If You Love this West Coast Region, Cruise to This Caribbean Island

Thinking of journeying from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic for a Caribbean cruise, but not sure what islands to visit? We’re here to help. Here are some Caribbean islands you may love traveling to based off of your favorite west coast regions.

Southern California Lover? Explore Jamaica

Love the fun vibe in southern California where you may find yourself lounging on the beach one day, hiking the next day, and then partying it up in a cosmopolitan city like San Diego or LA that weekend? Then you’ll like visiting Jamaica where you can spend the day visiting Jamaica’s fun and scenic beaches or getting out into nature, such as a hike to Dunn’s River Falls or tubing through the White River Valley. Then there’s Jamaica’s vibrant cities. Depending where your cruise ship docks, you can explore the culture of Ocho Rios, Falmouth, or Montego Bay. San Diego is also known for its craft beer culture and you can take a break from walking city streets to sip on a Red Stripe, Jamaica’s local brewery, while on the island.

Have Fun in Portland? Cruise to Barbados

Speaking of beer, Portland is the often-touted beer capital of the world. If you love beer tasting in Portland, you may love the island of Barbados, which is home to several local breweries including the popular Banks Barbados Breweries. You can also partake in the Beer Tasting & Scenic Drive shore excursion for a carefree day of beer and great Caribbean views. If you also like the fact that Portland’s slogan is “Keep Portland Weird” you’ll enjoy some of Barbados’ quirkier activities like an Atlantis submarine excursion, a pirate cruise, and a cave tour.

Love Jetting Off to Kauai? Check out St. Lucia

If you love jetting off to Hawaii every chance you get and are especially enthralled with the lushly green, mountainous landscape of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, then don’t discount the Caribbean islands, particularly St. Lucia. As soon as your ship pulls up to St. Lucia, you’ll see why it’s so special from a natural wonder perspective. Two tall green peaks jut up from the center of the island. These volcanic peaks are St. Lucia’s famous Pitons and they are incredible to behold. While in port, you can even hike part of those peaks. If you prefer seeing nature from the comfort of a beach lounge chair, head to Reduit Beach and take turns looking behind you to the jungle landscape and in front of you to the aquamarine ripples of the sea.

Love Exploring Seattle and the Eastside? Spend Time in St. Maarten / St. Martin

Visiting Seattle often doesn’t mean just visiting Seattle (though there is plenty to do in the Emerald City). You can also head east across Lake Washington to visit another downtown area: picturesque Bellevue. And while you’re on the Eastside, head into the Cascade Mountains and see roaring waterfalls and snow-tipped peaks. If you love the two atmospheres of the Seattle and Eastside areas, you’ll like the dichotomy of St. Maarten / St. Martin, the smallest island to be inhabited by two nations: French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. It’s easy to cross between the two sides and no matter which part of the island you’re on, you’ll find lots of friendly locals and gorgeous beaches. Each side of the island definitely has a different feel though, reflective of its home country – with a good dose of Caribbean charm thrown in. Head inland and you’ll find nature walks and ziplines over treetop canopies.

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Dream of Central Coast California? Try Aruba

Arid climate, rugged coastline, and wineries characterize much of Central California. If you love visiting this region, consider a cruise that visits Aruba. Of all the islands in the Caribbean, Aruba averages one of the lowest rainfall amounts. This makes the island a bit different from other Caribbean islands – you’ll find less of the lush green scenery and instead see striking views of mahogany-rimmed rock and sand dunes — plus plenty of sandy beaches. The north end of the island is home to more secluded beaches which are mesmerizing with cliffy shoreline and big waves, while Palm Beach a bit farther south provides a more traditional beach for a day lying in the sun. Oranjestad (where your ship will pull into port) is a fun town to explore and though you won’t find wineries, you will find rum shops in town and the Palmera Rum Factory just outside of town, which you can tour.

Enjoy the Ease of Catalina Island? Visit the Bahamas

If you like Catalina Island because it’s easy to get to for a quick weekend away from southern California, then your Caribbean cruise island of choice may be the Bahamas. Yes, you’ll still have to fly to Florida, but once you’re there it’s a quick trip to get down to the Bahamas. Celebrity Cruises is launching new 3-night cruises to the Bahamas in 2018, which leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stop in Nassau, Bahamas. While there, you can wander the streets framed by candy-colored buildings and do some shopping, or partake in a number of fun and exciting water sports.

To book your Caribbean cruise with port stops at your dream islands, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: January 25, 2017

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This town is one of the most popular seaside resorts in its country and consists of three neighborhoods: beach side town, old town, and a historic village situated on a cliff accessible by funicular. The name of this town is derived from a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, and it is here that you will find some of the largest waves in the world for professional surfers. This town is famous for its women who wear skirts with seven petticoats (for the seven colors of the rainbow). When a woman loses her spouse she must only wear black for the rest of her life. During the summer months women sit along the boardwalk selling sun-dried, salted fish which are displayed on nets pulled tightly around wooden frames and left under the midday sun.

