Celebrity Reflection to debut new conference centre and ballroom

26th May 2012
Celebrity Reflection to debut new conference centre and ballroom

Whether planning a wedding, private cocktail party, or business meeting for a corporate incentive trip or conference, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection will offer an inviting new series of options for hosting and entertaining large and small groups alike in modern luxury style.

When Celebrity Reflection – the fifth in Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning Solstice Class of ships – sets sail in October of this year, the ship will feature an entirely new, multi-functional space that can serve as a ballroom or conference area, or be divided into smaller banquet or classroom settings, depending on each individual group’s needs.

The expanded 2,853-square-foot space on deck four can comfortably accommodate 220 guests in the ballroom or conference layout, 96 guests in the banquet layout, or 64 guests each in the classroom layouts via movable walls. The entire area will be equipped with four 70-inch LCD TVs, installed so that each individual classroom space is equipped with one.

“Our corporate clients expressed an interest in a uniquely flexible space, and that’s exactly what this delivers,” said Celebrity Cruises’ Senior VP Sales Dondra Ritzenthaler. “And, in addition to this, of course, we have several hip lounges and spacious theatres and Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning restaurants, all of which make our ships the perfect modern luxury platforms for hosting groups of all sizes.”

Celebrity Cruises’ award winning culinary team offers a wide selection of traditional catering options, including cheese carving stations, fresh fruit, vegetable crudités, continental breakfast and non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage packages. More unique offerings, such as Celebrity Cruises’ elegant Champagne High Tea or fresh canapés are also available.


Groups can also select from Celebrity Cruises’ expertly designed extensive menu options, each of which can be complemented by fine wines from Celebrity Cruises’ list of more than 500 varieties. Freshly-baked and custom-decorated special occasion cakes, as well as a full array of kosher, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, lactose-free, sucrose-free, macrobiotic, and vegetarian options are also among the catering selections available.

Celebrity Cruises’ culinary presentation can also be added to any event such as handcrafted ice and vegetable sculptures, interactive cooking demonstrations and tastings hosted by Celebrity Cruises’ Executive Chefs.

“Businesses who book group cruises with Celebrity Cruises can save an average of 30 per cent over comparable land-based packages, because exceptional meals, world-class entertainment, and the use of our meeting space and a/v equipment already is included,” said Celebrity Cruises’ Director of Corporate Incentive and Charter Sales Ron Gulaskey. “Meeting planners spend the majority of their time leading up to events at hotels and resorts focused on meal planning and organising entertainment, but with Celebrity Cruises, incredible dining experiences and fantastic entertainment are all part of the package.”

Celebrity Reflection’s new Conference Centre is one of several modern venues and experiences that will debut when the ship enters service in October 2012, including the line’s first “AquaClass Suites,” inspired by guest demand for suite accommodations offering the features associated with Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass staterooms. Celebrity Reflection also will present the brand’s first “Signature Suites,” and the jaw-dropping “Reflection Suite.”

Located in a private area of the ship’s 14th deck, Celebrity Reflection’s five Signature Suites each offer a 441-square-foot stateroom space, and 118-square foot veranda, with floor-to-ceiling windows and veranda doors. Celebrity Cruises’ Signature Suites can each accommodate up to four guests, and will offer the luxurious 24/7 butler service that is a hallmark of every suite across the Celebrity Cruises fleet. The entire area – including the stunning new Reflection Suite – features cardkey access exclusively for guests booked in the elite group of suites, such that a family or group of up to 26 guests traveling together can enjoy a private, six-suite modern luxury holiday experience.

Nestled in the highly desirable corner location near Celebrity Cruises’ new Signature Suites, the Reflection Suite will be the brand’s first two-bedroom suite, complete with a truly distinctive sea-view bathroom extending out over the edge of the ship, a veranda tub with soothing rain shower, and panoramic views courtesy of the wraparound veranda. The 1,636-square-foot suite with 194-square-foot veranda – complete with Celebrity Cruises’ luxurious 24/7 butler service – can accommodate up to six guests.

Celebrity Reflection also will feature a host of industry-first venues and experiences introduced on Celebrity Silhouette in 2011, including the interactive “Lawn Club Grill,” where guests can select and grill their own meats side-by-side with Celebrity Cruises’ expert chefs, or have them cooked to order; the relaxing, private, wi-fi-equipped cabanas called “The Alcoves”; “The Porch,” a casual dining spot offering sandwiches, coffees and captivating views of the sea and the ship’s lush lawn; “The Art Studio,” where holidaymakers can bring out their inner artist. The ship also will present another new venue, “The Hideaway,” an intimate, quiet space reminiscent of a childhood tree house, not to mention the diverse array of other modern venues and attributes already associated with Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class ships.


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