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Where in the World Wednesday: August 16, 2017

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Located on the western shore of this island lies a hidden gem of immeasurable natural beauty. Home to ancient mountains and spectacular ocean views, this area will take your breath away. First surveyed by a renowned British explorer, this small city is a gateway to outdoor adventure from hiking and fishing to kayaking and whale watching.

Most amazing is that this area is well known for the large number of giant icebergs that float on the same route every spring. Surprising as it may seem, these giant icebergs casually pass by small towns on this island, extremely close to the shore which creates a seemingly surreal landscape which looks more like the set of a Science-Fiction movie. This spring alone, more than 1,000 icebergs (some over 150 feet tall) casually floated by this island.

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Photo by Natalie Lucier (via Flickr)

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Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada

Newfoundland is the 16th largest island in the world and is located off the east coast of mainland Canada. Ferryland is located on Newfoundland’s southeast coast and is famous for its Iceberg Alley. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Newfoundland and exploring this island that was originally discovered by Captain James Cook in the 1760s, check out a Celebrity Cruises sailing. Celebrity Cruises visits Corner Brook, Newfoundland on various Canada/New England cruises each fall.

Where in the World Wednesday: August 9, 2017

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This city was originally acquired by Napoleon Bonaparte, named after a Duke, founded in the early 1700’s and has a population of 1.2 million residents. Here you will find notable French architecture, exquisite French cuisine, and a multi-cultural heritage. This city is one of its country’s largest ports. It is here than many exorcisms and voodoo rituals were performed.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Most travelers know the French Quarter is the one place not to miss in New Orleans, but there’s so much more to the French Quarter than Bourbon Street and so much more to New Orleans than the French Quarter.

In addition to the French Quarter, some other sites not to miss in the Big Easy include:

  1. New Orleans Cemeteries including St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, home to New Orleans’ fascinating above-ground tombs. As the city is built below sea level, New Orleanians are unable to be buried underground. NOLA’s Catholic founders were against the idea of cremation, thus creating the necessity for these “cities of the dead.”
  2. New Orleans Jazz Clubs
  3. Café du Monde – the quintessential New Orleans spot to enjoy hot, crispy, sugar-dusted beignets paired with chicory-infused cafe au lait.
  4. Walking through the Garden District with its gracious mansions and Magnolia trees.

Celebrity Equinox visits New Orleans during Mardi Gras each February as part of a 10-night Mardi Gras and Caribbean cruise, featuring three days and two overnights in New Orleans as part of Celebrity’s Signature Event Sailings. Guests will hear jazz performers and speakers onboard before the ships docks in NOLA for Mardi Gras. Nothing beats using the ship as your hotel and catching colorful beads on Bourbon Street as the excitement of Mardi Gras floats right past your grandstand!

Where in the World Wednesday: August 2, 2017

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This water-filled destination is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was named one of the world’s top ten scuba diving spots by Jacques Costeau. While diving here, you can see over 400 species of subtropical fish plus hammerhead and bull sharks. In the national park where this unique destination is located, you can also go cave tubing through an underground channel of caves. It is also home to a jungle where jaguars live, as well as a specific breed of monkey which is one of the loudest land animals in the world.

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The Great Blue Hole in Belize

The hole is circular in shape, nearly 1,000 feet wide and 400 feet deep. The hole was formed over 150,000 years ago (based on analysis of stalactites). As the ocean began to rise, caves were flooded. The Great Blue Hole is now part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the heart of Central America, Belize is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south.

Where in the World Wednesday: July 26, 2017

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This walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the early 1500s. Every street in this city has a history of its own. One million residents live here, making this the fifth largest city in its country. Leather and tobacco are major industries.

Its country shares a border with five other nations, has one of the most colorful rivers in the world, one of the tallest seaside mountains, and has two different coastlines on two different bodies of water. The murder rate in this country’s capital city is lower than the murder rate in the USA’s capital city.

Shady plazas and narrow cobblestone streets make this city one of the most picturesque cities in this region of the world. Points of interest include the city walls and fortifications from colonial times, a 16th-century cathedral, and this city’s annual festivals, which range from bull fighting, to soccer, to beach volleyball.  You’ll also need to practice your step, as the sultry salsa is very popular here.

