Best Alaska Cruise Itineraries for West Coasters

Take advantage of a West Coast dream vacation with an Alaska cruise!

Alaska has several nicknames, but it is the “America’s Last Frontier” moniker that probably most has people feeling daunted about visiting. It’s so far north, it’s covered in wilderness and wild animals, and there are glaciers and ice all around…so that must make it challenging to travel to, right? Wrong – especially if you live on the west coast of the United States’ mainland. Alaska isn’t as hard to visit and get around as you might think and that is thanks to cruising.

Cruising by Hubbard Glacier in Alaska
Celebrity Millennium by Hubbard Glacier

A Celebrity Cruises sailing to Alaska means you don’t have to worry about a long flight up to Alaska’s larger cities of Anchorage or Juneau. Celebrity Cruises has Alaska itineraries that depart from Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, which are quite easy for most west coasters to get to. You can even drive to the ship depending on where you live!

From major airport hubs like LAX (Los Angeles) and SFO (San Francisco) you can often find round-trip flights for under $200. Use Flights by Celebrity to make booking flights even easier – you can do it at the same time you book your cruise – and rest assured you’re getting a good rate thanks to Celebrity’s Lowest Airfare Guarantee.

Plus, sailing from Seattle or Vancouver means you’ll have extra time in the actual state of Alaska compared to Alaska itineraries that embark from farther south (such as from San Francisco) and have to spend a day or two getting up past the Pacific Northwest.

After you embark on your cruise from Seattle or Vancouver, you can settle into your ship and relax. On the way up to your first port in Alaska, you won’t be cramped in a tight airplane seat, and can instead rest comfortably in luxurious accommodations, dine on gourmet cuisine, and watch entertaining shows. During the day you can head out on your verandah or the ship deck to watch the gorgeous Alaskan scenery unfold around you as you sail through gorgeous passages and by icy glaciers.

In port you’ll get the chance to explore fishing villages and old mining towns. You can also partake in a shore excursion and head out into the Alaskan wild: helicopter to the top of a glacier, kayak around a scenic bay, go dog sledding through the snow, or trying your hand at mining for gold.

To experience even a wider range of Alaska’s sights, make your cruise a cruisetour. This is an amazing way to experience all the beauty and splendor of Alaska since you’ll be seeing the coastal sights like Hubbard Glacier and the cute seaside town of Ketchikan, plus you’ll get to travel through Alaska’s inland wilderness.

Explore Alaska by land via a Celebrity Cruises Alaska Cruisetour.
Explore Alaska by land and sea via a Celebrity Cruises Alaska Cruisetour.

An Alaska cruisetour with Celebrity Cruises typically combines a full length Alaska cruise with a 3- to 5-night escorted tour via a comfortable motor coach and glass-dome train to Denali National Park and beyond. You’ll stay in rustic lodges and travel with a guide who will get you settled in each new spot. Your guide will also be a knowledgeable expert on Alaska and will teach you all about the region you’re traveling through. Learn more about Alaska cruisetours here.

Huge Cruise Savings for Alaska with the Sail Beyond Event

Now is the perfect time to book your Alaska cruise since Celebrity Cruises’ Sail Beyond Event is happening for a limited time.

With the Sail Beyond Event you get two free perks during your cruise when you book an ocean view stateroom or higher category. These perks help to make your cruise feel like an all-inclusive vacation.

You get to choose the perks that will give you the most value based on how you like to vacation and what’s important to you. Here are the perks you can choose your two from:

  • Classic Beverage Package, which includes alcoholic drinks and lets you have unlimited drinks for the duration of your cruise.
  • $150 On Board Credit, which you can spend on spa treatments, specialty restaurants, premium drinks, shore excursions, and more.
  • Prepaid Gratuities, which cover the recommended daily tip amount for your stateroom attendant and other services.
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi. Get access to high-speed Wi-Fi for the duration of your cruise.

If you stay in a suite, you get an even better deal – all four perks plus your Classic Beverage Package is upgraded to a Premium Beverage Package. Suites also come with concierge or butler service and access to exclusive restaurants and lounge spaces on board.

The best staterooms and suites on Alaska cruises sell out quickly – especially for the Seattle departure sailings – so don’t delay on booking your cruise adventure to Alaska. To book your Alaska cruise, click here or speak with your travel agent.

