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Where in the World Wednesday: October 18, 2017

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

Colonized by the Dutch, more than 600 languages and dialects are spoken here. There are bone white sand beaches nestled between black sand beaches dotted with volcanic rock from the last eruption 50 years ago. Here you can try one of the most expensive cups of coffee in the world (USD $50 per cup) made from the excrement of a small nocturnal animal found in the jungle. Locals all have one of four first names; translated as “first born”, “second born”, “third born” and “fourth born”. And it doesn’t matter if the child is a boy or girl. Babies are carried everywhere during the first three months of life. Their feet are not allowed to touch the ground until they are three months old.

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Cruise to the Caribbean with West Coast Resident Rates

Special Pricing! Get Low Resident Rates for Oceanview Caribbean Cruises

Yes, you read that right. The Caribbean is open for business and you can get a great resident rate if you sail there this winter.

The recent devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria to the Caribbean may have travelers wondering if a cruise to the Caribbean is still possible this winter. What travelers may not be aware of is that the Caribbean is still 90% open to travelers — most islands in the Caribbean were unaffected or had only minimal damage from the hurricanes.

Celebrity Cruises is doing its part to help this region by providing aid to islands needing relief while also continuing to sail to the islands that are able to accommodate visitors since many residents of these islands depend on tourism to make a livelihood.

So where can you sail this winter to find some sunshine and sandy beaches?

Here are some choices:

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise: Enjoy Thanksgiving at sea on this cruise that departs San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 18, 2017. You’ll visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, and Grenada before returning to San Juan.

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise: Relax after the Thanksgiving chaos on this roundtrip cruise that departs November 25, 2017, also from San Juan, Puerto Rico. You’ll stop at ports in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Sail away on the Celebrity Silhouette as it journeys roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visits ports in Puerto Rico, and St. Kitts and Nevis, plus provides two blissful days at sea.

11-Night Dutch Antilles Caribbean Cruise: Experience the Dutch Antilles and beyond on this longer cruise vacation that sails from San Juan and visits the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Curacao, Bonaire, and an overnight stay in Aruba. This tropical cruise departs December 12, 2017.

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise: Depart from Miami, Florida on December 16, 2017, and sail around the exciting islands of the Western Caribbean on board the Celebrity Equinox. Caribbean ports of call you’ll visit include Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and a stop in Key West, Florida, before returning to Miami.

10-Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: On this exotic cruise, you’ll spend two days sailing at sea and enjoying ocean views before visiting ports in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the U.S. Virgin Islands before enjoying another two relaxing days at sea on board the luxurious Celebrity Reflection. This sailing departs December 8, 2017, from Fort Lauderdale.

Special Resident Rates

As for that special deal mentioned at the top of this post, stay in an oceanview stateroom or higher category and take advantage of low resident rate pricing on the above sailings and other Caribbean itineraries. These special resident rates are only available for a limited time and are applicable for all west coast states.

To see all the itineraries available for these low resident rates and the special pricing, click here.

How You Can Help Islands Affected by the Hurricane

While the above mentioned islands and other Caribbean islands are ready to greet cruise passengers, there are parts of the Caribbean that are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Celebrity Cruises has a hurricane relief program that will match contributions up to one million dollars. To make a contribution and help the Caribbean islands affected by the hurricanes rebuild and recover, click here.

Where in the World Wednesday: October 11, 2017

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

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This isolated capital city is the fourth most populous city in its country. Famous for a 19th century gold rush, this city averages just 31 degrees, but is one of the sunniest capital cities in the world. This city also ranks as one of the top cities in the world in terms of self-made millionaires per capital. There is a famous wine region less than three hours from this city.

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Photo by Alan Isherwood (via Flickr)

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Perth, Australia

Perth is the capital and largest city in Western Australia with a population of two million. Perth is actually closer to Bali, Indonesia, than it is to Sydney and is situated at 31° latitude. Celebrity Cruises sails from Fremantle, located a half hour from Perth.

Cruise Port of Call Spotlight: Malaga, Spain

Malaga isn’t as well known as some of Spain’s other hot spots, but you don’t want to overlook this cruise port located on Spain’s southern coast that is an ideal starting point for exploring the Andalusia region of Spain. Not only is the city of Malaga adjacent to the Costa del Sol stretch of coastline with its gorgeous beaches, but it is also in close proximity to some of Spain’s most desirable attractions.

