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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.

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.

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.

Summer Savings Event from Celebrity Cruises — Don’t Miss It!

This summer doesn’t even officially start for another week, but it’s already time to get into the summer mood, especially where your summer vacation is concerned – and the sooner the better. Why is that? Because Celebrity Cruises has an incredible Summer Savings Event deal going on right now, which offers incredible savings for every person in every stateroom on nearly every sailing departing from July 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019.

Cruise ship in the Caribbean, St. Maarten

This means you can book a last minute summer vacation for 2017 or wait and book a vacation next year…and book it on Celebrity’s newest ship, Celebrity Edge! This cutting edge ship is going to be bringing modern luxury and 5-star amenities to the Caribbean Sea starting in December 2017. To find out more about Celebrity Edge, including its innovative Magic Carpet lounge and restaurant, click here.

Celebrity Edge is Celebrity Cruises' newest ship.
Celebrity Edge: the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises

The Summer Savings Event sale comes in two parts: cash savings and perks.

Save up to $200

The first two passengers in a stateroom or suite can save up to $200 on their cruise. The savings differ depending what category of room you book, and are per person:

  • $50 savings for inside staterooms
  • $100 savings for ocean view or veranda staterooms
  • $150 for Concierge Class or AquaClass staterooms
  • $200 for Suite Class staterooms

Free Perk (aka Free Drinks!)

Also as part of the Summer Savings Event, you’ll get to choose one of Celebrity Cruises’ amazing “perks” when you book an ocean view stateroom or higher. There are four different perks.

Enjoy a drink on the Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club.

The first perk option is a popular one if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages while on vacation as it is the free Classic Beverage Package Perk, which gets you unlimited drinks each day of your cruise that includes wines, domestic beers, and liquor drinks up to $9.

Don’t think you’ll make much use of the beverage package? No worries. You can choose from one of these other three perks:

  • $150 Onboard Credit: You’ll get $150 to spend while on board that can cover a spa treatment, specialty restaurants, shore excursions, drinks, and more.
  • Prepaid Tips: This option prepays your tips at Celebrity Cruises’ suggested daily rate for your stateroom attendant, dining waiter, assistant waiter, and headwaiter.
  • Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Package: Need to stay connected while you sail? This is a great perk option for you then.

The third and fourth passengers in a stateroom get a free Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and a 40-minute Internet package.

More Perks for Suite Guests!

Stay in a suite for your cruise and get all four perks, which gives your vacation a luxurious, all-inclusive feel. Relaxing indeed.

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

So where should you cruise this summer with all these savings?

Alaska cruises only operate from May to September so are a good choice for an unforgettable summer sailing. There are still some staterooms left on the Alaska cruises out of Seattle, which is a convenient embarkation port for west coasters to get to thanks to plenty of affordable flights up and down the coast. Click here to see some other itinerary options for Alaska.

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

Where should you cruise next year (or the year after)?

The Caribbean! Because that is where the Celebrity Edge will be sailing. 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.

Where else should you cruise?

Exploring Santorini, Greece, while in port with Celebrity Cruises.
Santorini, Greece

Northern Europe and the Mediterranean are much-loved cruise destinations. Visit gorgeous cities like Helsinki, Finland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Hamburg, Germany (just to name a few!) in northern Europe while sailing the Baltic Sea, or live life la dolce vita at an assortment of cruise ports around Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and beyond.

The South Pacific is also becoming a hot destination for cruising, particularly itineraries that stop in the beautiful country of New Zealand, which became a must-visit destination for travelers after the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy came out and New Zealand’s popularity hasn’t waned thanks to vibrant cities and intoxicating natural scenery.

To book your cruise and take advantage of the Summer of Savings event, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

For the complete terms and conditions for the Summer Savings Event, click here.

Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea on Celebrity Cruises

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

Presenting the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea

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

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

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

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

Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises
Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

A Special Cruise Offer Perfect for Families

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

The price saving per person breaks down to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panama Canal

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

Mediterranean

Explore destinations all over the world with Celebrity Cruises

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

Caribbean

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

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

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

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

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

5 Reasons You Should Book Your Summer Cruise Now

Are you over the rain and cold and already dreaming about a summer cruise vacation? Here’s why it’s time to stop dreaming and book that cruise right away (and then you can get back to daydreaming about lovely ports of call, sumptuous staterooms, gourmet cuisine, relaxing spa treatments….the list goes on and on).

Enjoy a drink on the Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club.