Where to Cruise in 2018 for West Coasters

It’s a new year full of new opportunities to travel. If the travel bug is already itching for you this year, we’ve compiled some top places you should consider cruising to in 2018.

Alaska from Seattle

An Alaska cruise is an excellent way to see America’s Last Frontier since it lets you experience the state from both a land and sea perspective. West Coasters should look for an itinerary that departs from Seattle or Vancouver. It’s an easy flight or even drive for most residents and you won’t even need to go through airport customs (though you do still need a passport since your ship will stop in beautiful Victoria or Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada).

Here are the sailings that cruise to Alaska from Seattle in 2018:

Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise Departing May 18
Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise Departing May 25
Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise Departing June 1

Panama Canal from San Diego

The Panama Canal may seem like it’s far away, but a cruise makes it marvelously accessible, especially for west coasters who can choose to start or end their cruise in San Diego, California. A Panama Canal cruise with Celebrity Cruises departs from San Diego and ends in Florida or vice versa. Along the way, you’ll stop in alluring ports of call such as Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and others. The highlight, however, is sailing through the Panama Canal and seeing the way its innovative lock system works directly from the ship. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Here are a couple itineraries, one sailing east and one sailing west, to the Panama Canal:

Eastbound Panama Canal Cruise
Westbound Panama Canal Cruise

New Zealand/Australia

New Zealand and Australia may be an entire day ahead in time, but for west coasters, it’s not as long as a flight as you may think since you can fly over the Pacific Ocean directly there.

Celebrity Cruises offers a variety of cruises around New Zealand and Australia, some that visit both countries and others that focus on just one country. New Zealand is known for its rugged coastline and towering mountains and glaciers, while Australia is famous for its beach life, laidback cosmopolitan cities, wild outback, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Here are a few itineraries to get your planning to the South Pacific started:

Australia and New Zealand Cruise
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
New Zealand Cruise

Plus, if you travel to Australia or New Zealand you get the added fun of time traveling (wink wink). Thanks to crossing the International date line you’ll skip a whole day on your flight there if flying direct!

Western Europe

The sights of western Europe have long been on must-see travel lists, but traveling to Western Europe never gets old and if you have a desire to go back – or to finally go for the first time – here are three especially hot destinations you should make sure your cruise stops in:

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is a hot destination right now, and if you’re a west coaster you probably love beaches, vibrant cities, and gorgeous scenery. Lisbon has all that plus some pretty incredible historic sites. Amble along the edge of São Jorge Castle ruins, which also boast panoramic views of the ocean. Hop on a yellow tram and glide by top sights like the Sé Cathedral. Or head to the beach on an excursion and enjoy lounging by the glistening Atlantic with views of mountains around you.

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, the capital of Malta, is the European Capital of Culture in 2018 and it also just so conveniently happens to be a cruise port. Sail to Malta on a Mediterranean cruise and partake in one of the many events for the European Capital of Culture if they’re going on while you’re there, or opt for one of the exciting Malta shore excursions.

Bruges, Belgium 

The West Coast is known for its craft beer scene. If you want to get away from the prevalence of IPAs and stouts for awhile, head to Belgium and try some Belgian beer in the place it originated. Celebrity Cruises sails to Bruges and while in port you can explore the gorgeous city and try a variety of beers (plus Belgian chocolate and waffles!).

Here are some Western Mediterranean itineraries to get you dreaming about sea views, culture, and beer:

14-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise (with a stop in Lisbon)
10-Night Italy and Greek Isles Cruise (with a stop in Valletta)
12-Night Iberian Peninsula Cruise (with a stop in Bruges)

All that Jazz in New Orleans (+ Caribbean Dreamin’)

New Orleans is celebrating its tricentennial anniversary this year, making it a great year to experience this iconic U.S. city. And since west coasters have access to gorgeous beaches, but not always pleasantly warm water, combine your New Orleans vacation with some Caribbean ports of call on one of Celebrity Cruises’ western Caribbean cruises that stop in New Orleans. Even better, book the April 23 departure on the Celebrity Equinox and be in New Orleans during its iconic Jazz Fest. You’ll have two nights in New Orleans and Celebrity Cruises will get you set up with tickets for Jazz Fest as part of its Signature Event Sailing offerings. This makes your time in the Big Easy truly easy to experience before sailing onto the gorgeous destinations of Grand Bahama Island; Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; and Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, before ending your roundtrip cruise in Miami, Florida.