The Port of Malaga

Before we get into all those sites, here’s what you need to know about arriving in port in Malaga.

The cruise port is modern and is less than two miles from the city center. Cruise ships anchor for the day on the Eastern dock. You can easily walk to the city center from the cruise port or take a shuttle that drops you off in Plaza de la Marina, a large and pretty square located in the city center. Another option is to sign up for a Malaga shore excursion through the cruise line, which takes some of the hassle out of your day.

What to During a Malaga Port of Call

If you’re in a beach mood, take a taxi or excursion if offered to one of Malaga’s sandy beaches. You can also walk along the main boulevard of Costa del Sol for some seafood and souvenir shopping.

If you’re curious about the actual city of Malaga, the Malaga City Tour shore excursion is a great way to spend your day. You’ll learn what makes this Phoenician founded city great. The origins of Malaga date back to the 8th century and during your tour of the city you’ll learn about its history and gothic and renaissance influences plus see its best sites, including the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.

If you’d rather explore one of Spain’s other iconic sites or charming villages, you’re still in an ideal port to do so. Two of the most popular excursions outside the city of Malaga are to Alhambra Palace or the village of Mijas.

Alhambra Palace is one of Spain’s most popular sites to visit for travelers and for good reason – the 14th century palace is a Moorish architecture marvel. Upon arriving at this UNESCO World Heritage Site you’ll first be awed by the cupolas and ornate décor on the outside of the palace buildings. Inside, you’ll be mesmerized by mosaics, latticework, wood-carved ceilings, and a variety of artwork. The gardens are also impressive to walk around and feature flowers and fountains amid a series of scenic pathways.

Visit Alhambra Palace on a shore excursion and get the added bonus of hearing about its history from a local guide.

Mijas is home to cobblestoned terraces and whitewashed buildings situated 1,280 feet above sea level. From Mijas you’ll be able to see panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside. On the Village of Mijas shore excursion you’ll be escorted through the village with a knowledgeable guide who will tell you the vast history of the village and escort you the best historic sites and viewpoints in the area.

Cruise Itineraries that Visit Malaga

Celebrity Cruises ship sailing a Mediterranean itinerary.

When looking for a Celebrity Cruises sailing that visits Malaga, look for Mediterranean itineraries that focus on the western side of the Mediterranean Sea. Some options coming up include:

Best of Western Mediterranean: An 11-night itinerary on board the Celebrity Reflection that sails roundtrip from Rome, Italy and visits Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Malaga, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Ibiza, Spain; Barcelona, Spain (with an overnight there!); Nice, France; and Florence, Italy.

Western Mediterranean Cruise: A 12-night cruise that focuses on Spain, France, and Italy. The sailing departs from Barcelona, Spain and travels to Valencia, Spain; Alicante, Spain; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Malaga, Spain; Provence, France; Nice, France; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; and Naples, Italy, before returning to Barcelona. There are also a couple of days at sea which give you an opportunity to relax and explore the gorgeous Celebrity Eclipse you’ll be sailing on.

To book your Mediterranean cruise that stops in Malaga, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: October 4, 2017

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Originally built as a Roman city founded in the 3rd century BC, this city shares its name with cities in the United States, Sweden and Panama. There are ten Statues of Liberty in this country, five of which are in this city. There are more than 6,100 streets here, the shortest measuring just 18 feet. 

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Paris, France

Paris is the capital and most populous city in France with a population of 2.3 million people.
A list of must-see sites in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, a cruise on the River Seine, Musee d’Orsay, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Paris Catacombs, and a day trip to Versailles.

What to Expect from a Galapagos Cruise: Tips and Itineraries

Travel to the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises for Unforgettable Experiences

Traveling to the Galapagos is a bucket list item for many people. The Galapagos Islands are full of rugged beauty and wildlife both in and out of the sea. Located off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are accessible by boat and a cruise there is an amazing way to experience it.

Cruise to the Galapagos on Celebrity Xpedition

Because this region is so special, Celebrity Cruises even has a special fleet of ships for it that are small ships and built to be able to ideally navigate the volcanic archipelago where the Galapagos Islands are located.

