Celebrity Cruises Introduces “Celebrity Select” Flexible Dining

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity's MuranoCelebrity Cruises introduces Celebrity Select DiningSM, a new flexible dining option that allows guests to choose when they dine in the main dining room onboard, on a day-by-day basis, which includes the industry’s first pre-cruise day-by-day flexible dining reservation system.

“Celebrity Select Dining gives our guests the flexibility to spend their days any way they like,” said Jacques Van Staden, Vice President of Culinary Operations, Celebrity Cruises. “Whether they wish to enjoy more time in a specific port of call one day and dine later that evening than another, or whether they wish to keep a traditional set dining time, they will receive the same amazing service and enjoy the same menu. It’s all about our guests, and it’s all about choice.”

No other cruise line that offers a flexible dining option also offers pre-cruise day-by-day reservations. Through this industry-leading technology, Celebrity’s guesDining Couplets can go online to choose their desired dining time – anytime between 6 and 9:30 pm – for each day of their cruise, up to four days prior to boarding. Reservations also can be made onboard with the main dining room’s Maitre d’. Pre-cruise reservations are strongly encouraged in order to ensure the best possible dining experience. Guests can pre-book their dining times online. All dining times are subject to availability, and guests who elect Celebrity Select Dining must pay gratuities.

Fine DiningDuring the booking process, guests will choose either Celebrity Select Dining or traditional dining. Guests will be accommodated on a first-come/first-served basis. Guests who choose to customize their onboard dining times through Celebrity Select Dining also will have the choice to either dine with only their own traveling companions or with other guests on the cruise, and Celebrity will work to accommodate this choice.

Guests sailing on Celebrity’s newest ship, the 2,850-guest Celebrity Equinox, will be the first to experience Celebrity Select Dining. Guests who are already booked on Celebrity Equinox’s sailings can choose to switch to Celebrity Select Dining.

With the exception of sailings on Celebrity Xpedition, the 92-guest mega-yacht sailing year-round in the Galapagos Islands, the option to choose Celebrity Select Dining is available now for all other participating ships. Celebrity Select Dining’s online day-by-day dining reservations will be avSolsticeailable for all participating ships as of October 15. For sailings not available for booking day-by-day online reservations as of October 15, guests will be able to place their day-by-day reservations no less than 30 days prior to their sail date.

Guests planning to experience Celebrity Eclipse, the third ship in Celebrity’s new Solstice Class, which will enter service in April 2010, will be able to elect Celebrity Select Dining on a date that will be announced later.


1 Schwartz Dalia { 09.03.16 at 1:33 pm }

I am booked on cruise on 14jan from hong kong with the millenium, with party of 2 ben lulu.
My agent asked me to ask you for our dinner time.
we would like to have the second seat in a table of 4 passengers.
Thank you for your coporation. I am waiting for your answer.
Mrs. Schwartz Dalia

2 The Cruise Web Team { 09.08.16 at 8:32 am }

Hi Mrs. Schwartz,

Thanks for reaching out. We are a cruise travel agency, but still more than happy to assist if you’d like to call 001-240-487-0155 x 396, or email derekc@cruiseweb.com.

Derek C.
The Cruise Web

3 Joanne riley { 09.13.16 at 5:00 pm }

What is the dress code for celebrity select dining

4 Susan E. - The Cruise Web { 09.13.16 at 7:43 pm }

Joanne — Celebrity Select Dining has the same dress code as the Main Dining Room. I look forward to talking to you and discussing all the details and options onboard Celebrity. You can reach me here at The Cruise Web at 240-487-0155 ext 237 or by e-mail at susane@cruiseweb.com.

Susan E.
Cruise Consultant | The Cruise Web

5 Jo-Anne Woodward { 11.30.16 at 6:03 am }

Hi there,
My husband and I are booked on your Christmas/New year cruise leaving Sydney 23/12/16
We would like to organise an evening table for two only at the 8.30pm seating in the main Dining room and have been told by Sydney staff to do this online!
This is our 4th cruise on the Solstice and we would really appreciate you accomodating our request.
Many thanks and we await your reply.
Jo-Anne and Jon Woodward.

6 Jo-Anne Woodward { 11.30.16 at 6:05 am }

As above.

7 lynn Mottolese { 08.31.17 at 4:33 pm }

I am trying to make a reservation for Celebrity Select dining on theSummit for the evening of Sept.10,2017 for 2 people for 7:15 and I can not find a place to do it.

8 The Cruise Web Team { 09.01.17 at 7:57 am }

Hi Lynn,

You should be able to make your reservations online using the Pre-cruise Planner:

Or, you can wait until you get onboard and call the dining hotline during the day to make reservations, or just show up in the dining room when you are ready to eat.

For future vacations, please consider booking with The Cruise Web by calling 1-800-377-9383. Our expert consultants and client service team can walk you through the entire process, all while getting you the best deals.

Thanks for reaching out, and have fun on your upcoming cruise!

– The Cruise Web Team

9 Mal eacott { 01.11.18 at 7:42 am }

Hello. We are booked on the Celebrity Silhouette from 26th May 2018. At present we have opted for select dining but my question is, are we able to cancel gratuities on board ship as we prefer to tip staff direct, or do we need to select fixed dining?
Look forward to your reply
Kindest regards
Mal Eacott

10 Jen C - The Cruise Web { 01.11.18 at 1:39 pm }

Hi Mal,

If you have Celebrity Select Dining, you will have a different wait staff each evening. If you choose to request the removal of the automatic gratuities onboard – Traditional Dining would be the better option, as you could tip on the last evening of the cruise.

Please note that the automatic daily gratuities also include your Cabin Steward.

Thank you for your question and enjoy your cruise aboard Celebrity Silhouette.