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Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena, Colombia)

Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Last year the new Panama Canal (3rd locks) opened for transit. At a cost of $5.2 billion, the Panama Canal Expansion is the largest project at the canal since its original construction. The project created a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, doubling the waterway’s capacity. 

Where in the World Wednesday: July 19, 2017

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This beach is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers, providing a visual feast of sponge gardens, reef systems, and marine life to observe. There is even an underwater snorkel trail. This beach features a large pinnacle rock which has been sculpted by wind and water over the centuries.  It now looks like the bow of a large ship steaming onto the beach. The walls of the cave were formed from volcanic explosions over 8 million years. Many archways, crevices, and caverns can be found underwater and along this beach.

The cave on this beach was used as a tunnel in a famous movie based on a series of seven fantasy novels considered a classic of children’s literature. More recently the cove was used as one of the locations in a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music video.

Located less than five minutes away, visitors flock to a usually deserted section of the beach where within two hours of low tide each day you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. Often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches – this is one experience that should be on your bucket list. A truly unique experience you should try at least once in your lifetime.

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Coromandel Peninsula- Hahei Beach/Hot Water Beach, Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve, New Zealand

The Coromandel is located across the gulf from Auckland, New Zealand, and has a mountainous interior with rainforests and more than 250 miles of white sand beaches.  There are many activities to do while there, including fishing, hiking, cycling, and diving. 

The tunnel at Cathedral Cove was used as the entrance to Narnia in the Prince of Caspian movie and is also where Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis filmed the music video for “Can’t Hold Us.“ 

Hot Water Beach is a natural phenomenon where within two hours of low tide each day you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. This is often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches.

Where in the World Wednesday: July 12, 2017

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This city, named after a town in England, is one of the most historically rich cities in its country. It is here that you can drive nearly 100 feet below the earth’s surface and the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a vehicle driving under an airplane. Interestingly, you won’t find any “Happy Hour” signs in the local pubs, as the typical post-work drink deals have been banned here since the early 1980s. A golden pine cone sits atop the gold dome of this city’s government building, symbolizing the historical importance of logging to this area.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Last week, Celebrity Summit was docked in Boston for the 4th of July holiday, where guests were treated to prime viewing of one of the largest firework shows in the world. 

Where in the World Wednesday: July 5, 2017

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This town is situated on the right bank of a famous river, and given its location has a long tradition of fishing and shipbuilding. During WWII, one of the greatest raids of all occurred here when Allied Forces began aerial bombing of this port while British ships snuck up the estuary and launched a surprise attack on the Germans who had occupied this port city.

While visiting you can rent a car and drive 90 miles east where you’ll see vineyards in a famous valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and can venture into the underground caves that house the sparkling wine for which this valley is known. 

In addition to the abundance of vineyards in this valley, cherry orchards line the banks of the river, as well as fields of artichokes and asparagus.

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Saint-Nazaire, France

Saint-Nazaire (pronounced Señ Neñseir) is located at the mouth of the Loire River and is home to Chantiers de l’Atlantique (STX), one of the world’s largest shipyards. This is the shipyard that is building Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship. Saint-Nazaire is located in a large harbor near the Atlantic Ocean, on the right bank of the Loire River and is close to the Loire Valley where you can go for wine tasting.

 

Where in the World Wednesday: June 28, 2017

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Imagine this: In the cool shade of evening, a farm manager from a French chocolate company leads you slowly through the trees. He prunes branches, knocks down termite nests and handpicks nocturnal ants from the fruit. When he spots a bright yellow, football size pod, he raises his machete and cuts it down with a single stroke. A second crack of the blade splits open the dense shell, revealing a mass of glimmering white pulp packed in the center. He hands you the pod, and you dig your fingers inside the slippery, pulp covered seed. The pulp is sweet and tart, like nothing you’ve ever tasted. But it’s the white seed at the center of the pulp that’s the real prize: the cacao bean, the pride of this country’s chocolate.

Such a scene can unfold when you’re visiting this capital city, which is regarded by many as the most beautiful on its continent. It’s a city where you can still take a taxi anywhere in town for $1 to $5 and find a menu del dia, usually a four-course meal of soup, salad, meat/rice/vegetables (or even guinea pig – a delicacy here), dessert and beverage for less than $5. 

