Where in the World Wednesday: March 29, 2017

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

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Photo courtesy of Gary Bembridge, via Flickr.

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This world-class surf destination is not only home to epic wave sets, but also one of the most photogenic beaches in the world. The dramatic coastline is dotted with giant rock formations that were once part of underwater reefs. This area is breathtakingly beautiful, with wide white sand beaches and ocean rollers that break in cascades of foam. The village here is home to a small community of fishermen and their families. Along the coast are guest houses, local rum shops and restaurants.

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Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 62 miles from the Caribbean Sea and outside of the “hurricane belt,” Barbados is a sovereign island country and independent state of the Commonwealth, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.  In addition to Bathsheba Beach (which is located on the rugged east coast of Barbados), some of the most popular tourist attractions include deep sea fishing, Harrison’s Cave, viewing monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, swimming with sea turtles, the white sands of Cranes Beach, and Scuba diving and snorkeling off the coral reef and among numerous shipwrecks. 

Celebrity Cruises visits Barbados on numerous Southern Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami in Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

 

A Unique Cinema Experience is Coming to an Event Near You!

Do you love to travel? Do you love the cinematic experience? Then you’ll love Celebrity Cruises’ innovative ‘Leading Edge Mobile Cinema’, and if you live on the west coast, there’s a good chance it’s going to be near you soon.

Leading Edge Mobile Cinema
Leading Edge Mobile Cinema

The ‘Leading Edge Mobile Cinema’ is a state-of-the-art theater that will be showcasing unique documentaries plus showing viewers what makes Celebrity Cruises’ newest class of ship, the Edge Class, and its newest ship, Celebrity Edge, a remarkable game changer in the cruise industry.

Exterior of the 'Leading Edge Mobile Cinema'
Exterior of the ‘Leading Edge Mobile Cinema’

During the ‘Leading Edge Mobile Cinema Tour,’ the special mobile cinema will travel over 10,000 miles and make 48 stops at festivals and events around North America. The cinema holds 91 people at a time, and those lucky guests will walk down a red carpet to view the 15-minute showing while being treated to beverages and gourmet truffle popcorn.

Want to be one of those guests? Get yourself to one of the upcoming west coast events at which the ‘Leading Edge Mobile Cinema Tour’ will be presenting, but please be advised that space is limited so check the RSVP requirements at the bottom of each event listing below!

‘Leading Edge Mobile Cinema Tour’ West Coast Events

Champagne & Caviar Tasting
Bonus! Presentation by Marine Research Naturalist Brent Nixon
Saturday 4/8
3pm – 7pm
1 Dole Drive
Westlake Village, CA
For RSVP information, click here.

California Jazz & Wine Festival
Sunday 4/9
1pm – 5pm
Four Seasons Hotel
2 Dole Drive
Westlake Village, CA
No RSVP necessary, but festival ticket is required.

Del Amo Fashion Center
Wednesday 4/12
11am – 2pm
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 W Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503-5760
For RSVP information, click here.

429 Magazine LGBTQ Event
Thursday 4/13
7pm – 9pm
Quixote Studios
1011 N Fuller Ave
West Hollywood, CA
For RSVP information, click here.

Pike Waterfront Mall
Bonus! Presentation by Marine Research Naturalist Brent Nixon
Saturday 4/15
4pm – 7pm
95 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA
For RSVP information, click here.

Jamaica Bay Inn
Thursday 4/20
4pm – 7pm
4175 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA
For RSVP information, click here.

California Wine Festival
Saturday 4/22
1pm – 5pm
Lantern Bay Park
25111 Park Lantern Road
Dana Point, CA
No RSVP necessary, but festival ticket is required.

To see all of the ‘North America Leading Edge Mobile Cinema Tour’ dates, click here.

To learn more about Celebrity Edge, which begins sailing in December 2018 and will have a homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent. Bookings for Celebrity Edge are now open!

It’s Not Too Late to Book Your Alaska Cruise

The birds are starting to chirp, the days are getting longer, and the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds more each day as rain and snow subside. Yes, summer is just around the corner. Which may have you thinking of your summer vacation in addition to shorts and tank tops if you haven’t planned it yet. And this summer you may want to start thinking about heading north for your vacation to a destination that can only be easily visited in summer (and its shoulder months) via cruise. The destination? Beautiful Alaska.

