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.
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.
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
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
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 Bike: Explore 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:
Thinking of journeying from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic for a Caribbean cruise, but not sure what islands to visit? We’re here to help. Here are some Caribbean islands you may love traveling to based off of your favorite west coast regions.
Southern California Lover? Explore Jamaica
Love the fun vibe in southern California where you may find yourself lounging on the beach one day, hiking the next day, and then partying it up in a cosmopolitan city like San Diego or LA that weekend? Then you’ll like visiting Jamaica where you can spend the day visiting Jamaica’s fun and scenic beaches or getting out into nature, such as a hike to Dunn’s River Falls or tubing through the White River Valley. Then there’s Jamaica’s vibrant cities. Depending where your cruise ship docks, you can explore the culture of Ocho Rios, Falmouth, or Montego Bay. San Diego is also known for its craft beer culture and you can take a break from walking city streets to sip on a Red Stripe, Jamaica’s local brewery, while on the island.
If you love jetting off to Hawaii every chance you get and are especially enthralled with the lushly green, mountainous landscape of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, then don’t discount the Caribbean islands, particularly St. Lucia. As soon as your ship pulls up to St. Lucia, you’ll see why it’s so special from a natural wonder perspective. Two tall green peaks jut up from the center of the island. These volcanic peaks are St. Lucia’s famous Pitons and they are incredible to behold. While in port, you can even hike part of those peaks. If you prefer seeing nature from the comfort of a beach lounge chair, head to Reduit Beach and take turns looking behind you to the jungle landscape and in front of you to the aquamarine ripples of the sea.
Love Exploring Seattle and the Eastside? Spend Time in St. Maarten / St. Martin
Visiting Seattle often doesn’t mean just visiting Seattle (though there is plenty to do in the Emerald City). You can also head east across Lake Washington to visit another downtown area: picturesque Bellevue. And while you’re on the Eastside, head into the Cascade Mountains and see roaring waterfalls and snow-tipped peaks. If you love the two atmospheres of the Seattle and Eastside areas, you’ll like the dichotomy of St. Maarten / St. Martin, the smallest island to be inhabited by two nations: French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. It’s easy to cross between the two sides and no matter which part of the island you’re on, 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. Head inland and you’ll find nature walks and ziplines over treetop canopies.
Dream of Central Coast California? Try Aruba
Arid climate, rugged coastline, and wineries characterize much of Central California. If you love visiting this region, consider a cruise that visits Aruba. Of all the islands in the Caribbean, Aruba averages one of the lowest rainfall amounts. This makes the island a bit different from other Caribbean islands – you’ll find less of the lush green scenery and instead see striking views of mahogany-rimmed rock and sand dunes — plus plenty of sandy beaches. The north end of the island is home to more secluded beaches which are mesmerizing with cliffy shoreline and big waves, while Palm Beach a bit farther south provides a more traditional beach for a day lying in the sun. Oranjestad (where your ship will pull into port) is a fun town to explore and though you won’t find wineries, you will find rum shops in town and the Palmera Rum Factory just outside of town, which you can tour.
Enjoy the Ease of Catalina Island? Visit the Bahamas
If you like Catalina Island because it’s easy to get to for a quick weekend away from southern California, then your Caribbean cruise island of choice may be the Bahamas. Yes, you’ll still have to fly to Florida, but once you’re there it’s a quick trip to get down to the Bahamas. Celebrity Cruises is launching new 3-night cruises to the Bahamas in 2018, which leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stop in Nassau, Bahamas. While there, you can wander the streets framed by candy-colored buildings and do some shopping, or partake in a number of fun and exciting water sports.
To book your Caribbean cruise with port stops at your dream islands, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.
Do It Here, Then Do It There…Snoqualmie Falls in the Pacific Northwest and Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica
When hiking, there’s not much more of a thrill to the end of a hike – or along it – than a rushing, sparkling waterfall. From a raging waterfall among pine trees in the Pacific Northwest to a series of tropical waterfalls in the balmy Caribbean, here are two top picks for waterfall hikes whether you’re staying close to home or traveling farther away.
Snoqualmie Falls: Large and Powerful
For those on the west coast of the United States, Seattle is an easy flight or drive away – or you may even call it home. While the city of Seattle is full of gorgeous sights and fun things to do, those who are willing to venture a bit out of the city and into the wilderness are in for a visually amazing experience. This is particularly the case if you travel 45 minutes east of the city to Snoqualmie, a small city nestled into the base of the Cascade Mountains.
