Celebrity Reflection will offer a new set of options for entertaining large and small groups.
When Celebrity Reflection – the fifth in Celebrity’s Solstice Class fleet – sets sail in October of this year, the ship will feature an entirely new, multi-functional space that can serve as a spacious 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.
Each space can be configured as needed courtesy of movable walls, allowing for two to three concurrent events when the entire ballroom or conference center is not in use.
When configured as a ballroom or within the banquet layout, tables will be festively arranged to allow for an optional dance floor and live music. When configured as a conference center or a classroom layout, tables can be removed and seating will be organized according to each group’s needs. The entire area will be equipped with four 70-inch LCD TVs, installed such that each individual classroom space is equipped with one of them.
“Our corporate clients expressed interest in a uniquely flexible space, and that’s exactly what this delivers,” said Celebrity’s Senior VP Sales Dondra Ritzenthaler. “And, in addition to this, of course, we have several hip lounges and spacious theaters and Celebrity’s award-winning restaurants, all of which make our ships the perfect modern luxury platforms for hosting groups of all sizes.”
Celebrity’s James Beard-featured culinary team offers a wide selection of traditional catering options, including artisanal cheese carving stations, fresh fruit, vegetable crudités, continental breakfast, and non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage packages, or more unique offerings, such as Celebrity’s elegant Champagne High Tea or fresh, made-from-scratch canapés and delectable petit fours.
Groups also can select from among three of Celebrity’s expertly designed, pre-set appetizer, entrée, soup/salad and dessert menus, each of which can be complemented by fine wines from Celebrity’s list of more than 500 globally-focused selections. Fresh-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 also are among the catering selections.
Celebrity’s artful culinary presentation is among the catering options, too, including ornate, handcrafted ice sculptures and vegetable sculptures. Interactive cooking demonstrations and tastings hosted by Celebrity’s Executive Chefs also can be arranged.
A fee applies for most group catering menu selections, with orders requested within a specific number of days prior to embarkation.
“Corporations who book group cruises with Celebrity can save an average of 30 percent 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’s 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 organizing entertainment, but with Celebrity, incredible dining experiences and fantastic entertainment are all part of the package, representing an incredible value. There’s a reason Celebrity has been honored by Incentive magazine as a Platinum Partner every year since 2007. We’re the obvious choice for corporate incentive trips, meetings and full-ship charters.”