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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.

Where in the World Wednesday: June 7, 2017

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Surrounding this city you will find breathtaking scenery, from windswept volcanic peaks overlooking the sea, to green valleys dotted with vibrant wildflowers. It was here that the Japanese bombed the US Navy during WWII. Last week, a volcanic eruption occurred just 60 miles from this city, triggering a high aviation alert. This city’s school district has been voted one of the ten best in its country.

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Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska

Located within the Aleutian Islands off Amaknak Island, about 800 miles southwest of Anchorage at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, “Dutch” provides a harbor and a gateway for ships and airplanes to reach the small city of Unalaska, Alaska, via a 500-foot bridge. Amaknak Island is home to almost 60 percent of the city’s 4,500 year-round residents, although it has less than 3 percent of its land.  During the year, 20% of all flights are cancelled from Unalaska’s airport due to harsh weather.

Aside from the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Dutch Harbor was one of only a few sites in American Territory to be bombed by the Japanese during WWII. The Battle of Dutch Harbor took place on June 3-4, 1942, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two aircraft carrier raids on the Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and U.S. Army Fort Mears. The Japanese also bombed Elwood Oil Field near Santa Barbara, California, and dropped an incendiary bomb on Brookings, Oregon, starting a wildfire. 

The hit TV show Deadliest Catch is filmed here in Dutch Harbor. A mile long spit extending from the northeast end of Amaknak Island makes Dutch Harbor a natural port, protecting ships from the waves and currents of the Bering Sea although winds have tossed shipments from decks of ships. Dutch Harbor is close to some of the richest fishing in the world, and is ice-free. Celebrity Cruises visits Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Japan-Bering Sea sailings.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 31, 2017

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Photo by David Jones (via Flickr)

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This city has a population of just under 100,000 residents with 1.4 million people living in the greater metro region. The area has deep ties to the Portuguese and nearly a third of its residents are Roman Catholic. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites here and more than 6,000 bars serving a popular nut-based alcoholic drink, considered one of the most exotic spirits in the world. This city’s three most popular sports include Football, Golf and Cricket.

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Goa, India

Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations.

Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Feni, a cashew based spirit made exclusively in Goa, is the most popular drink in the region and forbidden to be sold outside of Goa. Dudhsagar Falls (literally translated as “Sea of Milk”) is a 1,000 foot high, four-tiered waterfall on the Mandovi River.Celebrity Cruises visits Goa on Arabian Sea and Best of India and Sri Lanka itineraries.

Where in the World Wednesday: May 24, 2017

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This island is widely known for its distinctive folklore, mythology, cuisine, and unique architecture (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Its name is derived from the language of its indigenous people, meaning “place of the seagull.” The capital of this island is the third oldest city in its country and human inhabitance dates back 7,000 years. Here you will find small deer and a canine species named after Charles Darwin who conducted research on this island. But most famous are this island’s penguins: Magellanic (named after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan) and the endangered Humboldt Penguin, both of whom nest here from November through March. Red legged cormorants and pelicans are also prevalent here.

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Castro, Chiloé Island, north Patagonia, Chile

The Isla Grande of Chiloé (pronounced chee-loh-WAY) is South America’s largest island and among its most striking cultural anomalies. Divided by the gentle peaks of the Coastal Range, Chiloé’s eastern and western coasts are two worlds apart. To the west is a wilderness of endless beaches, dune habitat, and temperate rainforests, much of it protected in one of Chile’s most forgotten national parks. To the east are the scattered islands of the Chiloé archipelago, sheltered from Pacific storms, intensely cultivated, home to a traditional culture of subsistence farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen. Charles Darwin arrived in Chiloe on June 28, 1834 and was based there for six months, writing about his impressions of southern Chile in his diaries.

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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Photo by Bernard Spragg. NZ. (Flickr)

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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.