Find Out Why a Northern Lights Cruise is an Excellent Way to View This Natural Phenomenon
Seeing the northern lights is one of those magical experiences on nearly every traveler’s bucket list. Dreaming about seeing the northern lights is easy; figuring out the logistics of viewing those shimmering colors in the nighttime sky are not so simple. A northern lights cruise takes the stress out of it.
The northern lights, also called by its official name of aurora borealis, are a popular thing to see due to the surreal way light moves in waves of green color across the nighttime sky.
The aurora borealis can only be seen above the magnetic pole of the northern hemisphere. This is why your chances of seeing them increase the farther north you are, which in turn makes Iceland an ideal place to try your luck at northern lights gazing.
You can increase your chances of seeing them by going at the right time in the right place with an expert guide who will ensure you take every measure to increase your chances of seeing them while in Iceland. That’s where a northern lights cruise vacation package with Celebrity Cruises comes in.
Northern Lights Cruise Vacation Packages
Celebrity Cruises offers Celebrity Explorations vacation packages which let you get an in-depth look at both the land and sea environment as well as the culture of a region. You will be escorted in comfortable transportation and stay at high-end accommodations during your time on land, with a tour guide along with you every step of the way to make sure your vacation goes smoothly and memorably. Once on the cruise, you'll get to enjoy the modern luxury setting and amenities that Celebrity Cruises is known for as you sail to fabulous ports of call.
In the case of the Northern Lights, it’s an immersive experience of the northwest region of Europe with an emphasis on Iceland.
Celebrity Cruises has put together a unique Northern Lights itinerary that gives you multiple nights touring in Iceland followed by a European cruise that departs from Southampton, England (Celebrity Cruises will arrange your flights to England from Iceland) and sails around specific areas of Europe.
When you’re not waiting for a chance to see the northern lights, you’re likely going to be itching to see and experience the rest of Iceland and Celebrity Cruises has you covered in that regard as well. You’ll get the chance to see some of the country’s top sights, such as the Blue Lagoon and an assortment of majestic waterfalls.
Iceland Northern Lights + Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords
This Norwegian Lights cruise vacation is eleven nights, giving you just enough time to travel across Iceland for the chance to see the Northern Lights before you take off on a bucket list cruise up the coast of Norway to see its famous fjords. Your cruise will include multiple ports of call in Norway, including Bergen, Flam, Geiranger, Alesund, and Stavanger.
Iceland Northern Lights + Cruise to Canary Islands
This Norwegian Lights cruise vacation is perfect for the traveler who wants the adventure of exploring Iceland along with the bliss of some island lounging. Your vacation will be 17 nights long and includes a multi-day tour of Iceland with the chance to see the northern lights before embarking on a cruise to the islands off the coast of Portugal. Your first port of call will be Ponta Delgada, Azores, where you can explore its lush vegetation. Next, you’ll stop in the island of Madeira, famous for its port wine. From there, it’s onto the tropical Canary Islands where you’ll visit four different islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote. Your port of call explorations will end with a day in the bustling city of Lisbon, Portugal before you enjoy two days at sea relaxing on your ship before returning to Southampton.
A Norwegian Lights Cruise Vacation Featuring Celebrity Silhouette
Upcoming 2018 Norwegian Lights Vacation Explorations conduct the cruise portion of the vacation on Celebrity Silhouette, which is part of Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning Solstice class of cruise ships. Celebrity Silhouette made her debut in 2011 and continued Celebrity Cruises' reputation of top-notch service and modern luxury on its cruise ships.
Celebrity Silhouette features the Lawn Club, a real grass area covering the expansive top deck of the ship. Guests can play bocce ball, have a picnic, or simply sit on the grass and enjoy the sea views as the ship sails through the water.
In addition, Celebrity Silhouette has some fun options adjacent to the Lawn Club for guests to partake in, such as the Lawn Club Grill, a restaurant where guests can grill their own steak and then dine on it al fresco. The Alcoves are another popular place to hang out by the Lawn Club during a day at sea. For an extra charge, guests can reserve a cabana in the Alcoves and lounge on it while enjoying drinks and snacks delivered right to your cabana.
Celebrity Silhouette also has a wide range of stateroom and suite options that you can choose from for your northern lights cruise vacation. Spa lovers will enjoy the AquaClass veranda staterooms, while those looking for some extra space will love upgrading their vacation to one of Celebrity Silhouette’s opulent suites.
More Celebrity Explorations Around the World
In addition to northern lights cruises, Celebrity Cruises also offers other Celebrity Explorations. You can experience an African safari in Tanzania and see the incredible wildlife and scenery of Africa followed by an exciting cruise to some of Europe’s top ports; you can choose from four different European itineraries, all departing from Southampton. Celebrity Cruises also offers another Iceland vacation package for those not as concerned about seeing the Northern Lights. This vacation package will take you to Reykjavik, Iceland, and beyond as you explore the beautiful country, after which you’ll depart for Southampton, England, to embark on a cruise around the British Isles or Scandinavia and Russia.
Celebrity Cruises also has other vacation packages in its repertoire. You can embark on a cruisetour through Alaska and experience both the coastal region and wild inland area of the 49th state. Sail south to the Galapagos Islands on an all-inclusive small-ship cruise during which you’ll travel through the waters with naturalists on board who will teach you all about the Galapagos Islands’ unique ecosystem and the animals that call it home. Cruisers can also opt to add a City Stay to their vacation when sailing with Celebrity Cruises in select ports; the City Stay program provides you with an extra couple of days to explore the city where your cruise ends before you return home.
Book Your Northern Lights Cruise
To book your northern lights cruise or other Celebrity Explorations vacation package, visit Celebrity Cruises’ #BookItList page and turn your bucket list dream of seeing the northern lights into reality by easily booking it along with your airfare and activities all in one convenient place.