Where in the World Wednesday: April 26, 2017

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

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Photo by Daniel Dudek; via Flickr.

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This city has been many things in its storied past: wrecker’s settlement (practice of taking valuables from a shipwreck), war battleground, pirate hideaway, and Naval Air Station. Here you will find the western corner of the triangle and over 20 miles of white sand beach. Known as the “Venice” of its country due to the 300 miles of navigable canals that snake through this city, there are 150,000 people and 40,000 registered yachts who call this city home. This area was settled in the early 1500s and the first time it snowed here was in 1977. It has never been that cold since.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

The city of Fort Lauderdale is 28 miles north of Miami and is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782–1838). Fort Lauderdale is situated at the western tip of the Bermuda Triangle. Celebrity Edge will sail alternating eastern/western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades beginning December 2018. Over 4 million cruise ship guests passed through Port Everglades last year.

 

What to Put in Your Daypack for Ports of Call During a Cruise

One of the best parts of cruising is being able to explore a number of new destinations without having to continually pack and unpack your belongings. With a cruise, you just leave them in your stateroom, step off the ship to go explore, and then board the ship later that day to set sail for a new city, country, or island. Still, you’ll want some things with you during your day in port. Here are some essentials to put in your daypack.

What Type of Bag to Use

First, let’s discuss the actual daypack. What type should you bring? That depends a bit on where you’re going. If exploring a big city or bustling market or town center, a saddle bag style with a sturdy strap that you can sling over one shoulder and wear across your body with the main compartment in front of you will help you to make sure you keep your possessions in view.

However, if you’re doing a rural shore excursion, then a small backpack might be a better fit so it fits more snugly against you while you’re hiking, riding a 4-wheeler, or other adventure.

If you’re just using a purse, make sure it’s a sturdy strap so it’s secure and comfortable and make sure the strap is long enough to wear across your body. Depending where you’re traveling, you also may want to bring a water-resistant purse.

What to Put in Your Bag While in Port

Now for what to put in your daypack while exploring ports. Here is a list of some essentials you’ll likely want with you while in port no matter the destination:

Water: You should be able to easily find water to purchase in most ports you visit, but it’s wise to bring a water bottle with you so you have some right away in case it takes you longer than planned to find water.

Sunscreen: Even if the forecast looks overcast, slather on some sunscreen before leaving your stateroom and pack extra (a sunscreen stick takes up minimal space and won’t accidentally leak in your bag) in your daypack. A bad sunburn is a fast way to a miserable vacation, and even if your skin doesn’t typically burn at home, it may not be used to the level of the sun rays beaming down on you in other destinations, particularly ones closer to the equator.

Adhesive Bandages: Adhesive bandages like Band-Aids are smart to put in your daypack to cover any blisters on your feet in case your travel shoes aren’t as well worn in as you thought. They’re also good to have on hand in case you get any minor cuts while you’re out and about.

Sunglasses or Sun Hat: You don’t want to be squinting at all the gorgeous sites you’ll be seeing. Pack some sunglasses or a sun hat with a visor that won’t easily blow off your head.

Rain Poncho: Bring an easy-to-fold travel rain poncho with you and if it looks like it might rain, stick it in your daypack.

Your SeaPass Card: Don’t forget your SeaPass Card (which you’ll be issued upon boarding your Celebrity cruise). You’ll need it to get off and on the ship.

Extra Camera Battery: If you have an extra camera battery for your digital camera, don’t leave it in the stateroom. You may be surprised how much you turn your camera on and off throughout the day in port and you’ll run through your battery faster than planned.

Things to Put in Your Bag for Island Fun

Here are a few more essentials you’ll probably want to bring in your daypack if visiting an island during your cruise’s port of call.

Swimsuit: Be sure to bring one in your daypack even if you’re not planning on going swimming. You never know – your plans might change once you see that gorgeous Caribbean sea or other body of water where you’re traveling.

Towel: If heading to a beach or water-based shore excursion, bring a towel or be prepared to buy one from a local vendor stand.

Water Shoes: Depending on the type of beaches you’ll be visiting, you also may want to stick in some water shoes so you aren’t hurting your feet if the shoreline is made up of small rocks instead of sand.