This city is nestled at the base of an active volcano, uses the US dollar as its currency, and its old town has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito was officially founded in the year 1534 AD, making it one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere. Ecuador has the highest active volcano on earth, Cotopaxi, which stands 19,347 feet above sea level. Quito, a city nearly two miles high in elevation, is the highest capital city in the world and the only capital city in the world menaced by an active volcano. Ecuador has four unique geographical locations, theAmazon jungle – home to Yasuni national park, the Coastal region – with surfing and different typical foods, the Galapagos Islands – with its rare and amazing animal and plant life and the Andes (Sierra) – a popular vacation and retirement destination. In Ecuador’s Amazon jungle, there are still groups of indigenous people who have never seen the modern world. Ecuador is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to visit a jungle (Amazon), mountains (Andean), and ocean beach (Pacific) all in one day.

Where in the World Wednesday: June 21, 2017

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Photo by Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault (Via Flickr). Cropped from original photo.

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Situated on a famous river next to a former Benedictine abbey, this village is a suburb of a major city. The village features several famous cafés, bookstores, publishing houses, and is home to a famed school of fine arts. Following WWII this town became home to many small jazz clubs, mostly located in cellars, frequented by American soldiers and sailors.

A prized liqueur is produced here, bearing the name of this village. There are only a few fleeting weeks each spring when wild blossoms can be gathered to make this fragrant liqueur. These starry white, fragrant flowers are grown on hillsides and gathered by hand, with many brought back to this small village by bicycle. Each bottle of this liqueur is individually numbered to reflect the year in which the flowers were picked. This famous liqueur is a key ingredient in Celebrity Cruises Q’sine Sangria.

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés, France

Located on The River Seine, just 15 minutes outside of Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is home to the world famous St. Germain liqueur, made from the fragrant Elderflower blossom. St. Germain Liqueur is a key ingredient in Celebrity Cruises Qsine Sangria — click here for the Qsine Sangria recipe!

 

Where in the World Wednesday: June 14, 2017

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This is a country where St Patrick’s Day is a National Holiday…but it’s not Ireland. That’s because the Irish settled here and perhaps it reminded them of their lush, green homeland and that the geography of this country bears a striking resemblance to coastal Ireland (if coastal Ireland had black sand beaches). 

But the phenomenon that really put this area on the map was a massive, devastating volcanic eruption that occurred here recently. A complete city instantly buried under volcanic ash and hardened lava. Abandoned houses and the atmosphere of chaos and fear still reigns in this area today. It’s literally a modern-day Pompeii. Lava completely devastated this former tourist town, destroying everything in its way, including the airport, homes, and restaurants. Life has literally stopped here. Since people fled the eruption, the former capital has remained completely untouched. The population was evacuated in a hurry, that’s why people left their belongings, dishes, appliances and even food in refrigerators. In the hills overlooking the former capital, luxurious villas are still located – in former times it was the most expensive real estate here. Surprisingly, looters did not touch the city.

Today, visitors are strictly prohibited from visiting this area on foot, largely due to the threat of another volcanic eruption. But helicopter tours are a popular way of observing this city which was literally frozen in time. The northern part of this country has become the new capital city, with tourism and a population of approximately 5,000 people (less than half the population before the eruption.)

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Montserrat, British West Indies

The island of Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory (BOT) that lies 30 miles southwest of Antigua, 300 miles southeast of Puerto Rico, and northwest of Suriname and French Guiana (France). 

Montserrat is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants. There are only three places in the world where St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday: Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and this tiny British island of Montserrat in the Lesser Antilles. But only on Montserrat do the celebrations last all week and include displays of African dance and a freedom run.

The eruption of the long dormant Soufrière Hills volcano is what put the island of Montserrat on the map. In July 1995, the volcano became active and eruptions destroyed Montserrat’s Georgian era capital city of Plymouth. Nineteen people were killed when three square miles of forests, agricultural land, and villages were flattened by debris and lava flow. 

Nearly half of Montserrat’s population has emigrated since that first eruption; of those who remain, many thousands had to abandon their homes and relocate farther north. Today, two thirds of the island – mostly lush, fertile land – has been declared an Exclusion Zone because it lies in the likely path of future flows. Stern notices guard the edges of the zone, promising that anyone entering without authorization will be prosecuted.

Celebrity Cruises visits the nearby islands of Antigua and Guadeloupe, where guests can take helicopter excursions over the Exclusion Zone of Montserrat.