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Celebrity Cruises has announced the last of its lineup of 2017 and 2018 itineraries in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Captain's Club members now have priority access for bookings, with the itineraries opening to the general public on December 18.
Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Constellation will offer Asia cruises in 2017 and 2018. Citing popular demand, Celebrity Cruises is upping its India sailings to eight, the most in the brand's history. The line’s season in the region also features the 15-night “Best of India and Sri Lanka” sailing that goes along the famous and ancient Spice Route. Culture-seekers who want to discover the beauty of South Asia can embark on this once-in-a-lifetime tour to the Taj Majal and trace the origins of their favorite tea while in Colombo, Sri Lanka; or relax on the palm-lined beaches of Goa, India. Celebrity will also continue to sail out of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
New to the brand’s Signature Event Sailings is the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, available on a sailing onboard Celebrity Millennium over Chinese New Year.
Notable shore excursions for this season include new Uniquely Celebrity experiences such as watching a rich dance performance in Bali, Indonesia; receiving a water blessing for good health from a local monk and visiting a 390-foot-tall Buddha figure on Chee-Jan Mountain in Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand; savoring a traditional Kaiseki meal while enjoying a traditional Geisha performance in Tokyo; and cruising along the coast of Abu Dhabi.
Celebrity has also added new destinations to its 2017-2018 season, such as Aomori, Japan, home of the Hirosaki Castle, which was built in 1611; and Hiroshima, Japan, where guests can visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Australia and New Zealand Cruises
Celebrity Solstice will sail in western and southern Australia in 2017-2018, visiting ports of call like Perth and Adelaide, as well as an added opportunity for vacationers to cruise from Sydney, Australia, to the Great Barrier Reef. The Solstice Class ship will also continue to sail across the Pacific Ocean on cruises to the South Pacific and Hawaii.
Vacationers sailing on Australia and New Zealand cruises will have the chance to experience a variety of curated shore excursions unique to Celebrity. The Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors have helped create a series of exclusive shore excursions, including the “Australian Zoo Express” and “Australian Experience” tours, which visit the Wildlife Hospital where sick, injured and orphaned animals are treated and cared for ahead of their release back into the wild. Celebrity is also introducing a Uniquely Celebrity adventure in Tauranga, New Zealand. “The Basket of Plenty” experience will take guests on a journey to taste the unique flavors of the Bay of Plenty on a tasting tour as well as a trip to Kiwi360, the kiwi fruit capital of the world.
New Cruise Offer
Celebrity is also offering a “Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!” offer for nearly all of the brand’s 2017-2018 sailings. Guests who book an oceanview or higher stateroom and “Go Big” can enjoy a free perk from the choice of Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited internet packages, gratuities or $150 to spend onboard. Vacationers can even choose to upgrade and “Go Better” to get their choice of two perks, or “Go Best” and get all four perks, plus a Premium beverage package upgrade. Full details about this offer are available at celebritycruises.com/gobigbetterbest.