Snoqualmie’s main claim to fame is Snoqualmie Falls, a massive 269-foot waterfall that plunges down into the Snoqualmie River at a powerful speed. Depending on the time of year you visit, the spray can be so prevalent that you’ll feel it on the viewing platform located high-up in front of the waterfall (it’s generally a thicker mist in the winter due to the plethora of rain the Seattle area gets). Miles upon miles of thick trees spread out from the waterfall and river, and to the left of the falls is rustic Salish Lodge, adding some quaintness into the majestic feel of Snoqualmie Falls and its surroundings.
Those who want a closer look at the base of Snoqualmie Falls can do the one-mile roundtrip hike down the mountainside to another viewing area. The hike goes along a pretty wooded trail and also by the water plant where you get a good look at the tubes and buildings that carry the energy made by the waterfall out to the surrounding area. Snoqualmie Falls isn’t just beautiful, it’s also useful to the Pacific Northwest.
After your hike, read more about the waterfall and how it harnesses energy on the information boards by the main viewing platform or head to the onsite gift shop where you can get a coffee from the café before taking in more of the panoramic nature views.
Dunn’s River Falls: Tropical Waterfall Delight in Jamaica
If you want to head somewhere more exotic to see waterfalls, the Caribbean is a good place to start. One of the most popular waterfalls in the Caribbean is Dunn’s River Falls, located near Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Compared to Snoqualmie Falls, Dunn’s River Falls is a bit tamer and slower, but still has its own charm.
Dunn’s River Falls cascades down a series of natural platforms for over 600 feet, so it looks like multiple smaller waterfalls all mixed in together. What’s especially fun about visiting Dunn’s River Falls is that you can walk around the falls and splash about in the little pools that form at the base of each waterfall.
An exciting way to visit Ocho Rios is via a Caribbean cruise and once there it’s easy to get to Dunn’s River Falls on a shore excursion. Celebrity Cruises has a variety of fun ways to do that depending on your interests.
There’s the Aerial Explorer and Dunn’s River Falls shore excursion that involves trekking to the falls followed by a chairlift ride that takes you 700 feet up for a bird’s eye view of the tropical forest beneath you.
Those who like some relaxation after hiking will enjoy the Bamboo Beach Club VIP and Dunns River Falls shore excursion which takes you on a guided walk to Dunn’s River Falls then transports you to the blissful Bamboo Beach Club where you can relax on a comfortable lounge chair and drink a cocktail on an exclusive area of the beach, or rent water sports equipment to take out on the water.
For travelers who want to a glimpse into history while visiting a destination, the Brimmer Hall Plantation and Dunn’s River Falls excursion is a good option since it pairs a visit to an 18th century plantation with Dunn’s River Falls plus a buffet lunch at a local hotel.
Instead of taking a bus to the start of the trail, cruise via a luxurious catamaran to Dunn’s River Falls on the Champagne Catamaran Magical Escape and Dunn’s River Falls shore excursion where you’ll hike to the waterfall and then return to the catamaran for more sailing around the sea. While on the catamaran, you’ll have mimosas, coffee, fresh fruit juice, and delicious snacks.
Which waterfall would you most like to see and hike around: Snoqualmie Falls or Dunn’s River Falls?
New Cruise Itineraries, Summer Camp, Special Cuisine, and More Activities are Coming to the Caribbean in 2017
The summer is already halfway over. If you’re already bemoaning the fact that you didn’t spend enough time at the beach or in the sunshine, don’t let that happen next year. How will you ensure that? With a cruise to the Caribbean! Celebrity Cruises is bringing its beloved ship, the Celebrity Equinox, back to the Caribbean for 24 blissful summer sailings in 2017, plus some exciting new sailings shortly before and after the summer months. Here’s what you can expect from these special cruise itineraries, including what makes them an especially good fit for families, foodies, and jazz fanatics.
The Itineraries and Ship of These Summer 2017 Sailings
Wondering where these sailings go in the Caribbean? The fast answer is all over, which means you can pick the itinerary with islands and city ports of call most perfect for your interests. From 7-night Western Caribbean sailings, to 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean sailings, to itineraries with two overnights in New Orleans, you have a variety of cruises to choose from, each departing from Miami, Florida.
If you’re not familiar with Celebrity Equinox, you also may be curious what makes it so special. For starters, it’s part of Celebrity Cruises’ innovative Solstice Class of cruise ships. These celebrated ships have innovative, high-end features, the most visually appealing of which is the celebrated Lawn Club, a real-grass area covering a large portion of the top deck with room for bocce ball, a picnic, or a leisurely amble.
