2016 Celebrity Cruises Signature Sailings

Celebrity Cruises Signature Sailings involve our usual incredible itineraries around the world — with a twist. Each Signature Sailing involves a spectacular event and passengers get the opportunity to attend the event while in port. Here are the 2016 Celebrity Cruises Signature Sailings.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

What: A once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is considered the biggest carnival in the world with amazing floats, costumes,
music, and a multitude of fellow revelers.

Itinerary: 14-Night South America and Rio Carnival

Depart Date: January 31, 2016

Depart Port: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ports of Call: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Ilhabela, Brazil; Buzios, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare

What: Literary history comes to life on this exciting journey to Kronborg Castle, the inspirational setting for William Shakespeare’s legendary play “Hamlet” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Itinerary: 9-Night Scandinavia & Shakespeare

Depart Date: April 23, 2016

Depart Port: Southampton, England

Ports of Call: Oslo, Norway; Skagen, Denmark; Helsingborg, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Fredericia, Denmark

Cannes Film Festival

What: Step aboard a Mediterranean cruise and step into the world of Hollywood royalty in Cannes during one of the most famous, star-studded film festivals in the world.

Itinerary: 10-Night Italy, France & Film

Depart Date: May 9, 2016

Depart Port: Barcelona, Spain

Ports of Call: Provence, France; Cannes, France; Florence/Pisa, Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica; Cagliari, Italy; Messina, Italy; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy

British Open in Glasgow

What: The oldest and most prestigious of the major professional golf championships is now celebrating its 145th year at the legendary Royal Troon Golf Club.

Itinerary: 12-Night British Isles & The Open

Depart Date: July 13, 2016

Depart Port: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ports of Call: Belfast, Northern Ireland; Ayr, Scotland; Greenock, Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dun Laoghaire, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; St. Peter Port, Channel Islands; Le Havre, France;

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

What: Journey to the stunning Edinburgh Castle to experience Scotland’s largest and most popular event, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. “Tattoo” is the traditional signal used to call British soldiers to return to their quarters. Over time, the custom evolved to become one of the world’s most spectacular visual and musical celebrations.

Itinerary: 14-Night British Isles

Depart Date: August 6, 2016

Depart Port: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ports of Call: St. Peter Port, Channel Islands; Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland; Inverness/Loch Ness, Scotland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Zeebrugge, Belgium

New Years Fireworks in Dubai

What: During your Arabian Sea & India Cruise, ring in the New Year aboard the coolest party afloat, mesmerized by the record-setting fireworks that light up downtown Dubai from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Itinerary: 14-Night Arabian Sea & Indian 

Depart Date: December 19, 2016

Depart Port: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ports of Call: Muscat, Oman; Cochin, India; New Mangalore, India; Goa, India; Bombay, India; Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Port of Call Spotlight: Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is an eclectic and vibrant port city, dripping in history and gorgeous architecture. When visiting Lisbon, you have a variety of ways you can spend your day. Here are a few of the attractions that make Lisbon so special to visit and which you may want to fit into your schedule when spending a day in port there.

St. George’s Castle

Situated on a high point of the city, the ruins of St. George’s Castle (it was badly damaged in the 1755 earthquake and never rebuilt) are still quite impressive and offer incredible views of the cityscape and sea. The castle grounds provide a peaceful place to walk around and soak in the scenery and history.

Alfama District

With winding, narrow alleyways through whitewashed buildings and bright squares with colorful accents, the Alfama District is often a favorite among visitors. It is also a great area to experience two of Lisbon’s cultural standbys: sardines and Fado. The sardines of Lisbon are grilled and salty, while Fado is a a longtime tradition in the city that involves singing in a poetic fashion.

Lisbon Tram

A fun way to explore the city is via Lisbon’s tram transportation. Hop on quaint little train cars that zip you around the city to all of the top sights.

Overview Shore Excursion

Not sure what to see? Get a taste for all of Lisbon’s culture and attractions on the City of Lisbon shore excursion, which takes you to top sights and provides historic anecdotes and other information via a knowledgeable guide.

Ready to book your cruise to Lisbon? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal to browse itineraries or speak with your local travel agent.

Which top Lisbon attraction are you most excited to do or see while visiting? Share with us in the comments below. 

Top Mediterranean Cruise Ports for Southern Californians

If you live in southern California (or are a Californian at heart), then you probably love playing in the surf, sand and sun…followed by an excellent meal and local craft beer or wine. This also means a vacation to the Mediterranean is probably right up your alley. We’ve compiled the Mediterranean cruise ports southern Californians are sure to enjoy. When planning your cruise, look for itineraries that visit these awesome ports of call.

