How to Choose Which Celebrity Edge Cruise Itinerary to Book

Celebrity Edge is the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises and it is introducing many cruising firsts to the industry plus continuing Celebrity’s modern luxury ambiance on board. It also will be sailing a variety of itineraries both in the Caribbean and Europe when it debuts in 2018. Here are some tips to help you choose which itinerary to book – and how you can book more than one for the same vacation!

Western Caribbean vs. Eastern Caribbean

Family Time on a Caribbean Beach
Caribbean Beach

The first thing you’ll need to decide is if you want to visit the Western Caribbean or Eastern Caribbean. At first glance, you might think there isn’t much of a difference between the western and eastern sides of the Caribbean. However, there are some key differences.

Western Caribbean itineraries tend to visit ports with a wider variety of activities and scenery to do and see since they often include ports of call on both the coast of Mexico and Caribbean islands known for adventure.

Eastern Caribbean ports often include Caribbean islands known for beachside rest and relaxation and pretty port towns brimming with excellent shopping. Eastern Caribbean itineraries also sometimes depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico instead of Florida.

In the case of Celebrity Edge, both itineraries depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but visit different ports. The western itinerary will visit Costa Maya, Mexico, which is accessible to nearby ruins; Cozumel, an island in Mexico famous for snorkeling and scuba diving; Key West, Florida, which is great for sailing excursions and golf; and Grand Cayman, popular for its Stingray City excursion.

The eastern itinerary will sail to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where you can tour old forts and then explore the sights and shops in Old Town; Tortola, British Virgin Islands, known for its beautiful bays and coves; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, known for its duty free shopping (especially jewelry!), ziplining, and easily accessible beaches.

European Wonders

Oia, Santorini
Oia, Santorini

If you’re thinking beaches are great, but you were looking for a more cosmopolitan type vacation with a bunch of history thrown in, you’re in luck. Celebrity Edge will also be spending part of 2019 in Europe! From May through October, embark on one of Celebrity Edge’s intriguing European itineraries. These itineraries depart from Rome or Barcelona (and typically end in whichever one they’re not departing from). Celebrity Edge will be making ports of call at some of Europe’s most beloved cruise ports, some of which are Santorini, Greece; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and many more!

There is also one itinerary that leaves from Southampton, England, if you’d like to do a London getaway for a few days before you embark.

How to Decide on a Celebrity Edge Itinerary

Celebrity Edge's Pool Deck
Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck

So with so many great itineraries, how do you choose? Well, let’s take a look at what you love about the west coast.

If you’re a west coaster who enjoys living in this region of the U.S. because of the beaches and laidback SoCal lifestyle, then an Eastern Caribbean cruise will be right up your alley.

If you love the mountain hikes, surfing, skiing, and other adventurous activities you can do on the West Coast, opt for a Western Caribbean cruise and partake in some exciting shore excursions.

Can’t decide? You’re in luck! Celebrity Edge’s sailings alternate between each itinerary so you can book back to back cruises and sail the western itinerary the first week, and the eastern itinerary the second week for an amazing 14-night vacation — or vice versa!

–> To view Celebrity Edge’s Caribbean sailings, click here. 

Those who are happiest when spending a night out on the town in one of the west coast’s famous cities like San Francisco, LA, or Seattle while still being close to the gorgeousness of the coast may prefer a European itinerary that visits some of the Mediterranean’s most famous cities and also calls at some islands.

–>Check out this itinerary that departs from Rome and ends in Barcelona, and visits the glitz and glam of Monaco and Cannes, the historical allure of Florence and Naples, and the beach fun of Mallorca.

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

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing is scheduled to depart December 16, 2018. For more reasons why you’ll want to sail on this luxurious and innovative ship, click here.

Where in the World Wednesday: November 22, 2017

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

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This location is home to a sacred house that was discovered in the 19th century. Archaeologists who have examined the building believe most of the building dates from the 6th or 7th century, but its foundations date back to the 1st century AD. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass here in 2006.

