This was our first experience in a Suite and we loved it! We were booked in a handicapped accessible Sky Suite - due to a physical disability and the equipment we use, we cannot sail unless we have an accessible cabin. (As a side note, I ... Read More
This was our first experience in a Suite and we loved it! We were booked in a handicapped accessible Sky Suite - due to a physical disability and the equipment we use, we cannot sail unless we have an accessible cabin. (As a side note, I am infuriated when I read that accessible cabins are given to guests that don’t need them thereby taking away the opportunity for disabled passengers to travel.) One of our favorite Suite experiences was that daily, our amazing butler, Nilesh, would set up our balcony with room service breakfast. The Suite breakfast room service menu is amazing, so many options that are not available on the regular room service menu! The Suite balconies have a large table, perfect for a meal - Nilesh would lay a white tablecloth, set out our dishes, oh how I miss that! Later in the afternoon, around 4pm, he would return to our cabin with a massive food card, stocked with cheese plates, sushi plates, canapes, small sandwiches, cookies, cakes and fine pastries, beverages - all manner of decadence! Nilesh learned that we love sushi and so every day, he would have a special plate of sushi that he prepared just for us - he advanced us quickly past the California rolls onto the ‘real’ thing!
Michael’s Club is the Suite Class only bar/club, where the Suite Class concierge, Sara, has her desk. Anything you want or need, Sara can get for you, such as shore excursions, something special for your room, dinner reservations, etc. Sara often hosted Suite Class only events such as cruise presentations, a high tea, etc. Michael’s itself is fully stocked with premium wines, beers and liquors, open from 8am until midnight - all there for you for the asking. There is a bartender there who mixes drinks for you. Every morning a light breakfast is served here, but we preferred breakfast on our balcony presented by our butler. The premium adult beverages in Michael’s really is a special benefit for Suite Class passengers - there is no need for you to have a drinks package if you’re a Suite passenger as in Michael’s, they’re included. Sure, convenience, preference, for instance if you want a bottle of wine at dinner but we did not have a package and were thrilled as we got things at Michael’s that are only covered on the Premium package, not on the Classic.
Luminae is the other huge Suite Class benefit - the new Suite Class only restaurant. The food is excellent, many fine touches such as an amouse bouche with every meal, and what we affectionately called a pre-dessert; extraordinary bread, really, the bread is so much better than what is served in the MDR or in Blu (and I love Blu!). Service is excellent, however we felt that the elegant leisurely pace was overall, perhaps too leisurely. There is slow paced and then there is dragging……considering all that there is to do onboard, particularly in the evening with the many entertainment options, we didn’t want dinner to be a 2 to 2 3/4 hour event every evening. The other problem is this - though the dishes were well inspired and very fresh - and truly, completely different from any other restaurant on board, we felt that several proved to be sellouts to the stereotypical American palate of the average mass market cruiser. Yes, sadly, the chef has sold out to the land of the bland. I spoke to our server several times about this - for instance a curry dish on offer, well, ha, the closest the dish came to curry was if it was waved past a curry jar on the way to my table. Our server said that many of the dishes had more punch when Luminae was first launched but due to customer complaints of dishes being “too spicy”, the dishes were modified - OH TOO BAD - that really bugs me as Celebrity is supposed to be about Modern Luxury, and appealing to a more sophisticated set - so I had such high hopes for Luminae - but, no, dishes that were supposed to have some zip fell flat. I overheard so many servers saying to timid patrons when describing dishes that were supposed to have spice, “OH, but they’re not TOO spicy!!” - and even still, people wouldn’t order them. Ugh, I hate that Celebrity is pandering to the lowest common palate denominator! Step up, be chefy, be bold. But, other dishes that aren’t supposed to be on the spicy side were excellent, well conceived and executed, beautiful ingredients. Any dish you want that is not on the select menu, ask for it - above all else, staff wants the guests to be happy, they really do. I heard guests ordering all manner of dishes!
There was an extremely picky (annoying) teenager at a nearby table who literally, every night, turned up her nose at every single dish on the menu, with a dramatic roll of her eyes and a very vocal, “ewwwwww, what’s that, I’m not going to eat THAT!!” and the server would bring her dishes you’d find at your average pizza shop in Anywhere USA like spaghetti or chicken parm. But, my scorn not withstanding, the point is that the guests, on Celebrity, truly do come first.
There are countless perks to Suite Class, such as reserved prime seating in the theater and this one, which is huge - an express line when exiting the ship to get through Customs - yes, indeed, that is huge. People with disabilities and the Zenith level of Captains Club can also use this line. Another perk of Suite Class, or perhaps a way to look at Suite Class, is that if you choose, you can completely isolate yourself from the rest of the ship if you want to, no need to mix with the hoi polloi - being in Suite Class is like a cruise within a cruise - recapping, you have your own butler to bring you anything you want, your own Suite Class concierge, your own private bar/club, Michael’s and your own private restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; you have your own private events and presentations so that you don’t have to go to the Captains Club high tea or to the Officers Cocktail party, you can opt to go instead to the smaller and more exclusive events held in Michael’s……it’s a very special experience, somewhat insular and isolating if you choose it to be.
We were back to back passengers - we stayed on the Summit for the next voyage, but in Veranda class, haha, so we were ‘slumming’ it on the next cruise! This gave us a unique perspective to compare Suite Class amenities with all of the ‘regular’ amenities on two consecutive weeks, and although we loved our time in Suite Class, for the upcharge, I’m not so very sure it’s worth it because Celebrity does what it does so well, across the board. (OK, except for adding actual spice to their dishes that are supposed to be spicy! - do it, Celebrity, don’t be afraid of those with the weak palates!) Read Less