7 Incredible Museums to Visit in Honor of International Museum Day

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Celebrity Cruises, Shore Excursions, Museums, Tours, International Museum DayThe world is chockfull of fascinating holidays that not many people may be aware of. One of these holidays just so happens to fall next week: International Museum Day. Every year, since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organizes International Museum Day on May 18 to raise awareness of the role museums play in the development of culture and society. Each year centers around a different theme, and participating museums plan an array of activities that can last anywhere from a day to an entire week.

In honor of next week’s International Museum Day, we thought it fitting to highlight some of the incredible museums we visit on some of our Shore Excursions. Below are seven of the most fascinating, extraordinary, and unexpected museums you can explore on our tours:

ABBA Museum (Stockholm, Sweden) – Named one of the top three destinations in Sweden by international travel agencies at the yearly Swedish Tourist Gala 2013, ABBA The Museum pays tribute to Sweden’s most successful band. On this tour, you’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to trace the band’s historically acclaimed career from the group’s beginnings in 1970, through their grand world tours, to their split in 1983. Continue reading “7 Incredible Museums to Visit in Honor of International Museum Day”

Pamper Your Mom this Mother’s Day with a Celebrity Shore Excursion

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Spending Mother’s Day on a Celebrity Cruises® vacation? If so, there’s no better way to forge incredible memories together during your time in port than by treating her to one of our amazing Shore Excursions. Whether the goal is to relax and recharge with mom, or to cut loose and let your hair down together, we have an array of unique destination experiences that the entire family can enjoy and that will leave mom feeling like a queen.

 

Pampering Mom

What better way to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her than by ensuring she enjoys a carefree day, spoiled and pampered? Try our new and enriching Wellness Rituals, featuring a bevy of fitness, nutrition, spa, and spiritual experiences that will nurture mom’s mind, body, and soul. From an invigorating yoga session in Ravenna, Italy to a delicious – and nutritious – organic food experience at a garden farm in Skagway, Alaska, there are endless wellness shore excursions to choose from to help your mother unwind and find her inner Zen.

For a scenic and luxurious experience, treat your mom to an intimate and exclusive ride aboard the legendary White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad’s opulent Legacy Club Car, complete with a private guide, delicious appetizers, and all-inclusive beverages along the way.

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Uncover the Wonders of Turkey on Celebrity’s Spectacular Multi-Day Shore Excursion

Turkey, Turkish Delights - Cappadocia Overnight Tour, Celebrity Cruises, Shore ExcursionsTurkey is the meeting point of Europe and Asia, and a melting pot of color, flavor, and culture. Boasting grandiose architectural structures, fantastic cuisine, and stunning landscapes, the country offers a host of incredible experiences for everyone to enjoy. And if you’re planning on visiting Turkey on a Celebrity cruise, there’s no better way to soak in all of this magnificent country’s marvels than on a Multi-Day Adventure Shore Excursion, like our Turkish Delights: Cappadocia Overnight Tour. This three-day journey takes you across some of Turkey’s most beloved landmarks and attractions, with visits to Istanbul, Kusadasi, and Cappadocia.

First, you’ll head to Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and the epicenter of the country’s economy, history, and culture, for an in-depth tour of the Old City. You’ll explore such sights as the Hippodrome, the center of Byzantium life for 1,000 years; the breathtaking Blue Mosque (Mosque of Sultan Ahmed I), the only original mosque in the world with six minarets; St. Sophia Museum (Hagia Sophia), renowned for its magnificent dome, beautiful frescoes, and ancient mosaics; and Topkapi Palace, a great walled complex that was once home to the Ottoman Empire’s Sultans.

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Tura Turizm: Protecting the Environment One Shore Excursion at a Time

 

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In honor of yesterday’s Earth Day, we wanted to highlight just one of the many ways we carry out our commitment to protecting Mother Earth each and every day: by partnering with tour operators that share our passion for environmental protection, like Tura Turizm. Since 2009, Turkey-based Tura Turizm has been a member of the Green Globe, the global certification for sustainable tourism which recognizes companies and organizations that are committed to making positive contributions to the environment and people. The company prides on running an ‘eco-conscious’ tour program, as well as practicing a host of other conservation and humanitarian efforts.

Here, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the incredible environmentally-friendly practices Tura Turizm upholds that help to further cultivate a bond between guests and the destination visited, while fostering a greener, more habitable world.

Environmentally-friendly mementos

Whether enjoying one of Tura Turizm’s Shore Excursions in Istanbul or Kusadasi, Celebrity Cruises® guests will be treated to an array of environmentally-friendly keepsakes, including a pen, refreshing towel, and gift pack. In Istanbul, an eco-friendly apron and gloves are offered to cruisers participating in the Mediterranean Cooking Experience tour, while environmentally safe “Mosque Bags” are given to guests to store shoes during mosque visits.

