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Where in the World Wednesday: August 16, 2017

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

Word Clue

Located on the western shore of this island lies a hidden gem of immeasurable natural beauty. Home to ancient mountains and spectacular ocean views, this area will take your breath away. First surveyed by a renowned British explorer, this small city is a gateway to outdoor adventure from hiking and fishing to kayaking and whale watching.

Most amazing is that this area is well known for the large number of giant icebergs that float on the same route every spring. Surprising as it may seem, these giant icebergs casually pass by small towns on this island, extremely close to the shore which creates a seemingly surreal landscape which looks more like the set of a Science-Fiction movie. This spring alone, more than 1,000 icebergs (some over 150 feet tall) casually floated by this island.

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Photo by Natalie Lucier (via Flickr)

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Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada

Newfoundland is the 16th largest island in the world and is located off the east coast of mainland Canada. Ferryland is located on Newfoundland’s southeast coast and is famous for its Iceberg Alley. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Newfoundland and exploring this island that was originally discovered by Captain James Cook in the 1760s, check out a Celebrity Cruises sailing. Celebrity Cruises visits Corner Brook, Newfoundland on various Canada/New England cruises each fall.

South Pacific Cruise Ports West Coasters Will Love

Don’t miss out on these cruise ports in Australia, New Zealand, and beyond

The South Pacific is sometimes overlooked when it comes to cruise destinations, but this gorgeous part of the world shouldn’t be. For guests on a Celebrity Cruises sailing around the South Pacific, the focal point of the region is typically the magnificent ports of Australia and New Zealand. Here are some of the ports west coasters will especially enjoy when cruising this area of the South Pacific.

If You Love Napa, California…
You’ll Love a Cruise to Picton, New Zealand

Picton is similar to the city of Napa in that it has a charming and walkable downtown area with restaurants and art galleries, and it is also a good jumping off point to world-class wines. For Picton, that wine region is Marlborough where you can sample the crisp, fruity flavors of the region’s beloved Sauvignon Blanc plus many other varietals.

If You Love San Francisco, California…
You’ll Love a Cruise to Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

San Francisco has the iconic Golden Gate Bridge amidst harbor views while Sydney has the Sydney Opera House gleaming against a water and sky filled frame. But just like in San Francisco, that’s not all there is to see in Sydney, and city lovers will find endless entertainment during a cruise in this cosmopolitan city. Partake in Sydney excursions that let you experience both historic and modern architecture, cuisine and wines, various forms of art, and even world-class beaches.

If You Love Cannon Beach, Oregon…
You’ll Love a Cruise to Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania
Hobart, Tasmania

The Oregon coast is home to rugged beaches, scenic lookout points, delicious oysters, and cute towns to walk through. Its close proximity to Willamette Valley also means it’s easy to find local wine or even a wine tasting shop. If you love those aspects of the Oregon coast, you’ll also enjoy a day in Hobart, Tasmania, a unique island off the coast of Australia where you’ll find panoramic mountainous views, wineries, historic architecture, and fresh oysters.

If You Love Hawaii…
You’ll Love a Cruise to Cairns, Australia

Cairns, Australia is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with colorful underwater life that offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. Like Hawaii, it also has natural wonders on land as well. Visit a relaxing beach or hike through the Daintree rainforest.

If You Love Seattle, Washington….
You’ll Love a Cruise to Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland has a large harbor, happening dining scene, a sea life aquarium, and even a space needle! Ok, not quite on the last one, but Auckland is home to the Sky Tower, which slightly resembles Seattle’s famous Space Needle due to its skinny base and circular viewing tower. You can see all of Auckland’s best sites during a city highlights excursion while visiting.

If You Love…well…Anywhere By the Ocean…
You’ll Love a Cruise to French Polynesia

Select Australia and New Zealand itineraries for Celebrity Cruises also make detours to the lush, exotic islands of French Polynesia. In French Polynesia, cruisers who visit the main island of Tahiti can explore its bustling market or head to one of its seaside resorts for the day. If your cruise stops in Bora Bora, you definitely don’t want to miss getting in the clear, warm lagoon that glistens in mesmerizing shades of turquoise.

To find your dream South Pacific cruise to Australia and New Zealand that visits one of these cruise ports, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: August 9, 2017

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

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Photo by Christian Senger (via Flickr)

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This city was originally acquired by Napoleon Bonaparte, named after a Duke, founded in the early 1700’s and has a population of 1.2 million residents. Here you will find notable French architecture, exquisite French cuisine, and a multi-cultural heritage. This city is one of its country’s largest ports. It is here than many exorcisms and voodoo rituals were performed.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Most travelers know the French Quarter is the one place not to miss in New Orleans, but there’s so much more to the French Quarter than Bourbon Street and so much more to New Orleans than the French Quarter.

