The first drawings of the glass-enclosed space, being unveiled today exclusively at the Cruise Log, show a soaring, polygonal area that juts outward from the 14th deck of the ship, affording sweeping vistas to the sea.
Billed as an industry first, the cantilevered shower will feature see-through glass on its floor and ceiling as well as its sides that is coated with a reflective material that Celebrity promises will keep outsiders from looking in during the day. At night, shower users can flip a switch to trigger a fogging function that further obscures the view.
“You can see out, but the important part of the story is no one can see in. We spent a lot of money making sure of that,” Celebrity senior vice president of hotel operations Lisa Lutoff-Perlo tells USA TODAY.
Announced in December, the 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite will be the largest accommodations ever on a Celebrity ship, eclipsing the 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites found on the line’s four Millennium Class vessels.
The Reflection Suite will be the first suite on a Celebrity ship with two bedrooms and come with a wrap-around balcony that at 194 square feet is larger than some basic cabins on the vessel. Designed by New York-based BG Studio International, it’ll also feature a butler on call around the clock (as do all Celebrity suites) and can accommodate up to six passengers.
Lutoff-Perlo says there’s growing demand from Celebrity’s customers for elaborate suites, even at high prices, and the line has realized it needs more of them. The Reflection Suite is one of six large new suites that Celebrity is placing on the Celebrity Reflection, which debuts in October. The suites are in an area that is devoted to a conference center on four sister ships to the Celebrity Reflection that already are in service.
“The type of people we are attracting is a customer that is willing to pay more and is looking for these kind of accommodations,” Lutoff-Perlo says. “We spend a lot of time listening to our customers.”
Pricing for the Reflection Suite is $11,999 per person per voyage for the first and second passenger, and $799 per person for up to four additional passengers.
The Celebrity Reflection enters service Oct. 12 with a nine-night sailing from Amsterdam to Barcelona followed by two more Europe sailings and a trans-Atlantic voyage from Europe to the USA. It then will spend the coming winter sailing to the Caribbean out of Miami before heading to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2013.