READY TO START PLANNING
for Botti at Sea ‘24
This note begins a series of messages you will be receiving in the coming months from Jazz Cruises, each prompting you to take "Get Ready" steps for your sailing on Botti at Sea '24. Botti at Sea '24 sails in February. That sounds like a long time from now, but it will arrive sooner than you think. Which is why we urge you to take certain steps now. As always, Jazz Cruises will be there to guide you every step of the way.
As you might expect for a first note, we will address tasks that may require some time to complete. Though not very exciting, these items are essential to your ability to board the ship and participate in our activities. Later notes will address items of entertainment, excursions, dining and more fun stuff. We will also share our Theme Night plans, programming highlights, Artist Hosted Events and more.
Ready to go? Follow our schedule and we promise that you will be more than ready to sail on Botti at Sea.
Executive Director, Jazz Cruises, LLC
YOUR CRUISE DETAILS
Sailing Dates: Thursday, February 8 - Thursday, February 15, 2024
Ship: Celebrity Summit
YOUR RESERVATION INFORMATION
Please review each component of your reservation carefully to ensure its accuracy and completeness.
GUEST NAME(S): See Reservation Confirmation
T-SHIRT SIZE(S): See Reservation Confirmation
STATEROOM CATEGORY and STATEROOM NUMBER: See Reservation Confirmation
MAIN SHOW SEATING: See Reservation Confirmation
BOTTI AT SEA RESERVATION NUMBER: See Reservation Confirmation
CELEBRITY CRUISES RESERVATION NUMBER: You will receive this information in the July edition of this “Get Ready” series (when Celebrity Cruises’ Pre-Cruise Planner opens).
TASKS REQUIRING IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
Below are tasks that may require either prompt attention or some lead time in completing. The sooner you address these issues, the easier it will be to complete them.
PASSPORTS OR GOVERNMENT-ISSUED ID: Please confirm that the first and last names on your passport or government-issued ID match the first and last names on your cruise reservations to ensure that you will be permitted to board the ship. It is your responsibility to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. JAZZ CRUISES HIGHLY RECOMMENDS U.S. CITIZENS TRAVEL WITH A VALID PASSPORT. Click here to view the complete list of required travel documents for U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens.
REVIEW YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE: Your complimentary cruise T-shirt will be available on the ship. Please verify the size(s) we have included in your reservation (listed above). If you desire to modify any of the sizes listed, please email us at [email protected]. Any changes or modifications must be submitted to us no later than Tuesday, August 1, 2023.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
If you have not already planned your arrival into the Miami area, now is the time to start preparing. We highly recommend that guests arrive the day prior to embarkation in order to alleviate stress from any potential travel delays or issues.
Thursday, February 8, 2024 is Embarkation Day. Historically, boarding begins at 11:30 AM and all aboard time is 3:00 PM. During the Online Check-In process (starting at 45 days prior to Embarkation Day), you will be asked by Celebrity Cruises to select a Boarding Window, available in half-hour increments. For the most efficient embarkation, guests are required to arrive at the terminal during their selected window.
The ship returns to port by 7:00 AM on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Due to the time it takes to clear Customs and Immigration at the cruise terminal, it is difficult to estimate what time you will be able to depart for the airport.
However, if you are willing to carry your own luggage off the ship, you may be able to leave the port as early as 7:30 AM, if disembarkation proceeds without issue. To be safe, we do not recommend any flight scheduled prior to 12:00 PM from Miami airport or 1:00 PM from the Ft. Lauderdale airport.
Please click here for more information/recommendations for Planning Your Trip.
COMING SOON - CELEBRITY CRUISES' PRE-CRUISE PLANNER
It is popular among guests to purchase an Internet Plan, Beverage Packages, Shore Excursions, Specialty Dining, Spa Treatments, Photo Packages and other packages before boarding the ship. There is no central location on the ship for completing these purchases, so doing so requires standing in several lines.
Most guests complete their purchases by using Celebrity Cruises’ Pre-Cruise Planner, an online program that allows you to complete all your purchases from home usually at prices lower than what is offered on the ship. In late July, we will provide you with your Celebrity Cruises Reservation Number for the cruise which is all you need to initiate your Celebrity Cruises’ Pre-Cruise Planner and begin to make these purchases.
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE
In May 2023, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency. At this time, all guests are welcome to sail regardless of vaccination status and will no longer be required to provide proof of pre-departure testing to board. Despite this good news, Celebrity Cruises will continue to implement many of the safety recommendations that were added due to the Pandemic in a continued effort to make sailing as healthy and safe as possible.