To learn more about this unique Signature Event Sailing, click here.

Where Do You Want to Cruise in 2018?

There are so many great destinations to choose from in 2018. Drop us a comment below and let us know where you would most like to visit. Is there somewhere else on your mind that you’re hoping to visit in 2018? Let us know that, too!

 

Happy New Year! 2018 News and Special Offer for Celebrity Cruises

Another year has come to an end! Thank you for reading this blog for the past year. We hope it has given you inspiration for where and how to travel and the type of cruises that are the best fit for you. As the New Year begins, we wanted to do a quick recap of what’s coming up in 2018 for Celebrity Cruises.

New Celebrity Cruises Ships

2018 is going to be an exciting year for new Celebrity Cruises ships.

Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge is Celebrity Cruises' newest ship.
Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises made major news in 2017 when it announced the innovative spaces and amenities its new ship, Celebrity Edge, will have. Celebrity Edge is the first in the new Edge Class of ships for Celebrity Cruises and it is introducing many cruise firsts.

Dine right over the sea on the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered platform that moves to different ship decks throughout the day and switches between being a lounge to relax in before shore excursions and a restaurant to dine in during the evening hours.

Have a dinner experience you’ll never forget at Eden, Celebrity Edge’s multi-level restaurant that immerses you in a dramatic setting with inventive cuisine presented with artistic flair.

Reside in luxury in the new Infinite Veranda staterooms that help to blur the line between outdoor and indoor living on Celebrity Edge. Or go all out for your cruise and book one of Celebrity Edge’s incredible suites, like the Edge Villa, which has two stories and its own plunge pool on a large terrace overlooking the sea.

The Celebrity Edge will sail her maiden voyage in December of 2018. See itineraries and reserve your spot on Celebrity Edge by clicking here.

Celebrity Flora

Celebrity Flora Marina

Though it won’t debut on its maiden voyage until spring of 2019, stay tuned for updates about Celebrity Cruises new small ship, Celebrity Flora. This luxurious ship will sail around the Galapagos Islands and is built with one main thing at the forefront of the design process: the destination.

Celebrity Flora is being specifically created to best showcase the natural beauty of the Galapagos while putting in aspects to protect that beauty, such as anchorless technology that will secure the ship’s position while leaving the sea floor intact.

To browse Galapagos cruise itineraries, click here.

Flights by Celebrity

In 2017, Celebrity Cruises introduced Flights by Celebrity and this new year will continue to see Celebrity Cruises make the booking process easy and streamlined for travelers.

Flights by Celebrity lets you conveniently book your cruise and flight all in one place with assurance you’re getting the best price. Read more about the Lowest Airfare Guarantee and other details about Flights by Celebrity here.

Overnights in Port

Celebrity Cruises will continue to put an emphasis on destinations in 2018, and one way Celebrity does so is through overnight stays in port. Celebrity Cruises offers ports of call with overnights all over the world, including eight ports in the Caribbean. Some other overnight locations are St. Petersburg, Russia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Sail Beyond Event

Start out 2018 with a great deal and big savings thanks to the Sail Beyond Event. Every person in your stateroom saves with the Sail Beyond Event. The first two guests can save up to $150 and 3rd and 4th guests save 50% off their cruise fare!

Here are the savings broken down by stateroom category for the first two guests:

  • Inside Stateroom: $50
  • Ocean View or Veranda Stateroom: $100
  • Concierge or AquaClass Stateroom: $150

The first two people in an ocean view stateroom or above category also get two free perks, which you get to choose. Your options to choose from are:

  • Classic Beverage Package
  • Prepaid Tips
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • $150 to Spend Onboard.

Want to save even more? Book a suite and the first two guests will save $200 and get all four perks! The Classic Beverage Package is also upgraded to a Premium Beverage Package.

The Sail Beyond Event applies to almost any sailing departing between February 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, but you need to book by January 31, 2018. To see more terms and conditions and to find your perfect cruise itinerary, click here.

