Where in the World Wednesday: May 31, 2017

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This city has a population of just under 100,000 residents with 1.4 million people living in the greater metro region. The area has deep ties to the Portuguese and nearly a third of its residents are Roman Catholic. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites here and more than 6,000 bars serving a popular nut-based alcoholic drink, considered one of the most exotic spirits in the world. This city’s three most popular sports include Football, Golf and Cricket.

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Goa, India

Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations.

Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Feni, a cashew based spirit made exclusively in Goa, is the most popular drink in the region and forbidden to be sold outside of Goa. Dudhsagar Falls (literally translated as “Sea of Milk”) is a 1,000 foot high, four-tiered waterfall on the Mandovi River.Celebrity Cruises visits Goa on Arabian Sea and Best of India and Sri Lanka itineraries.

Evenings Around the World with Celebrity Cruises

If you think cruising means missing out on the nightlife of a destination, think again. Celebrity Cruises offers overnights in ports of call all around the world on many of its itineraries. From catching the sunset in the Mediterranean to watching the Caribbean spark a party atmosphere after twilight and more incredible experiences, you’ll see a different side of the destination you’re sailing through thanks to overnights. You have many ways to spend your nighttime hours in port thanks to Celebrity Cruises’ Evenings Around the World shore excursions.

Evenings Around the World are unique shore excursions that aim to show you the best parts of the nightlife and culture of a place after the sun goes down. Like with Celebrity Cruises’ other shore excursions, you’ll be effortlessly picked up from the ship and transported to your activity. If your ship isn’t staying the whole night, but is leaving late at night, you’ll also be guaranteed to get back to the ship before it departs for the next port.

Enjoy a night in port with Celebrity Cruises and its Evenings Around the World shore excursions.
Enjoy a night in port with Celebrity Cruises and its Evenings Around the World.

Here are just some of the types of experiences you can have while enjoying a night in port with Celebrity Cruises.

Evening with Fado and Folklore

Fado is a traditional form of music in Portugal that is often focused on lyrics and melodies with a sense of melancholy. It’s something you don’t want to miss while in port in Lisbon, but since most performances are in the evening that can make it hard to see if only in Lisbon for a day. Luckily, Celebrity Cruises does overnights in Lisbon and the Evening with Fado and Folklore excursion will ensure you experience this special local music along with a folkloric dance performance.

Slip Away to Harbor Nights

While in Bermuda, you’ll take a boat ride to Bermuda’s Harbor Night Street Festival where you’ll get to take part in a fun and exciting evening market. Browse stalls selling local crafts and souvenirs. Take in live entertainment and then try some local delicacies at the festival’s food court. This is also a great shore excursion for families since there is an area just for kids at the festival.

Dinner on the River Seine

Watch Paris go from day to night on a shore excursion that transports you around the city during both times of day on this thorough shore excursion. You’ll travel around the city during the day, getting a tour of some of its main sites. You’ll also journey through the nearby countryside of Normandy and the Seine Valley. Then in the evening, you’ll board a river boat for a leisurely dinner cruise along the River Seine.

Keep Greek Tradition Alive

Take part in the culture of Greece on this shore excursion, which whisks you away to a neighborhood that sits high above the city of Athens and where you’ll have a night of fun that will delight all the senses. Along with gorgeous views of Athens in the evening, your night will consist of an olive oil tasting followed by traditional music and dance entertainment while you enjoy a meal of delicious Greek cuisine.

Europe and the Caribbean aren’t the only places you can find overnights in port while sailing the seas with Celebrity Cruises. To see all Evenings Around the World and Celebrity’s other shore excursions and itineraries, click here, and start planning your dream experiences abroad.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 24, 2017

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This island is widely known for its distinctive folklore, mythology, cuisine, and unique architecture (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Its name is derived from the language of its indigenous people, meaning “place of the seagull.” The capital of this island is the third oldest city in its country and human inhabitance dates back 7,000 years. Here you will find small deer and a canine species named after Charles Darwin who conducted research on this island. But most famous are this island’s penguins: Magellanic (named after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan) and the endangered Humboldt Penguin, both of whom nest here from November through March. Red legged cormorants and pelicans are also prevalent here.

