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Celebrity Cruises aboard the Galaxy
Above: Celebrity Cruise Lines Galaxy Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service:
Guest capacity: 1,850
Total staff: 909
Length: 866 feet
Passenger decks: 10
CDC inspection score: 96

Galaxy Overview

The Galaxy cruise ship departs from the Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy and Galveston, TX. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Europe and Mexican Riviera, Trans-Atlantic.

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Galaxy, the second in a series of three vessels, debuted in December 1996. Celebrity positions itself as a premium level cruise line, meaning that their target guest is looking for a cruise experience that includes some of the amenities and refinements of the luxury lines without losing the element of fun. Galaxy accomplishes this by concentrating on sophisticated levels of food and beverage service most often associated with pricier lines: martini and champagne bars, cigar lounges and caviar service, while not skimping on shipboard activities for passengers who like to let their hair down. Galaxy's multimillion dollar art collection was hand picked by Christina Chandris, wife of the former Chairman of the line, with the assistance of the Marlborough Gallery in New York.


Galaxy has 639 outside cabins, of which 60 are suites measuring from 313 - 1219 sq ft., depending on the category. The 296 inside cabins are 172 square feet. All standard cabins are pleasant and airy whether inside or out. Even the lowest category cabins have large amounts of storage space to accommodate bulkier wardrobes. There are no staterooms with obstructed views. Room service is available around the clock, and guests may order from the dining room menu during designated mealtimes. Eight staterooms are handicapped-accessible. Amenities in all categories include toiletries, hair dryer, Interactive TV system, and telephone with voice mail, minibar, and safe. Suites have VCR's. Our only complaint was the lack of electrical outlets in our cabin. Suites have two outlets and outside and inside cabins have only one outlet at the desk. The only outlet in the bathroom is for electric razors in both 110/220V.


If there is one thing the name Celebrity is synonymous with it is cuisine. Celebrity's menu was designed by Michelin 3-star chef, Michel Roux. Fresh seafood and produce are provisioned on the fly, and much of the food is cooked to order. The cuisine is classical and well executed. The menu features nightly spa and vegetarian choices. There is a children's menu on request, and special diets can be accommodated if requested at the time of booking.
There are two eateries serving the pool area, the Oasis Cafe and the Grill. The Cafe is the basic lunch and dinner buffet operation, with a good variety. There are a handful of assistants available to help passengers to their tables. The Grill serves tea in the afternoon and pizza at various times during the day. They also do burgers and hot dogs at lunchtime. The grill also serves an alternative casual sit-down dinner on long port days, for which reservations must be made. A limited room service menu is available 24-hours a day. Galaxy's midnight buffet is extremely well done and varying themes keep passengers going back nightly -- some themes are served pool side, Mexican and Caribbean in particular, to encourage an all out party atmosphere with dancing and a live band. Two types of tea are served onboard, an elegant tea in the dining room once a week and a casual afternoon tea in the Oasis Cafe.


Celebrity Theater, Galaxy's two-level main show lounge, is one of the best designed we've seen; there are no bad seats. The second level balconies reminded us of the private boxes of classic opera houses. The stage has adequate bells and whistles but the constant use of the video wall system as a background scenic element began to get distracting after a while. The production shows, though improved over prior seasons, are still your basic cruise fare. However, the ship did have an extensive slate of individual performers and lounge acts, including two comedians, two pianists (with very different repertoires), individual singers, and an acapella group. We also liked the presence of the String Quartet.

Fortunes Casino is quite small for a ship this size, having a few blackjack tables, one craps and one roulette table, plus video poker and slot machines. The ability to gamble in-cabin through Galaxy's interactive TV system might own up to why the casino didn't seem overcrowded.

Fitness & Recreation

The AquaSpa, a signature element of Celebrity Cruises, is a huge fitness/spa facility found on all the Century class ships. These facilities are far larger and offer a more extensive array of services than a typical shipboard fitness/beauty/massage center. The centerpiece of the fitness area is the giant Thalassotherapy pool, a massive, saltwater jacuzzi. This airy room is highly atmospheric, relaxing, and gives the sense of having retreated into a different world altogether. There are numerous smaller rooms for Rasul, facials, seaweed wraps, massage, etc. The gym on Galaxy is well equipped with treadmills, stairmasters and other exercise machines. The equipment was up-to-date and state of the art.

The main pool and sunning area is amidships, with two pools and whirlpools with plenty of deck chairs. Other fitness offerings include a golf simulator and a short jogging track on Sunrise Deck.

There are numerous daytime activities, even on port days, including all the standard cruise fare. Daily movies are offered in the onboard cinema, in addition to those shown on the ships video system.

Public Areas

Galaxy's wide spectrum of design serves to satisfy different preferences in different people, and most everyone finds a room which appeals most to his or her individual tastes. We found little overcrowding and few lines. At one extreme are Galaxy's dramatic, large public rooms, the Celebrity Theater and Sports Deck's spectacular Stratosphere, her top-of-the-ship, forward-looking observation lounge. There is an elevated bar and additional seating area in the center so all seats have a view. Rendezvous Square fronts the two-deck entrances to the Orion Restaurant -- with its sweeping stairway and piano music -- makes an excellent pre-dinner cocktail and meeting spot


Celebrity offers the basics with their Youth Program. In-cabin sitting is available for $8 per hour (two kids max); requests must be made onboard through the ship's Guest Relations or Stateroom Services departments. Group baby-sitting is available in the children's playroom for ages 3-12 from 10pm - 1am.; cost is $3 per hour for one child, $5 per hour for two or more kids in the same family. "Parent's Night Out" is a formal-night only program where counselors host kids for a pizza party; there's no charge. Celebrity has an "unlimited soft drinks" program for those under 18; cost is $4.50 per day plus 15 percent tip.

Expert Galaxy reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Galaxy cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Galaxy Score: 96

Cruise Critic: Galaxy
The Cruise Critic gives Celebrity's Galaxy a 3-ribbon rating.

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