Celebrity Ascent Cabins

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An Edge Garden Villa one of the top suites on Celebrity Cruises Edge class ships
Celebrity Ascent Jacuzzi in Suite Bathroom overlooks the sea
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Adam Coulter
U.K. Executive Editor

Celebrity Ascent has 1,646 cabins and can accommodate 3,260 passengers at double occupancy; maximum capacity is 3,731. Most cabins -- 81% -- have balconies, although on Celebrity's Edge-class ships, these are called Infinite Verandas, with an electronic window that slides down to create more of a conservatory, rather than an actual step-out balcony (some people love this, as the lack of a step and the ability to enclose it completely effectively creates an extra room; others prefer a traditional balcony).

Celebrity Ascent has an additional 179 rooms, including 22 more suites, to accommodate the 350 extra passengers of the earlier Edge-class ships. There are 32 infinite veranda cabins for solo travelers, 178 connecting rooms, and also 25 accessible staterooms.

What to Expect in Rooms on Celebrity Ascent

You’ll find three types of cabins on pretty well all ships: Inside, outside ones with a view, and balconies, which include suites.

The first thing you’ll notice with even the entry-level cabins is how modern and sleek they are: cleverly designed to maximize space, plenty of power outlets (with European, US and UK sockets as well as USB ports), high-end fixtures and fittings and everything controllable via your app (should you choose to). Yes, it’s clearly a cruise ship cabin, but it feels more elegant and sophisticated than your standard cruise ship room.

Although the smallest cabins come in at 181 square feet, which is smaller than a typical US hotel room (almost double, at 325 square feet), it’s a decent size for a large cruise ship.

Infinite veranda cabins divide opinion, as some people prefer to be able to step outside, but they get our vote as they provide extra space, they are more private than a traditional balcony, and there are no heavy slamming doors. Instead, you have bi-fold doors which slide gently to create an extra room.

All cabins come with two twin beds that can be combined to create a queen- or king-sized bed, bedside tables with lights and a USB port (oddly only on one side of the bed) an interactive TV, closet, safe, minifridge, desk and chair, sofa. There's a white box on the desk with multiple power sockets and USB ports.

The infinite verandas have two chairs and a small table; you control the balcony window from a switch to the side – one controls the window, the other controls the blackout blind.

These are lovely spaces, really designed to make you feel at home, cabins you’ll look forward to coming back to after a night out on the ship.

Cabin Bathrooms on Celebrity Ascent

All cabin bathrooms have a shower with a glass door, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel from dispensers, basin, toilet and storage facilities. As you move higher up the categories, expect tubs, separate showers and twin basins and better hardware such as Hans Grohe shower heads, Bigelow products (for Concierge, Aqua, Celebrity and Sky Suites; top suites have Le Labo products).

Suites on Celebrity Ascent

All AquaClass rooms on Celebrity Ascent include access to the ship's Sea Thermal spa area, the dedicated restaurant Blu for breakfast and dinner, upgraded shower amenities, yoga mats, and water refreshed daily.

New to Celebrity Beyond were 20 AquaClass Sky Suites, which you’ll also find on Ascent, which are slightly less than double the size of a standard balcony cabin, coming in at 319 square feet. In these you will get all the amenities of AquaClass, with access to The Retreat and all its perks.

Celebrity Ascent has 215 suites, the majority of them Sky Suites, of which there are 146. They range from the two vast, front facing Iconic Suites, which slice up the real estate at the whole of the front of Deck 12; to the Sky Suites, which you’d be hard pressed to describe as a suite as they are little bigger than a standard balcony.

All suites have access to The Retreat, which has a private lounge area, dining room, Luminae, and a sundeck with bar, pool and plunge pool. Other perks include: butler service, priority check-In, luggage delivery, disembarkation, tendering ashore, dining reservations, reserved theatre seats, in-cabin dining service, including afternoon canapes and Afternoon Tea service), daily fresh fruits and flowers, premium robes and slippers, expanded room service menu, complimentary minibar and Internet, upgraded bathroom amenities.

The two Iconic Suites sit above the Bridge and arguably enjoy even better views than the captains. They each come in at a staggering 2,590 square feet, which includes a 690 square foot balcony. These are vast, bigger than many apartments, and boast a huge living/dining area (complete with Butler’s Pantry) flooded with light as both are forward facing and have windows throughout the entire room. Each has two large bedrooms and two bathrooms with a full shower and whirlpool bathtub, and a balcony complete with hot tub and lounge seating.

Edge Villas are the only suite incorporated into The Retreat, leading straight out onto the sundeck. Designed by British designer Kelly Hoppen and introduced on Celebrity Edge, each duplex “villa” has a downstairs living area and shower room, leading out onto a private terrace complete with hot tub, while upstairs is the living area and another bathroom.

There are just two Penthouse Suites, both on Deck 12, which come in at 1,500 square feet, which includes a 200 square feet balcony. These sleep six in two bedrooms (both en suite), plus a sofa bed for two, so would suit a large family. There is a large living/dining space complete with dining table and wet bar. The master bedroom includes a large walk-in wardrobe and a vanity; the main bathroom has a jacuzzi with sea views and a separate shower. The balcony stretches the entire length of the living room.

Royal Suites come in at 667 square feet and sleep four, though there is just one bedroom. The separate living room includes a sofa bed and there is also a separate cloakroom. The bed looks out to sea and has its own private terrace. We love the bathroom, with the stand-alone bath and walk in shower behind. The Celebrity Suite has a similar layout, but is narrower, coming in at 400 square feet. The bed is not sea-facing, though there is a private terrace.

Cabins to Avoid on Celebrity Ascent

We always suggest to steer clear of cabins near elevators, for both the noise of the elevators and the footfall; and the lower deck cabins on 3 for the noise from all the public spaces adjacent.

However, we do have a few favorites we can recommend:

Cruise Critic Cabin Picks

Budget: A high-deck Inside cabin is just 10 square foot smaller than a standard balcony, if you’re content with no view.

Splash: We think it’s worth a splash to get into the Sky Suite for all the extra suite perks, even if size-wise it’s no bigger than a regular balcony.

Splurge: If you want to go all-in and money really is no object, then enjoy the New York Loft-style vibe of the jaw-dropping Iconic Suite.

Family: Option to book two adjoining Infinite Veranda cabins, or if you have more than two kids, opt for the Penthouse Suite.

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