Huge Savings

You might be thinking of waiting to book your cruise because then you can get a last-minute deal. Well, maybe there’ll be a last-minute deal, but do you really want t risk your summer vacation budget on that? Especially when booking now means you can take advantage of spectacular savings like Celebrity Cruises’ amazing Sail Beyond Event. This special offer was just extended, which is lucky for you if you didn’t take advantage of it before because this is one stellar deal. The Sail Beyond Event applies to nearly every sailing Celebrity Cruises offers. Here are the savings you’ll get (based on double occupancy):

  • Inside Stateroom: $50 per Person
  • Ocean View or Veranda Stateroom: $100 per Person + Two Free Perks
  • Concierge Class or AquaClass: $150 per Person + Two Free Perks
  • Suite Class: $200 per Person + Four Free Perks

Those free perks you get to choose from include:

  • Unlimited Internet Package for Two
  • Classic Beverage Package for Two
  • Prepaid Tips for Two
  • $300 to Spend Onboard for Two

If traveling with additional people in your stateroom, the third and fourth passengers get a free non-alcoholic beverage package and 40-minute Internet package.

To find out more about the Sail Beyond Event and start browsing sailings around the world, click here.

Itineraries Will Start Selling Out

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

Top sail dates and itineraries may start selling out soon which is another reason you don’t want to wait to book your dream summer cruise. Alaska in particular sells quickly each season. Curious what makes an Alaska cruise vacation such a popular summer vacation? Check out this article and you’ll soon be dreaming of heading north this summer, too.

Best Choice of Stateroom

Get your ideal stateroom by booking a cruise now, like this Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom
Get your ideal stateroom by booking a cruise now, like this Aqua Class Stateroom

Even if your preferred itinerary doesn’t look to be in danger of completely selling out, you may lose out on your preferred stateroom category by waiting to book.

Inside staterooms and ocean view staterooms tend to sell out more quickly for those looking to stay within a particular budget. However, if you’ve cruised before you also know the allure of having a veranda stateroom, which provides you with your own private balcony from which to watch the scenery sail by. Certain itineraries sometimes sell out of veranda staterooms faster than any other category since guests in the know want to be able to step straight from their stateroom into the outdoors and see the wild wonders of Alaska pass by or the awe-inspiring caldera of Santorini or any other of a number of incredible sights you’ll have the chance to see while sailing between ports.

Oh yes – and that brings us to another reason to book early. You want to not only get the stateroom category you desire, you also want to be able to choose where it’s located on board. Depending where you’re sailing, you may want to make sure you’re on the starboard side of the ship for best views instead of the port side, or vice versa. Even if you don’t care as much about the views, you may want to select a stateroom location that is closer to the elevators or on the same end as the lido deck or on a higher or lower deck depending on your preference. The possibility to be choosy in your stateroom category and location generally becomes less possible the closer you book to the sail date.

Other considerations to keep in mind for booking early when it comes to staterooms:

If you’re a spa lover, you also don’t want to miss out on the chance to stay in an AquaClass stateroom, while travelers who like extra services and amenities will want to book early to ensure they can stay in and take advantage of the perks that come along with a Concierge Class stateroom.

Those looking to pamper themselves with a stay in one of Celebrity Cruises’ decadent suites (which are value-heavy thanks to those four free perks mentioned above) won’t want to miss out on their first choice of suite type (read about them here!). Booking your summer cruise right now means you can reserve your dream suite before someone else does.

Celebrity Cruises Reflection Suite
The beautiful Reflection Suite.

Better Airfare Deals

Though Celebrity Cruises does have some homeport cruises ideal for west coasters to drive to, there’s a good chance you’ll have to fly to your cruise embarkation port. Booking now not only means taking advantage of cruise specials and prime stateroom locations, it also means you can start searching for the best available airfare. Last minute flights tend to be expensive so the closer you wait until summer to book your cruise vacation, the more likely it is you’ll have to pay a premium to actually get to that cruise. Celebrity Cruises also makes air travel booking easy for you with the ChoiceAir program.

So You Can Start Getting Excited!

Explore destinations all over the world with Celebrity Cruises

The earlier you book, the more you get to experience the thrill of anticipation in waiting for your vacation to arrive. It will make sitting at your desk each day much easier if you know you have a fun, relaxing cruise coming up.

