Where in the World Wednesday: June 21, 2017

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

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Photo by Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault (Via Flickr). Cropped from original photo.

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Situated on a famous river next to a former Benedictine abbey, this village is a suburb of a major city. The village features several famous cafés, bookstores, publishing houses, and is home to a famed school of fine arts. Following WWII this town became home to many small jazz clubs, mostly located in cellars, frequented by American soldiers and sailors.

A prized liqueur is produced here, bearing the name of this village. There are only a few fleeting weeks each spring when wild blossoms can be gathered to make this fragrant liqueur. These starry white, fragrant flowers are grown on hillsides and gathered by hand, with many brought back to this small village by bicycle. Each bottle of this liqueur is individually numbered to reflect the year in which the flowers were picked. This famous liqueur is a key ingredient in Celebrity Cruises Q’sine Sangria.

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés, France

Located on The River Seine, just 15 minutes outside of Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is home to the world famous St. Germain liqueur, made from the fragrant Elderflower blossom. St. Germain Liqueur is a key ingredient in Celebrity Cruises Qsine Sangria — click here for the Qsine Sangria recipe!

 

Port of Call Spotlight: Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is the name given to a tourist region of coastline in the Quintana Roo region of Mexico bordering the Caribbean Sea, located just north of Belize. Costa Maya is a unique cruise port in that the port area and pier was built entirely to cater to visitors. Unlike other cruise ports where you typically leave the port immediately upon arriving, you may find yourself wanting to spend the whole day in port in Costa Maya! Though there’s plenty to do beyond the port as well.

Costa Maya’s port was rebuilt after a hurricane in 2007 making it feel fresh and new. The port was built to reflect a small Mexican village and is full of shops, dining options, and even a large pool with a swim-up bar. There’s also a dolphin interaction experience and an adventure park nearby.

The adventure park, called the Lost Mayan Kingdom, is a great option for families or thrill seekers as it has a number of waterslides, zip lines, river tubing, and a pool and cenote to swim in.

The area around Costa Maya port was originally a fishing village and its small town, Mahahual, is still there and makes for a great way to spend your day. You can take a shore excursion to get there or take a quick taxi ride (just a few minutes) from the pier. In Mahahual you’ll find more shops and a gorgeous beach with lounge chairs you can rent.

Mahahual is also a great place to rent some snorkeling equipment and swim around in the water to view sea life as Costa Maya is adjacent to part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest reef in the world. You can also do a snorkeling shore excursion that will take you on a boat to a prime snorkeling spot on the reef.

While a big draw of Costa Maya is the water – from the sea to pools to water slides – that’s not all there is to do for adventure seekers. Those who want to see how ancient civilizations lived will be excited to know there is a shore excursion to Chacchoben Ruins, a lesser known, but still important ancient Mayan site in Mexico.

Celebrity Edge is Celebrity Cruises' newest ship.
Celebrity Edge: the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises

The other thing that makes Costa Maya such an alluring cruise destination is that it is one of the ports of call the Celebrity Edge (Celebrity Cruises newest cruise ship) will be making when it begins sailing at the end of 2018. One of the itineraries Celebrity Edge will offer is a 7-night Western Caribbean sailing that is scheduled to stop in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit even more ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings that includes Celebrity Edge’s other itinerary for the Eastern Caribbean and also visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

To find out more about Celebrity Edge, including its innovative Infinite Veranda staterooms and the industry-first Magic Carpet, a cantilevered terrace that “floats” between the decks serving as both a waiting lounge for tender boats while in port and a unique oceanview restaurant experience in the evenings, click here.

To book your Celebrity Edge or other Celebrity Cruises sailing to Costa Maya, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: June 14, 2017

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Photo by David Stanley (via Flickr)

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This is a country where St Patrick’s Day is a National Holiday…but it’s not Ireland. That’s because the Irish settled here and perhaps it reminded them of their lush, green homeland and that the geography of this country bears a striking resemblance to coastal Ireland (if coastal Ireland had black sand beaches). 