Hike glaciers and do other exciting activities in Alaska.
Hike glaciers and do other exciting activities in Alaska.

Luckily, you still have time to get your last minute Alaska cruise planned and booked for this summer. Celebrity Cruises offers a number of Alaska itineraries and there is still space available for YOU – including the coveted veranda stateroom.

Top Staterooms and Suites for Alaska Cruises

Couple on balcony sailing onboard Celebrity Cruises
Enjoy views of Alaska from your own veranda.

Veranda staterooms are popular for Alaska cruises because it gives you a private space just your own to soak in the crisp, fresh air while you get a front row seat to the glaciers, mountains, wildlife, and other scenery your ship is sailing past.

AquaClass Stateroom with Veranda that includes spa perks
AquaClass Stateroom with Veranda that includes spa perks.

The opulent suites on board also have verandas and often other perks, like exclusive access to Luminae Restaurant and Michael’s Club. Some even have butler service.

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite with Butler

To read about all the suite options on board Celebrity Cruises, read our helpful article, Celebrity Cruises Suites: Which One is Perfect for You?

Ships and Itineraries for Alaska in 2017

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

So which ships will be sailing to Alaska this summer on which you can relax in one of these veranda staterooms or suites? You have several to choose from. Best of all for West Coast residents, they depart from west coast ports of call: Seattle, Washington; British Columbia, Vancouver; and Seward, Alaska.

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Award-Winning Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

Celebrity Solstice is the first ship that debuted as part of Celebrity Cruises’ iconic Solstice-class of ships, which feature the popular real grass, open air Lawn Club. Celebrity Solstice also has a Hot Glass Show, a variety of specialty restaurants, modern staterooms and suites, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and many other amenities that will elevate your cruise into something truly special.

Celebrity Solstice offers an Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise itinerary that is especially convenient for west coasters as it departs from Seattle. It visits Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, plus sails through the Alaska Inside Passage, before returning to Seattle. This itinerary has many departure dates available throughout the summer. There’s also a departure date in September that ends in Vancouver instead of Seattle for those who want to check out this iconic British Columbia city.

Seattle departures to Alaska also include a 9-night Ultimate Alaska Cruise itinerary that departs from Seattle on May 17 and includes the above mentioned ports of call plus Hubbard Glacier and Sitka, Alaska.

Celebrity Infinity

Visit Juneau during an Alaska cruise.
Visit Juneau during an Alaska cruise.

Celebrity Infinity is part of the Millennium Class of ships and offers a relaxing and chic ambiance that offers more modern luxury than ever after its extensive makeover in October 2015. Celebrity Infinity will be offering Hubbard Glacier Cruises this June out of Vancouver. You’ll visit Ketchikan and Juneau in Alaska, sail by Hubbard Glacier, and then either visit Icy Strait Point or Sitka, Alaska, depending on your itinerary, before sailing the Inside Passage back to Vancouver.

Celebrity Millennium

Cruising by Hubbard Glacier in Alaska
Celebrity Millennium by Hubbard Glacier

Celebrity Millennium is also part of the Millennium class as her name suggests and also got a stunning new makeover in 2016. Alaska sailings on Celebrity Millennium include a 7-night Northern Glacier Cruise and 7-Night Southern Glacier Cruise, plus a 5-night itinerary for those short on vacation time that departs in May.

The Northern and Southern Glacier cruises have ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, Icy Point Strait, plus sail along the Inside Passage. Depending on which one you choose, you’ll either start your cruise journey in Vancouver and end it in Seward (Northern) or depart from Seward and end your cruise in Vancouver (Southern). There are several departure dates for both directions.

There’s also one 7-night sailing date in September that goes roundtrip from Vancouver.

Sailings are filling up fast for Alaska cruise departures this summer with Celebrity Cruises so if you read about one that sounds like the perfect fit for you, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com to find the latest deals and to book your dream Alaska vacation, or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: March 22, 2017

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

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Photo by Jorge Brazil, via Flickr.

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This island, the largest in its archipelago, was settled by indigenous people from South America in 100 BC. Local cuisine include johnnycake, curry-filled pancakes, jerk chicken, and a favorite local dish comprised of cornmeal and okra. Here you will find white sand beaches, pristine dive sites, a distillery, and a colonial fort. Surprisingly, the US dollar is its official currency.