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Castro, Chiloé Island, north Patagonia, Chile

The Isla Grande of Chiloé (pronounced chee-loh-WAY) is South America’s largest island and among its most striking cultural anomalies. Divided by the gentle peaks of the Coastal Range, Chiloé’s eastern and western coasts are two worlds apart. To the west is a wilderness of endless beaches, dune habitat, and temperate rainforests, much of it protected in one of Chile’s most forgotten national parks. To the east are the scattered islands of the Chiloé archipelago, sheltered from Pacific storms, intensely cultivated, home to a traditional culture of subsistence farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen. Charles Darwin arrived in Chiloe on June 28, 1834 and was based there for six months, writing about his impressions of southern Chile in his diaries.

Embarkation Spotlight, Fort Lauderdale: What to Do Before or After Your Celebrity Edge Cruise

If you love tropical cruises or are dreaming of going on one, Fort Lauderdale is a name you should familiarize yourself with since this Florida coastal city is a major hub for cruise ships departing to the Caribbean.

Making this embarkation port, called Port Everglades, even more exciting is the fact that Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, will be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean itineraries starting in December 2018.

Celebrity Edge has a sleek, modern design with a focus on bringing the outside elements in. This is done with infinity veranda suites, a chic pool deck with panoramic views of the sea, and al fresco dining options, along with many other innovative features. One of these includes the industry-first Magic Carpet, a cantilevered terrace that “floats” between the decks serving as both a waiting lounge for tender boats while in port and a unique oceanview restaurant experience in the evenings. To learn more about the Celebrity Edge and its luxurious features (including some amazing two-story suites with plunge pools), click here.

Another plus of sailing on the Celebrity Edge is getting the opportunity to spend time in beautiful Fort Lauderdale. Here are a few options for experiencing the city before or after your cruise.

Top Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Boulevard: There’s always something fun or exciting to do along Las Olas Boulevard, a palm tree lined street that stretches through Fort Lauderdale right to the beach. Las Olas Boulevard is home to boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and many different nightlife options.

Bonnet House Museum: Those who like seeing homes of the past will enjoy a visit to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Bonnet House was built in the early 20th century and is full of artwork. The garden is also a big draw for visitors as it is an example of a native barrier island habitat.

Intracoastal Waterway: Fort Lauderdale is home to a series of waterways that gives it the nickname “Venice of America.” A boat ride along the waterways will take you along scenic natural spots and impressive mansions and yachts.

Stranahan House Museum: The Stranahan House Museum is another historic site in Fort Lauderdale that dates back to 1901. It originally served as a trading post and community hall. Later on, the owner lived upstairs and rented out the bottom for restaurants. The home was restored in 1984 and today you can tour it to see it as it was designed in the early 1900s.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale: Riverwalk is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is a scenic path that takes you along the side of New River past restaurants, historic sites, the marina, and more.

Fort Lauderdale Beaches: Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches that make for a relaxing place to sit and soak up the sun or partake in fun games or water sports. Some of its famous beaches to check out are Deerfield Beach, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach, and the aptly named Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Fort Lauderdale Shore Excursions with Airport Transfers

Celebrity Cruises makes it easy to explore Fort Lauderdale after your Celebrity Edge cruise thanks to shore excursions that drop you off at the airport after a fun day exploring or lounging at the beach.

