Booking a pre- or post-cruise hotel just got easier for Royal Caribbean's sister brand.
Celebrity Cruises announced its new Hotels by Celebrity option, where guests can book a four- or five-star hotel along with their cruise. There is no limit to the duration of how many nights you can book.
While the program is now available for Celebrity Cruises only, it may be coming to Royal Caribbean too. Jessica Suchman, Celebrity's Sales Training and Development Specialist, told travel agents in a webinar, "this will be a tool for all of our brands at Royal Caribbean Group, but we're beginning here with Celebrity Cruises."
In order to book a hotel through the program, you need to have a Celebrity Cruises reservation number.
The program offers refundable hotel booking options.
You may reserve up to 9 rooms at a time, provided they all have the same check-in and check-out dates. For a booking of 5-9 rooms a different name for each room is required.
Within the results, guests can view the amenities for each specific hotel, and even filter by amenity and star level to further refine the search.
Offering hotels for before or after their cruise is an addition to the pre-existing option to book airfare for cruise guests.
Royal Caribbean Group has offered airfare booking through the cruise lines for years via the Air2Sea website.
With added health protocols, spending a night or two in the departure city before the cruise begins has never been more important, and offering a hotel booking option offers a more complete vacation planning tool for guests.
You can use the Hotels by Celebrity website here.