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This dramatic, rugged mountain soars 2,000 feet out of the sea at the tip of its country’s most famous peninsula. Limestone crags project above the sea and ancient ruins below. It is a haven for intellectuals, artists and writers, and this island has been continuously inhabited since 29 BC. According to ancient geological surveys, this island was once part of the mainland. Lemon trees, flowers, and birds are abundant here, but few cars.
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The Isle of Capri is Italy’s most famous island. Capri (pronounced cap-ry, not ca-pree), is a dramatic rugged mountain that soars out of the Tyrrhenian Sea at the tip of the Sorrento peninsula off Italy’s Amalfi Coast. This picturesque Mediterranean island has just two towns — Capri, situated above Marina Grande, and Anacapri, the higher town. The island’s top attraction is the famous Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto).
It’s officially summer! If May and the beginning of June were super busy for you due to end-of-school-year tasks and stressful work deadlines, then you may be finally slowing down enough to remember: hmm, I never got around to planning that summer vacation I was dreaming about. Well, we have good news for you — it’s not too late to book that summer vacation, especially if it’s a cruise to Europe thanks to these last-minute special offers.
Why Cruise to Europe this Summer?
In addition to seeing the beautiful, historic sites Europe is famous for, this summer is a good time to go to Europe because of the deals you can find.
Europe has often been expensive for west coast travelers to fly to, but flight prices for this summer are some of the lowest they’ve been in awhile, and you can find flights to London, Barcelona, or Rome from Los Angeles or San Francisco for under $1,000.
You can also check with your travel agent or Celebrity Cruises representative when booking to find out what sort of flight deals you can get by taking advantage of Celebrity’s ChoiceAir program. Booking your flight and cruise as a package can often save you even more money.
The Go Big Sale
Speaking of flights and saving money, the Go! Big sale Celebrity Cruises has underway includes a $250 Air Credit on Europe sailings plus some onboard savings as well.
Many of our passengers enjoy drinks from our extensive wine and bar list throughout their cruise. These beverages can add up quickly so our current Go Big sale can result in huge savings for libation lovers since it means you can choose a free Classic Beverage Package when booking an oceanview stateroom or above, which gives you unlimited drinks for the duration of your cruise.
If drinks aren’t your thing, you can bypass the drink package and opt for a different free perk: $300 shipboard credit, free gratuities, or high-speed Internet for two.
If you book a suite, you get all four of the above perks included in the price of your cruise fare.
Celebrity Cruises Europe sailings are also up to 60% off right now. See a list of Europe cruises here and be sure to book by June 30, 2016 to take advantage of the Go! Big special offer.
And You’ve Probably Heard of Brexit…
The United Kingdom’s vote in favor of leaving the European Union, nicknamed Brexit, has impacted more than just its own pound currency. The Euro has also dropped since the vote, meaning U.S. travelers will get more for their dollar while in certain ports (on board, your purchases will be in U.S. dollars).
Book Your Last-Minute Europe Cruise and Go!
All this means this summer is a great time to book a last-minute cruise and begin exploring the many amazing countries and sights in Europe. Now you’ll just have to decide which countries you most want to visit — the sun-dappled islands and town of the Mediterranean or the vibrant cities along the Baltic Sea. Or a combination of city and island life. We have itineraries for whatever type of summer cruise you have in mind. Learn more at www.CelebrityCruises.com.
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With its pink sand beaches, this island is one of 17,000 which comprise this nation. People here are descendants of former conflicts who were exiled to this island and while most are adherents to Islam, there are also Hindu and Christian congregations. Dutch sailors reported finding giant creatures here with flat heads and huge mouths. These creatures are known for enjoying eating corpses, including human ones. While this is considered less than desirable, people here put rocks over shallow graves to protect remains from these creatures. However, some tribes are alleged to have once gotten rid of their dead feeding them to the creatures
If you’ve ever watched Jurassic Park, you remember that the all-female dinosaurs there manage to reproduce. Similarly, on this island these creatures have evolved the incredibly rare skill of parthenogenesis, which lets females reproduce without males. On remote parts of the island, when there’s no male around, the female can make an unfertilized egg into an embryo. The spawn will always end up being male, and this suits the female fine, because it can then mate with its own child.
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Komodo Island, Indonesia
This island in Indonesia is known for the animal that gives it its name: the Komodo Dragon. These reptiles may have you thinking of Jurassic Park in more ways than one since they can grow up to ten feet long.
