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There’s no better family vacation than exploring the rugged wilderness of Alaska on a luxurious, award-winning ship—Celebrity Eclipse®. It’s the perfect pairing of modern comfort and natural wonders. To make the vacation even more exciting, you’ll start in one of the most dynamic cities of the Northwest, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Celebrity Eclipse sets the standard for luxurious family vacations in Alaska. Step aboard and unwind in luxurious, spacious accommodations, dine in world-class restaurants, and enjoy service so intuitive, you’ll never have to lift a finger. Celebrity Eclipse is the perfect complement to the wonders of The Last Frontier with 7-night round-trip sailings carefully designed to deliver unforgettable experiences.
Vancouver isn’t just a starting point for your adventure in Alaska, it’s a destination in itself. Start your vacation a day or two early and get to know this amazing city before you sail. Brave the heights of the Capilano Suspension Bridge in the heart of the North American rainforest. Go bike-riding through iconic Stanley Park. Take a day trip to nearby Victoria. Afterwards, set sail on a cruise that visits must-see Alaska destinations like the Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau.
With our 9-to-13-night Alaska Cruisetours, you can combine your Alaska cruise with an exciting land tour where you’ll stay in authentic lodges and travel remote roads and railways in deluxe motor coaches and luxurious train. A Cruisetour will take you to cultured Anchorage, folksy Talkeetna, and wild Denali—truly giving you a feel for the 49th State.
We have a robust variety of Alaska sailings, on your choice of three award-winning ships. In addition to Eclipse, Celebrity Solstice® sails round-trip out of Seattle and Celebrity Millennium® offers open-jaw/one way sailings between Vancouver and Seward.
Elite Plus member, Ron Lichtman, has an incredible 28 cruises under his belt. Ron’s been cruising so long, he actually started cruising with Celebrity before we were even Celebrity Cruises—back when the line was still owned by the Greek company Chandris. He’s been loyal to Celebrity all of these years because it “feels like home.” He says, “The crew is like family, and I always recognize the staff on board. For me, cruising with Celebrity is very special. There is no other experience that can even come close.”
To prove that point, Ron told us about how he sailed on an eastbound transatlantic cruise to Rome. When he arrived, he had arranged a private meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. That’s right, The Pope. Ron just happened to be personal friends with him. At their meeting, Ron shared photos and stories about his experiences on board. Ron assures us that he was truly impressed. We couldn’t be prouder.
Ironically, Ron’s girlfriend, Julie, had never been on a Celebrity cruise—or any cruise, for that matter. Ron convinced her to give it a try, and they booked an Alaska vacation on Celebrity Eclipse® from Vancouver. Julie may not have known it then, but she had one of the best cruise guides she could ask for right by her side. Ron gave her tips and advice about cruising—what to pack and what not to pack (hint: in Alaska, the key is layers), and what to expect on board. He gave her all the ins and outs of cruising—and most importantly—how to get the most out of her vacation.
One of Ron’s tips was for Julie to explore the ship on the Celebrity website. He knew she’d get even more excited when she got a sense of the room, the restaurants, and the places where she could kick back and relax. He also suggested she browse through the extensive list of Shore Excursions to help decide what they’d want to do shoreside. In case you haven’t figured it out—Ron’s a planner. He knew the site would help set her expectations, so once she got on board, she’d know just what she wanted to do first, and for the rest of the vacation.
They started their adventure a few days early to get know Vancouver and the surrounding area before the cruise. In Whistler, they enjoyed a gondola ride (it’s not Venice, but it’s still amazing), and they went white-water rafting on the Green River. In Vancouver, they visited Granville Island for a romantic dinner and enjoyed the spectacular views of downtown. “Vancouver is a beautiful way to depart for Alaska,” Ron said. We completely agree.
Then aboard Eclipse®, Ron said it was like returning “home,” and Julie was excited to start the cruise ahead of them. When asked what they loved about their vacation the most, Ron said viewing Hubbard Glacier up close from the Bridge was right at the top of the list. “This was one of the most special experiences of my life. Seeing the Glacier from this view, while the naturalist explained all the details was truly amazing.” Other highlights of their cruise included white-water rafting. Getting up close with Alaska’s unique wildlife—bears, moose, reindeer, and bison. Taking a catamaran ride to see whales, sea otters, and sea lions. Hiking up to Nugget Waterfalls with breathtaking views of Mendenhall Glacier. They were able to experience all of these amazing experiences on one vacation. What’s the secret? According to Ron, “Plan ahead.”
It was great getting to chat with Ron and Julie about their vacation. Julie was “blown away” by her first cruise, and Ron says he’ll recommend a Celebrity cruise to Alaska from Vancouver to his friends. Thanks, Ron!
Check out some of their personal photos that they were kind enough to share.
We’re excited to announce our newly revolutionized ship, Celebrity Constellation®, is making Tampa her winter home beginning in November of 2020 and will be offering 10- and 11-night island-hopping vacations in the Caribbean.
Our longer sailings offer the perfect escape from close to home. Get more in-depth island time with visits to incredible islands and cities, including St. Kitts & Nevis, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Cartagena, and Colon (just to name a few). Experience the famous locks of the Panama Canal into Lake Gatun, and back again. We’ve carefully designed these itineraries to give you the best of the Caribbean—sun-drenched beaches, colorful reefs, local cuisines, and so much more.
The newly revolutionized Celebrity Constellation is the perfect complement to our new Caribbean itineraries. Step aboard and discover completely redesigned staterooms, including our new suite experience, The Retreat®. Suite guests will enjoy exclusive new spaces like The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge along with private dining at Luminae. Throughout the ship, you’ll enjoy luxuriously updated restaurants, bars, and lounges. Shop in new boutiques featuring the hottest designer names. If you’ve sailed Constellation® in the past—you won’t believe the change. She’s got an updated look without losing her undeniable charm.
There’s no better time to plan your winter escape.
We’re trying something new! We invite you to join us on Twitter on Tuesday, September 17 at 1 PM ET to talk about all things loyalty. Mark your calendar now to be part of the conversation. It’s just one more way we’re trying to connect with our Captain’s Club members. Chat with you then!
How to join on Twitter Live: Go to our Twitter account (@celebritycruise) on Sept 17 at 1 PM ET. Use #CaptainsClubChat to interact with us or search the same tag to see questions and comments that other users have made.
Your most relaxing moments on board; your most memorable experiences on land. Through our partnership with Canyon Ranch®, we're thrilled to be able to offer you a discount on luxurious stays at award-winning wellness resorts in Arizona and Massachusetts, and spa services in Las Vegas.
Enjoy a 25% discount on the resort’s EveryStay rate with a 3-night minimum. Receive a $160 spa allowance per guest at the resort in Tucson, Arizona, or the resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. Must stay by June 30, 2020.
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Enjoy a 30% discount on one 50-minute or longer spa service at the Canyon Ranch® Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. Must use before June 30, 2020.
Book with offer code: Celebrity
· $160 daily resort credit per person for spa, sports, or one-on-ones with wellness experts
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*The resort amenities fee or any portion of it does not represent a tip, gratuity or service charge for wait staff employees, service employees or any other employee at Canyon Ranch. Canyon Ranch is a no-tipping resort. Offer expires June 30, 2020.
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Offer is based on space availability and may not be combined or used in conjunction with any other special, discount, group, membership, or homeowner stay.
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