Celebrity Equinox also has a Hot Glass Show onboard, gourmet specialty restaurants, an award-winning spa, luxurious staterooms, and added bonuses for suite guests who get access to butlers and an exclusive restaurant. Plus, the popular CelebrityLife program is onboard, which offers a range of interactive classes, from wine tasting to photo editing to dancing.
Give Your Kids a Summer Camp at Sea
Summer camp is often about enrichment and education in an entertaining manner that creates lasting memories for kids. The 7-night Celebrity Equinox Caribbean sailings are going to take traditional summer camp and give it a modern luxury twist with the Summer Camp at Sea. It’s Celebrity’s first ever summer camp and families will delight in its activities – kids because they’re having fun, and parents because they’ll get some alone time while knowing their children are learning about new things and being active.
During the Summer Camp at Sea, kids ages three to 17 will get to partake in a variety of activities at no extra charge. Here are a few of the camp highlights:
Explorer Academy: This immersive academy teaches children “Adventure Through Science” by incorporating useful skills like coding and engineering with a fun dose of robotics and good old-fashioned tinkering thrown in.
iTake: This unique program lets kids be their own documentarian by providing them with a GoPro camera to shoot videos and then teaches them how to edit those video into a cool movie in the high-tech Celebrity iLounge.
Lonely Planet for Kids: This hands-on activity will get kids thinking about other cultures and countries as they focus on creating their own country complete with a flag, topography, currency, income sources, and more.
Other activities include mindfulness practice, cooking classes, arts and crafts, XBOX games, kickball, and family scavenger hunts. The Summer Camp at Sea operates on select sailings between June 4, 2017 to August 27, 2017, and as mentioned previously, it’s offered to children and teenagers onboard at no extra charge. Think how much summer camp on land has cost you in the past to keep your kids entertained when school is out; now you can put that money toward a relaxing family summer vacation and still give your children a fun and educational camp experience.
Caribbean-Inspired Culinary Experiences
Is trying new cuisine a big part of the thrill of traveling for you? Then you’ll love the Caribbean Culinary Enhancements onboard the 2017 Summer Equinox sailings. There will be complimentary and excursion types of food-focused activities offered, depending on how involved you want to get in the foodie world.
Complimentary Caribbean culinary activities will be offered onboard and include a modern luxury-inspired Taste of the Caribbean program. Special activities and events you can partake in free of charge as part of this program include Rum & Reggae parties on the Lawn Club, guest chefs and cooking demonstrations, the biggest wine tasting at sea with Celebrity’s expert sommeliers, mixology demonstration, and brunch paired with sparkling wine.
To add a bit more flair into your culinary repertoire, opt for some of the Caribbean culinary extras. These include shore excursions with the chef while in port during which you’ll visit local markets and restaurants, and then enjoy an exclusive dinner experience with authentic local cuisine when you’re back onboard. These Chef’s Market Discoveries shore excursions take place in Bridgetown, Barbados; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and several more food-centric ports.
If you want to do something different during your time in port, you can still have a special local food experience onboard thanks to the Taste of Caribbean’s 5-course tasting dinner, special pasta and mozzarella making classes, “Around the World” wine tasting during which you get to sample wines from a variety of different regions, and a mixology class where you get to do some hands-on creation yourself.
There will also be a Taste of Caribbean Premium Drink Package offered on the summer Caribbean Equinox sailings that includes many of the Taste of the Caribbean events plus other special drink and dining experiences.
Jazz Fest During Spring in New Orleans
A prelude to summer special sailing on the Equinox is the itinerary with two overnights in New Orleans mentioned earlier. It departs April 24, 2017 and will give you an early taste of summer fun as it has an exhilarating jazz component to it. This Signature Event sailing pulls into port in New Orleans during the Jazz Fest, which you can attend while there. The 11-night sailing also visits Freeport, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; and begins and ends in Miami.
No matter what part of the Caribbean you sail to, Celebrity Equinox does a great job of incorporating the surrounding scenery and culture into the ship experience and has the space to provide special programming that elevates your cruise into a spectacular and cultural Caribbean vacation.
If you’re interested in booking, don’t put it off – for a limited time, you can get four free perks on a Summer 2017 Sailing on Celebrity Equinox. These perks include a premium beverage package (which includes alcoholic drinks), high-speed Internet package, prepaid gratuities, and $300 to spend onboard. Plus, book an oceanview stateroom and get a complimentary upgrade to a veranda stateroom. If traveling with family and friends, the third and fourth guest in a stateroom get a Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and a 40-minute high-speed Internet package.