Port: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Why: Dubrovnik has excellent snorkeling. Plus, the views from the walled city are simply stunning.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

Port: Santorini, Greece

Why: Gorgeous black-sand beaches, white-washed cliff-hugging towns, and wine tasting.

Cruise to the Greek Islands.
Santorini
Wine tasting in Santorini.
Wine tasting shore excursion in Santorini.

Port: Barcelona, Spain

Why: Great food, impressive boardwalk,  and incredible architecture (Gaudi!)

Barcelona, Spain
Parc Guell by Gaudi in Barcelona

Port: Athens, Greece

Why: So much amazing food. Plus, there’s all that history that draws major crowds…but you live in southern California, so you’re used to crowds.

Athens
Athens

Port: Naples, Italy

Why: Nosh on pizza and an Italian beer or house red, or head off on a ferry to the nearby island of Capri, which may have you feeling a bit like you’re going to Catalina…until you encounter the luxury stores, history of Anacapri, lush hiking trails, and famous blue grotto.

Pizza in Naples
Pizza in Naples
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Capri

 

Deal Alert! Bonus Perk Time for Popular Itineraries

Get 2 Perks Instead of 1 for a Limited Time!

You can currently get two free perks when you book an oceanview stateroom or above on 2015 holiday sailings and 2016 sailings to Europe and Alaska. This means an automatic upgrade to the perks they’d typically get for “Go Better” pricing. (Learn more about Go Big, Go Better, Go Best pricing here.)

2 Free Perks for the Holidays

Gift BoxCelebrity Solstice

Already overwhelmed by the holidays? Plan that last minute trip now! You must book by November 1, 2015, for a Caribbean cruise occurring between December 18 through December 31, 2015. You’ll be sipping tropical drinks while enjoying festivities and holiday  decor onboard. In port, see how the Caribbean celebrate the holidays and partake in some exciting and memorable shore excursions. View Caribbean Holiday itineraries here.

2016 Europe and Alaska Sailings

Hubbard Glacier Cruise

It’s not too soon to start booking your 2016 adventure. Not only will you get a better pick of stateroom location (the best spots book up fast), you’ll also get two free perks instead of just one when selecting the standard Go Big pricing. However, you may want to check out this article to see why you should Go Best when at sea with Celebrity Cruises (hint: you’ll get four perks).

Enjoy a day in port in gorgeous Santorini, Greece.

The Europe promotion for two free perks was just extended so make sure you don’t miss out on it again. Two free perks for both Alaska and Europe are only available for a limited time so don’t delay if you’re interested in traveling to either of these destinations — or both!

Need some inspiration? Here are some top itineraries to peruse through and dream about:

Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise from Seattle: Visit Victoria, Canada, before heading up to Alaska ports of call Ketchikan, Junea, and Skagway. You’ll also sail along Tracy Arm Fjord and the Inside Passage along the way.

Alaska Southern Glacier Cruise: Start in Seward, Alaska, and make your way down to Vancouver, Canada with stops in Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, and Ketchikan along the way plus a sail along Icy Strait Point.

Italy, Turkey and Greece Cruise: Beat the summer rush and experience the Mediterranean springtime or fall with stops in numerous ports of call on this 12-night itinerary onboard the gorgeous Celebrity Reflection.

Mediterranean Cruise on Celebrity Equinox: Pamper yourself this summer on a Mediterranean cruise that stops in Italy, France, Spain, and Greece while sailing on one of Celebrity’s award-winning Solstice-class ship.

To book your cruise or find out more about these promotions, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or talk with your local travel agent.

Fall Activities in SoCal and While Cruising

Do It Here, Then Do It There…

The breeze is starting to have a crispness to it in Southern California and the ocean is beginning to cool back down…fall is here. Though it doesn’t always feel like autumn to those who grew up in colder climates, it’s still possible to find some fall fun in southern California. When you want some more seasonal experiences, head to these lovely-in-fall ports of call on a cruise.

Fall in SoCal

It’s all about the pumpkins this time of year. Pumpkin scones, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie…so when wanting to get into a fall frame of mind, head to a pumpkin patch for some orange scenery and great photo ops. Some top SoCal pumpkin patches include:

Apples are another popular fall food. Go apple picking this autumn at Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glen. You’ll get a country feel with cider, hay rides, corn mazes, and — of course — apple picking.

