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Where in the World Wednesday: May 17, 2017

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This destination has twin towers with angled facades that are in close proximity to the international airport and form a focal point on this city’s impressive skyline. Only one other country shares its border. The strange circular suburbs here are a study in optimizing high density populations in a rural setting. This country pays among the highest taxes in the world (including a 100% tax on gasoline), yet this city has twice been voted the world’s happiest. It’s one of its continents oldest cities and one of the safest cities in the world.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is most famous for Hans Christian Anderson and the Little Mermaid Statue basking on a rock at the Langelinie Harbour, and for the 170-year-old Tivoli Gardens which Walt Disney used as inspiration for Disneyland. Celebrity Cruises visits Copenhagen on a variety of Scandinavia/Russia itineraries each year from April through August.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 10, 2017

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The town is noted for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture and incredibly long undersea tunnels. Following a long standing tradition, each year residents of this town work together to hand stack wood into a rickety 13 story high tower. They then celebrate by igniting a massive bonfire that can be seen for miles. This city is one of the most important fishing harbors in its country, and residents here fish from their balconies.

According to a fairy-tale, an evil professor was responsible for a great fire that destroyed this city in the early 1900s. When the town was rebuilt, trolls were trapped in the building. Today, you can find troll symbols throughout the city. While in this town, you can climb 600 feet to a viewpoint providing a panoramic view over the white, yellow, and, red steep-roofed buildings below. You can also explore a lighthouse once reachable only by boat. To get there, you have to drive through a series of long undersea tunnels, and then a one-way tunnel cut through the mountain.

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Ålesund, Norway

Pronounced “AH-lay-sund,” Ålesund is a picturesque town considered by many to be the most beautiful town in Norway. The town is comprised of seven islands and is less touristy than the city of Bergen, located four hours south. Taxes are very high in Norway and alcohol is extremely expensive here. Crazily enough, even if you’re willing to empty your pockets for the privilege of a cocktail, you won’t receive more than 1.3 ounces of alcohol per drink. That’s right — it’s illegal to pour anything more. So if you’re in the mood for a martini or cosmo you’ll have to make do with a diluted version or a half-filled glass.

Each year during their traditional midsummer festival honoring the birth of John the Baptist, residents of Ålesund attempt and set a new world record by building a bonfire taller than the one they built the previous year. Last year, they succeeded in building a record bonfire by stacking 31,000 wooden pallets 155.5 feet high.

Celebrity Cruises visits the beautiful city of Ålesund on Norwegian Fjords cruises on Celebrity Eclipse sailings from Southampton and Dublin and Celebrity Silhouette sailings from Southampton.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 3, 2017

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This is one of the most expensive cities in the world, yet you can eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant here with $2 USD entrees.  This is also one of the smallest, yet most densely populated countries in the world, with 99% of its residents living in public flats. Unemployment here is non-existent, as additional workers are bused in from a neighboring country. This nation is still in its infancy but has worked its way up to become an economic powerhouse in just a matter of a few decades.

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Republic of Singapore

While Singapore is the most expensive city in the world, Singapore’s Liao Fan Hawker Chan, a casual dine-in, is the world’s least expensive Michelin-star meal — the only place you can try Chef Chan’s iconic $2 USD chicken & rice dish.  

Singapore, sometimes referred to as the Lion City or the Little Red Dot, is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree north of the equator, at the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia. In Singapore you will find the Marina Sands Hotel with its Infinity Pool as well as the Raffle’s hotel (built in 1887), home of the Singapore Sling.

Some of the odd laws here… There is a strict law forbidding all chewing gum in Singapore. The fine for chewing gum is $750 and $10,000 for selling chewing gum. Feeding pigeons will cost you $500, connecting to another person’s Wi-Fi will cost you a hefty $10,000, and failing to flush a public toilet incurs a $150 penalty — the same for smoking in public. Spitting will cost you $1,000 and the penalty for selling drugs in Singapore is punishable by death. “Caning” is also a mandatory punishment for certain offences such as rape, illegal moneylending, and for foreigners who overstay by more than 90 days – a measure designed to deter illegal immigrants.

Where in the World Wednesday: April 26, 2017

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This city has been many things in its storied past: wrecker’s settlement (practice of taking valuables from a shipwreck), war battleground, pirate hideaway, and Naval Air Station. Here you will find the western corner of the triangle and over 20 miles of white sand beach. Known as the “Venice” of its country due to the 300 miles of navigable canals that snake through this city, there are 150,000 people and 40,000 registered yachts who call this city home. This area was settled in the early 1500s and the first time it snowed here was in 1977. It has never been that cold since.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

The city of Fort Lauderdale is 28 miles north of Miami and is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782–1838). Fort Lauderdale is situated at the western tip of the Bermuda Triangle. Celebrity Edge will sail alternating eastern/western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades beginning December 2018. Over 4 million cruise ship guests passed through Port Everglades last year.