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Road Town, Tortola

Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. The BVI has over 50 islands with the largest being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.

Being an archipelago, Tortola has no bordering countries. Its nearest neighbors are Bermuda to the north, Anguilla to the east, U.S Virgin Islands to the south and southwest and Puerto Rico to the west. On his second voyage for the Spanish Crown to the Caribbean and West Indies, Christopher Columbus named the island Tórtola, meaning “turtle dove” in Spanish. While today a British Territory, surprisingly the British Virgin Islands use the US Dollar as their official currency. Tortola will be included in Celebrity Edge Eastern Caribbean itineraries beginning in 2018.

 

Introducing Celebrity Edge: the Newest Ship from Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity Edge is an Innovative Ship that Will Change How You Think About Cruising

One of the best parts about a cruise vacation is being immersed in the scenery as you sail along the wide, open ocean and through sun-dappled seas as gorgeous coastal towns and natural scenery come into view. Now, Celebrity Cruises aims to bring the outside in for your cruise more than ever before with the debut of Celebrity Edge, the newest cruise ship part of Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning fleet of ships – and it does so in a sleek, modern fashion.

Celebrity Edge is still in the process of being built, but it is already poised to be a game-changer for the cruise industry when it begins offering itineraries in December of 2018. Here’s why:

Fresh, Modern Design by Big Names

Iconic Suite Bedroom on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite Bedroom on Celebrity Edge

The look and design of Celebrity Edge was led by internationally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen and prestigious architect Tom Wright. Popular designer Nate Berkus was also brought on to serve as Celebrity Edge’s design ambassador.

What does this mean for your experience? A cruise ship vibe like no other that puts a focus on contemporary design with artistic flair and sumptuous comfort. You’ll find urban chic décor and bright, airy settings along with the modern luxury details discerning travelers from around the world have come to expect from Celebrity Cruises.

The Magic Carpet: A Cruising First

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge

If you’re not a fan of having to wait on a cramped deck to board your tender to shore when your cruise ship is in port, then you’ll love the Magic Carpet and be amazed at its engineering prowess. The Magic Carpet serves as a relaxing and luxurious waiting area for passengers to sit and chat until their tender boat comes to collect them. Plus, you won’t be boarding any normal tender while sailing Celebrity Edge; instead you’ll step into one of the Edge Launches, a covered, air-conditioned boat with bucket seats and large windows for prime viewing of your new destination.

Sitting on the Magic Carpet.
Sitting on the Magic Carpet.

The Magic Carpet’s allure doesn’t stop there, though. It also serves as a specialty restaurant in the evenings when it “floats” back up to Deck 16. Thanks to its cantilevered position on the side of the ship, you’ll literally be dining over the open water. Get ready for some incredible views from your table.

The Magic Carpet also moves to other decks throughout the day, becoming an extension of the pool area on Deck 14 at times, and an al fresco extension of another specialty restaurant on Deck 5.

No matter what deck you step onto the Magic Carpet from, one thing’s for certain: you won’t want to miss the chance to see the world from its vantage point.

Designer Staterooms and Suites Highlight the Sea

Iconic Suite Veranda
Iconic Suite Veranda

Think you know what a cruise stateroom is like? Thing again. Celebrity Edge is transforming the way you experience seafaring living during your cruise.

Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

A veranda stateroom is always a popular room to stay in for Celebrity Cruises guests and it gets a complete makeover on Celebrity Edge. The Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda features state-of-the-art doors that open completely to let you bring the sea air right into your stateroom, and so you can effortlessly step to the railing and see the views that await you. Outdoor ambiance is now a prominent fixture for many of the staterooms and suites on Celebrity Edge.

In addition to blurring the edges of outdoor and indoor space, 99% of the rooms on Celebrity Edge have king size beds plus you’ll find larger bathrooms, more storage space for your belongings, and spacious living areas.

Spacious Living Quarters in the Iconic Suite on Celebrity Edge
Spacious Living Quarters in the Iconic Suite

If you want to make that living area extremely large – and utterly fantastic – look no further than Celebrity Edge’s new suite categories: Iconic Suites and Edge Villas.