Planning a visit to the Virgin Mary’s House in Ephesus? If so, you’ll receive a holy water pot, made from organic soil that can be used to collect holy water from the fountain outside the house. The material is also aimed at reflecting the pottery used by Ephesians in the 1st Century A.D.

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Enjoy an Evening of Culture and Entertainment in Portugal

Celebrity Cruises, An Evening of Fado and Folklore, Shore Excursion, Lisbon, Portugal

Heading to Portugal on a Celebrity cruise any time soon? If you’re looking to spend an evening immersed in culture and authentic local entertainment, be sure to check out our new Evening with Fado and Folklore shore excursion in Lisbon. The tour is an exciting addition to our new Evenings Around the World Shore Excursions collection, which showcases some of the most unique, intriguing, and distinctive activities and happenings at a port of call that take place after the sun sets.

On this excursion, you’ll discover one of Portugal’s iconic cultural hallmarks, Fado, while also being treated to a spectacular song and dance performance. Fado, translated from the Latin word “fatum”, meaning destiny, is a centuries-old genre of music typically characterized by poignant melodies and lyrics. An integral part of the history and life of the Portuguese people, Fado is recognized on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

First, you’ll take in some of Lisbon’s beautiful nighttime sights on the drive to a local Fado House, a tavern where Fado performances are traditionally held. The venue is charming and intimate, boasting décor and furnishings typical to the taverns of yesteryear where Fado music was played.

After being shown to your seats, you’ll instantly feel as though you were transported hundreds of years back in time to the days when Fado originated. Before long, the performance will begin and you won’t help but feel captivated by the entrancing and soulful lyrics, profound choreography, and intense rhythms of the folkloric music.

A centuries-old cultural tradition comes to life before your eyes on our Evening with Fado and Folklore shore excursion. It’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime and the perfect way to see, feel, and actually become a part of the most emblematic representation of Portuguese heritage.

See the World from a New Perspective with Celebrity Shore Excursions

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At Celebrity Cruises®, we’re committed to giving you a truly remarkable vacation experience, connecting you with the world through exclusive and extraordinary tours and activities to take you far beyond the shores, and straight to the heart of the destination and its people.

With that said, we’re excited to announce that we’re introducing four unique Shore Excursion collections, which cater to individual preferences and lifestyle: Uniquely Celebrity, Culture & Locale, Lifestyle & Wellness, and Family.

Discover how easy it is to pick your perfect experiences as we introduce our most spectacular collection of shore excursions to date.

 

The Uniquely Celebrity Collection

We’ve partnered with locals around the world to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences that are exclusive to Celebrity. For the ultimate in modern luxury, our Uniquely Celebrity premium excursions are not to be missed. Choose from a range of Celebrity ExclusivesSM, our premiere excursions, like The Winds of Tuscany, where you can glide over the Tuscan countryside on a hot air balloon, or create your very own dream experience, completely tailored to your desires, with our Private JourneysSM.


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Connect with your loved ones on Celebrity Cruises’ Big Nugget Family Tour Challenge in Skagway, Alaska

Celebrity Shore Excursions, Family Tour Challenge, The Big Nugget, Skagway, Alaska

Alaska is filled with wonderful opportunities for families to explore, learn, and forge lasting memories together. If you’re planning a Celebrity cruise vacation to Alaska with your loved ones, we have an array of exciting adventures your whole family will enjoy, including our popular Family Tour Challenge – The Big Nugget in Skagway.

From gold panning to interacting with professional dog mushers and their pups, this incredible Shore Excursion offers the perfect chance for you to spend quality time with your loved ones while enjoying an unforgettable firsthand look at Alaska’s famous Gold Rush days.

But don’t take our word for it; see what one of our guests, PHILMARJ, has to say about this amazing destination experience:

“This was a great excursion. We learned a lot about the Iditarod race from someone who had competed multiple times. We got to meet a dog sled team and young husky puppies that we got to hold. We also got to see the dogs pull a sled on a gravel track. Next we got to dress to go into a very cold room to experience 40 below. From there, we got a tour and explanation of a gold mine dredging operation, gold panning and then had the opportunity to pan gold ourselves. From gold panning, we went to a beer tasting room where we were able to sample a variety of commercially available and beers brewed locally at the excursion site. After the beer tasting and tour of the brewing local facilities, we were treated to a delicious meal in an adjacent building. We would highly recommend this tour for adults and families.”

Unique Experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia

Faberge Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, boasts an incredible history and eclectic culture. Once the capital of imperial Russia, the city is renowned as one of Europe’s cultural epicenters, with its numerous world-famous museums, galleries, monuments, and parks. Naturally, when visiting St. Petersburg, you’ll want to soak in as many of these incredible sites as possible. But what if we told you there was a whole other side to these historic landmarks not many are privy to?

If you’re visiting St. Petersburg on your next Celebrity® cruise, be sure to check out these amazing shore excursions that’ll take you beyond the typical sights and sounds of the city, creating an exceptionally unique experience.

