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Captain Kate McCue models Dune Jewelry (Photo: Dune Jewelry and Co.)
Celebrity's Captain Kate McCue partnered with Dune Jewelry to launch a new collection (Photo: Dune Jewelry and Co.)

Celebrity Cruises News: Captain Kate Partners with Dune Jewelry to Launch Nautically-Inspired Collection

Captain Kate McCue models Dune Jewelry (Photo: Dune Jewelry and Co.)
Celebrity's Captain Kate McCue partnered with Dune Jewelry to launch a new collection (Photo: Dune Jewelry and Co.)
Senior Editor, News and Features
Aaron Saunders
Colleen McDaniel

Last updated
Jun 25, 2024

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(June 25, 2024) -- Celebrity Cruises' Captain Kate McCue is famous for being the first American female captain of a mega cruise-ship. And now her resume just got a little more diverse, with her recently-announced partnership with Dune Jewelry & Co.

Captain Kate and the jewelry company have joined forces to create a collection of sterling silver and 14K gold vermeil designs. The items mostly draw inspiration from nautical and marine themes, including mermaids, siren scales and ship's wheels, but also offer general nods to travel. Even Captain Kate's sphinx cat, Bug Naked, makes an appearance in some of the designs.

“I’m extremely proud of the collection Dune and I created together. I love that Dune is female founded and inspired by traveling and making memories. It really feels aligned to create with such a purpose driven company,” said Captain Kate.

Founded in 2010 by Holly Daniels Christensen in Massachusetts, Dune Jewelry & Co. sells handcrafted products made from sand and earth elements materials collected from beaches. The company offers a personalized line that allows users to send in their own materials to create jewelry pieces.

The Captain Kate x Dune Jewelry Collection includes dozens of designs priced between $50 to $500 that are available for purchase at the jewelry company's website.

--Jorge Oliver, Editor

Celebrity Cruises Introduces New Perks for The Retreat

The Retreat Lounge is available exclusively to suite guests aboard Celebrity Cruises (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)
The Retreat Lounge is available exclusively to suite guests aboard Celebrity Cruises (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

(May 23, 2024) -- Celebrity Cruises announced today it will introduce several new perks for The Retreat, Celebrity's exclusive onboard enclave available for passengers booking full suites.

The all-inclusive experience will include a host of new personalized amenities including a dedicated butler; a dedicated shore excursion specialist; access to The Retreat Lounge; complimentary mini-bars; personalized 'daily delights' from the in-suite dining menu; and more.

Celebrity has also announced it will roll out new enhancements at Luminae, the line's exclusive dining venue for suite guests. These include new Daniel Boulud Signature dishes and a new rotating dessert menu.

The enhancements are in addition to standard perks offered to all Retreat guests.

“At The Retreat, the world really does revolve around our guests,” said Laura Hodges Bethge, Celebrity Cruises' president.

“We collected extensive feedback from past guests, loyalty members and our trade partners to inform how The Retreat experiences are being reimagined to continue exceeding vacation expectations by delivering on the amenities and experiences Celebrity Cruises guests value most.”

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Two Ships Make Brand's First Visit to Perfect Day

Celebrity Reflection and Wonder of the Seas dock at Perfect Day at CocoCay. (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)
Celebrity Reflection and Wonder of the Seas dock at Perfect Day at CocoCay. (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)

(April 25, 2024) -- Celebrity Reflection made history April 22, becoming the first Celebrity Cruises ship to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay. Fleetmate Celebrity Beyond followed suit the next day with a stop at the private beach paradise.

Ask anyone at Royal Caribbean Group, and they'll tell you Perfect Day at CocoCay is the highest-ranked port on any of the company's Caribbean itineraries.

It's no wonder, as Perfect Day offers long stretches of pristine beaches, a huge waterpark, an adults-only spot with its own swimup bar and quiet cabanas, and another area that includes a high-end lunch restaurant and overwater cabanas that are among the best you'll find on a Caribbean sailing.

RCG, the parent company of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises, is gambling that loyalists among its other brands will love Perfect Day just as much as loyal to Royal cruisers do.

Cruise Critic was onboard for the historic Celebrity Reflection sailing, which was quietly celebrated with some pre-visit info sessions and surprising in-cabin swag that included Perfect Day branded towel clips, hats and photos. (We also spotted Celebrity President Laura Hodges Bethge exploring the port to see how things were going.)

“Guest feedback inspired the new shorter Caribbean itineraries, designed to offer year-round opportunities to unwind with loved ones,” Hodges Bethge said. “Introducing Perfect Day at CocoCay presents new experiences for Celebrity guests seeking quick beach getaway escapes close to home.”

Celebrity added Perfect Day to its itineraries after hearing from guests who said they wanted to try the island, but preferred to sail with Celebrity.

Based on guest reaction from the first day, it will be a hit with Celebrity passengers.

We shared Perfect Day with Wonder of the Seas, which means between the two ships, passenger number could total 9,000 or more. Yet it didn't feel crowded. We talked to passengers who said they appreciated the Hideaway Beach option for adults only; they loved the beach and big pool, and the chance to avoid kids.

(Royal Caribbean is positioned as a family cruise line, and while Celebrity also sails with families, the number of children onboard doesn't come close to the number on its sister brand.)

Reflection sails three- and four-night itineraries, which was the original intent of the new itineraries: giving guests short cruise options that include a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Beyond sails longer itineraries, with options starting at six nights. Perfect Day is also available additional cruise ships, including Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Apex. Calls to Perfect Day are on itineraries through 2026, with other Western Caribbean highlights like Bimini, Key West, Cozumel and Nassau.

-- Colleen McDaniel, Editor in Chief

Celebrity Cruises Introduces New Premium Access Option

Celebrity Ascent at the shipyard in Chantiers de L'Atlantique
Celebrity Ascent at the shipyard in Chatiers de L'Atlantique (Image: Adam Coulter)

(February 26, 2024) -- Celebrity Cruises has rolled out a new add-on package known as Premium Access that is available to those with booked cruises and bundles additional perks for a fee.

Similar to Royal Caribbean's "The Key" program, Celebrity's new Premium Access add-on gives passengers the chance to enjoy priority embarkation along with a welcome lunch in the main dining room. It also includes priority stateroom luggage delivery, complimentary unlimited room service; priority tendering service in tender ports of call; reserved seating in the main theater; and express luggage service upon disembarkation.

The package also includes premium Wi-Fi internet for up to two devices. Staterooms are also available to be accessed on embarkation day as of 11:30 a.m.

The new program, which is capacity-limited and is priced dynamically depending on voyage duration, was initially rolled out as "Celebrity Pass" before undergoing a name change and slight tweak to amenities.

The package must be purchased online via Celebrity's Cruise Planner. Every member of the cabin over the age of six must purchase it in order to qualify.

Cruise Critic's members are discussing the new program on Cruise Critic's message boards.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News & Features

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