Plus, booking earlier gives you plenty of time to meticulously plan your days in port and time on the ship to make sure you are aware of all your options and don’t get anxious about missing out on anything. Advance planning means you can pre-book shore excursions and get on your top choices before they sell out. It also gives you time to research the cities you’re visiting and find special gems you must see while there. Once you have your booking confirmation, you’ll also be able to start making specialty restaurant reservations, spa appointments, and other special experiences on board. Or spend your days leading up to your vacation perusing your ship’s deck plans and figuring out which lounges you’ll visit first.

Ready to book your dream summer cruise on Celebrity Cruises? Visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

New Year, New Sale — Now’s the Time to Book Your Cruise!

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a great start to 2017. We are here to make it a little better. How’s that you ask? Because Celebrity Cruises is having an amazing, never-before-seen sale until the end of February.

Every stateroom gets special savings for sailings to the majority of Celebrity Cruises’ destinations plus free perks for ocean view staterooms and higher.

Celebrity Cruises Special Offer

(Click here to see additional details and terms.)

To celebrate this awesome deal and the new year, we thought we’d highlight some of our top posts from 2016 which will give you some ideas on the destinations you can visit to take advantage of this deal.

What European Cruise Port Should You Visit?

Why Celebrity Cruises is a Great Vacation for Families

Why Summer is the Perfect Time to Cruise to Europe

Why a Panama Canal Cruise is Great for West Coasters

What to Expect on a Cruise to Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Why You’ll Want to Sail Away on Celebrity Equinox Caribbean Cruise 

Visit the Canadian Rockies During a Celebrity Cruisetour

Drive to Your Next Vacation Thanks to West Coast Cruise Departures

Winter is Coming…So Cruise to These Exotic Destinations

Wine Regions You Can Visit with Celebrity Cruises

Why You Should Cruise to a New Country in 2017

Which destination do you most want to visit in 2017? 

How to Get the Best Cruise Deals + Season of Savings

Everyone likes a deal, including west coasters. Here are some ways to get a deal on your next cruise, plus one special offer going on right now that you don’t want to miss.

Book a Cruise That Departs Close to Home

There are numerous cruises that depart from west coast USA ports, which you can read more about here. Choose one of these cruises and you’ll automatically be getting a better deal than non-west coasters because you won’t have to pay for airfare, or your airfare will likely be quite inexpensive if it’s just an hour flight to get to your embarkation port (such as flying from LAX to Seattle for an Alaska cruise, or San Francisco to San Diego for a Panama Canal cruise).

Take Advantage of ChoiceAir

If you are flying far for your cruise, make sure to look into Celebrity Cruises’ ChoiceAir program when booking. Not only can ChoiceAir flights save you money off the total price of your vacation, but it also gives you peace of mind since you’ll be assisted to get on other flights if yours is delayed for any reason — this helps ensure you get to your ship on time.

Talk to Your Local Travel Agent

A travel agent will know about special regional offers going on for the cruise on which you want to sail away. They also may be able to get you access to bonus amenities you otherwise wouldn’t know about.

Book a Last-Minute Cruise

Last-minute cruise deals can sometimes be found depending on the itinerary and exactly how last-minute it is (don’t wait until two days before a cruise departs and expect to get on one).

However, there are benefits to planning ahead if you know there’s a particular cruise you want to go on. These benefits often include better choice of stateroom, better airfare (particularly true for west coasters who want to fly to Europe for a Mediterranean or Baltic cruise), and more time to plan out your activities to do in port and on the ship. Plus, one more reason to book ahead for that cruise you’ve been eyeing right now is the…

Season of Savings Event

Book now through November 30, 2016, with Celebrity Cruises and take advantage of the Season of Savings Event. This special offer can save you up to $400 on your cruise and can be applied to nearly every sailing Celebrity’s currently offering. Here’s the amount you can save per person (based on double occupancy) depending on which stateroom you stay in:

  • Suite Class Stateroom: Save $400
  • Concierge Class and Aqua Class Staterooms: Save $300
  • Ocean View and Veranda Staterooms: Save $200
  • Inside Staterooms: Save $100

These are some of the best savings you’ll find all year on Celebrity Cruises! You’ll also get additional free perks if you book an ocean view stateroom or higher that could be a Classic Beverage Package (that includes alcoholic drinks), Unlimited Internet package, prepaid gratuities, or $300 to spend on board – best of all, you get to choose which perk you want plus some stateroom categories get multiple perks.

To learn more about the Season of Savings Event and start browsing destinations you could be vacationing in soon, click here or speak with your travel agent.