Where in the World Wednesday: December 27, 2017

Can you guess where in the world this destination is from the clues below?

Destination Clues

The name of this town means “dark water at the foot of the mountain” in the Siletz language. In rough conditions here, the surf rushes into a gaping sinkhole and then shoots upwards with great force. This town has been voted both top 10 small coastal towns in its country as well as top 10 up-and-coming vacation destinations. In addition to the spectacular natural beauty in the area, visitors can enjoy world-class wine and craft beer tasting.

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Yachats, Oregon

Yachats (pronounced “YAH-hots”) is nestled between the lush forested mountains of the Coast Range and the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean. Located three hours south of Portland, Yachats stands at the entrance of Cape Perpetua Scenic Area on the rugged Oregon Coast. Thor’s Well (also known as “Spouting Horn”) can be viewed by taking the Captain Cook trail from Cape Perpetua west. In addition to Thors Well, top sites to see in Yachats include Devils Churn, Neptune State Viewpoint, Smelt Sands Recreation Area and the Cape Cove Trailhead. Travel guru Arthur Frommer recently named Yachats, Oregon among his ten favorite destinations in the world.

All I Want for the Holidays is…This Dreamy Suite

This year give yourself the gift of a one-of-a-kind vacation by booking a suite on a Celebrity Cruises sailing.

Here are just some of the amazing suites you can choose from when booking your dream Celebrity Cruises itinerary.

Penthouse Suite

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite with Butler

Penthouses often evoke a ritzy, high-class vibe and the Penthouse Suites onboard Celebrity Cruises ships are no different. You’ll enjoy 24/7 butler service when you stay in the Penthouse Suite during your cruise. Your butler can help you unpack and pack, make dinner reservations, deliver snacks or coffee from Cafe al Bacio, and much more. The Penthouse Suite also has in-room dining service so you can enjoy more time in your sumptuous suite setting, which also includes a whirlpool on the veranda and a living area with a baby grand piano.

Signature Suite

Celebrity Cruises Signature Suite
The bedroom of the Signature Suite.

Stay in the Signature Suite to fully experience the expansive sea and ocean views you’ll encounter on your Celebrity cruise.

The Signature Suite has high ceilings with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and a veranda leading out to salty sea breezes. Even your bathroom has a sea view, along with a Hansgrohe cantilever shower and balcony tubs with a rain shower. The Signature Suites are also located in a special part of the ship that only Signature Suite guests have access to — perfect for guests looking for a bit more exclusivity and privacy.

Cutting Edge Suites on the Celebrity Edge

The Celebrity Edge is a new ship by Celebrity Cruises debuting at the end of 2018. It will be featuring a variety of innovative accommodations, including the Infinite Veranda, which blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living on the ship.

Here are two unique suite classes on board the Celebrity Edge that will have you sailing in the highest level of luxury. Get those daydreams ready because you’ll soon be lusting after one of these suites:

Iconic Suite

Spacious Living Quarters in the Iconic Suite on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite

The Iconic Suites are massive, measuring in at nearly 1,900 square feet in size plus a 689-foot veranda. A prominent feature of the suite is its panoramic windows in the bedrooms and living spaces. The veranda boasts 270-degree ocean views plus a hot tub and lounge seating. No matter where you are in the suite you can gaze at the ocean and any other gorgeous views that come into sight while you sail around on one of Celebrity Edge’s Caribbean or Mediterranean itineraries.

Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite Veranda

The Iconic Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which makes it great for families. You can even entertain other family members or friends sailing on the ship with you quite easily thanks to the in-suite butler’s pantry.

Edge Villa

Edge Villa's Private Plunge Pool
Edge Villa

The Edge Villa lives up to its name thanks to iconic ocean views from windows that span two stories. Enjoy the modern decor as you move among both levels of the 950 square foot suite. You’ll especially love the private plunge pool overlooking the sea. Guests staying in Edge Villas also have direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck, which is part of a special section of the ship only available to guests staying in suites.

Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Edge
Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Edge

The Retreat will have you feeling like a VIP celebrity due to its private pool and lounge, around the clock butler service, and exclusive restaurant.

