NEW: Celebrity Cruises “Always Included” Pricing Structure

We explain everything you need to know about the new Celebrity Cruises "Always Included" pricing structure.

Celebrity Cruises Always Included

Celebrity Cruises has announced a new approach to cruising called “Always Included”. This new pricing structure aims to put the cruise line among luxury brands with a more all-inclusive feel. With inclusions like free beverages and gratuities, we explain everything you need to know about the new Celebrity Cruises “Always Included” price.

Everything You Need to Know About the New Celebrity Cruises “Always Included” Price

What’s Covered in the Always Included Price

Beginning on November 17, 2020, all sailings with Celebrity Cruises will include additional amenities as part of the cruise fare. These inclusions are a classic beverage package, basic WiFi, and gratuities. “Always Included” will apply to all stateroom categories and all itineraries except Galapagos.

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This new pricing structure will simplify the booking process by eliminating confusing promotions and perks. Celebrity Cruises states that this will be a long-term pricing strategy and not just a temporary promotion.

The new “Always Included” pricing will be the standard base fare for all Celebrity Cruises, while still offering the same modern luxury. This standard cruise fare now includes unlimited classic cocktails, beer, and wine. Additional drink inclusions are soda, specialty coffee and tea, juices, and bottled water. These are the typical Classic beverage package options which are up to $9 in price (including drink gratuities).

The second included perk is basic WiFi. This internet plan is capable of surfing, email, and social media on two devices per stateroom. However, it does not include streaming or use of technologies such as FaceTime. This now complimentary WiFi will be unlimited for the duration of the cruise.

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Finally, the Always Included pricing also includes daily gratuities. This means that there will no longer be a daily service charge added to your onboard account. Previously, Celebrity Cruises gratuities were priced at $15.50 per person, per day for all guests staying in standard accommodations. A fee of $16.00-$19.00 was charged to those in Concierge Class, Aqua Class staterooms, and Suites. Of course, if you would like to tip any crew members additionally for exceptional service, you can certainly still do so.

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Upgrades to the Always Included Pricing

There are two upgrade options available to the new Always Included base price. Celebrity Cruises now offers guests the Elevate and Indulge upgrade options.

The new Elevate package upgrades classic drinks to premium drinks (priced up to $15) and adds up to $200 per person for shore excursions. This shore excursion credit is based on the length of the sailing. The value includes: $100 1-5nights; $150 6-9 nights; $200 10 nights or more.

To upgrade to the Elevate package, guests can pay an additional $30 per person, per day.

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The Indulge package includes all the offerings of the Elevate option in addition to unlimited streaming WiFi and up to $400 of onboard credit per person. The OBC value with the Indulge package is also based on length of sailing. The value includes: $200 1-5nights; $300 6-9 nights; $400 10 nights or more.

This package will be available for an additional $60 per person, per day.

All guests in the stateroom will be required to upgrade and choose the same package. Of note, single guests will need to pay double the per day amount for either the Elevate or Indulge package.

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Further, if guests choose to upgrade to Elevate or Indulge after their initial booking, their reservation will be converted to prevailing Always Included pricing on the day the package is added.

Guests staying in the “ship within a ship” Retreat will receive the Indulge package at no additional cost. This is in addition to a private restaurant, lounge, and sundeck, as well as a dedicated team of butlers.

If guests do not wish to upgrade to the Elevate or Indulge option, they can still upgrade their drink package. Cruisers will be able to upgrade from the now complimentary Classic beverage package to a Premium beverage package via the online cruise planner or once onboard the ship. Of note, guests may not purchase a beverage upgrade before final payment. The upgrade charge will be $11 per person, per day which includes the gratuity.

Comments

What do you think of Celebrity Cruises Always Included new pricing structure? Is the more inclusive nature appealing to you? Would you be willing to pay a little more upfront for your cruise vacation to avoid all the extra costs of add-ons?

Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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  1. I think it probably will be a good idea but they will have to be very careful on the pricing of the rooms or I think it will frighten people off specifically the way it is at the moment

      What if you already paid for these upgrades? Will Celebrity rebook your cruise and give the new rate? I guess you have to check the price change and amenities.

      have to be careful not to upgrade prices more than at the moment otherwise it would price us very regular cruisers out of this market.

        Also for our 3 forthcoming cruises will these be included . Already have some perks built in but not all!

    I think we need to look at the net price of this. I usually bought the streaming wifi and Premium drink package–the streaming wifi was, if on sale, 350 or so for 2 on a 16 day cruise. And the classic came with my old deals so I upgraded to premium for 400 or so for 16 days.
    Now it will cost 1960 for streaming wifi over the base, plus the premium drinks, less 800 for on board credit, where I usually received 300 or so for OBC , or more. and often times it was refundable.
    So what I am concerned about is they will also raise prices for the base all inclusive and then have a higher cost for streaming wifi and premium. So it becomes a double hit.
    So whats my net net per day for a say 2022 cruise vs the 2019 cruise, adjusted for inflation.
    Personally I like the all inclusive for ease when on vacation, and not getting a multi page report for all the add ons. But there is a limit to what I can spend and what I what to spend.

    If I do not drink (I do) I probably will not like subsidizing others issue. If it gets too far out of line on built in costs for drinks etc, people will avoid Celebrity . I do not mind the gratuity at all, but some people really are looking for rock bottom price, and do not want the excursions or drinks even soft drinks,

    I guess we will see. But we all probably think that regardless of what level of service and accommodations you have on a ship, cruising has been thought of as a cost effective way to travel. If the bottom line is still good, then I am good with it.

      by the way, the costs on the 16 day cruises was last year 2019-

      I have had 2 separate 14 day cruises cancelled this year-that’s when Celebrity had perk packages 1 3, or 4. that changed from week to week. on both the base cruise and perks and often the net prices came out to within a few dollars, sometimes 1,000 more. Thats why the net net price per day is a good metric for measuring cost, (as long as you consider number of ports etc or anything else that’s different.

      Also, if the OBC is use it or lose it, you are now paying for it, so that raises the cost of cruising . eg, ships excursion vs you prebook an independent.

      si that all has to be figured in and everybody is different.

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