Fort Lauderdale Land and Sea with Airport Transfer

Get a taste of Fort Lauderdale in more ways than on on a Land and Sea tour. You’ll be taken through the cultural center of Fort Lauderdale where you’ll see the Riverwalk, Las Olas Boulevard, and the Art and Science District. Then you’ll depart on a relaxing Mississippi paddle-wheel style boat through Fort Lauderdale’s unique Intracoastal Waterway. This excursion also includes an airport transfer to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Everglades Airboat Ride

Glide across the calm, sometimes eerie water of Everglades National Park on an airboat as your guide regales you with the history of the Everglades and points out alligators and other wildlife along the way. This shore excursion also drops you off at Miami International Airport.

 

Margaritaville Resort with Airport Drop Off

Get some beach time in before your vacation ends with the Margaritaville Resort shore excursion that drops you off via water taxi at the Margaritaville Resort, which has a prime location on Hollywood Beach and its famous boardwalk. After your day at the beach you’ll be dropped off at either the Fort Lauderdale or Miami airport.

Book Your Celebrity Edge Cruise Today

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: May 17, 2017

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This destination has twin towers with angled facades that are in close proximity to the international airport and form a focal point on this city’s impressive skyline. Only one other country shares its border. The strange circular suburbs here are a study in optimizing high density populations in a rural setting. This country pays among the highest taxes in the world (including a 100% tax on gasoline), yet this city has twice been voted the world’s happiest. It’s one of its continents oldest cities and one of the safest cities in the world.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is most famous for Hans Christian Anderson and the Little Mermaid Statue basking on a rock at the Langelinie Harbour, and for the 170-year-old Tivoli Gardens which Walt Disney used as inspiration for Disneyland. Celebrity Cruises visits Copenhagen on a variety of Scandinavia/Russia itineraries each year from April through August.

Last Minute Trips for the Holiday Weekend and Summer

Do It Here, Then Do It There: Last Minute Memorial Day Getaways on the West Coast and Last Minute Summer Cruises

If it has suddenly dawned on you that Memorial Day Weekend is just a couple weekends away and you have no plans yet, fear not! Here are some last minute Memorial Day weekend getaways you can quickly plan and get to if you live on the West Coast.

Paso Robles

Instead of heading straight to Napa or the Santa Ynez Valley like most Californians looking for wine tasting do with a long weekend, consider a trip to less-visited Paso Robles. It may not have the sophisticated glamour of Napa Valley or the Hollywood clout of Santa Ynez Valley, but Paso Robles still packs in some beautiful scenery and award-winning wines within its vineyard-filled valley. Go there now before it hits the mainstream in terms of popular wine regions.

Carlsbad

San Diego is great for a long weekend getaway, but if you’re trying to book a last minute vacation there for Memorial Day weekend, you may find it’s expensive and booked up. Instead look slightly north to the city of Carlsbad, located about 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. Carlsbad is located right on the coast and has wide, sandy beaches plus a cute downtown area referred to as the Village with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars to pop into. Carlsbad is also home to Legoland, making it a hit for family getaways.

Palm Springs/Desert

When all else fails, looks east to Palm Springs and its neighboring city of Palm Desert. Memorial Day Weekend is sunny, yet hasn’t usually hit the triple digit heat that summer will be bringing to the inland desert region. Full of hotels, condos, and houses to rent, you should still be able to score some decent last minute accommodation in Palm Springs, even for a holiday weekend. If you want some more excitement than just lounging by the pool, be sure to pack your hiking shoes as Palm Springs is a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park.

Pacific Grove

Monterey and Carmel may get all the fame, but if you’re banging your head on the keyboard trying to find last minute accommodation for those two tony cities, look to their neighbor: Pacific Grove. This small city has its own charm with a tiny downtown area that has restaurants and cafes and a plethora of hotels that may still have some last minute availability for Memorial Day Weekend — plus it’s a super short drive to the sights of Monterey and Carmel.

Olympic National Park

This massive national park in western Washington has a number of towns on its border where you can stay — from the lovely lakeside calm of Quinault to the bustling seaside city of Port Angeles – meaning you’ll have more luck trying to find a last minute accommodation. Or you can go the rugged route for Memorial Day weekend and check for available campsites. From rain forests to waterfalls to foliage-heavy hiking trails, there is plenty to do in Olympic National Park to fill a long weekend.