If you need cooler weather for it to feel like fall so you can pull on those boots and cuddly sweaters, head to Big Bear Lake. Rent a kayak and paddle through the lake and look for trees that have started to change color — a rare occurrence in SoCal. For more fall color spotting while in Big Bear, take a hike through Aspen Grove.

Fall Colors While Cruising

You can also see some spectacular autumn colors and participate in fall festivities while cruising to New England or Europe this time of year.

New England and Canada

Celebrity Cruises offers Fall Foliage itineraries that stop in the scenic cities and towns of Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and more. While in port, walk through town or go on a hike to take in all the gorgeous fall colors.

Europe

France: While visiting the south coast of France (typically docked in port in Marseille or Nice) visit the nearby vineyards to see fall colors prettily accent the rows of vines.

England: When visiting London, head into the Cotswolds for the day to see some pretty fall colors framing quaint cottages.

Belgium: To see a big city all alit in golden and crimson fall colors, head to the port city of Bruges where you can take a boat down the canal and admire the trees framing the water and nearby streets.

Germany: It’s not fall in Germany without Oktoberfest, and though you won’t be able to dock in Munich (the Bavarian city which made Oktoberfest famous) you can visit Rostock (gateway to Berlin) during your cruise. While there, take a seat at one of Germany’s famous beer gardens and try some of the lagers that make Oktoberfest a hit year after year.

To book your New England or Europe cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal.

Guess the Wine at Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Sweepstakes

Guess the Wine at Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Sweepstakes

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN PRIZE. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The “Guess the Wine at Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Sweepstakes” (“Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises Inc. (“CCI” or “Sponsor”). Sweepstakes is open only to residents of California, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, electronic media firm, and their immediate family members (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their spouses, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are not eligible. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.
  2. TIMING: Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 p.m. on 10/3/15 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on 10/3/15 (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.”
  3. HOW TO ENTER: Sign into your Twitter account at www.Twitter.com (“Sweepstakes Website”). You must have a Twitter account in order to participate; there is no fee to open an account. Your participation on Twitter must comply with the Terms of Service posted on the website. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. If you choose to enter via a mobile phone, standard message and data rates may apply and entrants should contact their wireless provider for pricing plan details.

STEPS TO ENTER:

a.) Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of Celebrity Cruises at www.Twitter.com/celebritysocal.

b.) From your own account, mention @CelebritySoCal and include in the tweet (”Entry”) a.) your guess as to the type of wine sampled at Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival on 10/3/15 in Newport Beach, California (required portion of tweet); b.) which cruise destination you’d most like to be drinking the wine (optional portion of tweet); c.) the hashtag #red or #white (optional portion of tweet); and d.) the hashtag #CelebrityBlindTasting. Your tweet must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Sweepstakes. Limit of one (1) Entry per person or email address or Twitter account.

c.) Optional: As part of your Entry you may opt to include a photograph of yourself alone or with others. If the photograph includes other people, you must obtain prior permission to submit the photograph from all other people included and the person’s parent or legal guardian if the person is a minor in his or her state. Also optional, the photograph may include a caption in English, not to exceed the maximum number of characters in compliance with Twitter’s Terms of Service.

Photograph Requirements:

  • Photograph must be an original, unpublished picture.
  • Photograph must be in a file format and file size that is in compliance with Twitter’s Terms of Service.

Photograph may NOT include: (a) any copyrighted material including but not limited to images, copy, trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive building exteriors), look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures living or dead, or profanity, nudity or material deemed offensive to the Sponsor; (b) false or defamatory statements about any person or any third party; (c) third party trademarks which suggest affiliation with any trademark owner without permission of such owner or that dilute the value of any trademark; (d) act which is dangerous or harmful to person or property or suggests/depicts any person to undertake a dangerous activity; or (e) obscene, indecent, violent, sexually explicit, abusive, discriminatory, racially inflammatory or other morally or legally objectionable depictions of material, in the opinion of the Sponsor. If an Entry includes any of the prohibited elements listed above, the Entry will be disqualified, along with the entrant who submitted it. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or reject any Entry, in their sole discretion, that does not meet the above criteria. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be modified. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON SPONSOR’S WEBSITE AND EDITED, IN SPONSOR’S DISCRETION.

Entries generated by script, macro or other automated or mechanical means will be void. Any attempt by any participant to submit more than the stated number of entries by using multiple or different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s entries and that participant may be disqualified. The collection of Entry registration information by Sponsor is subject to its privacy policy found at www.celebritycruises.com. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use all personal information provided to Sponsor in accordance with the Privacy Policy posted on the Sweepstakes Website.