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Nazaré, Portugal

Located 78 miles north of Lisbon, Nazaré consists of three neighborhoods: Praia (along the beach), Sítio (an old village, on top of a cliff) and Pederneira (another old village, on a hilltop). Praia and Sítio are linked by the Nazaré Funicular railway.

Five sites you won’t want to miss in Nazaré include Sitio (ride the funicular up to Sitio for spectacular views. Don’t miss the seafood rice at restaurant Sardinha), Paria da Nazaré (taste the sun-dried salted fish if you are adventurous), Miradouro do Suberco Viewpoint, Forte de Sau Miguel, and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré (a colonial church built in 1664). Celebrity Cruises visits Porto and Lisbon on numerous Mediterranean and Spain/Portugal sailings.

It was also inNazaré in 2013 that US extreme surfing champion Garrett McNamara set the world record by surfing a 100 foot wave at Praia do Norte, Nazaré. Check out this amazing video clip.

Where in the World Wednesday: January 18, 2017

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This port city features beautiful fjord-like craggy inlets and spectacular mountain scapes. Built by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 17th century, at the height of their naval presence in the region, this natural harbor provides shelter from rough seas. Unlike many forts which were built on high ground for defensive purposes, this port city was designed as a supply point for Portuguese ships sailing through the region. This country is one of the oldest places on earth and crime and terrorists acts are virtually non-existent here.

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Khasab, Oman

Khasab is a port city in Oman bordering the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located on the Musandam Peninsula and has frequently been dubbed the “Norway of Arabia” because of its extensive fjord-like craggy inlets and desolate mountainscapes.

Celebrity Constellation visits Khasab and Muscat, Oman on Arabian Sea and Suez Canal cruises as well as Best of India and Sri Lanka itineraries. Not to miss sites in Khasab include Khmazera Castle, Khasab Fort, Sea Kayaking, and Tibat Road (a cliff-hugging, 90 minute drive from Khasab to Tibat with magnificent views of the Strait of Hormuz).

4 Reasons to Book a Cruise to Europe in 2017

Thinking of visiting Europe this year? Here’s why you most definitely should book that trip and why a cruise is the way to visit the beautiful and diverse continent of Europe in 2017.

Overnight Time in Some of Europe’s Top Ports

Burano, Italy
Burano, Italy near Venice

Cruising around Europe is one of the most relaxing ways to explore a variety of European countries in one trip. Only unpack once and enjoy entertainment and a luxuriously appointed stateroom while you travel between cities. And while spending the day in some of the most intriguing cities in Europe is wonderful, some travelers are also curious to see the nightlife. That’s where Celebrity Cruises’ overnight ports come in.

Experience the dynamic vibe that Europe offers after night falls – visit a wine bar, eat dinner at a local diner, go dancing, walk around and see your favorite sites illuminated against the night sky. Then head back to the ship to sleep in your comfortable bed before waking up to explore more in the morning before your ship departs. Whatever you do during your night in port, you’ll be glad you got to experience this other view of European culture and that your Celebrity cruise made it so easy to do so. To browse Europe cruise itineraries and see which port cities have overnights, click here.

Hot Countries in Europe for 2017

Lisbon, Portugal: A hot city to visit in Europe in 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

“Hot” as in countries that travelers in the know are clamoring to go to in 2017. A cruise will take you to some of these:

Lisbon, Portugal: Lonely Planet named Lisbon as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2017, a big reason for which is its museums like the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Colecção Berardo.

Finland: Pretty much all the travel publications are touting 2017 as the year to go to Finland since 2017 is Finland’s centenary and the country will be celebrating with festive events throughout the year. Neighbors Sweden and Norway also made Conde Nast Traveler’s 2017 list along with Finland. (Hint: you can visit all three on a Baltic cruise with Celebrity Cruises!)

Athens, Greece: Conde Nast Traveler named Athens as one of its top 17 places to go in 2017 because of the city’s recent revitalization in modern arts facilities, such as the state of the art Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, where you’ll find the National Library of Greece, the National Opera, and a beautiful park that happens to be Athens’ largest. The National Museum of Art also recently reopened.

Croatia: Conde Nast Traveler also said you should get yourself to the Croatian coast in 2017, and for good reason. Tourism continues to increase in the country, but it’s still relatively calm compared to its neighbor across the Adriatic: Italy. Cruise to Dubrovnik and Split and admire Croatia’s incredible beauty.