This destination is also home to these famous ruins, which are our picture clue for the week:

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What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

A Caribbean cruise can be a daunting vacation to pack for. Not only do you need beach attire, you also need outfits for days and evenings at sea plus any clothing necessary for certain shore excursions. Here are some tips on packing for a Caribbean cruise that won’t require having to bring three suitcases!

Shoes to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

Shoes take up a lot of space so let’s start with those. To pack concisely and strategically, bring shoes that can do double duty, such as:

Hiking Shoes: Pack low-top hiking shoes for outdoorsy shore excursions that can also double for a workout on board if you hit the gym, and which are comfortable to wear around a Caribbean port town while shopping and exploring.

Dressy Sandals or Loafers: Bring a pair of sandals or loafers that look dressy enough for dinner in the on board specialty restaurants, but also are casual enough to wear around the ship during the day.

Flip-Flops: Get easy to slip on shoes to stick in your day pack for beach excursions and to wear to the pool – or for a quick jaunt from your stateroom to get a coffee or other drink to enjoy on your verandah.

What to Bring for Port Days

Celebrity Cruises Active Adventure Ziplining
Ziplining Shore Excursion

Something that makes the Caribbean such a fun and memorable vacation is the huge variety of activities you can do while there. Islands differ on what they are known for (such as beaches, ziplining, rain forest hikes, architecture, and so much more) and even one single island can have wildly different things to do while in port. Cover your bases and any last minute shore excursions you might decide to sign up for once on board your ship by packing the right clothing. Here are some items you’ll want to make sure you have.

Lightweight Raincoat or Poncho: The Caribbean is a tropical destination and part of what gives the destination its tropic beauty is rainfall, so you may encounter some on your vacation. It doesn’t have to ruin your day in port, though; most times of year rain in the Caribbean is sporadic and doesn’t last long. Be prepared with a rain jacket or poncho you can take out of your daypack and you’ll still be able to enjoy whatever activity you’re doing without worrying about getting all wet.

Pants and Long Sleeves: If you’re going to be walking through rain forests or other wilderness areas in the Caribbean, bring breathable pants and a long sleeve shirt you won’t get too hot in, but which will keep you covered. This is ideal for areas you’re traveling in which may have mosquitoes or scratchy vegetation.

Swimsuits: Bringing a swimsuit probably goes without saying for a Caribbean cruise, but what you might not think about is bringing different types of suits (ladies, this one is more for you). Definitely bring a suit that you want to lounge on the beach or by the pool in, and you also may want to stick in a swimsuit that you can be more active in. Think sports swimsuits that will let you comfortably snorkel, surf, go tubing down rivers, or any other adventurous water activity you may want to do in the Caribbean.

Family Time on a Caribbean Beach
Beach time in the Caribbean

Rashguard: Even if you’re not planning to try surfing or boogie boarding, sticking in a rashguard is wise since it will help protect your skin from the sun if you’re planning to be in the water a lot. The Caribbean sun may be much more powerful than what you’re used to and a painful sunburn is one quick way to ruin a vacation.

Sunglasses: The Caribbean is sunny! Don’t spend your time in port squinting. Bring a pair of sunglasses (polarized sunglasses are best when you’re near water to help reduce glare) or a sun visor.

What to Pack for on the Ship

Here are some items you’ll want to pack for your time on the ship, starting with dinner.

Tuscan Grille Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises
Dining in Tuscan Grille Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’ dress code for dining is Smart Casual on most evenings, which entails the following items:

  • Ladies: Dress, slacks, blazers, jeans, scarves, skirts, casual tops — basically, whatever you’re comfortable in without being too casual.
  • Men: Pants or jeans and a sport shirt with sleeves.

Depending on the length of your cruise, there also may be one or two Evening Chic nights (say good-bye to those stuffy formal nights!), and you’ll want to come prepared for those evenings so you can participate in the fun of getting all glammed up. Stick the following attire in your suitcase for Evening Chic nights (which also may double well for the nightlife onboard):

  • Ladies: Cocktail dress or skirt/pants/designer jeans with an elegant top. Or get totally dressed up in an evening gown!
  • Men: Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater. To get fancier, wear a blazer or sport coat over it.

Pool Cover-Up: Bring something to throw on over your swimsuit for your walk from your stateroom to the pool and to put on if you take a break from relaxing by the pool to run to the Lido Bar.

