Excursions You Won’t Want to Miss During a Baltic Cruise

The Baltic Sea is an enclave of the Atlantic Ocean that boasts an enviable geographical location thanks to the many beautiful and exciting countries bordering its deep blue edges. The Baltic Sea is large enough that cruise ships can easily sail along it and these cruises take passengers to the countries of Scandinavia and northern Europe. On Celebrity Cruises, itineraries that sail along the Baltic Sea are often titled as Scandinavia and Russia cruises, though they typically visit other countries as well.

To find out just what you can do while in port during a cruise sailing the Baltic Sea, we’ve rounded up some of the best shore excursions to do in some of the Baltic’s most popular ports. For each city, one excursion is listed that gives you an overview tour of the city and its top sites, and then another excursion that is a bit more unique or specialized.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia is the second largest city in Russia and is known for its fascinating architecture (particularly the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood) and vibrant cultural activities ranging from art to ballet to music. Here are two shore excursions that will help you experience the sites, sounds, and culture of St. Petersburg.

Walking Tour and Visit to the Spilled Blood Church: If you want to see a broad range of St. Petersburg with an emphasis on the city’s famous church, then this is the tour for you. In addition to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, you’ll get a tour of Mikhailovsky Castle and see some of St. Petersburg’s other top sites.

VIP Mariinsky Ballet and Backstage Pass: St. Petersburg is known for its ballet and this special shore excursion lets you fully experience what goes into a world-class ballet performance. You and a very limited number of others on the tour will get a tour of the backstage area, which is generally closed to the general public. You’ll then get the chance to watch an evening performance with newfound knowledge of the workings of the ballet and Mariinsky Theater.

Helsinki, Finland

With a happening design district, myriad of boutiques, and delicious food scene, Helsinki blends modern with history among its art-nouveau buildings and bustling city scene. Helsinki is also surrounded by beautiful scenery and you can explore the city and the countryside in different ways during a shore excursion; here are two to look into.

Finnish Countryside Home Visit and Helsinki Highlights: See some of Helsinki’s top sites from your comfortable coach transportation as you drive outside of town to a traditional Finnish farm village called Sipoo. Dating back to the 14th century, Sipoo is full of Finnish charm and you’ll get to experience it firsthand when a local family gives you a tour of their farm and explains the rural lifestyle in Finland.

Helsinki By Bike: Explore Helsinki like a local – via bicycle. And not just any bicycle; you’ll be cruising around Helsinki exploring sites on a Jopo, which is a gearless bicycle that became popular in Helsinki in the 1960s and ‘70s and is once again popular today. You’ll feel like one of the cool kids cruising around town on your Jopo.

Tallinn (Muuga), Estonia

Your ship will dock in the port of Muuga, the gateway to the alluring city of Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn is off the radar of many European travelers and you’ll be glad you got the chance to visit this city as soon as you glimpse the terracotta-colored roofs of its historic Old Town, which is still amazingly preserved from when it served as a center for the Hanseatic League in the 13th century. Here are two shore excursions to consider for Tallinn.

Tallinn – City of Contrasts: This well thought out city tour gives you both a taste of Tallinn as it is today and how it was in centuries past. You’ll explore both the Old Town and suburbs of Tallinn during a combination of coach and walking tour. You’ll also visit Viimsi Open Air Museum and have a special coffee break during your excursion.

Medieval Rakvere and Tallinn: Explore Old Town where you’ll see some of Tallinn’s best sites and make your way up to viewing platforms for stunning photo ops. Next you’ll travel to the ruins of Rakvere Castle, where you’ll learn more about Estonia during Medieval times, and and also get lunch and a vodka tasting in the castle’s courtyard.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm has a gorgeous vantage point against the Baltic Sea, with its land spreading out over 14 islands. While in Stockholm, you can explore these different islands that make up the city and see both trendy shops and historic palaces and buildings. Here are two shore excursions that give you different views of Stockholm.

Stockholm Beauty by Land and Water: You’ll explore Stockholm both by foot and by boat on this shore excursion which takes you all over the city. Walk around Old Town, the shopping district, and Stockholm’s business district, before boarding a canal boat for a scenic cruise past lovely neighborhoods and urban gardens.