Malaga, Spain: Malaga is located along the southern coast of Spain and is known for its long, gorgeous beaches. But its Malaga’s museums that landed it on Travel and Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2017 list. From Picasso to private collections and more, the museum scene in Malaga is exciting, interesting, and growing.

Signature Cruises: Unique European Itineraries

Place de la Concorde in Paris
Place de la Concorde in Paris

Celebrity Cruises offers Signature Cruises every year that take place around special events and there are some exciting ones coming up in Europe in 2017, particularly if you’re a sports fan.

The French Open: Sail from Southampton, England, on June 4, 2017 and visit Paris (during your overnight in the port of Le Havre) right in time for the French Open where you can attend tennis matches and soak in the atmosphere. You’ll also visit St. Peter Port in the Channel Islands; Cherbourg, France; Zeebrugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Glasgow, Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Ireland; and Cork, Ireland, before returning to Southampton.

The British Open: On the British Isles and the Open cruise itinerary departing July 18, 2017, you’ll depart from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and visit the Channel Islands; Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; and Zeebrugge, Belgium. While in port in Liverpool (where you’ll stay overnight), you can travel north to Southport to take in some of the golf excitement happening at the British Open. During your cruise you can also schedule tee times on golf greens located in the cities you’ll be visiting.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Travel around the British Isles on this cruise that features a stop in Edinburgh during the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo festival. This cruise itinerary, which departs August 11, 2017, from Amsterdam, also visits Inverness, Scotland; Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Good Exchange Rate

Celebrity Equinox in Santorini
Santorini, Greece

Need one more reason to travel to Europe in 2017 besides awesome destinations? The exchange rate for the Euro and other European currencies have been trending well against the dollar. Take advantage of your time in port by doing some souvenir shopping or picking up the latest European fashions, or treat yourself to a decadent lunch or exquisite glass of wine while in port and know you’re getting a pretty good deal on it compared to what your dollar would have paid for a few years ago.

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

Where in the World Wednesday: January 11, 2017

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This urban area comprises four cities and it is believed to have been discovered in the 10th century. It has a government building that is one of the most unique government structures in the world. This culinary capital boasts one of the highest concentration of cafes, restaurants, and bars in the world and some of the strongest coffee you’ll ever find. Much of the downtown is built on reclaimed land and the famous cable cars have been transporting residents and tourists for over a hundred years.

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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is the world’s southernmost capital of a sovereign state. Sitting at the bottom of the North Island, Wellington is renowned for its arts, culture (particularly its café culture) and native beauty – which make it one of New Zealand’s favorite tourist destinations. Wellington is at the centre of New Zealand’s growing reputation for making blockbuster movies. Movies such as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, and Avatar all have their roots in Wellington as does special effects company Weta Workshops. Locals have even nicknamed their city Wellywood. There are seven sheep for every person in New Zealand. Is it any wonder why they’ve cornered 50% of the international market? Celebrity Solstice visits Wellington on her 12-night Australia/New Zealand sailings from October through May.

Cruise Itineraries You Can’t Miss in 2018 and 2019

Celebrity Cruises is excitedly announcing its cruise schedule for 2018 and 2019. New sailings are continuing to be released and right now the tally stands at: 283 destinations in 77 countries across the world, including new ports of call, plus over 188 exciting overnights in 41 cities and 28 double overnight stays in seven different ports. To give you a taste of just how incredible these upcoming sailings are, here are six different itineraries departing in 2018 or 2019. Read them and start dreaming about which one you most want to sail on.

Carnaval in Rio

Experience the thrilling wonder of one of the largest festivals in the world at Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. On the South America Celebrity Cruises sailing departing February 27, 2019, you’ll leave from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and travel to four different ports. One of those ports is Rio and you’ll be able to purchase tickets to attend the festival during your three days in port there. The other ports where you’ll spend a day are Montevideo, Urugay, and Buzios and Sao Paulo in Brazil.

New Year’s Eve in Dubai

If you watched a roundup of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world this past New Year’s after the ball dropped, then you were probably pretty wowed by the firework spectacle in Dubai, which is set from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and magnificently fills up the sky with bursts of color. The Celebrity Constellation will take you there on its New Year’s Eve itinerary that departs December 22, 2018. You’ll have three relaxing days at sea before before spending a few days exploring New Mangalore, Goa, and Bombay, India, before traveling onto Dubai, where you’ll ring in 2019 in style. After the New Year, you’ll cruise to Sir Bani Yas, UAE, where you’ll spend the day before heading back to Dubai to end your cruise.