Last Minute Summer Cruises — It’s Time to Book Your Dream Summer Vacation

Once Memorial Day weekend is over, it means summer is just around the corner and that means…summer vacation time! Luckily, it’s not too late to book a summer cruise, even if it’s a last-minute vacation decision for you! Here are some ideas for where to cruise this summer.

Alaska

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

Explore America’s last frontier with a cruise that lets you experience both sea views and beautiful port towns. Here are a couple itineraries that are great for west coasters due to the ease of getting to the embarkation port:

Mediterranean

Oia, Santorini
Oia, Santorini

Cobblestoned towns, sun-dappled beaches, fresh seafood…what more could you want? Check out these Mediterranean itineraries and start dreaming:

Caribbean

Family Time on a Caribbean Beach
Family Time on a Caribbean Beach

If it’s strictly sun and sand you’re after (with a good dose of gorgeous tropical views), it’s hard to beat the Caribbean. Try one of these fun and relaxing Caribbean itineraries:

To see more destinations and itineraries for a luxurious and exciting summer cruise this summer, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 10, 2017

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The town is noted for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture and incredibly long undersea tunnels. Following a long standing tradition, each year residents of this town work together to hand stack wood into a rickety 13 story high tower. They then celebrate by igniting a massive bonfire that can be seen for miles. This city is one of the most important fishing harbors in its country, and residents here fish from their balconies.

According to a fairy-tale, an evil professor was responsible for a great fire that destroyed this city in the early 1900s. When the town was rebuilt, trolls were trapped in the building. Today, you can find troll symbols throughout the city. While in this town, you can climb 600 feet to a viewpoint providing a panoramic view over the white, yellow, and, red steep-roofed buildings below. You can also explore a lighthouse once reachable only by boat. To get there, you have to drive through a series of long undersea tunnels, and then a one-way tunnel cut through the mountain.

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Ålesund, Norway

Pronounced “AH-lay-sund,” Ålesund is a picturesque town considered by many to be the most beautiful town in Norway. The town is comprised of seven islands and is less touristy than the city of Bergen, located four hours south. Taxes are very high in Norway and alcohol is extremely expensive here. Crazily enough, even if you’re willing to empty your pockets for the privilege of a cocktail, you won’t receive more than 1.3 ounces of alcohol per drink. That’s right — it’s illegal to pour anything more. So if you’re in the mood for a martini or cosmo you’ll have to make do with a diluted version or a half-filled glass.

Each year during their traditional midsummer festival honoring the birth of John the Baptist, residents of Ålesund attempt and set a new world record by building a bonfire taller than the one they built the previous year. Last year, they succeeded in building a record bonfire by stacking 31,000 wooden pallets 155.5 feet high.

Celebrity Cruises visits the beautiful city of Ålesund on Norwegian Fjords cruises on Celebrity Eclipse sailings from Southampton and Dublin and Celebrity Silhouette sailings from Southampton.

Port of Call Spotlight: San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Caribbean is mostly known for aquamarine water, sandy beaches, and a laidback beach vibe. But many islands in the Caribbean have much more than just surf and sand, and Puerto Rico is one of those islands. A cruise stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico lets you see one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant cities, while still being in close proximity to that gorgeous water and beautiful beaches. Read on for a guide of what to do while spending the day in San Juan.

The Old Town Area of San Juan

Colorful Building in Old San Juan

A jaunt around the neighborhood of Old San Juan is always a great way to spend some time while in San Juan. This lovely area of the city features cobblestoned streets framed by colorful buildings in nearly every shade of the rainbow. Thickly branched trees stretch up toward rooftops along sidewalks, and white framed windows and doors add to the lovely appeal of Old San Juan’s aesthetics.

While in Old San Juan, make a stop at one of its top attractions, which include:

La Cassa Blanca: A one-time fortress that also served as the home of Ponce de Leon.