Historic Rooftop Tour: Elevate yourself and your experience in Stockholm with this adrenaline inducing shore excursion that lets you see Stockholm from new heights. You’ll start atop the Parliament Building, where you’ll be hooked into a safety harness that lets you safely walk along the rooftops of Stockholm, taking in incredible views. Once you’re back on solid ground, you’ll get a walking tour of Gamla Stan, one of Stockholm’s oldest and most beloved areas.

Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Rostock is a pretty port town with colorful buildings lining its streets. Though Rostock itself is visually appealing, the main allure of stopping in this port during a Baltic cruise is the chance to visit nearby Berlin. The journey is two hours by train or around two and half hours by bus, but it’s worth it to see the historic sites of Berlin. Here are two top shore excursions to check out for your time there.

Berlin from All Sides (By Train): This shore excursion swiftly takes you from Rostock to Berlin via a comfortable and scenic train ride through the German countryside. Once you’re in Berlin, you’ll explore some of the city’s most famous sites, including the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie. In addition, you’ll partake in a river cruise and a traditional German lunch. (A similar shore excursion is also offered with a coach transportation option instead of train.)

Amazing Rostock with Microbrewery: Been to Berlin before? Then stay in Rostock! On this shore excursion you’ll get a tour of Rostock during which you’ll learn about historic universities and churches and see other sites Rostock is known for. During your tour, you’ll also stop at a microbrewery and hear how German beer is made and get to sample some brews.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a thriving metropolis and port city that has a bit of everything for travelers, from an exciting food and beer scene to gorgeous buildings and parks to a thrilling history, that includes Vikings. Here are two shore excursions that will show you a broad range of all that Copenhagen has to offer.

City Sightseeing with Dragor Village: You’ll get nature and culture on this tour, which takes you on a tour to Copenhagen’s best sites, like the beautiful Tivoli Gardens and the home of the Royal family called Amalienborg Palace. In addition to city life, you’ll get to see a quieter side of the landscape around Copenhagen thanks to a visit to Dragor, a farming village that dates back to the 16th century.

Copenhagen by Kayak: Get your heart rate up with this fun way to explore Copenhagen. You’ll learn about the canals and waterways of Copenhagen and then get to hop in your kayak to explore them and the sights surrounding the waterways.

Oslo, Norway

In Oslo, you’ll be kissing the Baltic Sea good-bye as you enter the Skagerrak Strait, which connects to the North Sea. Though technically not on the Baltic Sea, Oslo is part of many Baltic Sea cruise itineraries so you’ll want to know what excursions you can do while in Oslo. Here are two top picks.

Oslo City Walk and Ice Bar: Experience the city first hand on a walking tour around some of its prominent areas with a knowledgeable guide. After your walk, you’ll get to cool down in Oslo’s Ice Bar where everything from the walls to the bartop to the chairs are made out of ice. Cool indeed.

Hadeland Glass Works and Viking Ships: Learn about Oslo’s culture and history during this unique shore excursion, during which you’ll tour the Viking Ship Museum and visit a glassblowing shop to watch glassblowers create their masterpieces. You’ll also see some of Oslo’s other major sites like Akershus Castle when driving through the city.

Your Scandinavia and Russia cruise itinerary through the Baltic Sea also may travel further into the North Sea, visiting ports of call such as Zeebrugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Southampton, London. To see all of these thrilling Northern Europe cruise itineraries sailing along the Baltic Sea with Celebrity Cruises, click here.

 

Where in the World Wednesday: February 22, 2017

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

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Shortly after this island state’s famous bridge was built in the early 1800s by convict labor, this bridge was the site of a murder when an unpopular prison guard, whose duties included ferociously flogging the prisoners, was pushed off the edge of this bridge after drunkenly falling asleep. No one was ever convicted of his murder. Trees here are up to 4,000 years old, and while Holland is the land of tulips, Holland actually imports tulip bulbs from this island.

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Richmond Bridge in Richmond, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is an Australian state, located 150 miles south of the Australian continent at 42° south latitude, 147° east longitude, right in the middle of the notorious “Roaring Forties” wind that encircles the globe.

Another fun fact about Tasmania: Found only in Tasmania, Tasmanian Devils are the largest nocturnal carnivorous marsupials in the world, who also enjoy resting in the sun and you’re likely to see some on your visit.