What You’ll See During a Galapagos Cruise

Iguana in the Galapagos

The animals that live in the Galapagos have an enviable home since the way the archipelago and islands are situated means they’re protected from certain predators, giving them the freedom to frolic in the waves and on land. You’ll get the chance to snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, smile at colorful birds (including the dancing blue-footed booby, marvel at large iguanas, and admire the Galapagos’ famous giant tortoises – and that’s just some of the animals you may see. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales, too.

Giant tortoises in the Galapagos, which you can see during a vacation with Celebrity Cruises

From a scenery perspective, you won’t be disappointed on a Galapagos cruise. The islands of the Galapagos are made up of mesmerizing black volcanic rock and vibrant fields of green. Combine that with the contrast of the deep blue-green ocean lapping at the shores of the islands and you’ll have plenty of photo ops to take your camera out for.

Galapagos Cruise Itineraries

When cruising to the Galapagos, you can choose an Outer Loop itinerary or a Southern Loop itinerary. Many of the ports of call are similar, but the Outer Loop will travel to the islands of Floreana and Espanola (which you may want to prioritize visiting if you want to see the Waved Albatross) while the Inner Loop skips those islands and visits Santiago Island (which is bypassed on the Outer Loop). There is also the Southern Loop itinerary that typically bypasses the northern part of Isabella Island and instead includes ports of call on San Cristobal island. The Northern Loops itineraries include a jaunt up to Darwin Bay.

All cruises depart straight from the Galapagos and Celebrity Cruises will help arrange your airfare from Quito, Ecuador to the embarkation port.

You can also turn your Galapagos cruise into a cruisetour package that visits Peru and Machu Picchu or Quito, Ecuador before or after your cruise.

What Your Onboard Experience Will Be Like During a Galapagos Cruise

Celebrity Cruises has three ships that sail the Galapagos: Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xploration, and Celebrity Xperience.

Celebrity Xpedition

Celebrity Xpedition

The Celebrity Xpedition is the largest of the three ships and the original Celebrity Cruises Galapagos ship. Though it’s larger (carrying 100 passengers), Celebrity Xpedition is still a small ship experience so you won’t find dozens of restaurants and lounges on board like you may have come to expect from other cruises. Instead, you’ll find that the ship is tailored to be an accent to the destination and improve your experience in the Galapagos by providing an up-close, in-depth journey through the region. The common rooms and staterooms and suites are all luxuriously appointed and guests are provided with an all-inclusive vacation experience while on board.

For dining you’ll be served delicious cuisine in Darwin’s Restaurant each day where you can sit on your own or with new friends. The cuisine often includes local fruits and vegetables and freshly caught fish by Galapagos fishermen. You can also choose to dine in your room and take advantage of the room service or in-suite dining options.

When it’s time to relax you can head to the Discovery Lounge for good drinks and live music or the Panorama Deck for fresh air and gorgeous scenery. To really unwind head to the hot tub on the Sunset Deck or take advantage of the onboard massage service.

Celebrity Xperience

Celebrity Xperience Cruise Ship Sails to Galapagos

The Celebrity Xperience is a newly refurbished ship that has 24 double occupancy staterooms. Each stateroom is stylishly decorated and has ocean views. When you’re not relaxing in your stateroom you can mingle with other guests in the comfortable lounge bar or cozy library.

The dining room has laidback elegance and serves three buffet-style meals a day that include high-quality, sustainable seafood and other cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. You can also partake in al fresco dining on deck for breakfast and lunch or on select nights for Dinner Under the Stars.

Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration ship provides trip to the Galapagos Islands in stylish comfort.

The Celebrity Xploration is the smallest of the three Celebrity ships that sail around the Galapagos. Holding just 16 guests, Celebrity Xploration provides an intimate journey to the sights of the Galapagos Islands. Each of the eight staterooms provide ocean views via a window or veranda and are luxuriously appointed.

Celebrity Xploration also features an inviting sun deck, relaxing lounge, al fresco dining for breakfast and lunch, and a sunny dining room that serves fresh ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible.

One more neat thing about Celebrity Xploration: it was recently announced that Nathaly Albán was named captain of Celebrity Xploration, which continues Celebrity Cruises’ dedication to advancing the role of women in leadership. This will be the first time in cruise industry history that a female seafarer will navigate the archipelago of the Galapagos as captain.