In addition to the French Quarter, some other sites not to miss in the Big Easy include:

  1. New Orleans Cemeteries including St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, home to New Orleans’ fascinating above-ground tombs. As the city is built below sea level, New Orleanians are unable to be buried underground. NOLA’s Catholic founders were against the idea of cremation, thus creating the necessity for these “cities of the dead.”
  2. New Orleans Jazz Clubs
  3. Café du Monde – the quintessential New Orleans spot to enjoy hot, crispy, sugar-dusted beignets paired with chicory-infused cafe au lait.
  4. Walking through the Garden District with its gracious mansions and Magnolia trees.

Celebrity Equinox visits New Orleans during Mardi Gras each February as part of a 10-night Mardi Gras and Caribbean cruise, featuring three days and two overnights in New Orleans as part of Celebrity’s Signature Event Sailings. Guests will hear jazz performers and speakers onboard before the ships docks in NOLA for Mardi Gras. Nothing beats using the ship as your hotel and catching colorful beads on Bourbon Street as the excitement of Mardi Gras floats right past your grandstand!

Introducing Flights by Celebrity: A Complete Vacation Package for Your Cruise

Flights by CelebrityFlights by Celebrity Offers Premium Service and Peace of Mind for Your Vacation – with No Booking Fee

Picture this: You’ve booked your dream cruise and meticulously planned out all the details of your vacation, including a flight from home that gets you to your ship’s embarkation port with plenty of time before its departure.

But then your flight is delayed….

And delayed again…

Next thing you know your flight is cancelled and you’re frantically trying to speak with the airline to get on a flight that will still get you to your much-anticipated vacation in time. It’s not quite the stress-free, relaxing trip you had in mind.

What if during that hectic time you had a travel professional who was working with the airlines on your behalf free of charge to make sure you get on the first available flight that will get you to your cruise?

That scenario probably sounds much more appealing and it’s what happens for travelers sailing with Celebrity Cruises who book their airfare through Flights by Celebrity.

Flights by Celebrity turns a Celebrity cruise into a packaged vacation complete with airfare, and you don’t have to give up any of the flexibility that typically comes with booking your own flights. You’ll also get to take advantage of professional travel service. This is all thanks to Flights by Celebrity’s three main benefits: Points, Price, Protection

Flights by Celebrity Benefit #1: Points

You can still choose what airline and even what flight you want to fly on, right down to the day and time. This gives you flexibility while also taking advantage of the service Flights by Celebrity provides. It also enables you to still use any points program of which you are a member.

Flights by Celebrity Benefit #2: Price

Flights by Celebrity also has a Lowest Airfare Guarantee*, which guarantees that you’ll get the lowest price on that flight at the time of booking. If you find a cheaper flight within 24 hours after booking your flight, you’ll be credited 110% of the difference in the form of onboard credit to spend on your cruise, which you can use toward spa treatments, shore excursions, drinks, specialty dining, and more.

The Lowest Airfare Guarantee will also save you time since you won’t need to check multiple sites to compare prices. Plus, there is no added booking fee for the service Flights by Celebrity provides!

Flights by Celebrity Benefit #3: Protection

As demonstrated in the example scenario at the beginning of this article, Flights by Celebrity protects your vacation investment by ensuring your arrival to the ship if there are any issues with your flight such as flight interruptions, delays, or cancellations. Celebrity Cruises’ Emergency Travel Team is always available day or night to assist with any flight needs you have. In the event of a disruption to your flight, they will work with their airline partners to get you on the next available scheduled flight in the same class of service. If there are no options for getting you to the embarkation port, they will attempt to get you to the next available port on your cruise’s itinerary.

To find your dream cruise and book your complete Celebrity Cruises vacation, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent – and don’t forget to ask for Flights by Celebrity!

*Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee | Terms & Conditions

Our Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee ensures you will enjoy the lowest advertised rate on your airfare when you book with Flights by Celebrity. You will have 24 hours after you book your air through Flights by Celebrity to find a lower price. If you do, you will receive 110% of the difference applied to your cruise booking as an onboard credit. The lower price must be advertised and available for purchase on a web site open to the general public. Program terms and conditions apply. The Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee is available to travelers who have booked travel with Flights by CelebritySM only on or after January 1, 2013.

The Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee applies to the base price of booked airfare only and does not apply to any other fee or charge including taxes, recovery charges, service fees or travel insurance. Promotional packages, deals or bundled prices that may include additional amenities are also not included. The lower advertised price must exactly match the purchased Flights by Celebrity itinerary, be for the same number of tickets, service class, airline(s), origination and destination gateways, legs, flight numbers and travel dates. The lower price must be found online on a website open to the general public in the United States where it is quoted, booked and to be paid in U.S. dollars, (including flightsbycelebrity.com, other travel websites and/or airline supplier sites) and have a similar cancellation policy to Flights by Celebrity.

The Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee does not apply to lower prices provided by websites that withhold airline identity, itinerary or other booking details until the purchase is completed. Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee excludes Basic Economy fares on American Airlines, Basic Economy fares on United Airlines, and Basic Economy fares on Delta Air Lines. Also excluded are rates available through membership program websites, corporate discounts or rates, groups, charters, rewards programs, incentive, meeting, convention, consolidator, AARP, AAA, military, government, frequent flyer, loyalty, prizes, sweepstake or awards, transferred points or any other “reward” programs or interline rates, prices obtained via auction or other bid process, redeeming a coupon or other promotion not offered and available to the general public. Celebrity’s Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee shall not apply if for any reason Celebrity Cruises or the airline refunds or cancels all or any portion of booked air. Celebrity’s Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee does not apply to any rates loaded in error by the airline, Celebrity Cruises, or website owner, or any printing, typographical, administrative or technological error in materials relative to any rates submitted to redeem the Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee.

FLIGHTS BY CELEBRITY | FAQ

Celebrity Cruises will not accept any Flights by Celebrity(SM) Low Airfare Guarantee submission that it believes in its sole discretion is the result of an error or is made in bad faith. Your ticket is non-refundable. If you cancel you will not receive any money back. You may be eligible to apply part of your ticket price towards future travel (for a limited time, usually a year). If you cancel your reservation, airlines usually deduct $150 or more for domestic tickets and $200 or more for international tickets before determining the amount that can be applied towards future travel. To submit a claim, you must contact Celebrity Cruises at 1-800-533-7803 within twenty-four (24) hours after booking through Flights by Celebrity. All claims are subject to Celebrity Cruises’ independent verification. Each customer shall be limited to one (1) Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee claim per cruise reservation. Any modifications, changes or cancellations made to an existing booking that has an associated Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee claim will result in a voiding of the claim. The lower rate must be available for booking at time of claim as determined by Celebrity Cruises. Copies of screenshots or other materials submitted to substantiate the lower rate may be reviewed by Celebrity Cruises for information purposes only. Claims that cannot be independently verified by Celebrity Cruises shall not be accepted. Submitted claims must meet all requirements otherwise imposed on the lower price including residency, regional, membership, age-related or other requirements. If a claim is verified, Celebrity Cruises will apply an onboard credit to the cruise booking in an amount equal to 110% of the difference between the Flights by Celebrity booked fare and the verified lower fare.

Verified claims are limited to one (1) onboard credit per booking. Onboard credit must be used on the associated sailing, is non-refundable, non-transferable and has no cash value. Any unused portion of the onboard credit as of 10 PM on the last night of the cruise will be forfeited. By submitting a Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee claim, you fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and the decisions of Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity Cruises reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify or discontinue the Flights by Celebrity Low Airfare Guarantee or to restrict its availability to any person, at any time, for any reason, and without prior notice or liability to you. The terms that are in effect at the time of your booking will determine your eligibility under the Low Airfare Guarantee. No change in the Low Airfare Guarantee will affect any Onboard Credit that has already been issued to you.

Celebrity Cruises failure to enforce any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Void where prohibited by law.

Top 10 Reasons to Cruise on Celebrity Edge

If you’ve been researching a cruise vacation, look no further. Here are 10 reasons why you should set sail on board Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge.

You Love What’s New and Cutting Edge

When Celebrity Edge debuts in 2018, it’s destined to be a game-changer for the cruise industry thanks to its modern resort ambiance that blends together indoor and outdoor space like never before on a cruise ship. From staterooms to dining to entertainment, nothing on Celebrity Edge will be status quo and you’ll find delightful pockets of innovation and luxury wherever you are on board.

The Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge

The Magic Carpet instantly distinguishes Celebrity Edge from other ships before you ever even step on board thanks to its cantilevered position on the side of the ship. In the evenings, the Magic Carpet turns into a luxurious restaurant when it “floats” up to Deck 16. You’ll get the amazing chance to dine right 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.

Destination Gateway

The Magic Carpet isn’t only for dining. It also serves as a relaxing and luxurious waiting area, referred to as the Destination Gateway, for passengers to sit and chat until their tender boat comes to collect them and take them ashore during port days. 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.

Outdoor Ambiance

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

Celebrity Edge is all about the outdoor space, whether it’s through stateroom or suite verandahs, al fresco dining, or open deck space. Two places the outdoor ambiance of the ship really stands out, though, is the Pool Deck and Rooftop Garden.

Celebrity Edge’s modern 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 by guests.

The Rooftop Garden keeps the nature aspect from the Solstice-Class’ 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.

Eden: Dining Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Eden, an innovative space on Celebrity Edge

All of the dining experiences on Celebrity Edge offer upscale settings with gourmet ingredients. Eden, however, stands out – and not just from the other restaurants on board Celebrity Edge, but from all cruise ship dining. Eden is a transformative and interactive dining experience that takes place in a special space on the ship that extends over three decks with a background of glass windows. It is decorated to reflect a nature wonderland and when you’re dining there, “Edenists” come around to entertain you and serve you your dinner. The cuisine itself will be experiential with elements of surprise and is incorporated into the whole experience — this isn’t your typical sit-down restaurant dining experience.

Designer Touches

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. You’ll see their expert design style all throughout the ship, giving it a contemporary vibe with artistic flair.

Luxurious Staterooms

Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

The staterooms on Celebrity Edge are modern and spacious. 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. Celebrity Edge offers inside and outside staterooms (the latter of which have windows looking out to the sea), but its true stateroom claim to fame are the unique Infinite Veranda staterooms. 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.

Jaw-Dropping Suites

Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge
Iconic Suite Veranda on Celebrity Edge

The suites on board Celebrity Edge will give you extra space while continuing to offer innovative and private outdoor areas. If you really want to douse yourself in luxury during your cruise, consider the Celebrity Edge’s Iconic Suites or Edge Villas.

The 2-bedroom Iconic Suites 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, all of which will have you relaxing to pleasurable ocean views no matter where you are in the suite.

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, a private area of the ship just for suite guests, which has a pool, lounge, and specialty restaurant.

Tropical Itineraries

Cruise ship in the Caribbean, St. Maarten

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.

A Good Cause

Celebrity Cruises has partnered up with the Malala Foundation, which strives to bring a 12-year education to all girls. The foundation was started by 19-year old Malala Yousafzai, who is a Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace. She is also the Godmother of Celebrity Edge.

Ready to book your spot on Celebrity Edge before sailings are sold out? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: August 2, 2017

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

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This water-filled destination is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was named one of the world’s top ten scuba diving spots by Jacques Costeau. While diving here, you can see over 400 species of subtropical fish plus hammerhead and bull sharks. In the national park where this unique destination is located, you can also go cave tubing through an underground channel of caves. It is also home to a jungle where jaguars live, as well as a specific breed of monkey which is one of the loudest land animals in the world.

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The Great Blue Hole in Belize

The hole is circular in shape, nearly 1,000 feet wide and 400 feet deep. The hole was formed over 150,000 years ago (based on analysis of stalactites). As the ocean began to rise, caves were flooded. The Great Blue Hole is now part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the heart of Central America, Belize is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south.

What to Pack for a Europe Summer Cruise

A Europe summer cruise is a dream vacation for many people. Make sure you get the most out of your vacation by packing the proper attire.

Europe Summer Cruise Packing List for on the Ship

The Lawn Club on Celebrity Cruises

Most Europe cruise itineraries have one or two (occasionally more) days at sea. Make sure you’re comfortable for your day relaxing and having fun on the ship by packing these items.

  • Swimsuit – Bring two or three if you don’t want to deal with having to wear a wet suit sometimes.
  • Swimsuit Coverup – Make sure it’s one you’ll feel comfortable in walking from your stateroom to the pool deck.
  • Comfortable Shorts and T-Shirt – Ideal for any active pursuits you’d like to do on the ship, such as hitting the state of the art gym or playing bocce ball on the Lawn Club.
  • Sundress or Slacks – These clothing items are great to have on hand for Celebrity Life activities. You don’t have to get dressed up for these activities, but if you want to bring some of your fashionable pieces onto the ship, this is a good time to wear them! Celebrity Life activities include wine tasting classes, food demonstrations, informational seminars, and much more.
  • Nightlife Attire – Bring your best dancing clothes if you’re planning to hit the onboard club, or date night attire if you want to sip Champagne or martinis with your significant other. Or bring comfortable lounge clothes if you just want to spend a night in your sumptuous suite ordering room service and watching an on-demand movie!