Five of the top things to do in Tasmania include Richmond, Sullivan’s Cove in Hobart, a hike to Wineglass Bay, Tamar Valley Wine Route, and exploring the Convict Relics. Celebrity Solstice visits Port Arthur/Hobart, Tasmania, on several Australia/New Zealand itineraries.

5 Reasons You Should Book Your Summer Cruise Now

Are you over the rain and cold and already dreaming about a summer cruise vacation? Here’s why it’s time to stop dreaming and book that cruise right away (and then you can get back to daydreaming about lovely ports of call, sumptuous staterooms, gourmet cuisine, relaxing spa treatments….the list goes on and on).

Enjoy a drink on the Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club.

Huge Savings

You might be thinking of waiting to book your cruise because then you can get a last-minute deal. Well, maybe there’ll be a last-minute deal, but do you really want t risk your summer vacation budget on that? Especially when booking now means you can take advantage of spectacular savings like Celebrity Cruises’ amazing Sail Beyond Event. This special offer was just extended, which is lucky for you if you didn’t take advantage of it before because this is one stellar deal. The Sail Beyond Event applies to nearly every sailing Celebrity Cruises offers. Here are the savings you’ll get (based on double occupancy):

  • Inside Stateroom: $50 per Person
  • Ocean View or Veranda Stateroom: $100 per Person + Two Free Perks
  • Concierge Class or AquaClass: $150 per Person + Two Free Perks
  • Suite Class: $200 per Person + Four Free Perks

Those free perks you get to choose from include:

  • Unlimited Internet Package for Two
  • Classic Beverage Package for Two
  • Prepaid Tips for Two
  • $300 to Spend Onboard for Two

If traveling with additional people in your stateroom, the third and fourth passengers get a free non-alcoholic beverage package and 40-minute Internet package.

To find out more about the Sail Beyond Event and start browsing sailings around the world, click here.

Itineraries Will Start Selling Out

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

Top sail dates and itineraries may start selling out soon which is another reason you don’t want to wait to book your dream summer cruise. Alaska in particular sells quickly each season. Curious what makes an Alaska cruise vacation such a popular summer vacation? Check out this article and you’ll soon be dreaming of heading north this summer, too.

Best Choice of Stateroom

Get your ideal stateroom by booking a cruise now, like this Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom
Get your ideal stateroom by booking a cruise now, like this Aqua Class Stateroom

Even if your preferred itinerary doesn’t look to be in danger of completely selling out, you may lose out on your preferred stateroom category by waiting to book.

Inside staterooms and ocean view staterooms tend to sell out more quickly for those looking to stay within a particular budget. However, if you’ve cruised before you also know the allure of having a veranda stateroom, which provides you with your own private balcony from which to watch the scenery sail by. Certain itineraries sometimes sell out of veranda staterooms faster than any other category since guests in the know want to be able to step straight from their stateroom into the outdoors and see the wild wonders of Alaska pass by or the awe-inspiring caldera of Santorini or any other of a number of incredible sights you’ll have the chance to see while sailing between ports.

Oh yes – and that brings us to another reason to book early. You want to not only get the stateroom category you desire, you also want to be able to choose where it’s located on board. Depending where you’re sailing, you may want to make sure you’re on the starboard side of the ship for best views instead of the port side, or vice versa. Even if you don’t care as much about the views, you may want to select a stateroom location that is closer to the elevators or on the same end as the lido deck or on a higher or lower deck depending on your preference. The possibility to be choosy in your stateroom category and location generally becomes less possible the closer you book to the sail date.

Other considerations to keep in mind for booking early when it comes to staterooms:

If you’re a spa lover, you also don’t want to miss out on the chance to stay in an AquaClass stateroom, while travelers who like extra services and amenities will want to book early to ensure they can stay in and take advantage of the perks that come along with a Concierge Class stateroom.

Those looking to pamper themselves with a stay in one of Celebrity Cruises’ decadent suites (which are value-heavy thanks to those four free perks mentioned above) won’t want to miss out on their first choice of suite type (read about them here!). Booking your summer cruise right now means you can reserve your dream suite before someone else does.

Celebrity Cruises Reflection Suite
The beautiful Reflection Suite.