Catherine Palace and Amber Restoration Workshop

Catherine Palace is one of St. Petersburg’s most iconic landmarks. The stunning 18th century imperial palace is the epitome of opulence, with its extravagant carved panels that are gilded with over 200 pounds of gold. Yes, Catherine Palace is one of the city’s top attractions, but on our Catherine Palace and Amber Restoration Workshop shore excursion, you’ll have the unique opportunity to not only explore the palace grounds, but also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Amber restoration workshops, where the palace’s famous Amber panels are being rebuilt to their pre-World War II glory.

Your experience will begin with a tour of the palace, following in the footsteps of Russian tsars who frequented the estate during the summer. After, with champagne in hand, you’ll enjoy a “backstage” invitation to the Amber restoration workshops, where you’ll learn all about the room itself—which many consider to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World”—and it’s fascinating history, concluding with the modern day restoration project under task, whereby restorers are hoping to restore the space to her original grandeur. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, you’ll also have some time to stroll the palace’s enchanting 1,400-acre park, that’s set around a central lake and dotted with a number of charming pavilions.


Faberge Museum Evening Experience

If you’re a fan of intimate and exclusive experiences, our Faberge Museum Evening Experience is not to be missed. Because on this exceptional shore excursion, you won’t only enjoy a private evening tour of the world-famous Faberge Museum, but you’ll also be treated to a wonderful cocktail reception and private musical performance.

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Exploring Balinese Culture Through Art

Celebrity Cruises' Kecak Dance shore excursion in BaliThey say that art is one of the truest forms of self-expression—through it one can reveal their innermost thoughts, dreams, and desires. Indeed, art can serve as a vehicle for expressing emotions, beliefs, and even intellectual prowess. So what better way to discover what truly makes a culture distinctive than by exploring its choice of artistic expression? With this in mind, we offer an array of exciting shore excursions that focus on the various art forms unique to each of the alluring ports we visit, including the exotic island of Bali, which is teeming with spectacular natural wonders, ancient temples, and an array of intriguing sights.

So, if you’ve ever thought about cruising to Bali and have a passion for art, check out these incredible shore excursions that highlight how the Balinese have expressed themselves through art across the ages and how the variety of indigenous crafts and performance art convey aspects of the Indonesian island nation’s culture, history, and environment.

Authentic Balinese Remains

If you’re curious to learn about Balinese history and art, our Authentic Balinese Remains tour is the perfect choice. This shore excursion takes you on a journey through time for a look at Bali’s past and present through artistic renditions. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to Kertha Gosa Pavilion, Bali’s original court of law. This 18th Century architectural marvel features a beautiful ceiling mural depicting the epic Hindu tale of Bhima Swarga. You’ll also experience traditional Balinese art first-hand at Kesiman Village, where you’ll create your very own batik—an ancient Indonesian craft that is essentially the wax-resistant dying of cloth.

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Celebrity Cruises’ Culinary Shore Excursions: Made to Make Your Mouth Water

Celebrity Cruises, Culinary Shore Excursions, Sorrento, Italy, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Roseau, DominicaThe South Beach Food & Wine Festival kicked of its festivities today, featuring many of our favorite celebrity chefs, highlighting some fabulous new food trends, and bringing together gatherings of people to celebrate all things food and wine.

A fantastic dining experience is something we can all appreciate, and we here at Celebrity Cruises® know that for many, a key highlight of cruising with Celebrity is our dedication to world-class cuisine. While on board, you can delight in delicious dinners, both in the dining room or at one of our specialty restaurants. Ashore, we can help you continue the culinary experience with a number of food- and wine-based shore excursions, many of which are designed to showcase the unique flavor profiles that are native to a specific port of call. So, if you’re going on a Celebrity cruise vacation any time soon and are craving a taste of delicious dishes and vintages, be sure to check out these amazing food and wine tours.

 

Private Cooking Experience in Sorrento

Few places embody the essence of exquisite cuisine as much as Italy. And now, the secrets of Neapolitan cuisine are yours to uncover with our Private Cooking Experience in Sorrento. Depart from Naples and take a picturesque drive along the spectacular Amalfi coast to the magnificent 15th Century Palazzo Marziale in Sorrento. This breathtaking palace is now a bed and breakfast and offers the perfect backdrop for your hands-on culinary experience. Upon arrival and introductions, you’ll take a guided walk into the historic city center to gather fresh local ingredients to take back to the estate’s private kitchen, where you’ll learn how to prepare typical Neapolitan dishes like potato timbale, ravioli, grilled beef entrecôte, and the popular Italian dessert, tiramisu. After working up an appetite in the kitchen, toast to your day with a glass of Prosecco and then savor your original culinary creations. Buon appetito! Continue reading “Celebrity Cruises’ Culinary Shore Excursions: Made to Make Your Mouth Water”