Paseo la Princesa and Raíces Fountain: If you have time, take a lovely stroll along the boulevard of Paseo la Princesa. If short on time, at least check out Raíces Fountain, the famous fountain structure at the end of Paseo la Princesa.

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista: The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is a good stop in Old San Juan for history or architect buffs as it is the second oldest cathedral in the Americas.

The Fortresses of San Juan

Celebrity Cruises sailing past a fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bordering each end of Old San Juan are towering forts built on impressive bluffs overlooking the sea. Visiting these former military forts are one of the most popular things to do in San Juan. Here are the two forts to visit, and during a day in San Juan, you easily have time to visit both if you wish, or just choose one to visit and make time for the beach, too!

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

This is the original fortress built in San Juan in the 16th century. It stands formidably at the northwest end of the city and was constructed to defend inhabitants against intruders. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a striking appearance high above the city, enhanced by the massive and bright green grassy area in front of it.  You can walk around the grounds both in and out of the fortress walls and take in views of the ocean and surrounding landscape from each of the fort’s six levels.

Castillo San Cristóbal Fort

Built in the 1700s, Castillo San Cristóbal faces the northeast and provided a high vantage point right on the ocean for watching for intruding ships. Like Castillo San Felipe del Morro, it was used as an actual military fort as recently as World War II, and today it is open to visitors who can explore its scenic lookout points and dark underground tunnels.

The Beaches Near San Juan

You have to head a little bit out of Old San Juan to find the beaches Puerto Rico is famous for. Luckily, Celebrity Cruises makes it easy for you by offering excursions that take you straight from the ship port to a beach in comfortable transportation. Some of the excursions even stop at other historical sites, too, making for a fun, hassle-free day exploring San Juan.

San Juan City and Beaches by BikeExplore the island of Puerto Rico on a 12-mile bike ride tour that takes you through Old San Juan and past historic sites and then to a beach park for some lovely views of the sea.

Deluxe Beach Break at VIVO Beach Club: Have a blissfully relaxing day on this shore excursion which gets you access to a luxurious beach club, where you can switch between a large pool area or a sandy beach next to the sea with lounge chairs and easy access to drinks and delicious cuisine.

Other Excursions to Do in Puerto Rico

A cruise stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, gives you the opportunity to partake in many other fun and engaging shore excursions. Here are some other top options:

Marine Park Snorkeling: Explore the underwater world off the shores of San Juan at Escambron Marine Park.

Wild & Scenic Rainforest Nature Walk to River Adventure: Take an exciting hike through Puerto Rico’s famous El Yunque National Rainforest and learn about its flora and fauna plus see the Mameyes River, where you can go for a swim.

Carabali Horseback Ride: Travel through the El Yunque National Rainforest by horseback.

Chef’s Market Discoveries – Casa Bacardi, Flavors of San Juan, and Private Dinner: Tour the famous Bacardi rum factory and sample delectable Puerto Rican and Cuban cuisine.

To browse all of Celebrity Cruises’ San Juan shore excursions, click here.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 3, 2017

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This is one of the most expensive cities in the world, yet you can eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant here with $2 USD entrees.  This is also one of the smallest, yet most densely populated countries in the world, with 99% of its residents living in public flats. Unemployment here is non-existent, as additional workers are bused in from a neighboring country. This nation is still in its infancy but has worked its way up to become an economic powerhouse in just a matter of a few decades.

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Republic of Singapore

While Singapore is the most expensive city in the world, Singapore’s Liao Fan Hawker Chan, a casual dine-in, is the world’s least expensive Michelin-star meal — the only place you can try Chef Chan’s iconic $2 USD chicken & rice dish.  

Singapore, sometimes referred to as the Lion City or the Little Red Dot, is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree north of the equator, at the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia. In Singapore you will find the Marina Sands Hotel with its Infinity Pool as well as the Raffle’s hotel (built in 1887), home of the Singapore Sling.