Plastic Bag: Having a sealable plastic bag handy is good when hanging out by water to put cell phones or cameras in. Big waves can surprise you coming up the beach, and things can accidentally go overboard while on boats and kayaks.

City Exploring Daypack Essential

There’s not much more you need if doing a city tour than what’s on the general list, but here is one more thing you may want to throw into your daypack.

Scarf: If you’re planning to tour any churches, you typically need to have your shoulders and sometimes elbows covered. Have a lightweight scarf in your bag that you can pull out and wear over a tank top or t-shirt if needed. Churches with super strict dress codes will also require knees to be covered so it’s a good idea to do some research before your trip of any church you want to visit and see what the dress code is.

Are there any other items you think are essential to bring with you when exploring a destination during a day in port during a cruise? Share in the comments below! To find out more about what you can do during your time in port, visit the Celebrity Cruises shore excursions web page and start dreaming!

Where in the World Wednesday: April 19, 2017

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

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There is only one road in this city, yet more than half of its underground network actually runs above ground. Jimi Hendrix lived here, in a city with close ties to Lake Havasu, Arizona. There are some very odd laws in this city, such as it’s illegal to die inside the government building where laws are enacted. (Hmm, are you also wondering how punishment for this offense would be administered?) Another law states that it’s legal for a woman to bite off a man’s nose if he kisses her against her will.

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London, England

One of the greatest pieces of trivia you will ever hear about the city of London is that it contains no roads. There are plenty of streets, squares and alleys, but traditionally not a single road. The city of London survived for hundreds of years without any roads, right up until a boundary change in 1994. At that time, the eastern half of Goswell Road was brought under the jurisdiction of the city of London. So today the city has just one “road.” Another interesting fact is that in 1967, London Bridge was dismantled and relocated to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where it stands today. The bridge was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London.

Do It Here, Then Do It There: Rooftop Pools in California & Pool Decks at Sea

One excellent thing about days upon days of sunshine in California is the ubiquity of pools. With so many pools dotting the landscape, it may be hard for a particular one to stand out, but this selection of rooftop pools in California don’t have any trouble with that. Read on to find out some of the best rooftop pools and lounges you can hang out in southern California, plus one innovative pool deck away from California that is coming soon and puts a whole new spin on ocean views.

Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 

Enjoy skyline scenes of San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter from the trendy pool chairs and lounges surrounding the large aquamarine pool at Float. Partake in blissful relaxation during the day and thumping beats and dancing around the pool at night. You’ll also find daytime dance parties (called Sunburn) on Saturdays during the spring and summer months.

The Rooftop by STK at Andaz San Diego

Andaz is another place to go in San Diego for relaxation during the day and DJ-spun beats at night, all around the shimmering rooftop pool. This sophisticated pool is also adjacent to a restaurant serving menu items with organic, local ingredients.

The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

The rooftop pool at this swanky hotel in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles has a country club vibe and garden décor. Along with views of downtown LA and Beverly Hills, you’ll be able to enjoy poolside concierge service or rent a fancy cabana for the day.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

This hip rooftop bar has an urban feel and is located in the trendy Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The concrete pool is surrounded by lounge chairs boasting views of the LA skyline. Along with typical DJs on the event schedule for the pool, there are also live bands. Foodies will enjoy that Upstairs serves creative appetizers alongside specialty cocktails.

Presenting the Pool Deck on Celebrity Edge

Skylines and city views are great, but sometimes you’re just in the mood for looking at the sea. If that’s you, you may be interested in that aforementioned innovative pool with incredible ocean views…

In December 2018, a new cruise ship will sail its maiden voyage that is set to revitalize the cruise industry and what passengers expect from a cruise ship. That vessel? Celebrity Edge, the first ship in the Edge Class by Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Edge features many amazing features, including infinity veranda staterooms, a cantilevered dining experience on the side of the ship called the Magic Carpet, designer suites with plunge pools, rooftop gardens, top-notch entertainment, and a wide assortment of bar lounges and restaurants.

Oh, and one more thing – a stunning pool area.

Celebrity Edge’s main pool can be found on the aptly named Pool Deck. What makes this pool area so special is the amount of detail that has gone into making it modern and bringing the outside in. Feeling sunshine on your shoulders isn’t anything new while swimming on a cruise ship, but Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck has panoramic windows positioned to make viewing the passing sea and land formations easy to take in. Plus, two raised hot tubs shaped like martini glasses give passengers another amazing vantage point for taking in those glistening ocean views.