 

Where in the World Wednesday: April 19, 2017

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There is only one road in this city, yet more than half of its underground network actually runs above ground. Jimi Hendrix lived here, in a city with close ties to Lake Havasu, Arizona. There are some very odd laws in this city, such as it’s illegal to die inside the government building where laws are enacted. (Hmm, are you also wondering how punishment for this offense would be administered?) Another law states that it’s legal for a woman to bite off a man’s nose if he kisses her against her will.

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London, England

One of the greatest pieces of trivia you will ever hear about the city of London is that it contains no roads. There are plenty of streets, squares and alleys, but traditionally not a single road. The city of London survived for hundreds of years without any roads, right up until a boundary change in 1994. At that time, the eastern half of Goswell Road was brought under the jurisdiction of the city of London. So today the city has just one “road.” Another interesting fact is that in 1967, London Bridge was dismantled and relocated to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where it stands today. The bridge was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London.

Where in the World Wednesday: April 12, 2017

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There are a total of 74 islands in this area, however only eight of them are inhabited. The sparkling white sand of this beach is intertwined with the vibrant turquoise blue water on a background of lush green vegetation. In fact, it’s the most photographed beach in its country. The origins of this pure white sand still remain unknown, with geologists proposing several theories as to its existence, including a sunken volcano. The sand is composed of 98% silica, with a powder-like consistency and doesn’t retain heat. Interestingly, the nearby rocks do not have silica, which means that tides carrying the silica grains must have deposited the sand on the island millions of years ago. This beach is easily accessible from a nearby Celebrity Cruises port of call for a half day excursion via high speed boat.

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

The island is accessible by boat, seaplane & helicopter from Airlie Beach (a popular Celebrity Cruises port-of-call on Great Barrier Reef sailings).

Where in the World Wednesday: April 5, 2017

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This town is located on its country’s largest island (all of which are volcanic), and is the capital of its archipelago. While inhabited by just under one million people, more than five million tourists visit here every year. This town the site of one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations, and the Carnival grounds are destined to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this island you will find one of the highest volcanoes in the world, as measured from its ocean floor base to peak.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are located off the north-western coast of Africa and are much closer to the equator than mainland Spain. The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin including; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Isla de Lobos.

Where in the World Wednesday: March 29, 2017

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This world-class surf destination is not only home to epic wave sets, but also one of the most photogenic beaches in the world. The dramatic coastline is dotted with giant rock formations that were once part of underwater reefs. This area is breathtakingly beautiful, with wide white sand beaches and ocean rollers that break in cascades of foam. The village here is home to a small community of fishermen and their families. Along the coast are guest houses, local rum shops and restaurants.

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Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 62 miles from the Caribbean Sea and outside of the “hurricane belt,” Barbados is a sovereign island country and independent state of the Commonwealth, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.  In addition to Bathsheba Beach (which is located on the rugged east coast of Barbados), some of the most popular tourist attractions include deep sea fishing, Harrison’s Cave, viewing monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, swimming with sea turtles, the white sands of Cranes Beach, and Scuba diving and snorkeling off the coral reef and among numerous shipwrecks. 

Celebrity Cruises visits Barbados on numerous Southern Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami in Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

 

Where in the World Wednesday: March 22, 2017

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This island, the largest in its archipelago, was settled by indigenous people from South America in 100 BC. Local cuisine include johnnycake, curry-filled pancakes, jerk chicken, and a favorite local dish comprised of cornmeal and okra. Here you will find white sand beaches, pristine dive sites, a distillery, and a colonial fort. Surprisingly, the US dollar is its official currency.

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Road Town, Tortola

Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. The BVI has over 50 islands with the largest being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.

Being an archipelago, Tortola has no bordering countries. Its nearest neighbors are Bermuda to the north, Anguilla to the east, U.S Virgin Islands to the south and southwest and Puerto Rico to the west. On his second voyage for the Spanish Crown to the Caribbean and West Indies, Christopher Columbus named the island Tórtola, meaning “turtle dove” in Spanish. While today a British Territory, surprisingly the British Virgin Islands use the US Dollar as their official currency. Tortola will be included in Celebrity Edge Eastern Caribbean itineraries beginning in 2018.

 

Where in the World Wednesday: March 15, 2017

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The pink color of this beach was said to be derived from fractions of coral reefs which mixed with white sand from the beach. This island features a 12,000 foot high volcano (2nd highest in its country) and is home to 3.2 million residents. The main religion of this island is Islam, however Hinduism and Christianity are also represented. Little is known about this island before the 17th century. Before this time it was made up of numerous competing and feuding petty states, each of which were presided over by a prince. During World War II the Japanese invaded, overtook the Dutch defenders, and occupied this island.

Scuba diving is a top thing to do here along the amazing reefs. Biodiversity in these waters is phenomenal as it has more than 3,500 diverse aquatic species inhabiting and roaming the reefs.

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Tangsi Beach (Pink Sand), West Nusa Tenggara Province, Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok is an Indonesian island located less than 100 miles from Bali, in the Indian Ocean. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sundra Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium visit Lombok and Bali on cruise itineraries from Australia and Singapore.