Earlier this week, I covered some of the fun changes coming to the Celebrity Silhouette (2011) and Celebrity Reflection (2012) ships that differ from their three Solstice-class predecessors. In addition to a whole lot of Lawn Club amenities and some additional staterooms, the ships will be outfitted with a brand-new Michael’s Club and a replacement for Team Earth.
Part of the brand from the beginning, Michael’s Club has been an elegant social club with a grand piano as the centerpiece. On the Silhouette and Reflection, it’ll keep the name but get a new concept: craft beer bar. In addition to 50 international beer selections, Michael’s Club will offer fine whiskeys, scotches, cognacs, and bourbons. Snacks will include potato chips, breadsticks, and popcorn. Guests can learn how to pour the perfect draft, uncover the secrets of the right beer glass, and broaden their understanding of craft beers. “We’ll have someone in there who really understands them,” says Dan Hanrahan, CEO of Celebrity Cruises. The musical vibe will be the likes of Jack Johnson and Rascal Flatts in the daytime; Maroon 5, Kings of Leon, and Coldplay in the evening.
The last major change will be to the area currently occupied by Team Earth. While I like the globe and the concept of having a space to explore environmental issues, I didn’t see this area being used much, and even I got impatient navigating the interactive touchscreen presentation. In its place will be The Hideaway, a retreat-like environment decorated in a palette of greens and browns. There will be space for 30 people to read, listen to music, grab a cup of coffee, and kick back in chairs that are promised to be “exceedingly comfortable.” The centerpiece of The Hideaway will be two treehouses that people can climb into to get away from it all and relax.
“We wanted to bring something different,” Hanrahan says. “We have evolved and innovated at Celebrity for years — it’s been a consistent guiding principle for the brand.”