Better Airfare Deals

Though Celebrity Cruises does have some homeport cruises ideal for west coasters to drive to, there’s a good chance you’ll have to fly to your cruise embarkation port. Booking now not only means taking advantage of cruise specials and prime stateroom locations, it also means you can start searching for the best available airfare. Last minute flights tend to be expensive so the closer you wait until summer to book your cruise vacation, the more likely it is you’ll have to pay a premium to actually get to that cruise. Celebrity Cruises also makes air travel booking easy for you with the ChoiceAir program.

So You Can Start Getting Excited!

Explore destinations all over the world with Celebrity Cruises

The earlier you book, the more you get to experience the thrill of anticipation in waiting for your vacation to arrive. It will make sitting at your desk each day much easier if you know you have a fun, relaxing cruise coming up.

Plus, booking earlier gives you plenty of time to meticulously plan your days in port and time on the ship to make sure you are aware of all your options and don’t get anxious about missing out on anything. Advance planning means you can pre-book shore excursions and get on your top choices before they sell out. It also gives you time to research the cities you’re visiting and find special gems you must see while there. Once you have your booking confirmation, you’ll also be able to start making specialty restaurant reservations, spa appointments, and other special experiences on board. Or spend your days leading up to your vacation perusing your ship’s deck plans and figuring out which lounges you’ll visit first.

Ready to book your dream summer cruise on Celebrity Cruises? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: February 15, 2017

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

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Here you will find puffins and ponies but hardly any trees. A castle that dates back to the 1600s and a Fisheries College. Humans have lived here since the Mesolithic period and there is a strong musical tradition among the 800 current year round residents.

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Scalloway, Shetland Island, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Shetland Islands are a subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies northeast of mainland Britain, southeast of the Faroe Islands and form part of the division between the Atlantic Ocean to the West and North Sea to the East. 

Shetland is home to the world famous Shetland Pony. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches to an official maximum height of 42 inches.  Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. Celebrity Cruises visits the Shetland Islands (Lerwick) on Celebrity Eclipse new Ireland/Iceland and Norwegian Fjords itineraries sailing roundtrip from Dublin, Ireland.

Nightly Entertainment on Celebrity Cruises

After an exciting day exploring a new port followed by a delicious dinner back on the ship, you might think your blissful travel day is over, but the fun is just beginning on a Celebrity Cruises sailing. The nightlife on board a Celebrity ship is varied, providing something for everyone after the sun goes down. Here are some of the top options for how to spend a night on Celebrity Cruises.

Theatrical Performances

Solstice Theater on Celebrity Cruises

Did you know Celebrity Cruises has a grand theater on board its ships? During sailings, Celebrity Cruises presents exhilarating shows that are reminiscent of Broadway, with gifted performers. The highlight of this is Elyria, an adults-only production that puts an intriguing twist on a fairytale with enchanting dream-like visuals and acrobatics alongside powerful singing and dancing.

Other nights in the theater, you may find a comedy skit, magic show, or live instrumental music performance.

Lounges and Bars

Cellar Masters wine lounge on board Celebrity Cruises
Cellar Masters

If good nightlife to you means a tasty drink in just the right setting to match your mood, then you’ll be glad to hear Celebrity Cruises has an assortment of lounges and bars on its ships. Here are some of the best ones for nightlife on board.

Cellar Masters – This is Celebrity Cruises’ onboard wine bar and it’s a leisurely place to get a glass of wine and relax on comfortable chairs for some enticing late evening conversation.

Passport Bar – Passport Bar is located in the Grand Foyer and its expansive space and comfortable seating makes it a great place to head at night for some live music and your favorite drink.

Michael’s Club – For those in Suite Class staterooms, you can spend your late night hours enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine in Michael’s Club, an exclusive lounge open 24 hours a day that has a sumptuous country club feel.

World Class Bar – If your idea of a good night is learning about the art of the cocktail and sipping some top notch liquor, head to World Class Bar and have its expert mixologists blend, shake, and pour you something delectable.

Sky Observation Lounge – This is a great bar to head to at night if you want to see moonlit views of the sea. You’ll also be entertained by Motown singers and dancers who take to the floor with some tunes that will surely get you in the mood to party.

Martini Bar & Crush – This is a chill (literally thanks to the shaved ice topped bar), yet happening place to hang out. Order a decadent specialty martini, and then make new friends as you converse with other passengers who make their way around the Martini Bar as it’s in a prominent location close to the main dining room. Martini Bar & Crush is a great place for an after-dinner or after-show drink if you’re not ready to head to your stateroom yet. The excitement can really pick up when the bartenders do their impressive multi-cup pours.