Cruising on Celebrity This Holiday Season

Spend the Holidays in the Caribbean with this Spectacular Cruise Deal from Celebrity Cruises

You’ve probably heard of Christmas in July sales – think of this as Christmas in August (plus Hanukkah and New Year’s!) thanks to the incredible deals Celebrity Cruises is having on itineraries departing in December 2016 and sailing over Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s. What’s so great about these offers that it will have you bidding your typical holiday plans good-bye and jetting off to the Caribbean? Read on to find out.

The Perks Double…and Even Quadruple

You may have heard about our “Free Perk” deal, an ongoing offer that lets you choose from four stellar offers the one that is the best fit for you when you book an oceanview stateroom or above. These perks include a free Classic Beverage Package (which includes alcoholic beverages), free unlimited Internet package (via Celebrity’s innovative Xcelerator high-speed Internet service), $300 credit to spend onboard (think spa treatments, specialty dining, shore excursions), or free gratuities (yup, gratuities for your cabin steward and other staff are added onto your booking cost in one convenient daily fee – this perk covers that). Depending on which one you choose, you can save hundreds off the total cost of your vacation.

Right now, when you book a cruise before August 31 that departs between December 18 and December 31, you get to pick TWO of these perks. Or if you really want a memorable holiday, book one of Celebrity’s sumptuous suites and get all four perks (this is an ongoing offer).

But wait, sail to the Caribbean over the holidays and you don’t have to book a suite to get all four perks if you book before the end of this month. Stay in a blissful AquaClass or Concierge Class verandah stateroom and you’ll also get all four perks. (Though still check out the suites – they’re pretty amazing.) This is an amazing value-add that will make your cruise feel all-inclusive while you experience the spa-centric AquaClass or newly enhanced Concierge Class of staterooms onboard.

So now you’re probably daydreaming over the thought of spending your holiday sitting on your own veranda, sipping a cappuccino or glass of wine, and watching the turquoise Caribbean sea ripple past you…but are worried there might not be enough room in your budget for that AquaClass, Concierge Class, or Suite Class accommodation. Luckily, here’s one more benefit of this deal. If you book an oceanview stateroom before the end of this month, you’ll get an automatic upgrade to a veranda stateroom.

Reduced Deposit and 3rd and 4th Passengers

We’re not done with the Caribbean holiday special yet! Book now or by August 31, 2016 and you’ll also only have to put down 50% of the typical deposit to secure your stateroom onboard.

In addition, over the holidays, we know you often will be traveling with children or other family members and we haven’t forgotten about them either. Many of our staterooms can sleep three or four (and sometimes even more) passengers. If you’re traveling with such a group, those extra passengers also get some perks since additional guests in a triple, quad, family or suite stateroom (3rd/4th/5th guests) receive a Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and 40-minute Internet package as part of this deal.

A Capella Singers on board Celebrity Solstice
A cappella carolers onboard a Celebrity Cruises ship.

You know what makes this holiday deal special, now find out what makes a holiday cruise so special while onboard.

  • Enjoy stunning decorations throughout the ship.
  • On itineraries sailing over Hanukkah, there will a Rabbi onboard for nightly services and you can also participate in the lighting of the menorah
  • Savor delicious holiday meals and traditional dishes with no prep or clean up to worry about.
  • A variety of holiday shows and entertainment, including strolling carolers.
  • Shop for gifts at fashionable boutiques on board and in exotic destinations
  • Special gifts and activities planned just for kids, including gifts from Santa.
  • On itineraries sailing over New Year’s Eve, ring in the New Year at a multi-venue, Gala Celebration while outfitted with tiaras, hats, horns and confetti, and dance under the balloon drop with Champagne at midnight.
Spend the holidays on a Caribbean beach this year.
Spend the holidays on a Caribbean beach this year.

To find out more about the ports of call these Caribbean sailings will be cruising to, click on the itinerary below that best fits your schedule and the holiday you want to celebrate at sea.

Celebrity Cruises Hanukkah and Christmas Sailings

8-Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 18 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 24 from Miami, Florida

7-Night Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 24 from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Celebrity Cruises New Year Sailings

9-Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 30 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

7-Night Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 31 from Miami, Florida

7-Night Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 31 from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Longer Itineraries Over Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s

14-Night Ultimate Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 19 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

12-Night Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise departing December 21 from Miami, Florida

Which itinerary sounds best to you? With relaxing destinations, onboard celebrations, free perks and upgrades, this is one gift you don’t want to miss out on giving yourself this holiday season. Book your cruise today (or at least by August 31, 2016 so you don’t miss out on this Caribbean holiday cruise deal) by speaking with your travel agent or visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com.