But the phenomenon that really put this area on the map was a massive, devastating volcanic eruption that occurred here recently. A complete city instantly buried under volcanic ash and hardened lava. Abandoned houses and the atmosphere of chaos and fear still reigns in this area today. It’s literally a modern-day Pompeii. Lava completely devastated this former tourist town, destroying everything in its way, including the airport, homes, and restaurants. Life has literally stopped here. Since people fled the eruption, the former capital has remained completely untouched. The population was evacuated in a hurry, that’s why people left their belongings, dishes, appliances and even food in refrigerators. In the hills overlooking the former capital, luxurious villas are still located – in former times it was the most expensive real estate here. Surprisingly, looters did not touch the city.

Today, visitors are strictly prohibited from visiting this area on foot, largely due to the threat of another volcanic eruption. But helicopter tours are a popular way of observing this city which was literally frozen in time. The northern part of this country has become the new capital city, with tourism and a population of approximately 5,000 people (less than half the population before the eruption.)

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Montserrat, British West Indies

The island of Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory (BOT) that lies 30 miles southwest of Antigua, 300 miles southeast of Puerto Rico, and northwest of Suriname and French Guiana (France). 

Montserrat is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants. There are only three places in the world where St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday: Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and this tiny British island of Montserrat in the Lesser Antilles. But only on Montserrat do the celebrations last all week and include displays of African dance and a freedom run.

The eruption of the long dormant Soufrière Hills volcano is what put the island of Montserrat on the map. In July 1995, the volcano became active and eruptions destroyed Montserrat’s Georgian era capital city of Plymouth. Nineteen people were killed when three square miles of forests, agricultural land, and villages were flattened by debris and lava flow. 

Nearly half of Montserrat’s population has emigrated since that first eruption; of those who remain, many thousands had to abandon their homes and relocate farther north. Today, two thirds of the island – mostly lush, fertile land – has been declared an Exclusion Zone because it lies in the likely path of future flows. Stern notices guard the edges of the zone, promising that anyone entering without authorization will be prosecuted.

Celebrity Cruises visits the nearby islands of Antigua and Guadeloupe, where guests can take helicopter excursions over the Exclusion Zone of Montserrat.

Summer Savings Event from Celebrity Cruises — Don’t Miss It!

This summer doesn’t even officially start for another week, but it’s already time to get into the summer mood, especially where your summer vacation is concerned – and the sooner the better. Why is that? Because Celebrity Cruises has an incredible Summer Savings Event deal going on right now, which offers incredible savings for every person in every stateroom on nearly every sailing departing from July 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019.

Cruise ship in the Caribbean, St. Maarten

This means you can book a last minute summer vacation for 2017 or wait and book a vacation next year…and book it on Celebrity’s newest ship, Celebrity Edge! This cutting edge ship is going to be bringing modern luxury and 5-star amenities to the Caribbean Sea starting in December 2017. To find out more about Celebrity Edge, including its innovative Magic Carpet lounge and restaurant, click here.

Celebrity Edge is Celebrity Cruises' newest ship.
Celebrity Edge: the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises

The Summer Savings Event sale comes in two parts: cash savings and perks.

Save up to $200

The first two passengers in a stateroom or suite can save up to $200 on their cruise. The savings differ depending what category of room you book, and are per person:

  • $50 savings for inside staterooms
  • $100 savings for ocean view or veranda staterooms
  • $150 for Concierge Class or AquaClass staterooms
  • $200 for Suite Class staterooms

Free Perk (aka Free Drinks!)

Also as part of the Summer Savings Event, you’ll get to choose one of Celebrity Cruises’ amazing “perks” when you book an ocean view stateroom or higher. There are four different perks.

Enjoy a drink on the Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club.

The first perk option is a popular one if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages while on vacation as it is the free Classic Beverage Package Perk, which gets you unlimited drinks each day of your cruise that includes wines, domestic beers, and liquor drinks up to $9.