Martini Bar & Crush on Celebrity Cruises
Martini Bar & Crush

A Night of Indulgence

Think cabaret and speakeasy sultriness when it comes to Indulgence, Celebrity Cruises’ unique experience that takes place in Cellar Masters. The Indulgence party has cocktails and delicious hor d’oeuvres, but what really makes it special are the pop-up performances that happen throughout the party.

Dancing and DJs

Quasar Night Club on Celebrity Cruises
Quasar

Celebrity Cruises has a couple options for dancing the night away.

Quasar – This is the nightclub on board and you can head here each night for some cool lighting and DJ-spun beats to dance to.

Solarium – If you want to move your body to some steady beats alongside ocean and star views, head to the Solarium, which has a alluring vibe thanks to its glass paned ceiling. Though a relaxing adult-only pool area during the day, at night Solarium is turned into a hot nightclub, complete with a DJ.

You can also grab your partner and start an impromptu dance session at the Passport Bar, Sky Observation Lounge, or pretty much anywhere with music on board!

Gambling at the Casino

Casino on Board Celebrity Cruises

Want to add an element of risk to your night? Head to the ship’s casino where you can try your hand at Blackjack and other table games, or test your luck on the slot machines.

A Taste of Film

A Taste of Film is a memorable movie experience that takes place on the Rooftop Terrace. You’ll get to relax under the stars on lounge seating and watch a film al fresco. Adding to the fun are special drinks and snacks that are prepared which go along with the theme of the movie.

Games and Competitions

In addition to the above bars and productions, there are many other activities offered at night throughout the cruise, often hosted by the lively Cruise Director. These may include karaoke nights, the Newlywed Game, the pop-cultured inspired Living Room Games, dance-offs, other amiable competitions, and more.

Note: Not all of the above nightlife activities are offered on every Celebrity Cruises ship. To find a list of attractions and amenities for each ship, click here.

Ready to book your dream cruise and take advantage of all this exciting nightlife? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: February 8, 2017

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

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Photo by Michael Coghlan, via Flickr.

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This capital city’s harbor was the site of an infamous naval standoff, where seven ships from Germany, United States and Great Britain refused to leave the harbor as a deadly storm approached. The first who moved would lose face. As a result, all the ships were sunk, except a British cruiser which barely managed to leave port at 1 mile per hour and ride out the storm. Nearly 200 American and German lives were lost, as well as six ships sunk or were damaged beyond repair.

This country has no trains or trams but does have a privatized bus and taxi system. There are few bicycles here and cars drive on the left-hand side of the road.

This is one of the most religious countries in the world and obesity is a status symbol, where being overweight shows prosperity, wealth and ironically, good health. Tattooing here is compulsory, but only men tattoo and only from their hips to their knees. No youth is truly respected until he tattoos. Primary religions in this country include Catholic, Latter-day Saints and Methodists.

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Apia, Samoa

The capital and largest city in Samoa, Apia is situated on a natural harbor at the mouth of the Vaislgano River. It is on a narrow coastal plain with Mount Vaea, the burial place of writer Robert Louis Stevenson directly to its south. 

Apia, Samoa is one of Celebrity Cruises’ newest ports of call and is visited on Celebrity Solstice South Pacific sailings. Top sites to see in Apia include the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Samoa Cultural Village, Palolo Deep Water Reserve, Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, and Papapapatia Falls.

Port of Call Spotlight: Dublin

Exciting news for those dreaming of traveling to Ireland! Celebrity Cruises will be offering a mini season out of Dublin, Ireland, in 2018. The Celebrity Eclipse will sail out of Dublin from April through June of 2018 and will be the first major cruise line in the world to homeport out of Dublin. To celebrate this momentous occasion, here is a Port of Call Spotlight highlighting five must-do things in Dublin. Skip to the bottom to learn more about the itineraries happening during this Dublin cruise mini season.

Trinity College’s Old Library and the Book of Kells

Books, books, and more books is what you’ll find at Trinity College’s incredible Old Library – and some impressive architecture. The arched frames and gilded accents make the library seem almost magical, but the reality is that this long, beautiful library is full of historical manuscripts and timeless books.