To find out more about this special offer or any other information about the Celebrity Equinox Summer Caribbean sailings and events onboard, speak with your travel agent, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com, or call 1-800-Celebrity.
You can currently get two free perks when you book an oceanview stateroom or above on 2015 holiday sailings and 2016 sailings to Europe and Alaska. This means an automatic upgrade to the perks they’d typically get for “Go Better” pricing. (Learn more about Go Big, Go Better, Go Best pricing here.)
2 Free Perks for the Holidays
Already overwhelmed by the holidays? Plan that last minute trip now! You must book by November 1, 2015, for a Caribbean cruise occurring between December 18 through December 31, 2015. You’ll be sipping tropical drinks while enjoying festivities and holiday decor onboard. In port, see how the Caribbean celebrate the holidays and partake in some exciting and memorable shore excursions. View Caribbean Holiday itineraries here.
2016 Europe and Alaska Sailings
It’s not too soon to start booking your 2016 adventure. Not only will you get a better pick of stateroom location (the best spots book up fast), you’ll also get two free perks instead of just one when selecting the standard Go Big pricing. However, you may want to check out this article to see why you should Go Best when at sea with Celebrity Cruises (hint: you’ll get four perks).
The Europe promotion for two free perks was just extended so make sure you don’t miss out on it again. Two free perks for both Alaska and Europe are only available for a limited time so don’t delay if you’re interested in traveling to either of these destinations — or both!
Need some inspiration? Here are some top itineraries to peruse through and dream about:
Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise from Seattle: Visit Victoria, Canada, before heading up to Alaska ports of call Ketchikan, Junea, and Skagway. You’ll also sail along Tracy Arm Fjord and the Inside Passage along the way.
Alaska Southern Glacier Cruise: Start in Seward, Alaska, and make your way down to Vancouver, Canada with stops in Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, and Ketchikan along the way plus a sail along Icy Strait Point.
Italy, Turkey and Greece Cruise: Beat the summer rush and experience the Mediterranean springtime or fall with stops in numerous ports of call on this 12-night itinerary onboard the gorgeous Celebrity Reflection.
Mediterranean Cruise on Celebrity Equinox: Pamper yourself this summer on a Mediterranean cruise that stops in Italy, France, Spain, and Greece while sailing on one of Celebrity’s award-winning Solstice-class ship.
Experience the Wonders of the Caribbean in Daylight and at Night
Why not escape to a tropical oasis in the Caribbean this winter that lets you experience multiple islands and only have to unpack once, plus gives you a taste of both the daytime and nighttime culture and ambiance of the Caribbean? You can now do so thanks to our new overnight itineraries in the Caribbean.
With 43 itineraries offering overnights, Celebrity Cruises now offers more overnight stays in port in the Caribbean than any other cruise line. Why is this so special? An overnight in port gives you the opportunity to spend the day at your leisure with no rush at the end of it to get back to the ship. Stay out as long as you wish before heading back to your comfortable stateroom at the ship docked in the harbor.
You can also experience the allure of the Caribbean after dusk with an evening excursion or dinner in port. Or before dusk, head to a romantic beach and catch the sunset. While sunsets from the deck of the ship are lovely to behold, it’s nice to experience different types while on your cruise and a Caribbean beach sunset is sure to be unforgettable.
Some of the cruise ports you can stay overnight in while sailing around the Caribbean include Willemstad, Curacao; Cartagena, Colombia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Oranjestad, Aruba. More time on land and no extra cost of a hotel room? Sounds like a win.
It’s currently summer and if you live in Southern California you’re no doubt spending as much time at the beach as you can. Therefore, it may be hard to remember that in a few short months that refreshing water is going to be cold and the weather really isn’t going to be hot enough to wear a swimsuit on the sand (much as we may want the rest of the country to think it is). When that happens and you find yourself missing leisurely summer days, you’ll be glad you acted now and booked a winter cruise vacation to the Caribbean.
Picture yourself visiting a different Caribbean island every day. Explore candy-colored port towns, lounge on soft white sand beaches, swim or snorkel in clear, turquoise water, and simply embrace the relaxing Caribbean lifestyle.
Plus, now you don’t need to stay in an all-inclusive resort on ONE island of the Caribbean in order to achieve Caribbean bliss with the ease of inclusivity thanks to Celebrity’s new pricing perks.