Keep in mind that during the day the Caribbean may be hot, but at night when you’re sailing in the middle of the sea from one island to the next, the temperature can dramatically drop, which brings us to the next point on what to pack:

Layers!

To round out the rest of your clothing for your trip, pack a few t-shirts or tanktops, cardigans or sweaters, a couple pairs of both shorts and pants or maxi skirts. You should be able to mix and match these to fit different weather and activities, whether in port or on the ship.

Then get ready to enjoy an incredible Caribbean vacation!

Excited to start packing your suitcase sooner than later?

Don’t miss out on Celebrity Cruises’ current holiday special: the Holiday Season of Savings. With this special, book in an oceanview stateroom or higher stateroom category and the first two guests in your stateroom receive a free perk. You can choose from:

  • Classic Beverage Package (includes alcoholic beverages)
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Prepaid Tips
  • $150 to Spend on Board

Book a suite and receive all four perks. The next two people in a stateroom (oceanview or above) receive 50% off their cruise fare as part of the Holiday Season of Savings. To see all terms and conditions, click here.

To book your cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: November 15, 2017

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

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This area experiences mistral winds, which reach speeds of over 100 mph. This picture perfect city is known for its luxury hotels, fine restaurants, beautiful beaches, and famous film festival.

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Photo by Chris Yunker (via Flickr)

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Cannes, France

This destination is a popular beach destination in the south of France that is also known for Cannes Film Festival. Celebrity Cruises sails to Cannes on certain Mediterranean itineraries.

Where in the World Wednesday: November 8, 2017

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

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Boasting the longest coastline in its country, this area is dotted with fairytale villages, baroque churches, olive groves, azure water with white sand beaches, medieval castles and distinctive medieval stone dwellings. Foodies will fall in love with the cuisine, historians will be infatuated with the region’s 7th century heritage, while nature lovers will adore the beautiful seascapes. So let’s head to the heel!

And a picture hint! This destination is located in the same country as this famous landmark:

Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum

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Puglia

This destination is Bari and the Puglia region of Italy (Alberobello/Itria Valley), which is located on the “heel” of the boot of Italy. Puglia is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets for travelers. The UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello has been called the ‘capital of the trulli’ for its distinctive medieval white stone dwellings. Bari is the capital of the region and visited by numerous cruises on Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean sailings.

 

 

2017 Holiday Cruise Deals to the Caribbean

If the weather is looking dreary where you live and you’re already feeling overwhelmed about your to-do list for the holiday season, here’s an idea: Throw that to-do list away and escape to some sunshine while letting Celebrity Cruises provide you with a fun and memorable holiday this year.

Even better, book your 2017 holiday cruise by December 3, 2017, and you’ll get big savings – how’s that for a holiday gift? Celebrity Cruises’ Holiday Season of Savings special applies to sailings all around the world, but if it’s warm weather and an easy flight you’re looking for, the Caribbean is where it’s at! West coasters can save a day off work by taking a red eye to Florida or Puerto Rico, where you’ll board your cruise ship and get ready for festive fun and relaxation.

Holiday Season of Savings Special Offer

So what do you get with the Holiday Season of Savings? Book in an oceanview stateroom or higher stateroom category and the first two guests in your stateroom receive a free perk. You can choose from:

  • Classic Beverage Package (includes alcoholic beverages)
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Prepaid Tips
  • $150 to Spend on Board

Book a suite and receive all four perks. Happy Holidays, indeed.

Traveling with additional friends and family? The next two people in a stateroom (oceanview or above) receive 50% off their cruise fare as part of the Holiday Season of Savings.

Now, to where in the Caribbean can you and your family and friends sail? You have a variety of options over the holidays.

12-Night Exotic Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Eclipse: Departs December 21 from Miami, Florida, and visits ports in St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

11-Night Ultimate Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Reflection: Departs December 22 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visits Costa Rica, Panama, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and has an overnight in Cartagena, Colombia.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Equinox: Departs December 23 from Miami, Florida, and visits ports in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

7-Night Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit: Departs December 23 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and sails to ports in St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

7-Night Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette: Departs December 24 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visits Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.