Komodo Island is also known for its serene beaches and the clear water surrounding it. Thee island is home some great scuba diving, thanks to an underwater rock wall and seabed home to an abundant variety of sea life.
Spent some time in the sunshine state (or live there)? Then picture your favorite activity to do there and then read on to find out what type of shore excursion you may enjoy doing while cruising the world.
Love to surf? Then you probably enjoy simply being in the ocean, too. When it comes to ways to do that on a Celebrity cruise, there are many options (besides just sailing on a ship through the ocean!) and ways to take advantage of being by the sparkling sea.
Celebrity Cruises shore excursions have just about every type of water activity imaginable depending where you’re traveling to on your cruise. You can go scuba diving, snorkel, paddleboard, and even don an oxygen helmet and walk on the ocean floor.
If you enjoy taking a boat onto the water out of the harbors of San Diego or Newport Beach, or hopping on a speedboat and zipping around the San Francisco Bay, then you’ll be a fan of one of Celebrity’s shore excursions that gets you out onto the water via a small vessel.
Then after your excursion, you get to head back to your impressive Celebrity Cruises ship and enjoy a drink on the Lawn Club or sundeck for more gliding over the water and relaxing sea views.
California has wine tasting regions all the way from southern California to the famous wineries of Napa and beyond in northern California. As a result, many Californians are wine connoisseuers and enjoy learning about local wines. You can also find out about regional wines of the countries you’re visiting on a wine tasting shore excursion with Celebrity Cruises. Chances are if you’re visiting a port that has a nearby wine region, there will be a shore excursion that takes you to it. You can search here to see where in the world you can go wine tasting with Celebrity Cruises.
California’s agriculture industry and miles upon miles of farmland mean there are many opportunities to eat locally sourced food and feast on gourmet cuisine at farm to table restaurants. If you also like doing so on vacation, you’ll enjoy checking out one of Celebrity Cruises’ World Flavors shore excursions. These excursions offer a wide array of culinary adventures, from cooking classes to visiting local food markets to dining at Michelin-starred restaurants.
The Big City
If you enjoy weekend getaways and spending time in the big cities of California, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, then soak up more of the city life on a shore excursion that explores a specific city center, often with a specific theme.
For example, in Barcelona, Spain you can take in the city sights while learning about the city’s most famous artistic creators on the Barcelona & Picasso tour, during which you’ll visit the Picasso Museum and learn more about Picasso’s life in Spain, plus be taken through different neighborhoods of Barcelona and past buildings designed by the city’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi.
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This UNESCO recognized city is among the five largest cities in the world. This city of Scottish heritage is very youthful, with nearly a quarter of its residents between the ages of 15-25. The harbor and hills around this city are remnants of an extinct volcano. On a visit to this city you can see the only castle in its country and take a photo of the famous train station. The streets are steep and have awkward thoroughfares, which aren’t uncommon in the former British Empire, where grid layouts were often drawn by London bureaucrats thousands of miles away, not by local surveyors.
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Dunedin, New Zealand
The city of Dunedin lies on New Zealand’s south island where more than one million people reside, a full one-third of New Zealand’s population. Dunedin is the 5th largest city in the world, not by population, but by land area.
Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world. The street is so steep that asphalt would literally flow down the hill on a hot day. At the top, it has to be surfaced with concrete instead. A local fixture and tourist favorite on the street is a neighborhood grandfather named Dave Kernahan, who runs up and down the hill no less than thirty times a day. He’s kept up this borderline-suicidal fitness program ever since he was laid off from his job in 1997. The climb is so hard on his running shoes that he sometimes goes through a pair in less than a month.
On a visit to Dunedin you may see Albatross, yellow-eyed and blue penguins, sea lions, and fur seals. Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula feature the only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross in the world. Albatross are large majestic seabirds with a wingspan of nine feet. Dunedin is home to some interesting locals, including the world’s rarest penguin, the yellow-eyed penguin; the world’s rarest sea lion, the New Zealand sea lion; New Zealand fur seals; and little blue penguins. Celebrity Solstice visits Dunedin on Australia/New Zealand sailings between October and April.
Are you going to be in Aspen, Colorado this weekend? Then we hope we will see you at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen! Celebrity Cruises will be there sharing some scrumptious food and drinks inspired by our onboard sailing experience.
We have some amazing chefs on the Celebrity Cruises culinary team and our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, will be at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen to serve up a delicious Maine Lobster Salad. Here is a video of how this savory dish is prepared.
