It’s a new year full of new opportunities to travel. If the travel bug is already itching for you this year, we’ve compiled some top places you should consider cruising to in 2018.
Alaska from Seattle
An Alaska cruise is an excellent way to see America’s Last Frontier since it lets you experience the state from both a land and sea perspective. West Coasters should look for an itinerary that departs from Seattle or Vancouver. It’s an easy flight or even drive for most residents and you won’t even need to go through airport customs (though you do still need a passport since your ship will stop in beautiful Victoria or Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada).
Here are the sailings that cruise to Alaska from Seattle in 2018:
Panama Canal from San Diego
The Panama Canal may seem like it’s far away, but a cruise makes it marvelously accessible, especially for west coasters who can choose to start or end their cruise in San Diego, California. A Panama Canal cruise with Celebrity Cruises departs from San Diego and ends in Florida or vice versa. Along the way, you’ll stop in alluring ports of call such as Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and others. The highlight, however, is sailing through the Panama Canal and seeing the way its innovative lock system works directly from the ship. It’s an unforgettable experience.
Here are a couple itineraries, one sailing east and one sailing west, to the Panama Canal:
New Zealand and Australia may be an entire day ahead in time, but for west coasters, it’s not as long as a flight as you may think since you can fly over the Pacific Ocean directly there.
Celebrity Cruises offers a variety of cruises around New Zealand and Australia, some that visit both countries and others that focus on just one country. New Zealand is known for its rugged coastline and towering mountains and glaciers, while Australia is famous for its beach life, laidback cosmopolitan cities, wild outback, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Here are a few itineraries to get your planning to the South Pacific started:
Plus, if you travel to Australia or New Zealand you get the added fun of time traveling (wink wink). Thanks to crossing the International date line you’ll skip a whole day on your flight there if flying direct!
The sights of western Europe have long been on must-see travel lists, but traveling to Western Europe never gets old and if you have a desire to go back – or to finally go for the first time – here are three especially hot destinations you should make sure your cruise stops in:
Portugal is a hot destination right now, and if you’re a west coaster you probably love beaches, vibrant cities, and gorgeous scenery. Lisbon has all that plus some pretty incredible historic sites. Amble along the edge of São Jorge Castle ruins, which also boast panoramic views of the ocean. Hop on a yellow tram and glide by top sights like the Sé Cathedral. Or head to the beach on an excursion and enjoy lounging by the glistening Atlantic with views of mountains around you.
Valletta, the capital of Malta, is the European Capital of Culture in 2018 and it also just so conveniently happens to be a cruise port. Sail to Malta on a Mediterranean cruise and partake in one of the many events for the European Capital of Culture if they’re going on while you’re there, or opt for one of the exciting Malta shore excursions.
The West Coast is known for its craft beer scene. If you want to get away from the prevalence of IPAs and stouts for awhile, head to Belgium and try some Belgian beer in the place it originated. Celebrity Cruises sails to Bruges and while in port you can explore the gorgeous city and try a variety of beers (plus Belgian chocolate and waffles!).
Here are some Western Mediterranean itineraries to get you dreaming about sea views, culture, and beer:
All that Jazz in New Orleans (+ Caribbean Dreamin’)
New Orleans is celebrating its tricentennial anniversary this year, making it a great year to experience this iconic U.S. city. And since west coasters have access to gorgeous beaches, but not always pleasantly warm water, combine your New Orleans vacation with some Caribbean ports of call on one of Celebrity Cruises’ western Caribbean cruises that stop in New Orleans. Even better, book the April 23 departure on the Celebrity Equinox and be in New Orleans during its iconic Jazz Fest. You’ll have two nights in New Orleans and Celebrity Cruises will get you set up with tickets for Jazz Fest as part of its Signature Event Sailing offerings. This makes your time in the Big Easy truly easy to experience before sailing onto the gorgeous destinations of Grand Bahama Island; Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; and Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, before ending your roundtrip cruise in Miami, Florida.
To learn more about this unique Signature Event Sailing, click here.
Where Do You Want to Cruise in 2018?
There are so many great destinations to choose from in 2018. Drop us a comment below and let us know where you would most like to visit. Is there somewhere else on your mind that you’re hoping to visit in 2018? Let us know that, too!