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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.

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.

 

Where to Travel the Last Half of 2017

2017 is already half way over, but that still leaves plenty of time to fit in a vacation that will keep this year memorable for you. Not sure where to go? Here are some great ideas on where to travel during the last half of 2017, whether you’re looking for a winter getaway or a last minute summer cruise.

Keep Chasing the Warm Weather in 2017

If you’re already dreading the end of summer, keep the sunshine continuing with a cruise to a tropical or exotic destination.

The last half of 2017 is going to bring colder weather for most residents of the west coast. Luckily, the Caribbean isn’t too far away. Escape to the gorgeous islands of the Caribbean when the weather starts getting really bad in November and December before the craziness of the holidays hits on these sailings:

  • 12-Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: Departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; St. George’s, Grenada; Bridgetown, Barbados; Roseau, Dominica; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • 10-Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: Departs from Fort Lauderdale with stops in St. Johns, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
  • 11-Night Dutch Antilles Caribbean Cruise: Departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and visits St. Croix, USVI; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Johns, Antigua; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Kralendijk, Bonaire; and Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas.

Been there, done that when it comes to the Caribbean? Consider traveling to the desert….in Asia. This Arabian Coast Immersion cruise from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will have you the envy of all your friends when you come back talking about seeing the wonders and scenery found in Muscat, Oman; Sir Bani Yas, UAE; Dubai, UAE; and multiple nights in port in Abu Dhabi.

That’s not the only cruise you can do in Asia out of Abu Dhabi. This roundtrip Arabian Sea and India Cruise which sails from Abu Dhabi in December is a unique way to see Goa, India; Mumbai, India; Muscat, Oman; and Dubai, UAE.

Always dreamed of visiting Southeast Asia? The 14-night Southeast Asia Immersion Cruise departing on December 10 on Celebrity Millennium from Singapore visits Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Hanoi, Vietnam, before ending in Hong Kong, China.

You can also make your Southeast Asia vacation a holiday cruise by getting on the ship when it’s in Hong Kong on December 24 and sailing on a roundtrip cruise that visits Hanoi (and Halong Bay), Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hualien; Taiwan; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Another “it” destination to go to during the remainder of 2017 is the Galapagos, and a cruise is an amazing way to see it, especially on Celebrity’s Xpedition cruise ship, a smaller ship that expertly navigates the waters and islands of the Galapagos.

If you’re looking to escape winter weather, keep in mind our winter is summer in the southern hemisphere, which you can take advantage of with a December cruise around New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand in particular has been growing in popularity as a travel destination since the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out and now is the time to get there before it becomes even more popular.

Last Minute Cruises this Summer

If you haven’t yet gone on a vacation this summer, but still want to go on one, a last-minute cruise may be the perfect solution for you.

Alaska cruises only run from May through September, making them an ideal choice for a summer vacation that you can’t do at another time of year. Though Alaska cruises tend to book up fast, you’re in luck — there are still some staterooms and suites available on summer cruises to Alaska. Check out these two Alaska itineraries sailing the end of August:

Europe is also a coveted place to travel in summer thanks to gorgeous weather and sunny seaside towns.

This last minute sailing to the Mediterranean departs from Rome, Italy, on July 31 and visits Florence, Italy; Nice, France; Barcelona, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Cartagena, Spain; and Ibiza, Spain.

Thinking you’d rather travel somewhere in northern Europe? This last minute 12-night itinerary departs from Amsterdam, Netherlands, this August and has ports of call in Inverness, Scotland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; and Bruges, Brussels.

Feeling overwhelmed about booking last minute airfare to Europe? Call Celebrity Air Agents or your travel agent and enquire about Celebrity’s ChoiceAir option that offers competitive rates for airfare and is easy to add onto your cruise booking.

To book your cruise or find out more information about 2017 sailings with Celebrity Cruises, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Port of Call Spotlight: Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is the name given to a tourist region of coastline in the Quintana Roo region of Mexico bordering the Caribbean Sea, located just north of Belize. Costa Maya is a unique cruise port in that the port area and pier was built entirely to cater to visitors. Unlike other cruise ports where you typically leave the port immediately upon arriving, you may find yourself wanting to spend the whole day in port in Costa Maya! Though there’s plenty to do beyond the port as well.

Costa Maya’s port was rebuilt after a hurricane in 2007 making it feel fresh and new. The port was built to reflect a small Mexican village and is full of shops, dining options, and even a large pool with a swim-up bar. There’s also a dolphin interaction experience and an adventure park nearby.

The adventure park, called the Lost Mayan Kingdom, is a great option for families or thrill seekers as it has a number of waterslides, zip lines, river tubing, and a pool and cenote to swim in.

The area around Costa Maya port was originally a fishing village and its small town, Mahahual, is still there and makes for a great way to spend your day. You can take a shore excursion to get there or take a quick taxi ride (just a few minutes) from the pier. In Mahahual you’ll find more shops and a gorgeous beach with lounge chairs you can rent.

Mahahual is also a great place to rent some snorkeling equipment and swim around in the water to view sea life as Costa Maya is adjacent to part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest reef in the world. You can also do a snorkeling shore excursion that will take you on a boat to a prime snorkeling spot on the reef.

While a big draw of Costa Maya is the water – from the sea to pools to water slides – that’s not all there is to do for adventure seekers. Those who want to see how ancient civilizations lived will be excited to know there is a shore excursion to Chacchoben Ruins, a lesser known, but still important ancient Mayan site in Mexico.