Dining Packing Tips

Fine dining, gourmet French cuisine, and fun socializing at Murano Restaurant.

In the evenings, you’ll want to change into something to wear for dinner as most ships have a dress code (here is a link to Celebrity Cruises’ dress code).

On Celebrity Cruises, Smart Casual attire is acceptable on most evenings. There will also be (depending on the length of your cruise) one or two Evening Chic nights (a modern reboot of formal nights), and you’ll want to come prepared for those nights so you can participate in the fun of getting all glammed up.

Regular Dining

Ladies: Dress, slacks, blazers, jeans, scarves, skirts, casual tops — Basically, whatever you’re comfortable in without being too casual.

Men: Pants or jeans and a sport shirt with sleeves.

Evening Chic Nights

Ladies: Cocktail dress or skirt/pants/designer jeans with an elegant top. Or get totally dressed up in an evening gown!

Men: Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater. To get fancier, wear a blazer or sport coat over it.

Bring several outfit arrangements for evenings on board, though remember there is laundry service available if needed so you don’t need to feel compelled to overpack.

As for shoes to wear on board, pack a pair of flip-flops or slip-on sandals that are pool-ready, a pair of dressier shoes for evenings, and casual or tennis shoes for recreational activities.

Europe Summer Cruise Packing List for Days in Port

Exploring Santorini, Greece, while in port with Celebrity Cruises.
Touring the cruise port of Santorini, Greece

During your Europe summer cruise, you’ll be visiting many amazing ports of call full of gorgeous scenery, bustling city centers, and historic attractions. Ensure you’re ready for whatever adventure is thrown at you while exploring these sites by packing adequately.

Here is a list of items you’ll want to have in your suitcase for port days:

  • Daypack
  • Comfortable Walking Sandals or Shoes – If new, be sure to wear them in before leaving for your cruise.
  • Sunscreen Stick – Easy to throw into your daypack.
  • Cotton or Breathable T-Shirt or Tanktop – Most parts of Europe get hot in the summer!
  • Shorts or Loose Linen (or other lightweight fabric) Pants
  • Comfortable Dress
  • Sunglasses or Visor/Sunhat
  • Camera with Extra Battery and Extra Memory Card
  • Cardigan – Ideal for cooler days or late evenings in port.

Note: If visiting any religious points of interest, check the dress code before leaving for your cruise. Most require shoulders to be covered, but some even require knees to be covered. A thin, summer scarf is an easy thing to stick in a daypack and which you can tie around your shoulders if needed.

Miscellaneous Items to Pack

Some other things to remember to pack for your cruise include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Medications
  • Kindle or Tablet
  • Charger Adaptor (Your ship will likely be compatible with U.S. electronics , but you may still want an adaptor for in port if you need to charge anything at a café or at your pre- or post-cruise hotel).
  • Toiletries (If you are particular about what you use – Celebrity Cruises provides you with premium toiletry options.)

The good news about cruising is that if you decide there’s an article of clothing you need, you can likely find something similar to it in the onboard boutique – then you can do your shopping during days at sea or in the morning or evenings without having to waste any precious sightseeing time in port!

Where in the World Wednesday: July 26, 2017

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

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Image by Ben Bowes (via Flickr)

Word Clue

This walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the early 1500s. Every street in this city has a history of its own. One million residents live here, making this the fifth largest city in its country. Leather and tobacco are major industries.

Its country shares a border with five other nations, has one of the most colorful rivers in the world, one of the tallest seaside mountains, and has two different coastlines on two different bodies of water. The murder rate in this country’s capital city is lower than the murder rate in the USA’s capital city.

Shady plazas and narrow cobblestone streets make this city one of the most picturesque cities in this region of the world. Points of interest include the city walls and fortifications from colonial times, a 16th-century cathedral, and this city’s annual festivals, which range from bull fighting, to soccer, to beach volleyball.  You’ll also need to practice your step, as the sultry salsa is very popular here.

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Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena, Colombia)

Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Last year the new Panama Canal (3rd locks) opened for transit. At a cost of $5.2 billion, the Panama Canal Expansion is the largest project at the canal since its original construction. The project created a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, doubling the waterway’s capacity. 