Panama Canal Cruise from California

Hey West Coasters, don’t miss out on the new exciting sailing in 2018 that takes you through the Panama Canal and around Central America and leaves from easy-to-get-to San Diego, California. There’s nothing quite like sailing through the lock system of the Panama Canal and seeing it in action right from the ship. Start planning this epic cruise now, which you can also do in modern luxury thanks to Celebrity Infinity’s September 9, 2018 sailing. When not traveling through the Panama Canal, you’ll travel aboard the comfortable ship to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama, before ending your cruise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Pingxi Lantern Festival in Asia

If you’ve always been intrigued by the lantern lightings and festivals in Asia, but aren’t sure how to attend one, you’re in luck: just hop on Celebrity Cruises’ February 18, 2018 sailing onboard the Celebrity Millennium. You’ll travel around Southeast Asia for 14 nights, during which you’ll get the chance to experience the Pingxi Lantern Festival while in Taipei, Taiwan. The festival celebrates the first full moon of the Chinese New Year by releasing thousands of lanterns into the sky, each holding someone’s wish. It is a truly awe-inspiring site to see the brightly glowing lanterns illuminated against the nighttime sky. Your cruise departs from Singapore, and in addition to Taipei, you’ll also stop in Ko Samui and Bankgok in Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh and Hue Danang in Vietnam, before ending your cruise in Hong Kong.

New Zealand and Overnight Stays Down Under

New Zealand is high on many people’s lists to travel to and there is a huge variety of things to see and do on the island. The Celebrity Solstice cruise departing January 17, 2019, has an itinerary that lets you experience a lot of it. On the 14-night itinerary you’ll take off from the vibrant city of Auckland, New Zealand, and travel around both the North and South Island of the country as you stop at Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and the majestic Milford Sound, before traveling onto Tasmania. Your time in Tasmania will be special as you’ll stay overnight in the city of Hobart, giving you extra time to explore this small island just south of mainland Australia’s east coast. You’ll finish your cruise in Sydney, Australia, where you can do a post-cruise vacation there to easily explore the iconic city.

Short on Time Getaways

Have limited vacation time? Then you’ll love that this popular itinerary is coming back in 2018 and 2019: 4- and 5-night Bahamas sailings departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Get away for a blissful respite in the gorgeous and laidback port town of Nassau in the the Bahamas. While there, snorkel through the coral reefs of the Bahamas, walk around the candy-colored buildings downtown, taste rum, go jet skiing, or take your pick from a multitude of other adventurous or relaxing activities.

Ready to reserve your spot on one of these epic cruises? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: January 4, 2017

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This deep water port was founded in the 1800s by Welsh immigrants. Here you will find a magnificent wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where vast numbers of sea elephants, whales and penguins far outnumber the few human visitors who make it out this far.

Every spring, whales make their way to this beach to give birth and feed their young, until the calves are old enough to make the journey to more southerly waters in November. These warm, quiet waters draw females, and because their calves won’t develop the protective blubber they need to keep them afloat for another 40 days after they are born, their mothers stick to the shallows, lifting their calves onto their fins to keep them afloat. It’s not uncommon to see these magnificent creatures as they swim close in to rest on the pebbled sea bottom. Because of a relatively steep drop off just off shore, these whales are literally just a few yards from shore, making this beach one of the best viewing areas in the world.

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Puerto Madryn, Playa del Doradillo, Patagonia, Argentina

For six months out of the year, this beach might well be the best spot in the world to view the amazing Southern Right Whale and their calves. There aren’t many experiences that bring you this close to enormous whales at peace in their natural habitat. It can truly be a spiritual moment of communion with nature. Celebrity Cruises visits Puerto Madryn on Argentina, Chile, and Antarctica sailings each year from January through March.

New Year, New Sale — Now’s the Time to Book Your Cruise!

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a great start to 2017. We are here to make it a little better. How’s that you ask? Because Celebrity Cruises is having an amazing, never-before-seen sale until the end of February.

Every stateroom gets special savings for sailings to the majority of Celebrity Cruises’ destinations plus free perks for ocean view staterooms and higher.

Celebrity Cruises Special Offer

(Click here to see additional details and terms.)

To celebrate this awesome deal and the new year, we thought we’d highlight some of our top posts from 2016 which will give you some ideas on the destinations you can visit to take advantage of this deal.

What European Cruise Port Should You Visit?

Why Celebrity Cruises is a Great Vacation for Families

Why Summer is the Perfect Time to Cruise to Europe

Why a Panama Canal Cruise is Great for West Coasters

What to Expect on a Cruise to Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Why You’ll Want to Sail Away on Celebrity Equinox Caribbean Cruise 

Visit the Canadian Rockies During a Celebrity Cruisetour

Drive to Your Next Vacation Thanks to West Coast Cruise Departures

Winter is Coming…So Cruise to These Exotic Destinations

Wine Regions You Can Visit with Celebrity Cruises

Why You Should Cruise to a New Country in 2017

Which destination do you most want to visit in 2017?