Don’t think you’ll make much use of the beverage package? No worries. You can choose from one of these other three perks:

  • $150 Onboard Credit: You’ll get $150 to spend while on board that can cover a spa treatment, specialty restaurants, shore excursions, drinks, and more.
  • Prepaid Tips: This option prepays your tips at Celebrity Cruises’ suggested daily rate for your stateroom attendant, dining waiter, assistant waiter, and headwaiter.
  • Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Package: Need to stay connected while you sail? This is a great perk option for you then.

The third and fourth passengers in a stateroom get a free Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and a 40-minute Internet package.

More Perks for Suite Guests!

Stay in a suite for your cruise and get all four perks, which gives your vacation a luxurious, all-inclusive feel. Relaxing indeed.

Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge

So where should you cruise this summer with all these savings?

Alaska cruises only operate from May to September so are a good choice for an unforgettable summer sailing. There are still some staterooms left on the Alaska cruises out of Seattle, which is a convenient embarkation port for west coasters to get to thanks to plenty of affordable flights up and down the coast. Click here to see some other itinerary options for Alaska.

A view of Hubbard Glacier.
Sailing by Hubbard Glacier during an Alaska cruise.

Where should you cruise next year (or the year after)?

The Caribbean! Because that is where the Celebrity Edge will be sailing. Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport.

Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Where else should you cruise?

Exploring Santorini, Greece, while in port with Celebrity Cruises.
Santorini, Greece

Northern Europe and the Mediterranean are much-loved cruise destinations. Visit gorgeous cities like Helsinki, Finland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Hamburg, Germany (just to name a few!) in northern Europe while sailing the Baltic Sea, or live life la dolce vita at an assortment of cruise ports around Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and beyond.

The South Pacific is also becoming a hot destination for cruising, particularly itineraries that stop in the beautiful country of New Zealand, which became a must-visit destination for travelers after the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy came out and New Zealand’s popularity hasn’t waned thanks to vibrant cities and intoxicating natural scenery.

To book your cruise and take advantage of the Summer of Savings event, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

For the complete terms and conditions for the Summer Savings Event, click here.

Where in the World Wednesday: June 7, 2017

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

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Photo by James Brooks (via Flickr)

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Surrounding this city you will find breathtaking scenery, from windswept volcanic peaks overlooking the sea, to green valleys dotted with vibrant wildflowers. It was here that the Japanese bombed the US Navy during WWII. Last week, a volcanic eruption occurred just 60 miles from this city, triggering a high aviation alert. This city’s school district has been voted one of the ten best in its country.

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Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska

Located within the Aleutian Islands off Amaknak Island, about 800 miles southwest of Anchorage at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, “Dutch” provides a harbor and a gateway for ships and airplanes to reach the small city of Unalaska, Alaska, via a 500-foot bridge. Amaknak Island is home to almost 60 percent of the city’s 4,500 year-round residents, although it has less than 3 percent of its land.  During the year, 20% of all flights are cancelled from Unalaska’s airport due to harsh weather.

Aside from the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Dutch Harbor was one of only a few sites in American Territory to be bombed by the Japanese during WWII. The Battle of Dutch Harbor took place on June 3-4, 1942, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two aircraft carrier raids on the Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and U.S. Army Fort Mears. The Japanese also bombed Elwood Oil Field near Santa Barbara, California, and dropped an incendiary bomb on Brookings, Oregon, starting a wildfire. 

The hit TV show Deadliest Catch is filmed here in Dutch Harbor. A mile long spit extending from the northeast end of Amaknak Island makes Dutch Harbor a natural port, protecting ships from the waves and currents of the Bering Sea although winds have tossed shipments from decks of ships. Dutch Harbor is close to some of the richest fishing in the world, and is ice-free. Celebrity Cruises visits Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Japan-Bering Sea sailings.

What to Know About a Celebrity Cruises Vacation Package

Cruisetours, City Stays, and Explorations with Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises offers several different types of vacation packages depending how much time you have, where you want to go, and how guided you’d like your trip to be. But they all have one thing in common: a fabulous stay on land followed (or occasionally following) a modern luxury cruise at sea.

Here’s what you can expect on each of Celebrity’s vacation packages:

Cruisetours

Tour Director on the Wilderness Express, part of a Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour.
Train ride through Alaska’s interior.