As mentioned, we will continue to provide you with more information to help you prepare for Botti at Sea ‘24 in the coming weeks and months. This will include everything from how you board the ship, pre-cruise purchases, dining options onboard, Theme Nights, showtimes, and much, much more. In the meantime, we highly suggest reviewing our Booked Guest portal on the website.
GET READY for Botti at Sea '24
Botti at Sea ’24 sails in February! Trust us, Embarkation Day will be here sooner than you think. The Get Ready process began on June 28, 2023 with the first letter to you in the Get Ready correspondence sequence. A copy of that letter may be found on the Botti at Sea website under the heading, Booked Guests.
This 2nd letter provides you with your Celebrity Cruises’ Reservation Number which enables you to access your Pre-Cruise Planner and to make purchases and reservations that you will use on the cruise. Doing that now will save you time and, in most instances, some money.
Please note that your Celebrity Cruises’ Reservation Number is different from your Jazz Cruises Reservation Number. The first is your key to interacting with the ship, Celebrity Summit. The second is your reference when contacting the office, particularly about the details of your reservation.
Okay, ready to move forward? Our note is intended to be self-explanatory, but feel free to contact the office either by phone (888-852-9987) or email ([email protected]) with any questions you may have. It is our job to make your cruise amazing.
Executive Director, Jazz Cruises, LLC
CELEBRITY CRUISES' PRE-CRUISE PLANNER IS NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING
GUEST NAME(S): See Reservation Confirmation
CELEBRITY CRUISES’ RESERVATION NUMBER: See Reservation Confirmation
With the issuance of your Celebrity Cruises’ Reservation Number, guests on Botti at Sea may now begin purchasing a variety of onboard amenities, including Internet Plans, Beverage Packages, Shore Excursions, Spa Treatments, Photo Packages and more through Celebrity Cruises’ Pre-Cruise Planner, before even boarding the ship.
Jazz Cruises and Celebrity Cruises have worked together to offer special discounts on Beverage and Wi-Fi Packages for those guests who complete their purchases BEFORE sailing. These discounts (noted below) will expire on February 5, 2024 and require no special procedure as they are loaded into Celebrity’s Pre-Cruise Planner.
Packages will be offered onboard the ship. The prices will be higher and completing this process on the ship will require appearing at various locations as there is no central place for purchasing. Jazz Cruises urges you to complete this process now in the comfort of your office or living room.
Please note: Specialty Restaurants are not yet open for booking in the Pre-Cruise Planner. We will notify you as soon as they become available to book.
LET'S GET STARTED ACCESSING YOUR PRE-CRUISE PLANNER
- Click here to access Celebrity Cruises Pre-Cruise Planner.
- Select Create An Account if it is your first time using this platform.
- Select Sign In if you have utilized Celebrity Cruises’ Pre-Cruise Planner or checked-in online for a previous sailing.
- Click Plan My Cruise to view and begin your Celebrity Cruises purchases.
Please note: Celebrity Cruises has recently updated some of their stateroom names and types. You may see it reflected under Manage Reservation. As always, please refer to the Botti at Sea website for the complete listing of charter specific stateroom names and amenities.
Your “Celebrity Cruises’ Reservation Number” is also needed to complete your online check-in procedure which becomes available 45 days prior to sailing. We will be sure to notify you in a future communication when the Celebrity Cruises online check-in process opens.
CELEBRITY CRUISES' PRE-CRUISE PLANNER QUESTIONS
Celebrity Cruises has a dedicated team to assist with any questions that you might have on their Pre-Cruise Planner. They can be reached at 844-278-9746.
We will continue to provide you with more information to help you prepare for Botti at Sea ’24 in the coming weeks and months. This will include everything from how you board the ship, specialty dining options onboard, Theme Nights, showtimes, and much, much more. In the meantime, we highly suggest reviewing our Booked Guests portal on the website.
GET READY #3 for Botti at Sea '24
Welcome to the 3rd letter in Jazz Cruises' Get Ready series preparing you for sailing on Botti at Sea '24. If you missed either of the first two letters, or wish to refer to them again, copies may be found on Botti at Sea '24 website (www.bottiatsea.com) under the heading "Booked Guests".
The earlier letters were filled with important information about documentation and other technical and procedural aspects of boarding the ship and sailing. This letter is simply about food! Did you know that cruises are famous for providing tons of food! That is a joke, of course, but, on our Celebrity Summit, not only will the food be abundant, it will be wonderful and your choices of what, when and where to eat will be plentiful as well.
As is the case for all cruise activities, it is important to understand your choices before you board the ship. Ready to take a culinary tour of Botti at Sea ’24?