Some of the odd laws here… There is a strict law forbidding all chewing gum in Singapore. The fine for chewing gum is $750 and $10,000 for selling chewing gum. Feeding pigeons will cost you $500, connecting to another person’s Wi-Fi will cost you a hefty $10,000, and failing to flush a public toilet incurs a $150 penalty — the same for smoking in public. Spitting will cost you $1,000 and the penalty for selling drugs in Singapore is punishable by death. “Caning” is also a mandatory punishment for certain offences such as rape, illegal moneylending, and for foreigners who overstay by more than 90 days – a measure designed to deter illegal immigrants.

Port of Call Spotlight: Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy is one of the most iconic cities you can visit on a Mediterranean cruise. The scenery is gorgeous, many of the popular tourist sites are historical wonders, and the culture is alluring. Visiting Rome on a cruise can feel daunting, though, since the ship doesn’t dock right in Rome and it can be hard to narrow down exactly how you want to spend the day in such a large, vibrant city. Here is a breakdown of the top things you need to know about cruising to Rome, which will help ensure you have a fun and memorable time in port.

The Port for Rome: Civitavecchia

To visit Rome, your ship will actually pull into port in the city of Civitavecchia on the western coast of Italy. It is located about 50 miles northwest from Rome. To get to Rome from Civitavecchia, you can take a bus, train, or car rental. Depending where your ship docks, it can be a bit of a trek just to leave the port area to get to your transportation. A shore excursion that includes just transportation to and from Rome, or transportation plus a tour in the city is an easy and hassle-free way to get into Rome from your cruise ship.

Things to Do in Rome

If it’s your first time in Rome, here are a few things to see that you likely won’t want to miss:

Colosseum

Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum

The Colosseum is impressive to behold since it’s massive and still in fairly good condition considering it was built in the first century. The structure once housed gruesome gladiator battles as entertainment for the king and his subjects. The stories of the Colosseum are often fascinating to hear, and touring the Colosseum with a good guide can elevate your experience thanks to the expert knowledge you’ll receive compared to just wandering around the grounds on your own.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a large area dotted with many ancient buildings and ruins. It once served as the political center of ancient Rome. Within its borders you can see the well-preserved Arch of Constantine and the Tempo di Guilio Cesar, where Julius Caesar was cremated, plus many other important buildings from that era.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

This is one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome, located in a charming square (that is also adjacent to some delicious gelato shops). The baroque fountain depicts a scene featuring Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. According to legend, you will return to Rome someday if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain.

Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City is a city-state located within Rome that serves as the headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church. The two most popular things to do in Vatican City are to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and tour the Vatican Museums, the highlight for the latter being the opportunity to see the famed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo.

Italian Coffee and Fashion

Cafe in Rome

While in Rome, you’ll also likely want a bit of leisure time to visit a café and sip one of Italy’s famous cappuccinos (which Italians typically only do in the morning, but hey – if it’s your only time in Rome and you aren’t able to order that cappuccino until the afternoon, go for it!). Rome also may not be as famous for style as the Italian city of Milan to the north, but it still has plenty of shopping boutiques and famous brand names lining its streets. Most shore excursions allow a bit of free time; if it’s important to you, just make sure the one you’re looking at has as much free time as you desire.

A Taste of Rome is a Celebrity Cruises shore excursion that visits all the above sites plus has free time.

Depending on your interests – or if it’s your second or subsequent time in Rome and you want to see some new sites from what’s above – you also may enjoy one of these unique activities while your ship is in port in Civitavecchia:

Bracciano Lake and Wine Tasting
Italian Countryside and Olive Oil Taste
River Rafting Down the Tiber
Behind the Scenes Vatican Tour
Rome Highlights with Colosseum Underground Tour

To book your cruise to Rome, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com and search for your ideal Mediterranean itinerary, or speak with your travel agent.