Celebrity Cruises offers Cruisetours as part of its Alaska sailings. A Cruisetour combines a cruise with a small-group tour, which means you’ll spend your days on land with an expertly put together itinerary and a guide to make sure everything goes smoothly – plus plenty of free time to explore on your own.

As the U.S.A’s biggest state, Alaska has a lot to offer travelers, and a Cruisetour lets you explore both the coastal and interior regions of Alaska, or you can opt for a Cruisetour itinerary that lets you explore more of the large country to Alaska’s south: Canada.

Cruisetour Through Inland Alaska

You’ll take a train into the wilderness of Alaska and explore national parks, towering glaciers, and stay in rustic and luxurious lodges. A highlight for many exploring the interior of Alaska is a visit to Denali, home to America’s highest mountain peak.

Cruisetour Through the Canadian Rockies

When you add on a Canadian Rockies tour to your Alaska cruise departing from Vancouver, you’ll spend time touring some of Canada’s most spectacular cities, including Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, and Calgary, with some nature exploration thrown in. You can also choose a Cruisetour itinerary for the Canadian Rockies that puts more of a focus on some of Canada’s gorgeous national parks instead of cities.

To read more about Cruisetours, click here.

Also, a bonus for west coasters – these Cruisetours are often very easy to get to thanks to affordable flights up and down the west coast!

City Stays

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

For those who want a less intensive land stay before or after their cruise that still lets them have the chance to get an in-depth experience of one particular destination, a City Stay through Celebrity Cruises is an ideal option. A City Stay is offered in nearly all of Celebrity Cruises’ embarkation ports; in other words, the city where your cruise begins.

City Stays takes out the guess work and research for you about where to stay and sites to see you can’t miss because Celebrity Cruises has already figured it out for you.

You’ll stay for three nights in an ideally situated high-end hotel that includes breakfast. During your stay you’ll also get to take part in a fully guided day tour around the city with a destination expert who will tell you just about everything you could possibly want to know about the city you’re visiting and show you its top sites. You’ll also have an evening city tour option that includes a farewell dinner.

In addition to your tours and hotel stay, you’ll find convenience abounds on your City Stay since your hotel will have a Celebrity Cruises hospitality desk to assist you with any needs you may have. You’ll also have transfers to the hotel from the airport and then onto your ship when the City Stay portion of your vacation package ends, making for an even more relaxing, stress-free time.

A small sample of cities you can do a City Stay in before your cruise includes: Athens, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Rome, Singapore, and Sydney. Click here to see all the cities and read more about City Stays with Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Explorations

Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland

Like Cruisetours and City Stays, Celebrity Explorations itineraries let you see the world by both land and sea, making for a unique and memorable vacation. However, the Explorations differ a bit by taking places in a location completely different from where your cruise will be. You’ll fly to one place for an in-depth vacation on land, and then hop on another plane to get to your cruise in Europe. Where can you visit as part of the land portion of your Celebrity Explorations package? Iceland for hot springs and Northern Lights chasing or Tanzania for an African Safari.

During your Celebrity Explorations vacation, expert guides and cultural excursions will give you an in-depth view of what makes the place you’re visiting so special. With Celebrity Cruises Explorations you can also be assured that you’ll be traveling in luxury, whether going from port to port on a cruise ship or spending the night in an opulent hotel. To find out what else you can expect and to learn more about what you’ll see in Iceland or Tanzania, read our blog post all about Celebrity Explorations.

To book your Celebrity Cruises Vacation Package, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 31, 2017

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

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Photo by David Jones (via Flickr)

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This city has a population of just under 100,000 residents with 1.4 million people living in the greater metro region. The area has deep ties to the Portuguese and nearly a third of its residents are Roman Catholic. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites here and more than 6,000 bars serving a popular nut-based alcoholic drink, considered one of the most exotic spirits in the world. This city’s three most popular sports include Football, Golf and Cricket.

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Goa, India

Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations.

Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Feni, a cashew based spirit made exclusively in Goa, is the most popular drink in the region and forbidden to be sold outside of Goa. Dudhsagar Falls (literally translated as “Sea of Milk”) is a 1,000 foot high, four-tiered waterfall on the Mandovi River.Celebrity Cruises visits Goa on Arabian Sea and Best of India and Sri Lanka itineraries.

Evenings Around the World with Celebrity Cruises

If you think cruising means missing out on the nightlife of a destination, think again. Celebrity Cruises offers overnights in ports of call all around the world on many of its itineraries. From catching the sunset in the Mediterranean to watching the Caribbean spark a party atmosphere after twilight and more incredible experiences, you’ll see a different side of the destination you’re sailing through thanks to overnights. You have many ways to spend your nighttime hours in port thanks to Celebrity Cruises’ Evenings Around the World shore excursions.

Evenings Around the World are unique shore excursions that aim to show you the best parts of the nightlife and culture of a place after the sun goes down. Like with Celebrity Cruises’ other shore excursions, you’ll be effortlessly picked up from the ship and transported to your activity. If your ship isn’t staying the whole night, but is leaving late at night, you’ll also be guaranteed to get back to the ship before it departs for the next port.

Enjoy a night in port with Celebrity Cruises and its Evenings Around the World shore excursions.
Enjoy a night in port with Celebrity Cruises and its Evenings Around the World.

Here are just some of the types of experiences you can have while enjoying a night in port with Celebrity Cruises.

Evening with Fado and Folklore

Fado is a traditional form of music in Portugal that is often focused on lyrics and melodies with a sense of melancholy. It’s something you don’t want to miss while in port in Lisbon, but since most performances are in the evening that can make it hard to see if only in Lisbon for a day. Luckily, Celebrity Cruises does overnights in Lisbon and the Evening with Fado and Folklore excursion will ensure you experience this special local music along with a folkloric dance performance.

Slip Away to Harbor Nights

While in Bermuda, you’ll take a boat ride to Bermuda’s Harbor Night Street Festival where you’ll get to take part in a fun and exciting evening market. Browse stalls selling local crafts and souvenirs. Take in live entertainment and then try some local delicacies at the festival’s food court. This is also a great shore excursion for families since there is an area just for kids at the festival.

Dinner on the River Seine

Watch Paris go from day to night on a shore excursion that transports you around the city during both times of day on this thorough shore excursion. You’ll travel around the city during the day, getting a tour of some of its main sites. You’ll also journey through the nearby countryside of Normandy and the Seine Valley. Then in the evening, you’ll board a river boat for a leisurely dinner cruise along the River Seine.

Keep Greek Tradition Alive

Take part in the culture of Greece on this shore excursion, which whisks you away to a neighborhood that sits high above the city of Athens and where you’ll have a night of fun that will delight all the senses. Along with gorgeous views of Athens in the evening, your night will consist of an olive oil tasting followed by traditional music and dance entertainment while you enjoy a meal of delicious Greek cuisine.

Europe and the Caribbean aren’t the only places you can find overnights in port while sailing the seas with Celebrity Cruises. To see all Evenings Around the World and Celebrity’s other shore excursions and itineraries, click here, and start planning your dream experiences abroad.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 24, 2017

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Photo by Alastair Rae. (via Flickr)

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This island is widely known for its distinctive folklore, mythology, cuisine, and unique architecture (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Its name is derived from the language of its indigenous people, meaning “place of the seagull.” The capital of this island is the third oldest city in its country and human inhabitance dates back 7,000 years. Here you will find small deer and a canine species named after Charles Darwin who conducted research on this island. But most famous are this island’s penguins: Magellanic (named after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan) and the endangered Humboldt Penguin, both of whom nest here from November through March. Red legged cormorants and pelicans are also prevalent here.