Not going to be in Aspen? Don’t despair. We’ve included the recipe below so you can try making it at home. Then book your own Celebrity cruise so you can try more delectable cuisine onboard.
This city was founded as an outpost for the booming fur trade industry and is situated at the mouth of one of the greatest rivers in its country. The city was sold to the British in the War of 1812. The great grandson of this city’s founder accepted an invitation to speak at this city’s centennial celebration, but later sent regrets as the event coincided with his honeymoon… on the RMS Titanic. He lost his life when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. This city has a Mediterranean climate all year long and is one of the most humid cities in the entire country.
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Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria was named after the American investor, John Jacob Astor. His fur company founded Fort Astor at the site in 1811. Located at the south shore of the Columbia River, the deep water port of Astoria is visited by Celebrity Infinity on Pacific Coastal cruises. One of the highlights of sailing into Astoria is crossing the Columbia River Bar, which is recognized as one of the most challenging navigated stretches of water in the world.
Here are some top picks for fun things to do in Astoria:
Visit the Astoria Column for history and great views of Cape Disappointment, Young’s Bay, and Saddleback Mountain. Events on the column depict the arrival of Lewis and Clark. Other not to miss sites include the Columbia Maritime Museum, Fort Stevens State Park, plus walking or biking the Warrenton Waterfront Trail and enjoying a brew crawl that visits each of Astoria’s craft breweries.
Did you know Celebrity Cruises has a team of butlers onboard its ships? These European-style butlers are onboard to assist lucky cruisers sailing in suites. Here are some reasons why you may want to upgrade your stateroom to a butler suite.
Enjoy the Ship Faster
You won’t need to spend any time unpacking since your butler will do that for you – meaning you can go enjoy a drink on the sundeck or lounge in the spa and then come back to a well-organized room and your suitcase stowed out of sight. Your butler will help you to feel right at home in your suite. (Bonus! Your butler will also pack for you when your cruise is over.)
Help is on Speed Dial
Want a board game to play in your suite? Need a dinner reservation? Shoes looking a little scruffy and need a shine? Check, check, and check. Celebrity Cruises’ butlers will take care of these needs and more while you sail the sea.
Cuisine and Drinks as You Wish
Your butler will deliver tea and hors d’oeuvres to your room each evening for you to enjoy while you get ready for dinner. You can also arrange for your butler to bring you complimentary espresso and cappuccino if you need a pick-me-up at any point during your day. In addition, if you feel like a romantic dinner in your suite instead of one of the ship’s restaurants, you can order a full meal, which your butler will serve to you in your suite – or on your oceanview verandah. This option is also available for breakfast and lunch.
Because it’s Simply Marvelous
Admit it, you’ve wondered what it would be like to have a butler since watching Downton Abbey (or any other turn of the century movie or TV show). Well, now’s your chance to find out what it’s really like to have a butler at your beck and call. (Spoiler: It’s luxuriously wonderful!)
Other Suite Luxuries
Wondering what else is fabulous about sailing in a suite with Celebrity Cruises? In addition to the superior butler service, you’ll have access to the private gourmet restaurant, Luminae, which is only for suite guests plus access to swanky Michael’s Club, where you can get a well-crafted cocktail to enjoy before or after dinner.
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This scene can be found underwater just beyond the shores of this Wednesday’s mystery destination.
After a nearly 90 year battle between the French and the British, France conceded this country to the British by signing the treaty of Versailles. This country later gained its independence only to be seized by a Marxist military council. The capital city of just over 100,000 residents was built by the French in 1650 and the majority of its citizens are descendants of African slaves. An odd law here states that wearing your swimsuit in town will draw a fine equivalent to $270 USD. Key exports include mace, cocoa, and nutmeg.
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St. George’s, Grenada
The island nation of Grenada consists of Grenada itself as well as six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, less than 100 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Grenada is known as the “spice island” as its one of the world’s top exporters of nutmeg and mace.
Pictured in the photo is Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park, the first of its kind in the world. The park is accessible by boat from the port of Saint George’s, 2 miles off shore. The statues are situated 40 feet below the surface and visited daily by scuba divers, snorkelers and glass bottom boats.
In 1983, US Marines, Delta Force, Navy Seals, and 7,600 US ground troops joined Jamaica and the RSS (Regional Security from Eastern Caribbean States) in invading Grenada to remove a Marxist regime with ties to Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The US was victorious in a matter of weeks and the military government disposed. The date of the invasion is now a national holiday in Grenada, called Thanksgiving Day.
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