Celebrity Cruises has joined sister-lines Royal Caribbean and Azamara by offering passengers the option to disembark later through their new ‘Extend Your Stay’ program.
Currently available onboard Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Silhouette, the program will be available for future European seasons.
For USD $59 per adult, USD $29.50 per child ages three to twelve and free for children under three, passengers can purchase the ‘tickets’ at Guest Relations onboard.
Designed to make disembarkation day easier for those facing long-haul flights or extended waits at the airport, passengers will be offered many benefits as part of the program.
- Late cabin check out of 9am (one hour later than the regular time)
- Disembarkation anytime up to 90 minutes before the next cruise sets sail
- Non-alcoholic specialty coffees and teas from ‘Café al Bacio’
- A meal in ‘Bistro on Five’
- Access to the ship’s theatre to view a first-run movie
- AquaSpa treatments at an additional charge
- Access to the pool, fitness centre and locker rooms
- Drinks will be available for purchase via credit card
“Being able to relax onboard in luxurious surroundings rather than rush to disembark on the last day of one’s cruise epitomizes what ‘modern luxury’ is all about,” said Simon Weir, director hotel operations Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Cruises recommends guests wishing to take part in the program check with the line prior to booking to confirm any changes in departure time based on the ship, itinerary and local immigration regulations.
This option is definitely something that I would take up as my pet hate when cruising is disembarkation day.
The hurried morning, trying to say goodbye to all of your new friends, packing, dealing with the queues of people disembarking and then dealing with trying to make it through customs with thousands of your fellow passengers.
I would much prefer a leisurely wake up, followed by breakfast and lazing by the pool to really make the most of my last day onboard. I would even go so far as to say that I would time my flights later if possible to take advantage of the opportunity!
I think that the price is extremely reasonable and sincerely hope that more cruise lines follow suit across the board and not just in Europe.
Is this an offer that you would take up when cruising next? Or are you someone who prefers to get off the ship as soon as you can?