Adjacent to the library is the exhibit for the Book of Kells, a manuscript which dates back to the 8th century. You’ll walk through an information room that tells you about the history of the book before getting to a smaller room that houses this impressive piece of craftsmanship.

Dublin Castle

Those who want to learn more about Ireland’s history and the country’s road to independence will want to spend some time at Dublin Castle. In addition to being home to luxurious State Apartments and museums housing Irish artifacts and other remnants of Irish history, Dublin Castle also has the remains of a Viking fort and a symbolic Statue of Lady Justice on its premises. Dublin Castle was also the site where Michael Collins ceremoniously took the keys to Ireland. An excellent way to learn about the history located within this site is to take a guided tour there.

Hint: You can easily tour booth the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle on the aptly named Dublin Castle and Book of Kells shore excursion.

St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green is a 22-acre park located in the heart of Dublin’s city center. It has gorgeous walking trails winding through large trees and around scenic ponds. Park benches and sculptures of historic figures like James Joyce dot the park and provide a peaceful ambiance for a leisurely stroll or conversation with travel partners away from the hustle and bustle of the city. When you’re done at the park, you can exit to the north where you’ll be right across from Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s main shopping streets.

Guinness Storehouse

You can’t go to Dublin without seeing Guinness everywhere. The country’s famous stout is crafted to perfection in its Dublin-based St James’ Gate Brewery, and you can find out more about how this beloved beer is made at the nearby Guinness Storehouse.

The Guinness Storehouse isn’t just a tutorial on beer making, though. There are also special beer tasting experiences, culinary options, and live music happening throughout the day. A highlight of most people’s visit, however, is visiting the Gravity Bar on the top level for a pint of Guinness and 360-degree views of Dublin.

Temple Bar

This lively area of Dublin is the place to head for nightlife, and is a fun place to spend the evening if you have an overnight in Dublin. However, visiting during the day will also give you an opportunity to see the character of the colorful buildings and the chance to grab a pint in one of its many pubs without battling the masses for a seat.

The pubs of Temple Bar often host live music so check if there are shows happening while you’ll be there. A pint of Guinness and some Irish music is a quintessential and memorable way to spend some time in Ireland!

Feeling overwhelmed by all the sight-seeing options in Dublin? Make it easy on yourself and sign up for the Dublin Walking Tour and Pub shore excursion, during which you’ll get to see the historic and nature sides of Dublin plus enjoy a pint of frothy Guinness.

Dublin Cruise Itineraries

Cruise itineraries out of Dublin will include a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing calling at Belfast, Northern Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland; Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland; and Cork, Ireland. There will also be an 8-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary offered during the mini-season.

In Dublin, Celebrity Cruises will be offering a brand new Celebrity City Stay. Guests can opt to start their vacation a little earlier and enjoy three nights in a luxury hotel, enriching fully-guided tours, and a farewell dinner on their last night in the city before embarking on their cruise vacation.

To book your 2018 Dublin homeport cruise or other Celebrity Cruises vacation the makes a port of call in Dublin, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: February 1, 2017

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Throughout its history, this windy island has been a breeding ground for sailors, a hideout for pirates and home to freedom fighters. Today, it is a world-famous vacation destination known for its attractive setting, warm sandy beaches and busy nightlife. Here you can visit Little Venice, replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. In the 1930s many famous artists, politicians, and wealthy tourists began spending their vacations on this island and it quickly became an international hot spot.

There is a famous Pelican living here who is an integral part of the island and rightfully has become its mascot. You can get a glimpse of the pelican as he strolls leisurely in his own unhurried pace through the city’s many alleyways. The winding lanes of the island’s main town are said to be a throwback to the pirate days. Legend has it that the town was built that way to confuse invaders, who could not find their way into the heart of town or back out.

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Chora, Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos’ nickname is Island of Winds. Windmills are an iconic feature of this Greek island and are visible from any point in Chora. There are currently 16 windmills on Mykonos of which seven are positioned on the famous landmark hill in Chora. Most of them were built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but construction continued into the early 20th century. They were primarily used to mill wheat.  Mykonos gets over 300 days of sunshine each year, and while temperatures can reach as high as 104 °F in the summer, the average summer temperature is 82 °F.

Five recommended sites to visit on the island of Mykonos include: Rarity Gallery, Agios Sostis Beach, Matoyianni Street in Old Town, Elia Beach, and Mykonos Vioma Vineyard for beautiful views.