11 Isobel { 06.10.18 at 2:47 am }

We are booked on infinity and was told we had to have any time dinning , we were told we could opt out of gratuities now it appears we can’t , I read a message from 2016 thar celebrity had removed them and it was up to the individual to pay tips , please can you make this clear as we go soon .

12 The Cruise Web Team { 06.11.18 at 8:40 am }

Hi Isobel, thanks for your comment!

Per Celebrity, regarding gratuities: “For your convenience, [Celebrity] automatically adds gratuities for your restaurant and stateroom services to your onboard SeaPass® account on a daily basis in the following amounts, which may be adjusted at your discretion: $14.50 per person, per day in standard accommodations; $15.00 per person, per day in Concierge Class and AquaClass® staterooms; $18.00 per person, per day in suites. This gratuity is shared by your stateroom attendant, dining services staff, and housekeeping staff members who help enhance your vacation experience. At your discretion, the gratuity payments may be adjusted onboard at Guest Relations, in which case they will not automatically be added to your onboard SeaPass® account. An 18% gratuity will be automatically added to all beverages, mini bar purchases, spa and salon services. Additional gratuities may be added at your discretion.”

I hope this clarifies Celebrity’s gratuity policy. If you have any additional questions, or for help planning future cruises, please give us a call at 1-800-377-9383.

13 Diana West { 03.28.19 at 8:44 pm }

My friend and i are booked on Celebrity Solstice cruise to Alaska on September 6 2019. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise. We have the Cel slct dining. Can you please tell me what we can expect. Dress codes etc. so excited but I do not know anyone who has ever been on a celebrity cruise.

14 The Cruise Web Team { 03.29.19 at 7:42 am }

Hi Diana, thanks for the question. First off, congratulations on booking your first cruise! I think you’re off to a great start with both your cruise line and destination, and I’m sure this will be an incredible trip.

Celebrity Select Dining just means that each night you have the flexibility to pick your dining time at the complimentary main restaurant(s), but as a result you might not have the same wait staff or table arrangement each night. Celebrity gives you this option because to some guests this flexibility and variance is a plus, but others prefer to have the same servers all vacation. If you know in advance that you want to dine at a certain restaurant at a certain time on a certain night, you are free to make reservations, but you are also welcome to just walk up to any of the main restaurants and ask for a table. Just keep in mind that if you choose the latter option, there may be a short wait.

As for dress code, all Celebrity Cruises that are 7 nights or longer will feature two “Evening Chic” nights (more on this below). All other nights of the cruise will feature “Smart Casual” attire, which basically means skirts, pants or jeans with a casual top for women, and pants or jeans with a short sleeve sport shirt for men.

As for your “Evening Chic” nights, which is essentially this line’s version of a “Formal Night,” you’ll want to dress up just a bit more. If the new name doesn’t make things clearer, hopefully this will help: think of “Evening Chic” as somewhere between smart casual and formal attire. Women should feel comfortable wearing a cocktail dress, skirts, pants or nice jeans. Men are fine wearing pants or nice jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt or sweater. Sport coats/blazers are fine, but not required. Per Celebrity, “Evening Chic means that you can get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way. If you would like to still wear a tuxedo or formal gown on Evening Chic nights, you absolutely should.”

Around the rest of the ship and on land excursions, let the weather dictate your attire, and bring layers! The weather can change quickly in Alaska, so it’s nice to be able to pile on or shed layers, as needed.

To learn more about Celebrity Cruises, for help with Alaska excursions, or just to talk with someone that has been on a Celebrity cruise, give us a call at 1-800-377-9383.

The Cruise Web Team

15 Steve Grotewiel { 04.30.19 at 3:41 pm }

Please clarify for me a question concerning gratuities. Our booking includes free gratuities, is that on everything or with some exceptions.

16 The Cruise Web Team { 04.30.19 at 3:50 pm }

Hi Steve, great question. “Pre-paid Gratuities” for Celebrity provides for prepaid stateroom, waiter, assistant waiter and headwaiter gratuities. This would not cover gratuities for optional expenses such as bar bills, drinks and spa services. Let us know if there’s anything else we can help with, and give us a call 1-800-377-9383 for future cruise plans!

17 Sandy { 05.24.19 at 12:38 pm }

Can you tell me if there are extra costs after you pay to have dinner at a speciality restaurant aboard? We are sailing on the Constellation end of September 2019. We have never tried a specialty restaurant before and are excited to be trying the Tuscan Grille.

18 The Cruise Web Team { 05.24.19 at 12:51 pm }

Hi Sandy, great question! If you’ve already paid the “cover charge” for specialty dining at Tuscan Grille, then you will not have any additional charges (unless you purchase alcohol during your meal). Celebrity’s Tuscan Grill is fantastic and I expect you’ll have a wonderful meal! Also, give us a call at 1-800-377-9383 because we’d love to hear more about your plans, and also share how you can save on shore excursions!

The Cruise Web Team

19 Shane Bibby { 06.10.19 at 6:37 am }

Hi we have booked our cruise on the Evlipse with Gratuities and a Classic drinks package both pre paid.
Can you confirm that any drinks obtained within the drinks package will not then have tips added to our bill.

20 The Cruise Web Team { 06.10.19 at 8:44 am }

Hi Shane,

Yes, you are correct. Pre-paid gratuities alone don’t cover beverage gratuities, but since you’ve also pre-paid for your drink package, you should have already been charged the 20% service fee at the time you purchased your drink package. I think this was a really smart way for you to have planned your trip because now you can worry less about this charge or that charge and simply enjoy your vacation! For any other questions or assistance needed with this booking, would you consider transferring your reservation to our agency, The Cruise Web? In additional to helping with future needs, we could offer 10% off shore excursions!

The Cruise Web Team

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