Which suite would you most want to stay in? Peruse more pictures of Celebrity Cruises’ suites and book your vacation at www.CelebrityCruises.com, or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: December 20, 2017

Can you guess where in the world this destination is from the clues below?

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Bubbling mud pools, geysers, and thermal springs have been attracting visitors to this town for hundreds of years. Hissing steam escapes from roadside vents, further evidence of this town’s volcanic history. This town is also located in a country that has more sheep than people.

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Celebrity Cruises visits both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, as well as Tasmania and Australia.

Last Minute Caribbean Sailings — Escape the Cold!

If you’re starting to feel the chill of winter (and feeling some holiday stress), escape to warmer weather and blissful relaxation in the Caribbean. Last-minute Caribbean cruise deals are yours to grab right now. Choose a Caribbean itinerary that puts a focus on island time for some beach lounging and adventures to exhilarate you, or book an itinerary with lots of at-sea days so you can enjoy the salty sea air, panoramic water views, and relaxing time on the ship.

Here are some winter itineraries in 2018 to get you started on your search for the perfect last-minute Caribbean cruise.

Island Hopper Itineraries

Family Time on a Caribbean Beach
Family Time on a Caribbean Beach

Experience a wide range of the Caribbean with these itineraries that stop in a new port each day.

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Summit – This cruise sails roundtrip out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, meaning you’re already right in the middle of the Caribbean when your cruise begins which gives you more time to visit ports. During your 7-night cruise you’ll visit five different islands in addition to Puerto Rico. These include Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. Johns, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. You’ll also have one day at sea to relax by the pool or do your favorite on board activity before disembarking and catching your flight home.

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Summit – This is another itinerary that sails out of San Juan, but differs in that it will end in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It also has two sea days in the middle of your cruise and a variety of ports of call. You’ll visit St. Johns, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Charlotte Amalie; St. Thomas; and Nassau, Bahamas.

Ample Sea Days

Couple on balcony sailing onboard Celebrity Cruises

Want some extra time to spend on Celebrity Cruises’ luxurious ships? These itineraries have two or three days spent at sea so you can lounge by the pool, sip wine on your verandah, get a massage in the spa, and feast on delicacies in the onboard restaurants. Plus, there’s the Celebrity Life activities, shopping boutiques, evening shows, wine tasting events, educational lectures…and so much more!

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Equinox: You’ll depart from Miami, Florida on January 20 and visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. You’ll also have a sea day at the beginning of the cruise and two sea days at the end of your journey, giving you more time to take advantage of all the fun on the ship. There’s even a hot glass show on board!

10-Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Reflection: This Ultimate Caribbean itinerary that departs March 2 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, lets you take advantage of traveling over two weekends and has four days at sea! In between the sea days, you’ll travel onboard the classy Celebrity Reflection to St. Johns, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. You’ll even have an overnight in St. Maarten, giving you ample opportunity to explore both the Dutch and French (St. Martin) side of this special island.

14-Night Exotic Southern Caribbean on Celebrity Eclipse: If you’re looking for a longer cruise, check out one of the Exotic Southern Caribbean itineraries, like this one that departs February 18 from Miami, Florida, and travels all around the southern half of the Caribbean. The cruise visits Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba. You’ll also have five days at sea.

Plus, here are a couple more last-minute Caribbean itineraries to check out:

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette departing February 11

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Summit departing February 17

Ready to book your cruise and sail away to tropical bliss? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: December 13, 2017

Can you guess where in the world this destination is from the clues below?

Destination Clues

Here you will find wild camels living near the beach, but you best not go in the ocean as you may also come face to face with a saltwater crocodile. This town was attacked 64 times during WWII and averages 12 degrees in both winter and summer months. Mining of gold and zinc and off-shore energy production of oil, gas, and uranium are major industries. Voting is compulsory here and taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in their trunk.

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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin is actually closer to Jakarta, Indonesia than it is to Sydney and closer to Singapore than it is to Melbourne. Darwin boasts a fascinating mixture of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and the Australian Outback.  Reference to Darwin being 12 degrees year round describes its position at 12 degrees south latitude, rather than air temperature. Celebrity Solstice visits Darwin on her circumnavigation sailing around the continent of Australia, which includes a stop in Bali, Indonesia.