The Pool Deck also has luxurious cabanas lining one side of it, which can be rented out. Lucky users of the cabanas will continue to have ocean views while lounging in comfort on poolside beds and couches and sipping cool drinks or ordering lunch and snacks.

Pool Deck Cabanas on Celebrity Edge
Pool Deck Cabanas on Celebrity Edge

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 and spectacular pools in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

 

 

Where in the World Wednesday: April 12, 2017

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

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Image courtesy of IG inK, via Flickr.

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There are a total of 74 islands in this area, however only eight of them are inhabited. The sparkling white sand of this beach is intertwined with the vibrant turquoise blue water on a background of lush green vegetation. In fact, it’s the most photographed beach in its country. The origins of this pure white sand still remain unknown, with geologists proposing several theories as to its existence, including a sunken volcano. The sand is composed of 98% silica, with a powder-like consistency and doesn’t retain heat. Interestingly, the nearby rocks do not have silica, which means that tides carrying the silica grains must have deposited the sand on the island millions of years ago. This beach is easily accessible from a nearby Celebrity Cruises port of call for a half day excursion via high speed boat.

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

The island is accessible by boat, seaplane & helicopter from Airlie Beach (a popular Celebrity Cruises port-of-call on Great Barrier Reef sailings).

Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea on Celebrity Cruises

If you live in Southern California, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of — or attended — the Newport Beach Film Festival. Now in its 18th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is a prestigious event held in Newport Beach, California, that highlights a variety of cinema ranging from local films to international and critically acclaimed masterpieces. During the festival, attendees can watch films, attend parties and galas, and more.

Presenting the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea

This year, the event is from April 20 through April 27, 2017, but…the Newport Beach Film Festival fun won’t stop on the 27th. That is because Costco Travel has partnered up with the Newport Beach Film Festival to offer an exciting cruise experience: the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea on Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning Celebrity Solstice ship.

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

The Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea will depart on a 7-night Alaska cruise itinerary on September 9, 2017. The cruise travels roundtrip from the port of Seattle, an easy embarkation port for west coasters to get to thanks to a multitude of flights that are often budget-friendly.

During the cruise, guests traveling as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea will get to partake in all the normal cruising fun on Celebrity Cruises. Get pampered at the spa, revel in fine dining at the myriad of specialty restaurants, lounge by the pool, take part in an adventurous or educational shore excursion while in port, watch the Hot Glass Show, and much, much, more.

Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises
Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises

Bonuses and Special Experiences for Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea Guests

Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea guests will also get extra bonuses as part of their cruise and get to participate in film related activities. These include:

  • Beverage package for two (as part of Celebrity Cruises’ GoBig Perk)
  • Welcome cocktail reception with hot appetizers ($30 per person value)
  • Q&A sessions and screening of films, shorts, and documentaries on sea days and evenings in Celebrity Central with the Newport Beach Film Festival’s CEO and President of the of the Orange County Film Society, Gregg Schwenk, plus a team of movie producers and directors. ($200 per person value)
  • Four course luncheon in Tuscan Grille with producers, directors, and the festival’s CEO ($55 per person value)
  • Wine tasting seminar voucher ($25 per person value)
  • Martini tasting seminar voucher ($16 per person value)
  • Private wine tower tour with sparkling wine ($25 per person value)
  • Private galley tour with sparkling wine ($25 per person value)
  • Costco Cash Card

Book Your Spot on the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea!

The Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea package is offered exclusively to Costco members and the price of the cruise is currently starting from $1,509 per person. To find out more, contact a Costco travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: April 5, 2017

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

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Photo by cortto, via Flickr.

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This town is located on its country’s largest island (all of which are volcanic), and is the capital of its archipelago. While inhabited by just under one million people, more than five million tourists visit here every year. This town the site of one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations, and the Carnival grounds are destined to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this island you will find one of the highest volcanoes in the world, as measured from its ocean floor base to peak.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are located off the north-western coast of Africa and are much closer to the equator than mainland Spain. The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin including; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Isla de Lobos.