Go Big, Go Better, Go Best Pricing
With Celebrity Cruises, you can now choose how inclusive to make your cruise. The inclusivity begins on itineraries departing this October and so yes, includes all our winter Caribbean sailings! Here’s how it works:
Get to know the “perks.” There are four perks that can now be included in your cruise pricing and they are:
Choose from three different pricing tiers. Each tier gets you different levels of an all-inclusive style cruise.
Go Big: Pick one perk.
Go Better: Pick two perks.
Go Best: Get all four perks plus an upgrade to a premium beverage package.
What are you waiting for? Sail away to warmer waters this winter on a Celebrity Caribbean cruise with an air of all-inclusiveness. To book your cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or speak to your local travel agent.
If Top Chef is one of your favorite shows and you fantasize about cooking competitions and hobnobbing with famous chefs, but don’t think experiencing the world of Top Chef could ever happen to you — think again. On Celebrity Cruises this November you can sail around the Caribbean on Celebrity’s Top Chef Signature Sailing onboard the Celebrity Reflection, which lets you feel like you’re a part of the Top Chef show. Here’s how.
To begin with, you’ll step on the ship and know that you’re about to sail with six of the “cheftestsants” from the hit Bravo TV show. You’ll have an opportunity to meet these celebrity chefs and take photos with them during a meet and greet onboard the ship. For those who have a competitive streak, sign up to be part of the Quickfire Challenge onboard the cruise. You’ll be on one of three teams and will compete in cooking challenges against each other under the assistance of one of the chefs from the show. If you’re not on one of the teams, you can still experience the fun by sitting in the audience to watch the challenges and vote on the winner. You can also take cooking classes from the six Top Chef chefs onboard as well as attend a private dinner cooked by the chefs in one of the Celebrity Reflection’s specialty restaurants.
Top Chef Signature Sailings are not new for Celebrity Cruises, but this upcoming signature sailing has some fun new activities for Top Chef at Sea guests, including a “Dual” Cooking Demonstration where two chefs will demonstrate cooking techniques while also engaging in a fun competition and you and the rest of the audience get to pick the winner. The second new Top Chef at Sea activity is chef-hosted shore excursions during which you’ll get to spend time in port with one of the top chefs while partaking in a food related excursion.
So Who Are These Six Top Chefs?
Southern Californians may already be familiar with one of the chefs sailing on Top Chef at Sea if you love Hyde Sunset or Cooley’s in LA as those two restaurants’ executive chef and Top Chef contestant, Chris Crary, will be onboard. The five other chefs include Doug Adams, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, and Ash Fulk.
More About the Top Chef at Sea Signature Sailing
Top Chef at Sea departs November 14 from Miami onboard the Celebrity Reflection, the latest ship in Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning Solstice-class of ships. You’ll sail for seven nights around the Caribbean, with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; and Philipsburg, St Maarten. This means you get three days at sea for Top Chef related fun! To book this cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or call your local travel agent.
If you love animals, then you’ll love going on a Caribbean cruise as you’ll get the opportunity to spend time with various animals at different ports of call around the Caribbean. Here are some of the best shore excursions to have some animal fun while cruising the Caribbean.
Underwater Adventure in Cozumel
Cozumel has some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean thanks to the plethora of colorful fish, coral, turtles, and more within the clear water surrounding the Mexican island. Enjoy some snorkel time while in port and get even deeper thanks to an underwater helmet that allows you to walk on the bottom of the ocean floor on the Blue Water SeaTrek Helmet Diving and Snorkel shore excursion.
Horseback Riding in the Sea
Explore the shores of Jamaica via horseback on the Chukka Horseback Ride N Swim excursion. You’ll mount a horse bareback and the gentle animal will walk and trot as you navigate your way through a farm village before arriving at the ocean where you will plunge into the water while still on the horse for an exhilarating animal and Caribbean Sea experience.
Swim with friendly stingrays at the beloved Stingray City while in port in George Town in the Grand Caymans. Stingray City is a shallow area of the sea where dozens upon dozens of stingrays congregate each day. They will allow you to touch them and swim alongside them, which you can do as part of the Catamaran Sail and Stingray City shore excursion. Your guide during the excursion will teach you the safe way to interact with the stingrays before you get in the water.
Escape to warmer weather and frolic with animals soon on last minute Caribbean sailings. Contact your local travel agent today to find the itinerary that is perfect for you.
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