Where in the World Wednesday: July 19, 2017

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

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Photo by Phil Whitehouse (via Flickr)

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This beach is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers, providing a visual feast of sponge gardens, reef systems, and marine life to observe. There is even an underwater snorkel trail. This beach features a large pinnacle rock which has been sculpted by wind and water over the centuries.  It now looks like the bow of a large ship steaming onto the beach. The walls of the cave were formed from volcanic explosions over 8 million years. Many archways, crevices, and caverns can be found underwater and along this beach.

The cave on this beach was used as a tunnel in a famous movie based on a series of seven fantasy novels considered a classic of children’s literature. More recently the cove was used as one of the locations in a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music video.

Located less than five minutes away, visitors flock to a usually deserted section of the beach where within two hours of low tide each day you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. Often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches – this is one experience that should be on your bucket list. A truly unique experience you should try at least once in your lifetime.

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Coromandel Peninsula- Hahei Beach/Hot Water Beach, Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve, New Zealand

The Coromandel is located across the gulf from Auckland, New Zealand, and has a mountainous interior with rainforests and more than 250 miles of white sand beaches.  There are many activities to do while there, including fishing, hiking, cycling, and diving. 

The tunnel at Cathedral Cove was used as the entrance to Narnia in the Prince of Caspian movie and is also where Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis filmed the music video for “Can’t Hold Us.“ 

Hot Water Beach is a natural phenomenon where within two hours of low tide each day you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. This is often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches.

Cruise Port Spotlight: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Philipsburg, St. Maarten is the cruise gateway to the gorgeous island of St. Maarten / St. Martin. Why the dual spelling? Because this tropical Caribbean island is the smallest island in the world to be inhabited by two nations: French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. When visiting, it’s easy to cross between the two sides and no matter which part of the island you’re exploring, you’ll find lots of friendly locals and gorgeous beaches. Each side of the island definitely has a different feel though, reflective of its home country – with a good dose of Caribbean charm thrown in. Here is a summary of what to expect and things to do when your ship has a port of call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Getting to Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Your ship will dock on the Dutch side of the island in Philipsburg. To get to the central part of Philipsburg, you’ll need to depart the ship and join your shore excursion group or take the small water ferry across the bay. It’s a short ride and you’ll be deposited right by all the shops and restaurants of Philipsburg. Spend time browsing and shopping, then go for a walk on the sandy beach. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a shore excursion while in port to have a more adventurous time.

Things to Do in St. Maarten / St. Martin

Besides walking around Philipsburg, here are some other things you may want to do while visiting the island of St. Maarten / St. Martin during your cruise.

Horseback Riding: A memorable way to explore the coast of St. Maarten is via a horseback riding excursion. There are scenic seaside trails you’ll go down atop your horse before riding right into the Caribbean water.

Sunset Cruise: The water surrounding St. Maarten consists of beautiful clear shades of aquamarine and turquoise. Watch the colors of both the sea and sky change from day to night on a sunset catamaran cruise, complete with Champagne.

Beach Excursion: If you’re all about beach time during your day in Philipsburg, opt for the Buccaneer Beach shore excursion, which effortlessly takes you to one of St. Maarten’s most popular beaches. You can lounge on the white sand, pop into the beach bar for a cool drink, or splash around in the warm water.

ATV Adventure: Feeling the need for some fast-paced action during your time on the island? Spend your day zooming around on an ATV. Drive your ATV up the hillside for scenic views and then back down to the coast for time on the beach.

Celebrity Cruises Active Adventure Ziplining

Ziplining: On the French side of the island up on Pic Paradis, the highest peak on the island, you’ll find Loterie Farm nature preserve, which hosts a thrilling adventure course over the treetop canopy with ziplines, bridges and rope swings.

The Newest Ship Sailing to St. Maarten

When your day is done in St. Maarten / St. Martin you’ll board your ship and enjoy the fun nightlife and luxe lounges that Celebrity Cruises is known for – which may be on Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, since it will be offering an itinerary that has a port of call in St. Maarten when the ship begins sailing at the end of 2018.

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge

This Celebrity Edge itinerary is a 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing that is scheduled to stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. You can visit even more ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings that includes Celebrity Edge’s other itinerary for the Western Caribbean and also visit Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

To find out more about Celebrity Edge, including its innovative Infinite Veranda staterooms and 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, click here.

To book your Celebrity Edge or other Celebrity Cruises sailing to Philipsburg, St. Maarten visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.