7-Night Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Equinox: Departs December 30 from Miami, Florida, and sails to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.

7-Night Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit: Departs December 30 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and visits ports in St. Thomas, Grenada, Barbados, Martinique, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday on Celebrity Silhouette: Departs December 31 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visits ports in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

6 Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays With Celebrity

  1. Celebrate the holidays on a modern luxury vacation.
  2. Everything’s ready: Enjoy traditional holiday meals and decorating with no prep or clean up to worry about.
  3. Entertainment: Festive holiday shows and carolers will get everyone in the spirit.
  4. Togetherness: Everyone gets to enjoy downtime during the holidays to spend with those who matter most.
  5. Traditions: Santa brings gifts to all the kids and the halls will be decked to perfection. Corks pop on New Year’s Eve.
  6. Award-winning dining: Sumptuous, complete holiday meals created by a Michelin-starred chef.

And a bonus reason — as mentioned earlier, you’ll get a free perk as our gift! Choose free drinks, free Internet, and more when you book an ocean view stateroom or higher on holiday sailings that depart in 2017. 

To book your holiday cruise to the Caribbean, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent. Remember, to take advantage of the Holiday Season of Savings special you need to book by December 3, 2017, for any holiday sailing departing December 19 through December 31, 2017. For additional terms and conditions, click here.

Cruise Port Spotlight: George Town, Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands are known for their underwater activities, gorgeous beaches, upscale shopping, and ritzy resorts. George Town in Grand Cayman is a popular cruise port of call that has all this and more. Here’s what you need to know before visiting George Town with tips on things to do while there for the day.

Getting to George Town, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands and George Town is its capital. Your ship won’t dock right at the terminal; instead it will anchor a short distance from shore and you will be tendered to the port terminal via smaller boats. You will be provided information on the tendering process for George Town while on board your ship before arriving in port. There are three different terminals at George Town’s port and you’ll catch your tender boat back to the ship at the same terminal at which you’re dropped off.

From the terminal, it’s a short walk to the town center. You also may be meeting your shore excursion near the terminal so check the logistics for your excursion before disembarking.

Things to Do in Grand Cayman

A variety of activities and experiences await you in Grand Cayman. Here are some of the ways you can spend your day there.

Stingray City

If stingrays intrigue you then head to one of Grand Cayman’s most famous sites: Stingray City. Stingray City is located in a bay where hundreds of stingrays flock each day to feed. Tour boats dock in the bay and your guide will teach you the proper way to interact with the stingrays, then you’ll get to don some snorkeling equipment and hop in the water to swim and frolic with the stingrays and even feed them.

On the Stingray City and Barrier Reef Snorkel excursion you’ll also visit Coral Reef Gardens for a snorkeling adventure before heading to Stingray City. While snorkeling at the reef you’ll get the chance to see aquatic plants and an array of sea life, including a possible encounter with a moray eel.

Dive into the Depths of Grand Cayman

Scuba certified? Take your undersea adventures one step further with a scuba excursion in Grand Cayman. Participate in a two-tank dive excursion around a couple of Grand Cayman’s best dive spots where you’ll get the chance to descend into the depths up to 80 feet and enjoy visibility of up to 100 feet. You’ll have the chance to see coral, topical fish, eels, sea turtles, stingrays, and even reef sharks.

Turtles, Rum, and Stingrays

When Christopher Columbus first discovered the Cayman Islands, he called them “Las Tortugas” due to the plethora of sea turtles he found in the water around the islands. The name obviously didn’t stick around, but the turtles did! And you can see them on the Turtle, Stingray Land and Sea Adventure shore excursion. This tour visits a turtle farm where you’ll learn more about green sea turtles that call the island home. Then you’ll head to Tortuga Rum Cake Factory for a little baking lesson before finishing your day at Stingray City.

Beach Time on Grand Cayman

Just want to relax? Then head to Grand Cayman’s most famous beach: Seven Mile Beach. This gorgeous beach stretches down the island’s coast and provides a blissful sandy retreat. Rent a beach chair lounger for the day or spend some time at one of the beach bars while gazing at the aqua sea.

