Celebrity Infinity leaves Harwich, England today, beginning a 14-day trip to Miami that includes stops in France, Spain, Portugal and Nassau. It’s one leg of a series of cruises that will see Infinity go from Harwich to Miami to San Diego to Fort Lauderdale to Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires – from where it will spend the (North American) winter bouncing around South America.
Of the nine cruises scheduled to depart today, October 22, 2013, one of the out-of-the-ordinary choices is a trip from San Diego to Hawaii. San Diego isn’t an overly popular cruise departure point, with less than ten cruises schedule for most months. But its position as the southwest-most major city in the continental United States makes it the best choice for a cruise from the mainland to Hawaii.
Today’s cruise is a 15-night cruise from San Diego on Celebrity Century that will provide ocean-side views of all of Hawaii’s major islands. The ship spends four days at sea getting to and from Hawaii, but that still leaves plenty of time to visit Hilo, the Kilauea Volcano coast, Kailua and Kona, Maui and Honolulu. The return trip also includes a stop in Ensenada, Mexico.
Celebrity Century is a somewhat small-ish cruise ship (1814 guests) that first sailed in 1995 but has been renovated a couple of times to keep things up-to-date. The AquaSpa by Elemis is considered one of the nicest spas to be found on a cruise ship. The Main Restaurant has a lot of traditional cruise ship dining ambience, while the Murano Restaurant offers a more intimate experience for a special evening. The Martini Bar features a bar topped with ice to keep drinks especially cool.
Staterooms on Century include four classes of suites, four “Veranda Class” rooms, Concierge Class, two Ocean View varieties and two inside staterooms.
Celebrity Century will be making cruises out of other Pacific Coast cities next year – Los Angeles and Vancouver, while cruises from San Diego to Hawaii (17 and 18 nights) will continue to be offered on ms Veendam.
Island Princess begins a 10-night round-trip southern Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale, with stops in Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands;
Seabourn Pride will still be cruising the Mediterranean Sea for a couple more weeks – today it leaves Monte Carlo on a 10-night tour of Italy that ends in Civitavecchia.
Six months from today, April 10, 2014, you could be aboard one of 16 ships departing from 15 different ports, including an unusual 19-day cruise through the Suez Canal from Mumbai, India to Civitavecchia on Seabourn Odyssey.
Celebrity Equinox makes lots of longer cruises, most of them 10-12 nights in length, including today’s 12-night round trip voyage from Barcelona that includes visits to Livorno, Naples, Montenegro and Croatia;
Azamara Journey begins an 11-night cruise from Civitavecchia to Piraeus that will make stops in Italy, Malta, Israel and Greece;
There are hundreds of cruises every year from major ports like Barcelona and Miami, but maybe you’d like to try something that begins from an unusual departure point – like Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is on St. Thomas and is the largest city and capital of the the US Virgin Islands. The city is located on a well-protected harbor called Long Bay that provides easy access to the islands of the eastern Caribbean.
Seabourn Cruise Line has scheduled some 7-night eastern Caribbean cruises from Charlotte Amalie for February and March of 2014 and 2015. The cruises include visits to St. Martin, Antigua, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands. Seabourn Pride will be making the cruises in 2014, replaced by Seabourn Legend in 2015.
There are also one-way cruises into and out of Charlotte Amalie before and after the “mini cruise season” there. The inbound “repositioning cruise” begins in Oranjestad, Aruba and is a 7-night tour of the southern Caribbean. The outbound cruise is a bit more extensive – a 13-night voyage from Charlotte Amalie to Barcelona.