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

The other thing that makes Costa Maya such an alluring cruise destination is that it is one of the ports of call the Celebrity Edge (Celebrity Cruises newest cruise ship) will be making when it begins sailing at the end of 2018. One of the itineraries Celebrity Edge will offer is a 7-night Western Caribbean sailing that is scheduled to stop in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. 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 Eastern Caribbean and also visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

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 Costa Maya, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

What to Know About a Celebrity Cruises Vacation Package

Cruisetours, City Stays, and Explorations with Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises offers several different types of vacation packages depending how much time you have, where you want to go, and how guided you’d like your trip to be. But they all have one thing in common: a fabulous stay on land followed (or occasionally following) a modern luxury cruise at sea.

Here’s what you can expect on each of Celebrity’s vacation packages:

Cruisetours

Tour Director on the Wilderness Express, part of a Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour.
Train ride through Alaska’s interior.

Celebrity Cruises offers Cruisetours as part of its Alaska sailings. A Cruisetour combines a cruise with a small-group tour, which means you’ll spend your days on land with an expertly put together itinerary and a guide to make sure everything goes smoothly – plus plenty of free time to explore on your own.

As the U.S.A’s biggest state, Alaska has a lot to offer travelers, and a Cruisetour lets you explore both the coastal and interior regions of Alaska, or you can opt for a Cruisetour itinerary that lets you explore more of the large country to Alaska’s south: Canada.

Cruisetour Through Inland Alaska

You’ll take a train into the wilderness of Alaska and explore national parks, towering glaciers, and stay in rustic and luxurious lodges. A highlight for many exploring the interior of Alaska is a visit to Denali, home to America’s highest mountain peak.

Cruisetour Through the Canadian Rockies

When you add on a Canadian Rockies tour to your Alaska cruise departing from Vancouver, you’ll spend time touring some of Canada’s most spectacular cities, including Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, and Calgary, with some nature exploration thrown in. You can also choose a Cruisetour itinerary for the Canadian Rockies that puts more of a focus on some of Canada’s gorgeous national parks instead of cities.

To read more about Cruisetours, click here.

Also, a bonus for west coasters – these Cruisetours are often very easy to get to thanks to affordable flights up and down the west coast!

City Stays

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

For those who want a less intensive land stay before or after their cruise that still lets them have the chance to get an in-depth experience of one particular destination, a City Stay through Celebrity Cruises is an ideal option. A City Stay is offered in nearly all of Celebrity Cruises’ embarkation ports; in other words, the city where your cruise begins.

City Stays takes out the guess work and research for you about where to stay and sites to see you can’t miss because Celebrity Cruises has already figured it out for you.

You’ll stay for three nights in an ideally situated high-end hotel that includes breakfast. During your stay you’ll also get to take part in a fully guided day tour around the city with a destination expert who will tell you just about everything you could possibly want to know about the city you’re visiting and show you its top sites. You’ll also have an evening city tour option that includes a farewell dinner.

In addition to your tours and hotel stay, you’ll find convenience abounds on your City Stay since your hotel will have a Celebrity Cruises hospitality desk to assist you with any needs you may have. You’ll also have transfers to the hotel from the airport and then onto your ship when the City Stay portion of your vacation package ends, making for an even more relaxing, stress-free time.

A small sample of cities you can do a City Stay in before your cruise includes: Athens, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Rome, Singapore, and Sydney. Click here to see all the cities and read more about City Stays with Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Explorations

Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland

Like Cruisetours and City Stays, Celebrity Explorations itineraries let you see the world by both land and sea, making for a unique and memorable vacation. However, the Explorations differ a bit by taking places in a location completely different from where your cruise will be. You’ll fly to one place for an in-depth vacation on land, and then hop on another plane to get to your cruise in Europe. Where can you visit as part of the land portion of your Celebrity Explorations package? Iceland for hot springs and Northern Lights chasing or Tanzania for an African Safari.

During your Celebrity Explorations vacation, expert guides and cultural excursions will give you an in-depth view of what makes the place you’re visiting so special. With Celebrity Cruises Explorations you can also be assured that you’ll be traveling in luxury, whether going from port to port on a cruise ship or spending the night in an opulent hotel. To find out what else you can expect and to learn more about what you’ll see in Iceland or Tanzania, read our blog post all about Celebrity Explorations.

To book your Celebrity Cruises Vacation Package, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Evenings Around the World with Celebrity Cruises

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

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

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

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

Evening with Fado and Folklore

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

Slip Away to Harbor Nights

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

Dinner on the River Seine

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

Keep Greek Tradition Alive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fort Lauderdale Shore Excursions with Airport Transfers

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

Fort Lauderdale Land and Sea with Airport Transfer

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

Everglades Airboat Ride

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

 

Margaritaville Resort with Airport Drop Off

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

Book Your Celebrity Edge Cruise Today

Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.

Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Last Minute Trips for the Holiday Weekend and Summer

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

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

Paso Robles

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

Carlsbad

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

Palm Springs/Desert

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

Pacific Grove

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

Olympic National Park

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

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

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

Alaska

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

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

Mediterranean

Oia, Santorini
Oia, Santorini

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

Caribbean

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

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

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

Port of Call Spotlight: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

The Old Town Area of San Juan

Colorful Building in Old San Juan

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

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

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

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

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

The Fortresses of San Juan

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

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

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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

Castillo San Cristóbal Fort

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

The Beaches Near San Juan

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

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

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

Other Excursions to Do in Puerto Rico

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port of Call Spotlight: Rome, Italy

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

The Port for Rome: Civitavecchia

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

Things to Do in Rome

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

Colosseum

Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum

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

Roman Forum

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

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

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

Vatican City

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

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

Italian Coffee and Fashion

Cafe in Rome

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

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

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

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

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