner as well.