Explore George Town

If the cosmopolitan life is more your scene, stick close to port and explore the streets of George Town. The town is situated on the water’s edge and has colorful buildings filled with duty free shopping and restaurants.

Cruise to Grand Cayman

Ready to book your tropical cruise vacation with a port of call in George Town, Grand Cayman? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com to find your dream Caribbean itinerary or speak with your travel agent.

When researching, don’t forget to look into the Celebrity Edge sailings that stop in George Town. Celebrity Edge is the newest cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises and is debuting at the end of 2018.

Celebrity Edge will sail two different 7-night itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one of which includes a port of call in George Town. That itinerary is the Western Caribbean Itinerary and visits Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico, along with George Town. The other itinerary is for the Eastern Caribbean and sails to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Click here to learn more about the Celebrity Edge and how its innovative, creative spaces will change the way people think about cruising.

 

Where in the World Wednesday: November 1, 2017

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

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Word Clue

This city is home to an impressive steam & whistle clock which is powered by an intricate system of underground pipes. In this city you can also “do the grind” to enjoy amazing views and a great restaurant from 4,000 feet above this beautiful city. Then, enjoy a scenic ride down the Swiss Garaventa Aerial tramway.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver was founded in 1886 and is consistently named among the top cities in the world in terms of livability and quality of life. Vancouver (originally named Gastown) is a coastal seaport and home to two of Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska bound ships: Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Infinity.

Where in the World Wednesday: October 25, 2017

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

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Construction of this medieval town and castle began in the 13th-century, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a popular festival named after a flower that takes place in this town on the Summer Solstice each year as well as an international music festival in July and August. A popular place to eat dinner here is at one of the many restaurants located along the river and close to the city’s castle. The town is home to two landmarks visitors won’t want to miss: the Gothic Church and the Chateau Complex.

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Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Český Krumlov (pronounced “chess-key crumb-lov”) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each June, over the Summer Solstice, the Five-Petal Rose Festival is held here in the downtown area, and if attending, it will feel like you’ve entered a medieval town complete with characters dressed up in traditional garb from the middle ages and activities such as jousting, fencing, and historical dance happening around you.

Can’t Miss Beaches in the U.S. and Europe

Do It Here…Do It There: Top Beaches on the USA’s West Coast…Top Beaches in Europe

The west coast of the United States has the enviable position of bordering the Pacific Ocean. For many residents of the west coast, a day at the beach is just part of life. Visitors also usually make a jaunt to the beach a priority. These beaches along the west coast of the USA inspire wanderlust and are worth a drive to get to for residents and visitors alike. In today’s article, we’ve listed a collection of the top beaches on the west coast, and then — since your wanderlust will probably continue – the best beaches to visit during a cruise to Europe.

10 Must-Visit Beaches on the West Coast, USA

Mission Beach: This popular beach in San Diego has a bustling boardwalk and is even located right next to an amusement park. Ride the iconic wooden rollercoaster and then spread your beach towel out on the soft sand while you eat some take-out from one of the nearby restaurants. Whether you then wait an hour to go swimming in those tumbling Pacific waves is up to you!

Windansea Beach: Popular with locals, but sometimes unknown to tourists, Windansea Beach is a hidden gem in La Jolla, the northern most community of San Diego. It’s accented by large, long rocks that provide little alcoves for families and beach goers wanting a bit more privacy. The rocky coastline also isn’t as familiar of a sight in southern California and makes for beautiful views as well. Windansea Beach is also just a short jaunt to cafes, shops, and restaurants in the Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla.

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach: Immediately west of artsy and classy Laguna Beach Village is this beach, which has an open sandy area flanked by cliffs on both sides. Head down behind the cliffs for more private beach lounging spots or stay where the action is in the open area and try your hand at some beach volleyball. Public restrooms and showers are right onsite and you’re a quick walk to food and drinks.

Huntington State Beach: If dreaming of southern California beaches conjures up images of the infamous tv show, Baywatch, then Huntington Beach is where you want to head. A long stretch of soft, pristine sand flanked by blue lifeguard towers hosts a bevy of sunbathers in the summer months. The waves are also ideal for body surfers and boogie boarders with certain areas being popular surf spots.

