February 17, 2003
Celebrity Cruises, which last September launched a test program on Millennium that focused on onboard enhancements, has tweaked and honed the initial concept and is beginning to expand it to other ships in the line. The program, which originally toyed with some 100 different small-and-larger-touch items -- ranging from frosty towels at poolside to adding dinner service to the Aqua Spa Cafe -- has, based on passenger feedback, narrowed down the list of offerings. Travelers can expect poolside sorbet service and fee-based massage, an evening "casual dining boulevard," featuring pasta, pizza and a new Sushi Cafe, and "happy hours" at ship lounges which come complete with pre-dinner hors d'ouevres. Michael's Club, formerly Celebrity's cigar bar, has been transformed into a piano club. The AquaSpa is extending its hours to 11 p.m. and will hold yoga and Pilates workouts on deck at sunset. Finally, the occasional theme-oriented midnight buffet will be moved to lunchtime (though Celebrity's Le Grand Buffet one-time-per-cruise event will still occupy its regular late evening time slot). Currently, in addition to Millennium, the program's already been installed on Mercury and is in the process of introducing it on Constellation. A Celebrity spokeswoman says the line anticipates a full-fleet presence by July.