Included on All Celebrity Cruises to the Galapagos

Galagos Excursion
Galagos Excursion

Galapagos cruises are all-inclusive with Celebrity Cruises. That means all meals, drinks, and gratuities are included in the price of your cruise plus two daily guided excursions and shore landings. You’ll also get complimentary Wifi service while on board. In addition, your adventures off the ship will be even easier to have thanks to free use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, walking sticks, and binoculars.

Those wanting to learn more about the incredible region you’re sailing around will love the fact that certified naturalists from the Galapagos National Park will be traveling with you on your cruise. You can listen to lectures given by them during your cruise or chat with them in the dining room or lounge.

Book Your Galapagos Cruise

Interested in booking a cruise to Galapagos? Plan ahead and don’t wait to reserve your spot. Galapagos cruises often sell out months, and even years, in advance. To book your Galapagos cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: September 27, 2017

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A famous Benedictine Monk, the youngest of seven children, was born in this small town in the mid 1600s. He made a name for himself by greatly improving the quality of local wine. He worked as a cellar master caring for the medieval monastery’s food, ale and wine. Today his name is synonymous with the finest wine. In addition to wine, this town prides itself in producing quality pig trotters, also known as pig’s feet.

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Sainte-Menehould, Champagne, France

Sainte-Menehould is a commune in the Champagne province located in north-eastern France, about 115 miles east of Paris. Sainte-Menehould is the birthplace of French Benedictine Monk Dom Pérignon. The famous champagne Dom Pérignon is named for him. The remains of the monastery where he spent his adult life is now the property of the winery that produces Dom Pérignon, Moët & Chandon.

Cruise Port of Call Spotlight: Sitka, Alaska

Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska During a Cruise

Sitka is a small port town located in southeast Alaska on an outer island just slightly southwest of Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. Sitka is known for its beauty – thick spruce forests line the perimeter of the coast and the water of the calm Sitka Sound glimmers under the vast Alaskan sky.

For animal lovers, Sitka is an especially exceptional port of call since it provides many opportunities to get up close to a variety of animals.

Sitka’s History

Sitka has an interesting historical aspect as well. It was controlled by Russia until the mid-1800s and you’ll see Russian influence in the architecture of the city center and through performances by local dancers and artists that pay homage to Russian culture. Long before Russia and America ever made its mark in Sitka, though, the land served as the home for the Tlingit clan. You can still find an incredible array of Tlingit culture in Sitka today, including hand-carved totem poles and traditional clan houses.

Top Sitka Things to Do: Easy to Do via Shore Excursions

Here are some ideas on what you can do during a day in port in Sitka with Celebrity Cruises.

Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure

This excursion gets you out onto the water in a thrilling way. You’ll start your day with a boat ride to a base camp and during the boat ride, you may even see whales and other sea creatures.

Once at the base camp, you’ll get situated in a two-person kayak and paddle off to explore a protected cove located near Sitka. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the scenery while you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife both under and above the sea.

Alaska Raptor Center and Cultural Discovery

See one of Alaska’s most coveted residents, the bald eagle, and learn about the cultural background of Sitka on this in-depth excursion.

You’ll first take a motor coach ride along a scenic roadway during which you can take in the rugged scenery before arriving at the Alaska Raptor Center, a sanctuary that is home to a number of bald eagles. You’ll tour the facility and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation side of the sanctuary, plus have time to tour the flight center and outside deck habitat area. After learning much more about these amazing birds, you’ll head onto the Sitka National Historical Park.

Sitka National Historical Park is on the land where the 1804 “Battle of Sitka” was fought between Russian settlers and the Tlingit clan. Today, you can see many historical and cultural sights in the park, including totem poles and carving rooms along with other cultural exhibits.

Next you’ll head to a folk dance and song performance before ending your day in downtown Sitka at St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church which is home to impressive Icon Artwork from the 16th century.

Sea Otters, Raptors, and Bears Oh My

This tour also takes you to the Alaska Raptor Center, but eagles aren’t the only native Alaska wildlife you’ll see during your day in Sitka if you opt for the Sea Otters, Raptors, and Bears Oh My shore excursion. You’ll also get the fun adventure of boarding a catamaran cruise and taking it around Sitka Sound, where you’ll likely see sea otters frolicking in the water. You also may see whales, seals, porpoises, and sea lions. During the cruise you’ll also learn about Alaska’s water ecosystem from a naturalist guide.