  1. USE OF ENTRIES: Entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned or acknowledged except as provided herein. Submission of an Entry grants Sponsor and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual license and right to publish, use, edit, adapt, modify and/or publicly perform the Entry in any way, in commerce and in any and all media worldwide now known or hereinafter developed, without limitation and without notice or consideration of the entrant.
  2. PRIZE and Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): a $100.00 Visa® Gift Card. Terms and conditions on gift card apply. Any expenses not mentioned above are the winner’s responsibility. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  3. WINNER will be selected in a random drawing to be conducted on or about 10/5/15 by Sponsor whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Winner will be notified by Sponsor via Direct Message on Twitter to the account provided at the time of entry within three (3) days following the random drawing. Then the winner will be required to complete a Prize Acceptance/Address Verification Form, which must be returned within five (5) days of the date on the notification or an alternate winner will be selected.
  4. GENERAL TERMS: Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will be awarded to an alternate. Prize can be substituted at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize is not transferable. Taxes are the winner’s responsibility. Prize acceptance constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name and likeness, address (city and state), photograph, voice, prize information and/or biographical information and any statements made by entrant regarding the Sweepstakes or the Sponsor for publicity, trade, advertising or promotion purposes at any time or times, worldwide and on the World Wide Web, without additional compensation, notice, review or approval. By participating, entrant agrees (a) to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which shall be final in all respects; and (b) to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”), and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively “Releasees”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including, without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in the Sweepstakes, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity, including travel and including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage. Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible or postage-due entries or Internet technical, hardware, software, telephone, or transmission failures of any kind, which may limit a person’s ability to enter the Sweepstakes. Releasees are not responsible for any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend advertising the Sweepstakes on the Internet should a computer virus, unauthorized intervention or other cause corrupt the integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant found to be disrupting the operation of the Sweepstakes or its web site. If the integrity of the Internet portion of the Sweepstakes is compromised in any manner, Sponsor reserves the right to modify Sweepstakes and randomly select a winner from valid entries received that are unaffected by the problem. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any online entrant, entrant will be deemed the individual named on the online entry form. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY ALTER OR DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND SHALL NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE STATE AND/OR FEDERAL AUTHORITIES OF SUCH ATTEMPTS. Submission of any digital computer materials containing malicious computer code, viruses, bugs, worms or any other intentionally destructive or harmful computer materials is also a violation of the law and in addition to automatically disqualifying the entrant, will be subject to any prosecution or claim the Sponsor determines is warranted. By participating, entrant agrees that, in the event of a dispute regarding this Sweepstakes (a) any and all claims, rights or causes of action will be litigated solely in a court of competent jurisdiction in the County of Miami Dade, State of Florida; and (b) these Official Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, with the exception of Florida conflict-of-law provisions.
  5. WINNER LIST: For the winner’s name, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Guess the Wine at Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Sweepstakes, 1080 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132-2096 or email SoCalEvents@celebrity.com.
  6. SPONSOR: Celebrity Cruises Inc., 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132.

Celebrity Cruises Spa and AquaClass Photo Tour

Celebrity Cruises has the luxurious Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard its ships where you can get massages, facials, wraps, and many other treatments.

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For a truly fantastic spa time while cruising, stay in Celebrity’s AquaClass staterooms. You’ll get special, unlimited access to the spa’s relaxation room plus spa amenities in your stateroom. You’ll also have exclusive seating priority at Blu Restaurant, a healthy, spa-inspired restaurant in a setting reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

Relaxation Room
Relaxation Room
Scroll down through this photo tour of CanyonRanch Spa Club and AquaClass staterooms onboard Celebrity Cruises and start dreaming of your own spa getaway!

AquaClass Staterooms

Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom onboard Celebrity Cruises
Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom

Celebrity Cruises AquaClass Suite
AquaClass Suite

Tea service in an AquaClass Stateroom.
Tea service in an AquaClass Stateroom.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub

Persian Garden Room with Heated Chairs
Persian Garden Room with Heated Chairs

Infrared Sauna
Infrared Sauna

Relaxation Room
Relaxation Room

Blu Restaurant

Blu Restaurant Entrance - Deck 5 Aft Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises
Blu Restaurant Entrance

Dining Room
Dining Room

Gorgeous decor in Blu Restaurant.
Gorgeous decor in Blu Restaurant.

Cuisine of Blu
Cuisine of Blu

Veal tenderloin entree
Veal tenderloin entree

Dessert at Blu
Dessert at Blu

Breakfast at Blu
Breakfast at Blu
Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal to learn more about Canyon Ranch SpaClub and AquaClass Staterooms.