These European and Caribbean Destinations are A Top-Notch Choice for Your Next Big Getaway
Slowly but surely, the world is starting to open up again. In 2020, travel was limited and most people were confined to their homes, leaving us with an itch we couldn’t scratch. With so much of the world off-limits for so long, it’s only natural to want to see as much as possible now that we can.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge® will both sail through Europe and the Caribbean over the next year, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the world once again. Part of Celebrity Cruises’ Edge® series, both Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge® are the newest ships in Celebrity Cruises’ fleet.
Even better, both ships incorporate luxury stateroom accommodations, an outward facing design and a Magic Carpet®, a cantilevered platform that moves along the side of the ship, changing mood and function with each deck it visits. There’s also plunge pools for swimming and food off a menu from a Michelin-starred chef. Plus, each Celebrity Cruise booking comes with drinks, WiFi and tips included for every stateroom, so you can be sure you’ll have a premium experience.
Stopping at ports across both Europe and the Caribbean, these are ships built to keep you entertained on your travels. Here are some of the can’t-miss destinations you’ll find yourself in if you choose to cruise with Celebrity.
The French Riviera is renowned for a reason. When you port in its Mediterranean waters, you’re immediately transported to a place full of great shopping and, in the case of Cannes, a rich film history. Explore nearby cities, Nice and Monaco, as you indulge in delicate pastries, oysters and French cheeses.
In Monaco, take in some history at the Prince’s Palace, first built in 1191. In Nice, find a tour guide and admire the architecture as you walk along decorated promenades. In Eze, meander the cobblestone streets while you admire the view high above the Mediterranean. And if you find yourself with a port of call in Toulon, you can go kayaking, soak up the sun in Bandol or try wine made from grapes grown nearby.
There’s history around every corner of Barcelona. With buildings that date back 2,000 years, Barcelona is home to many buildings from renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, whose design of the Sagrada Familia is a Spanish treasure.
For some more history, try exploring the origins of Cava at one of Spain’s oldest wineries. And if you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll be satisfied with museums showcasing pieces from the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages as well as works by countrymen like Salvador Dalí.
You might also find yourself in Palma de Mallorca, a “mini-Barcelona” that is known for its rich supply of pearls at affordable prices across town. And before you reboard, make a point to try some Spanish cuisine — small dish tapas like croquettes and cured ham are just some of the delights you’ll find at restaurants across the city.
If you’re visiting Italy, a stop in Rome is a given. There’s a reason it’s popular with tourists — Rome is home to some of the most iconic sites in the world. The Colosseum is something everyone should experience once — you can even walk on the same ground the ancient gladiators once fought on. And while you know all about the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican, seeing them in person is another thing.
Rome has an abundance of culture, too — its art and architecture stand up to anywhere else. Of course, the food in Rome is also exquisite — pizzas and pastas, cheeses, wine and desserts that people from all over the world come flocking to try.
Looking for something more tropical? A Caribbean getaway is a great way to take in the deep blue sea. Due to its many different influences, St. Thomas showcases flavors from across Europe and West Africa, making it an ideal destination for foodies. Check out the Fort Christian Museum for a history lesson on the island, and find a snack to eat on Magens Bay beach. The Caribbean is a great place for excursions, too — try your hand at spotting a turtle while snorkeling. The island is also known for great shopping, perfect for picking up souvenirs to remember your trip.
Nassau, The Bahamas
The capital of the Bahamian islands, Nassau, is known for its luxurious resorts and expansive shopping. It’s also a place with a lot of excitement — you can play with sea lions or swim with dolphins, relax on the beach at Blue Lagoon or learn about the local pirates that once made their way through town. A must-visit is the Nassau Straw Market in the city’s downtown — you can pick up or purchase cigars as well as one-of-a-kind artwork from local artists.
With Celebrity Cruises’ Cruise with Confidence program extended through October, any booking can be cancelled up to 48 hours before your trip in exchange for a 100% future cruise credit to use from April 30, 2022 through December 31, 2022.
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