Santa Monica Beach: Famous for its pier which has an amusement park and restaurants on it, Santa Monica Beach provides both entertainment and relaxation on the sandy shores stretching north and south from the pier. It’s also in walking distance of Santa Monica’s ritzy downtown area.

El Matador Beach: Malibu is worth the drive up the LA coastline as it’s about where California’s beach scenery changes from sandy and flat to wild and rugged. Malibu has several beaches that have impressive rock formations jutting out of the water, but El Matador stands out due to a massively wide rock with a series of tunnels going through its base.

Santa Barbara Beach: Both long and wide, the main beach of Santa Barbara is sandy and perfect for a stroll any time of the day. Santa Barbara is the jewel of California’s central coast. While ambling along the beach, look toward the water for dazzling ocean views, and then turn your head the other way to be impressed by the mountainous skyline framing this pretty beach city.

Cannon Beach: California is most famous for its beaches, but don’t discount its Pacific Northwest neighbors, Oregon and Washington, especially if you head to Cannon Beach in Oregon. Cannon Beach is known for Haystack Rock, a massive triangular shaped rock formation that looms within the ocean close to shore. The beach itself is sandy and long, providing you with ample angles to get the perfect shot of Haystack Rock. Cannon Beach is also close to the town of the same name, which is full of charming side streets and ritzy boutiques and restaurants.

Bandon Beach: Though not quite as famous as Cannon Beach, a road trip through Oregon should also include a stop in the town of Bandon Beach and to its Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, which includes a beach area you won’t want to miss. This beach is home to some cool rock formations; when the tide goes out you can explore around the rocks and also see if you can see the face within the rocks that gives this beach its name. The views surrounding Face Rock State Beach are also worth making it a priority to see, especially around sunset.

Shi Shi Beach: Continuing north into Washington, the hike to Shi Shi Beach is worth the exercise and will have your jaw drop due to both the powerful nature of the sea and the way the nearby Olympic forest (Shi Shi Beach is part of Olympic National Park) comes straight up to the shoreline. You can also get a permit to camp along Shi Shi Beach, making for an especially memorable beach going experience.

5 Must-Visit Beaches in Europe

Nice: The French Riviera is famous for its magnificent views of the Mediterranean and upscale beach vibe, and Nice encompasses all of that with its coastline. Nice also has a lovely, wide boardwalk that takes you alongside both the coastal views and Nice’s Old Town. The beaches of Nice are rocky so come prepared with beach shoes and to maybe pay for the day use to a beach chair.

Santorini Beach
Santorini’s Red Beach

Santorini Red Beach: Santorini’s volcanic past has created some visually striking beaches. While its several black beaches are neat to see, it’s Santorini’s Red Beach that usually strikes a lasting impression in visitor’s mind. You have to access the beach via a short trailhead that takes you over a pass from which you’ll see the cove of Red Beach stretching out magnificently below you. Make your way down the trail to the beach and sit on the red pebbly beach, created from lava rocks. Behind the beach, a red rock wall stretches into the sky, and lapping at the shores is the Mediterranean Sea in gorgeous turquoise and teal colors.

Mykonos Paradise Beach: The Greek island of Mykonos is home to many beaches, but Paradise Beach stands out thanks to its party vibe and cove-like nature ambiance. Plus, wade out into the warm, clear water and you’ll soon come to an underwater rock wall that just barely breaks the surface. It will make for some instagrammable “walking on water” pictures.

Costa del Sol, Spain: The coastal area west of Malaga, Spain stretches for miles with sandy beaches. Take your pick for one to relax at and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine and sea views. Bring a towel or find a beach lounge chair to rent for the day and then take breaks from the sand to wander into town for some seafood and sangria or a refreshing ice cream cone.

Playa Sa Caleta, Ibiza: The island of Ibiza, Spain is known for its party atmosphere, but if you want some tranquility while on the island head to Playa Sa Caleta. This sandy beach is tucked away behind some rocky cliffs and surrounded by green hills and teal water ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Which beach do you want to head to first? Celebrity Cruises has itineraries that stop nearby all these destinations. Find your perfect itinerary at CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

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