You’re going to want to live at sea after taking one look at the 2-bedroom Iconic Suites, which are nearly 2,600 square feet in size and feature panoramic windows in the bedrooms and living spaces plus a 700-foot, 270-degree ocean view verandah that will have you relaxing to pleasurable ocean views no matter where you are in the suite.

Edge Villa's Private Plunge Pool
Edge Villa’s Private Plunge Pool

The Edge Villas also have amazing ocean views, with 2-story windows and a private plunge pool on the verandah. Yes, picture that right now…looking out at the vast blue sea from your own private plunge pool. Guests staying in Edge Villas also have direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck.

Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Edge
Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Edge

What’s the Retreat Sundeck, you may be wondering? It’s part of Celebrity Edge’s new area called The Retreat, a special section of the ship only accessible to guests staying in suites. Think of it as your VIP area on the ship. The Retreat has a private pool and lounge plus around the clock butler service and an exclusive restaurant called Luminae, in which only suite-class guests can dine.

The Rooftop Garden: An Open-Air Oasis

The Rooftop Garden on Celebrity Edge
The Rooftop Garden on Celebrity Edge

Guests sailing on Celebrity Cruises have come to expect and appreciate innovative and green outdoor spaces, like the highly lauded Lawn Club on the Solstice-class ships. Celebrity Edge continues this appreciation for outdoor spaces with its Rooftop Garden. The Rooftop Garden keeps the nature aspect from the Lawn Club by adorning the area with greenery tended to by a resident horticulturist. Throughout the day, games and activities are conducted in the Rooftop Garden and at night it transforms into an entertainment venue for live music and Celebrity Cruises’ popular “A Taste of Film” experience, which combines an al fresco meal and movie.

The Pool Deck: Cool in More Ways Than One

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

The Rooftop Garden is definitely not the only place to relax outside while on the ship. The Pool Deck will likely be calling your name throughout your cruise. It’s where you’ll find the refreshing 25-yard lap pool, which has in-pool loungers (perfect for hot, sunny days – bring a waterproof case for your Kindle!) and an eye-catching mirror installation above one end of the pool. Whether you choose a lounger in the water or one of the many surrounding the pool, you’ll be relaxing in comfort surrounded by gleaming, artistic décor.

One of the coolest things about Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck are the two hot tubs elevated up in the air above the pool (2-stories high!) and shaped like martini glasses. Whether you’re in the hot tub or the pool you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views since the design of the Pool Deck aims to bring you a truly oceanfront setting.

Pool Deck Cabanas on Celebrity Edge
Pool Deck Cabanas

The cabanas lining one edge of the Pool Deck also look out onto the ocean and are available to rent out during the cruise for some extra luxurious poolside relaxation.

Where Celebrity Edge will Sail

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Where in the World Wednesday: March 15, 2017

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

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Photo by Schristia, via Flickr.

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The pink color of this beach was said to be derived from fractions of coral reefs which mixed with white sand from the beach. This island features a 12,000 foot high volcano (2nd highest in its country) and is home to 3.2 million residents. The main religion of this island is Islam, however Hinduism and Christianity are also represented. Little is known about this island before the 17th century. Before this time it was made up of numerous competing and feuding petty states, each of which were presided over by a prince. During World War II the Japanese invaded, overtook the Dutch defenders, and occupied this island.

Scuba diving is a top thing to do here along the amazing reefs. Biodiversity in these waters is phenomenal as it has more than 3,500 diverse aquatic species inhabiting and roaming the reefs.

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Tangsi Beach (Pink Sand), West Nusa Tenggara Province, Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok is an Indonesian island located less than 100 miles from Bali, in the Indian Ocean. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sundra Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium visit Lombok and Bali on cruise itineraries from Australia and Singapore.

Port of Call Spotlight: Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece, is a vibrant metropolis city that is home to some of the world’s most amazing ancient wonders. During a Mediterranean cruise, you can marvel at these sights while in port in Athens. Here is what to expect when cruising to Athens and some tips on how to spend your day.

Where Your Ship Docks

When visiting Athens via cruise, your ship will dock in the city of Piraeus, which is only about seven miles from Athen’s top things to do. Piraeus has restaurants and shops, but you won’t want to spend much time there; the true allure of this port of call lies less than ten miles away.

