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Celebrity Cruises: Is concierge class worth it?

One of the most frequently asked questions by cruisers is: Is it worth it to book a concierge class cabin on a Celebrity Cruises ship?

The short answer from people who've booked a concierge cabin is usually: No, it's not worth it. But if you can afford to pay a little more, it's definitely worth it to sail in the next class up, which is Aqua.

On my last cruise, I sailed concierge, and I wanted to share exactly what you'll get in this class.


We embarked fairly quickly thanks to receiving priority embarkation for concierge guests. But the general lineup wasn't long and I think we might have boarded quickly anyway in the regular lineup.

This photo above was our cabin on the Celebrity Eclipse, travelling round-trip from Vancouver to Alaska in July 2019. In concierge, you will get a cabin that's in a more desirable part of the ship.

And here's what you'll get in a concierge cabin.

My husband and I had Select Dining (anytime dining), and it was lovely having a separate concierge lineup at supper time. In the room, the binoculars aren't good so if that's important to you, bring your own.

Once on the ship on embarkation day, we made our way to the main dining room where we had a lunch that was served just to concierge guests. This was a nice benefit, as the buffet is often kind of a zoo on the first day.

This was the menu:

I had the delicious Moroccan Braised Short Ribs as my main ...

... and the Warm Apple Pie for dessert.

I'd heard that the Daily Delectable Delights that are served to the cabin every day between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. aren't very good and sadly, I also found that to be the case. Next time, I'll just ask for cheese and crackers as a replacement.

Here are photos of the canapes we got. I think we missed a day because we were in a port.

In concierge, you'll also get special invitations such as these ones. We were also able to see the sailaway from Vancouver from the helipad.

Here's a tip, though. You don't need to wait for an invitation to the helipad to get a great view. There is a deck, complete with always empty chaise loungers, that is only accessible through the gym that actually overlooks the helipad. (See? There is a benefit to hitting that gym daily as hubby and I did while on the cruise!) This was our view as we sailed into Ketchikan.

In concierge, you'll get a bottle of wine that you can request when it's convenient for you. We just took ours home.

Finally, I believe you get an upgraded breakfast room service menu in concierge. I think this menu is upgraded but please let me know if I'm wrong.

Moving forward, I probably wouldn't sail concierge class again unless I got a great price. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that if you are trying to get to the next level in the Captain's Club loyalty program, sailing concierge is a great way to do it. You'll accrue points at the rate of 5/night compared with the 2 points/night in an inside or oceanview cabin, and 3 points/night in a regular veranda.

Otherwise, I just don't think it's worth it the extra money for the few perks you get in concierge.

Is cruise food good? 7 more menus from Celebrity Cruises' main dining room

Is cruise food really all that good? If you're on a Celebrity cruise, the short answer is YES.

I recently went on my second Celebrity cruise in 11 months (Vancouver to Alaska, round-trip on the Eclipse) and happily discovered that the food was every bit as good as I remembered.

(In between my two Celebrity cruises I went on a Princess cruise (Ruby, Mexican Riviera) but I still need to blog those menus. Frankly, Princess' buffet was lacking, IMO, but its main dining room menu was nearly as good as Celebrity's.)

Here are 7 more menus from Celebrity's main dining room ... more specifically, this is what I ate for supper while on my cruise. The items marked Timeless Starters and Timeless Entrees were available every night; the rest of the menu changed nightly.

Before we get to the food, though, let's take a moment to talk about the dress code in the main dining room. Celebrity has relaxed its code and the two dress-up evenings on a seven-night cruise call for Evening Chic wear.

Now, there seems to always be a lot of discussion about what constitutes "Evening Chic." My advice is, don't stress about it. Dress like you're going to have supper at a nice restaurant. Bring a pair of black pants (I like to bring my stretchiest pants), black sparkly top, dangly earrings and blingy sandals, and you're set. Wear the same outfit both nights; no one will notice!

And just in case you're still worried about the dress code, here is the description straight from Celebrity:

Now, on to the food.

Day 1

Organic Roasted Red Beets

Oven Roasted Jerk Spiced Chicken

Warm Banana Blueberry Crumble

Day 2

Smoked Seafood Cake

Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb

Phyllo Dough Tulip

Day 3

Chilled Shrimp Cocktail

Mediterranean Seafood Orzo

Cherries Jubilee

Day 4

Wedge Salad

Crab Crusted Cape Hake

My husband had the Slow Braised Lamb Wrapped in Phyllo.

Peach Clafoutis

Day 5

Seafood Rockefeller

Broiled Lobster Tail

Celebrity Signature Baked Alaska

Day 6

I had supper at Qsine on this night BUT I still went by the main dining room to take a photo of the menu. No MDR food photos for this night, though, obviously. (However, more to come my Le Petit Chef supper later.)

Day 7

Baked French Onion Soup

Barolo Braised Beef Short Ribs

Sadly, I was so excited to dig into my Creme Brulee that I didn't take a photo! But it was superb.

So, if you've wondered what cruise food is like ... well, as you can clearly see, on a Celebrity ship, it's fabulous. 

If you're a frequent cruiser, lucky you. If you're thinking about going on your first cruise, go! And enjoy your suppers.