Executive Director, Jazz Cruises, LLC
Botti at Sea Dining Schedule
Celebrity Cruises is consistently recognized for the quality of its dining and food service. Dining choices on the ship are divided between Included Dining and Specialty Dining Restaurants. The variety of options should encourage you to try new foods and preparations. If you are not pleased with any aspect of your meal, you can freely and easily make another choice. This is part of the cruise experience!
Being able to enjoy dining on the ship, particularly the evening meal, is an important element of the programming of Botti at Sea. The Nightly Main Shows are scheduled in a way to allow for ample time to have dinner in one of the many restaurants on the ship in a leisurely and enjoyable manner opposite your showtime. See below for more information.
Your Dining Choices
“Included Dining” are the restaurants and dining experiences that are part of the price of your reservation. Celebrity Cruises offers many different restaurants and dining experiences under the Included Dining program.
- The Cosmopolitan Restaurant (Main Dining Room). The Cosmopolitan Restaurant is a two-deck grand dining room with one side being entirely glass allowing for breathtaking views of the seas and brilliant lighting. Recently refurbished, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant serves a full breakfast every morning and a beautiful dinner every night. Lunch is also available on Days at Sea.
- Breakfasts include your choice of entrees including omelets, Eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles and all the meats, bread products and pastries that accompany a full breakfast.
- For lunch, you may choose from an array of healthy options as well as the daily pasta, specialty hamburgers and soups.
- The entrees for dinner are different every night, but each menu includes fish, meat, chicken, and vegetarian selections. If you prefer, there are entrees, such as steak and salmon, that are offered every night. Wonderful appetizers, salads, soups and a stunning array of desserts are offered each night.
- Ocean View Café. Located on the pool deck, the Ocean View Café is more than a station-by-station self-serve restaurant. The options are endless and the entrees and offerings mirror that of the main dining room in most cases. The Ocean View Café serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner, and late-night fare. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and sweets are available until the wee hours for those jazz fans looking to wind down after an evening of music.
- There is seating inside the Ocean View Café or just outside of the Aft portion, also known as The Sunset Bar. Don’t tell anyone, but having a drink during sunset at The Sunset Bar is one of the most memorable aspects of any cruise.
- Pool Grill. The name says it all. You can almost smell the hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and fixings that are part of the daily fare. As you might expect, those fun foods taste even better when you are on the ship. For Botti at Sea, we sometimes open the Pool Grill later in the evening as well and it can serve as a locale for some special events.
- Spa Café and Juice Bar. Located in the Solarium on the forward section of the Pool Deck, as the name suggests, healthy and organic foods are offered for breakfast and lunch here. The offerings are beautiful to look at and you can learn what every ingredient is, how the item is prepared and what the caloric and nutritional counts are.
Looking for a special dining experience, a place to celebrate, or just something different? Celebrity Cruises offers an array of themed restaurants that (for an upcharge) offer items not generally offered in the Included Dining venues, as well as an atmosphere and aura consistent with the concept of the venue.
- Tuscan Grille. Italian fare with a modern twist has been the mission of Tuscan Grille from its inception. Perhaps the most well-known and beloved restaurant concept of Celebrity Cruises, it is the perfect place for those with hearty appetites and discerning palates.
- Sushi on Five. Another very popular alternative restaurant, offering Pan-Asian Cuisine (a la carte pricing) every afternoon and evening. Carryout meals are offered and make a great takeaway for dining on a veranda or outside deck.
- Le Petit Chef at Qsine. Located on Deck 11 Midship, Qsine is a beautiful setting for dinner and is the home for Le Petit Chef, a gourmet dining experience complete with an ingenious and playful animated presentation. Even the most travel savvy guests will have their phones out filming the show.
- Luminae. Looking for that quiet place to enjoy a truly gourmet dinner in an elegant and stylish setting? Luminae is your choice. The menu is not expansive, but the selections change every day. Jazz Cruises highly recommends that you enjoy at least one dinner in Luminae.
- Please note: Online reservations for Luminae will be available in a few days.
- Jazz Cruises’ Chops House: Jazz Cruises’ Chops House, a traditional steakhouse concept initiated by Jazz Cruises, returns for the '24 sailings season. This year located each evening in Blu Restaurant, Jazz Cruises' Chops House will feature all your favorite steakhouse classics. (For more information, see below.)
Reservations for any of these Specialty Restaurants can be made online via Celebrity Cruises Pre-Cruise Planner. To access your Pre-Cruise Planner, simply login to your Celebrity Cruises Account and start your plans.