Getting From Piraeus to Athens

Though you may have a bit of a hike to get to it depending where along the harbor your cruise ship docks, the metro station in Piraeus is quite doable to walk to, and from there it’s just a 20-minute metro ride into the city center of Athens. However, if you want to make things easier on yourself getting into Athens, consider a shore excursion. Celebrity Cruises has a large variety of excursions to do while in port in Athens, and you’ll be met by your tour guide right by the ship and taken into Athens on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus where you’ll begin exploring sites old and new.

Things to Do in Athens

Acropolis

The big must-do in Athens is the Acropolis, built in the 5th century. This is a large site with many ancient structures that you’d be wise to do on a guided tour. Unless you’re very knowledgeable in your Greek history, once you’re up there and standing amid the Parthenon and other structures, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re looking at. There isn’t much in terms of information boards and to fully appreciate walking around where Plato and Socrates did, you’ll want an expert regaling you with stories and facts while you wander the grounds.

Shore Excursion Ideas for Seeing the Acropolis: If you want some free time to explore Athens on your own, the Explore Athens and Ancient Acropolis excursion is just four hours and takes you to tour the Acropolis, plus you’ll see some other famous sites on your drive through Athens to get there. If you’d like your whole day to be effortlessly handled for you, check out the Taste of Athens shore excursion, a 7-hour excursion which visits the Acropolis and some of Athens other top sites.

Acropolis Museum

Want to soak up even more Acropolis knowledge? Head to the Acropolis Museum after you leave the actual site of the Acropolis. Here you’ll see the actual statues of the women holding up the Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis. (The ones displayed at the Acropolis are replicas.) You’ll also see many other statues and historical artifacts that have been found at the Acropolis during excavations.

Temple of the Olympian Zeus

Believed to have been constructed in the 2nd century, the Temple of the Olympian Zeus is still impressive to behold despite the fact that it’s number of columns have now dwindled to 15 of what was once over 100. Adding to its allure is the fact that it’s in the middle of a large park surrounded by busy roads. It’s like you’re stepping from bustling, modern society back in time the second you step through the gate to enter the park from the street.

Arch of Hadrian (also referred to as Hadrian’s Gate)

This arched structure dates back to the 2nd century and was constructed in honor of Hadrian visiting Athens. It signifies the gateway between the old and new towns of Athens. Look for the inscription on it and come to your own assumptions about what the words mean – scholars haven’t been able to ever come to a conclusion.

Plaka Neighborhood

Plaka is considered Athen’s “Old Town” and is chock-full of charming pathways, eclectic shops, and charming cafes with lovely outdoor seating. There are also historical sites sprinkled all around Plaka that you’ll come across so keep your eyes peeled for them.

If you love shopping, head to Monastiraki Flea Market, which is located adjacent to the Plaka neighborhood and has some great deals to be found.

These are just some of the many sites you can see in Athens. If you’re ready to book your Mediterranean cruise so you can explore this iconic city, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: March 8, 2017

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

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Photo by ktkochan, via Flickr

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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 year round and is one of the most humid cities in its entire country.

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Astoria, Oregon

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, recognized as one of the most dangerous and challenging navigated stretches of water in the world.

 Top picks for activities in Astoria include the Columbia Maritime Museum,  Fort Stevens State Park, walking or biking the Warrenton Waterfront Trail, enjoying a brew crawl visiting Astoria’s craft breweries, and visiting 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.

A Special Cruise Offer Perfect for Families

Celebrity Cruises has a deal going on right now which is excellent for families. The deal? The Sail Beyond Event, which saves every person in your stateroom up to $150. That number goes up to $200 if staying in a suite.

The price saving per person breaks down to:

  • $50 for Inside Staterooms
  • $100 for Ocean View and Veranda Staterooms
  • $150 for Concierge Class and AquaClass Staterooms
  • $200 for Suites

The first two people for each stateroom also get two free perks if staying in an ocean view stateroom or higher category. Suite guests get all four available perks plus a Premium Beverage Package upgrade. Perks include:

  • Classic Beverage Package (includes alcoholic beverages)
  • $150 Onboard Spending
  • Unlimited Internet
  • Prepaid Gratuities

Additional third and fourth guests in a stateroom or suite get a Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and 40-minute Internet package.