Where in the World Wednesday: December 6, 2017

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This Medieval city was once one of the best-fortified cities in Europe. It was also once the capital city of a former Soviet State.

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Tallinn, Estonia

Located on the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn is 50 miles south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm, and west of St. Petersburg, Russia — all cities visited on Celebrity Cruises itineraries that sail to Scandinavia and Russia. Estonia is the wealthiest of the 15 former Soviet Republics and Tallinn’s magnificent Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cruise Port Spotlight: Naples, Italy

Things to Do in Naples During Your Cruise

Naples, Italy is a unique cruise port since Naples itself is a huge draw for visitors to Italy, but Naples is also the gateway to several other popular tourist spots in Italy. When visiting this city during a cruise, you have the option of sticking around Naples and exploring the city or taking an excursion to charming, colorful towns, historic sites, and more.

Cruising into Naples

Your ship will arrive in Naples’s cruise port via the Gulf of Naples. The port of Naples is within walking distance to shopping and dining in Naples. Meaning you can book a shore excursion and still probably have time (depending on the length of your excursion) to run into town for some of that famous pizza before getting back on your ship.

Things to Do While in Port in Naples

Pizza in Naples
Pizza in Naples

Historic Center of Naples

Besides eating pizza, there are plenty of other things to do in Naples.

You can explore the sights and sounds of the pretty Old Town area, where you’ll find gorgeous cathedrals, bustling squares, street vendor shopping, and a cosmopolitan vibe.

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

If you’d like a day experiencing ancient history while in port in Naples, head to the ruins of Pompeii.

Pompeii is one of the great historic finds of the world. It is an ancient city that was remarkably preserved after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and buried the town in ash. Today, you can tour Pompeii and see buildings and bodies seemingly preserved in time.

The Celebrity Priority Access: Amalfi Coast Motor Launch and Pompeii shore excursion gets you there effortlessly from your cruise ship. You’ll enjoy views of the Amalfi Coast from the water on a comfortable motor launch. You’ll then depart the boat for some land time in Amalfi before heading to the ruins of Pompeii.

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

If colorful towns intrigue you more than historic ruins, you can also take a motor launch shore excursion down the Amalfi Coast to the town of Sorrento and explore its cliffside buildings and cobblestoned streets overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

Another memorable shore excursion you can do along the Amalfi Coast is the Sorrento Gastronomy Discover and Private Dinner shore excursion, which is a special Chef’s Market Discoveries excursion. You’ll visit local markets and private family farms with a Celebrity Cruises chef and learn about the history of food and drinks (like limoncello) in the area. Then you’ll get a delicious lunch showcasing some of the ingredients you learned about. After lunch you’ll take a coach drive along the Amalfi Coast and a stop in the charming town of Positano. This excursion also includes an experience back on board the ship; you’ll get to have dinner with the chef and dine on an exquisite Italian cuisine using ingredients your chef picked up during the excursion.

Capri and the Blue Grotto

Celebrity Cruises in Capri, Italy
Boat ride around the island of Capri

The Italian island of Capri is easily accessible by ferry from Naples. It takes less than an hour to get across the bay and you’ll be greeted by a cute little harbor village called Marina Grande. Though there are shops and cafes in the harbor village, the real allure of Capri is beyond the harbor.

The most famous thing to do in Capri is visit the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a small cave in the side of the island that is only accessible by a row boat. You’ll typically take a catamaran or other motor boat to the entrance of the cave and then take turns going in the row boat to explore inside the cave. Once inside you’ll be amazed by the way the light plays on the water, casting the cave in a bright blue glow. Visits to the Blue Grotto often usually include a boat ride around the island, which has gorgeous scenery. A shore excursion to the Blue Grotto will arrange all the details in getting you there, making it easy for you.

While in Capri, you can also take the funicular up the side of the hill from Marina Grande and you’ll arrive in Capri Town, where there are gardens, high-end luxury shopping, and incredible sea and island views.

Cruise Itineraries that Visit Naples

Excited to book a cruise that has a port of call in Naples? Celebrity Cruises has many Mediterranean cruise itineraries that make stops  in Naples. The cruises often include ports of call at other popular destinations like Santorini, Greece; Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy; and others. To find the itinerary that is perfect for you, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

 

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