Back on land, you’ll be introduced to the Alaskan brown bear at the Fortress of the Bear rescue center. You’ll learn interesting facts about the Alaskan brown bear while viewing orphaned bears from the observation deck.

Sitka Salmon Sportfishing

Sitka Sound is home to a large number of salmon and sportfishing is a fun pastime to do while in port. You’ll take off in a sportfish cruiser to a prime fishing spot where you can try and reel in a fish. You can either catch and release the fish, or opt to have it professionally processed and shipped back to your home to enjoy eating after your trip.

To book your Alaska cruise to Sitka, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: September 20, 2017

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This port city is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the largest metropolitan areas in its country. It gets its name from the stone reefs found by the city’s shores.

Its Historic Center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts over 20 museums, nearly 40 art galleries and 2 Orchestra houses.

Due to the city’s proximity to the equator, the weather is generally warm. Here you will find numerous islands, rivers, waterways and bridges that intersect with the city and which gave it the nickname of the “Venice” of its country. There is an absence of extreme temperatures here with a cool breeze from trade winds.

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Photo by TravelingOtter (via Flickr)

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Recife, Brazil

Recife, pronounced (‘heh-see-fee’), is located in northeast Brazil and is the capital of Pernambuco. Recife is known for an exciting nightlife and cultural scene plus its yearly Carnaval. Recife is a coastal city and gets its name from the recifes (reefs) located offshore from the city. Recife is also located close to the historic town of Olinda. The historic center of Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

4 Reasons to Cruise this Fall

Missed Your Chance to Cruise this Summer? Here’s why a Fall Cruise Should Be on Your Radar

Summertime means peak travel time for lots of people, but if you missed out on a summer vacation this year, don’t fret. You still have time for an incredible cruise vacation before the year is over and here’s why a fall cruise may be even better, including great deals.

Weather is Still Nice, But Not Blisteringly Hot

Visit Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy during a Europe summer cruise.

The weather in the summer months can be incredibly hot in some cruise regions, particularly in the Mediterranean region of Europe. If you’re not one for sweating out your shore excursions, take a fall cruise during which you should still encounter decent weather, but with much milder temperatures.

Popular Destinations are Not as Crowded

The fall cruise season will take you around the world during what’s known as shoulder season in the tourism industry. Shoulder season refers to the couple of months immediately before or after the summer season when the weather is still nice and tourism is still often in full swing, but on a much smaller scale. Since not as many people are able to travel during shoulder season – or prefer not to if they desire hot weather – there are fewer crowds in popular tourist destinations, meaning more space for you to explore your surroundings.

Canada and New England Fall Cruises

You don’t have to travel far for a memorable cruise vacation. Head to the east coast of America and embark on a fall foliage cruise. The northeast region of the United States and southeast area of Canada is known for its incredible leaf colors in autumn. Shades of crimson, gold, and orange dazzle locals and travelers alike every year. Leaf chasers will get lots of opportunities to see a variety of fall foliage views on the cruise thanks to ports of call in Cape Liberty, New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; and Quebec City, Quebec. In addition to spotting lovely leaves, you’ll also get the chance to explore these historic and beautiful towns.

Great Fall Cruise Deals

Couple on balcony sailing onboard Celebrity Cruises

The shoulder season aspect of the fall travel season means it’s also possible to find great deals due to demand not being as high.

Also, Celebrity Cruises currently has the World is Open Sale going on for a limited time. This sale lets cruisers who book oceanview staterooms or higher accommodation categories pick two free perks to enhance their cruise vacation. Plus, additional guests beyond the first two in your room save 50% on their cruise fares. This makes it a great time to finally plan that trip you’ve been talking about doing with friends or family members.

The perks you can choose from include:

  • Free Classic Beverage Package (which includes alcoholic drinks!)
  • Free Unlimited Wi-Fi (stay connected and upload all those amazing vacation pictures you’ll be taking to Instagram and Facebook!)
  • $150 to Spend Onboard (you can use it toward spa treatments, specialty restaurants, shore excursions, and much more)
  • Prepaid Tips (save on the daily recommended gratuity while on board)

Do all these perks sound great to you? Book a Suite Class accommodation and the first two guests get all four perks, with an upgrade to a Premium Beverage Package. Plus, any additional guests in your suite will still save the 50% off their cruise fare.

Ready to take advantage of this special offer and book your fall cruise? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.