Back by Popular Demand; Jazz Cruises' Chops House
In 2023, Jazz Cruises’ worked with Celebrity Cruises to bring our guests Jazz Cruises’ Chops House, a traditional steakhouse with many of your favorite dishes that you’ve come to expect in a classic steakhouse. For the '24 sailing, we have worked with Celebrity Cruises to offer this restaurant every night of the cruise and moved the concept to a larger location to accommodate more guests.
The Jazz Cruises’ Chops House will now operate each evening in the Blu Restaurant (Deck 5, Aft). When booking Jazz Cruises’ Chops House on Celebrity’s Pre-Cruise Planner, you will need to book a reservation in the Blu Restaurant, but it will unfortunately not indicate Jazz Cruises’ Chops House. While Celebrity’s online system cannot be altered to identify the special restaurant, rest assured that the menu onboard will reflect what you loved from last year.
Please Note: Blu Restaurant operates as originally programmed for breakfast.
Evening Dining at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant
As stated above, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant (Decks 4 & 5) is the main dining room for Included Dining for dinner. The Cosmopolitan Restaurant is open each evening from 5:15 pm–8:30 pm and operates as both an open seating venue and by reservation. Most guests will enjoy dinner in The Cosmopolitan Restaurant several times during the week.
With this level of attendance, we have special dining procedures just for The Cosmopolitan Restaurant.
Guests in open seating of The Cosmopolitan Restaurant (Deck 4) will proceed to the dining room in accordance with their “BLUE” or “RED” show designation. This selection was made at the time of your reservation and will be reflected in the background color of your Cruise Identification Card which will be at the door of your stateroom upon boarding the ship.
Guests with BLUE Cruise Identification Cards will attend the 1st Main Show which usually runs from 5:15 pm-7:15 pm. Following the conclusion of their show, guests may either proceed to The Cosmopolitan Restaurant for a 7:30 pm entry or pause to have a drink or enjoy one of the shows around the ship, thus avoiding peak traffic time entering the restaurant. Entry to The Cosmopolitan Restaurant is open until 8:30 pm.
Guests with RED Cruise Identification Cards will attend the 2nd Main Show each night. Guests with RED Cruise Identification Cards may enter the dining room between 5:15 pm–6:00 pm. To prepare the restaurant for guests attending the 1st Main Show, we ask that guests adjourn from the restaurant no later than 7:15 pm. The 2nd Main Show will start at 8:45 pm.
RESERVATIONS AT THE COSMOPOLITAN RESTAURANT:
As stated above, dinner reservations are not required for dining at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant but it is the best way to avoid waiting to be assigned a table each night. We also recognize that some of our guests prefer to dine at the same time, at the same table, with the same passengers and with the same waiter each evening. Reserving a table in advance allows you to do this.
To secure a reservation and to register the names of your dining group, if applicable, email us at [email protected] and provide the guest names and desired time (5:15 pm for RED Cruise Identification Card Holders or 7:30 pm for BLUE Cruise Identification Card Holders) for your dining group.
There is no charge for reserving a table and dining time, we just ask that you make your request prior to November 18, 2023.
PURCHASING FOOD & BEVERAGE OPTIONS FOR BOTTI AT SEA '24
As discussed in earlier letters, Celebrity Cruises’ “Pre-Cruise Planner” platform is open for guests on Botti at Sea ‘24, allowing you to book a variety of shipboard amenities including Spa Treatments, Shore Excursions, Internet Packages, Photo Packages and much more.
This same process will be used to purchase Beverage Packages and make reservations for the various Specialty (Upcharge) Dining choices.
Room Service is always available. Order Cards for breakfast are placed in your stateroom and, if completed by 11:00 pm the evening before, your breakfast will be delivered as ordered. A complete Room Service menu is available in every stateroom and most entrees served in the main dining room are available as well. The cost for using Room Service is $9.95 per order.
For many guests, breakfast delivered by room service is an integral part of the cruise experience and Celebrity Cruises executes the program very well. Yet, in our opinion, we believe that guests will enjoy their meal more when dining in one of the venues. The distance from the kitchen to the staterooms and the number of orders on one delivery cart can be significant, resulting in time gaps between plating and delivery that often adversely impact the quality and temperature of most food items.
Celebrity Cruises endeavors to address any special considerations of its guests, and are accustomed to accommodation special dietary restrictions within their normal operating menus (i.e. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.). If you have additional special dietary considerations, you will need to discuss these needs with the Celebrity Cruises Access Department at 1-866-592-7225 or [email protected]. Please submit your requests no later than November 18, 2023.
We will continue to provide you with more information to help you prepare for Botti at Sea ’24 in the coming weeks and months. This will include everything from how you board the ship, Theme Nights, showtimes, online check-in, and much, much more. In the meantime, we highly suggest reviewing our Booked Guests portal on the website.