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Castro, Chiloé Island, north Patagonia, Chile

The Isla Grande of Chiloé (pronounced chee-loh-WAY) is South America’s largest island and among its most striking cultural anomalies. Divided by the gentle peaks of the Coastal Range, Chiloé’s eastern and western coasts are two worlds apart. To the west is a wilderness of endless beaches, dune habitat, and temperate rainforests, much of it protected in one of Chile’s most forgotten national parks. To the east are the scattered islands of the Chiloé archipelago, sheltered from Pacific storms, intensely cultivated, home to a traditional culture of subsistence farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen. Charles Darwin arrived in Chiloe on June 28, 1834 and was based there for six months, writing about his impressions of southern Chile in his diaries.

Embarkation Spotlight, Fort Lauderdale: What to Do Before or After Your Celebrity Edge Cruise

If you love tropical cruises or are dreaming of going on one, Fort Lauderdale is a name you should familiarize yourself with since this Florida coastal city is a major hub for cruise ships departing to the Caribbean.

Making this embarkation port, called Port Everglades, even more exciting is the fact that Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, will be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean itineraries starting in December 2018.

Celebrity Edge has a sleek, modern design with a focus on bringing the outside elements in. This is done with infinity veranda suites, a chic pool deck with panoramic views of the sea, and al fresco dining options, along with many other innovative features. One of these includes the industry-first Magic Carpet, a cantilevered terrace that “floats” between the decks serving as both a waiting lounge for tender boats while in port and a unique oceanview restaurant experience in the evenings. To learn more about the Celebrity Edge and its luxurious features (including some amazing two-story suites with plunge pools), click here.

Another plus of sailing on the Celebrity Edge is getting the opportunity to spend time in beautiful Fort Lauderdale. Here are a few options for experiencing the city before or after your cruise.

Top Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Boulevard: There’s always something fun or exciting to do along Las Olas Boulevard, a palm tree lined street that stretches through Fort Lauderdale right to the beach. Las Olas Boulevard is home to boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and many different nightlife options.

Bonnet House Museum: Those who like seeing homes of the past will enjoy a visit to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Bonnet House was built in the early 20th century and is full of artwork. The garden is also a big draw for visitors as it is an example of a native barrier island habitat.

Intracoastal Waterway: Fort Lauderdale is home to a series of waterways that gives it the nickname “Venice of America.” A boat ride along the waterways will take you along scenic natural spots and impressive mansions and yachts.

Stranahan House Museum: The Stranahan House Museum is another historic site in Fort Lauderdale that dates back to 1901. It originally served as a trading post and community hall. Later on, the owner lived upstairs and rented out the bottom for restaurants. The home was restored in 1984 and today you can tour it to see it as it was designed in the early 1900s.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale: Riverwalk is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is a scenic path that takes you along the side of New River past restaurants, historic sites, the marina, and more.

Fort Lauderdale Beaches: Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches that make for a relaxing place to sit and soak up the sun or partake in fun games or water sports. Some of its famous beaches to check out are Deerfield Beach, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach, and the aptly named Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Fort Lauderdale Shore Excursions with Airport Transfers

Celebrity Cruises makes it easy to explore Fort Lauderdale after your Celebrity Edge cruise thanks to shore excursions that drop you off at the airport after a fun day exploring or lounging at the beach.

Fort Lauderdale Land and Sea with Airport Transfer

Get a taste of Fort Lauderdale in more ways than on on a Land and Sea tour. You’ll be taken through the cultural center of Fort Lauderdale where you’ll see the Riverwalk, Las Olas Boulevard, and the Art and Science District. Then you’ll depart on a relaxing Mississippi paddle-wheel style boat through Fort Lauderdale’s unique Intracoastal Waterway. This excursion also includes an airport transfer to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Everglades Airboat Ride

Glide across the calm, sometimes eerie water of Everglades National Park on an airboat as your guide regales you with the history of the Everglades and points out alligators and other wildlife along the way. This shore excursion also drops you off at Miami International Airport.

 

Margaritaville Resort with Airport Drop Off

Get some beach time in before your vacation ends with the Margaritaville Resort shore excursion that drops you off via water taxi at the Margaritaville Resort, which has a prime location on Hollywood Beach and its famous boardwalk. After your day at the beach you’ll be dropped off at either the Fort Lauderdale or Miami airport.

Book Your Celebrity Edge Cruise Today

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

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