To learn more about this offer and see terms and conditions, click here.

Family Fun Onboard and in Port During a Europe Summer Cruise
Family Fun on Celebrity Cruises

If the Sail Beyond Event sounds enticing, but you’re not sure Celebrity is the right fit for your family, we have good news for you. You may be surprised to learn just how many family and kid-oriented activities are offered on Celebrity Cruises. You can read more about why Celebrity Cruises is the ideal vacation for families in this informative blog post about family travel on Celebrity Cruises.

Not sure what cruise itinerary to do with your family? Here are some ideas to get your travel planning going.

Panama Canal

Teach your kids about the marvels of engineering by taking them on a Panama Canal Cruise. While sailing along the Panama Canal, you’ll get a close-up view of how the intricate lock system works to help ships pass through the waterway. It’s impressive to behold and neat to experience the filling and emptying of the water as you sit on the ship and the lock system does its work. You and your family will also get a taste of the wonders of Central America when you stop in ports such as Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; and Cartagena, Colombia. Shore excursions include educational and adrenaline-inducing activities like the Tuk-Tuk Family Tour Challenge in Puerto Quetzal and ziplining through a rainforest. Here is an itinerary to check out that departs from San Diego, California (an easy to get to port for most west coasters!) that may be around your Spring Break time.

Mediterranean

Explore destinations all over the world with Celebrity Cruises

Are your kids interested in history? Or do you want them to get more excited about their Western Civilizations class? Whisk them away to see historic sites and learn each sites story firsthand on a Mediterranean cruise itinerary that sails roundtrip from Civitavecchia, the port gateway to Rome. Add a vacation package for exploring Rome before or after your cruise and teach your kids about gladiators in the Colosseum, government in the Roman Forum, and the art marvel that is the Sistine Chapel. Your itinerary will likely stop in other ports in Italy before traveling south to Greece, or north to Spain and France.

Caribbean

If you want a combination of fun in the sun and action-packed days on your family vacation, a cruise to the Caribbean is the way to go.

With younger kids, consider a western Caribbean cruise since these often depart from Florida ports (Miami or Fort Lauderdale) making for a shorter flight to your vacation embarkation point and then quicker sailing time to ports of call. Here are a couple itineraries to check out that fall around spring break time this year and next.

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami stopping in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel. Click here for a last minute trip during spring break time this year, or click here for a similar itinerary departing from Fort Lauderdale in April of 2018 and see if times up with your kids’ school’s spring break.

Families who don’t mind venturing a bit farther to start their cruise vacation can fly to Puerto Rico and do a southern Caribbean cruise. Visit exotic islands like St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and Barbados. These itineraries offer a variety of islands and fun opportunities for shore excursions in every port. Here are a couple to check out:

So, if you’re feeling underwhelmed by this year’s spring break plans, add some excitement to your next family vacation with a family cruise on Celebrity Cruises. To book your family’s dream cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: March 1, 2017

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

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Photo by Sharon Hahn Darlin, via Flickr. (This image has been cropped smaller than the original.)

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This historical port city is the capital of its region and has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center. The city features a multitude of hidden gems behind cozy alleyways, excellent cuisine (notably fish and seafood), renovated old port, and beautiful sights (including one of its continent’s largest aquariums).  With pastel-colored terracotta-roofed houses, artistic churches, lovely seaside villas, and luxurious boutiques, this city draws tourists from around the world. Built for a past World Exposition, the capsule in the second photo rises 120 feet above the harbor, shops and restaurants below and offers excellent views of the city.

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Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Genoa (pronounced “JEN” + “oh” + “uh”) is the capital of Liguria, located in the Gulf of Genoa in front of the Ligurian Sea and is the sixth largest city in Italy with a population of 588,688. Genoa is a good base city to explore the Italian Riviera and world famous places like Portofino and the Cinque Terre. Top sites to see in Genoa include Il Bigo, Lighthouse of Genoa, Piazza De Ferrari, Galleria Mazzini, Brigata Liguria Street, and the view of San Teodoro from the Port of Genoa. Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Constellation visit Genoa on Western Mediterranean and Italian Renaissance cruises.