Find Your Perfect Beach Day with Celebrity Cruises
Getting away from it all is an art; it should surprise no one that the Caribbean is the go-to muse for so many. Vacations to its crystalline waters and tranquil beaches serve to melt away even the most stubborn stress. There’s no shortage of choices for where to venture or how to get there — but let us recommend some. We’ve highlighted a handful of the ports (as well as some luxe onboard amenities) you can look forward to when you set sail with Celebrity Cruises® on a selection of itineraries beginning in 2024.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Depending on your itinerary, your cruise may depart from (or arrive at) Fort Lauderdale, but that’s no reason not to include it in your vacation daydreams. With a pinch of planning, you can spend a relaxing day before or after your cruise soaking up the tropical vibes stateside. Broad white, sandy beaches line the promenade, perfect for an extra beach day. Or maybe the urge to explore is too great — the Everglades is a short drive away, and home to plenty of opportunities to admire the natural beauty of the national park (and its wild denizens). If you’re looking to supplement your packed items with some new purchases (or, if your idea of a good time is just retail therapy), both the Galleria Fort Lauderdale and the Sawgrass Mills designer outlets promise quality shopping.
Photo: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
As the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau encompasses both bustling energy and placid tranquility in the same scene. The Nassau Straw Market, a mere three blocks from port, presents a smorgasbord of vendors arranged in organized chaos to peruse. Contrast this with the near-pristine white beaches, just minutes away, and you begin to appreciate the duality of Nassau as a vacation destination. The thrills and sights don’t stop there: Atlantis on Paradise Island (just a breezy stroll across the bridge from Nassau) hosts all the thrills of a world-class waterpark. Swim with dolphins and learn about other ocean creatures at the 11-acre educational park — or beeline for the aquatic thrills of the water slides.
Photo: Nassau, Bahamas
Once theorized to be the location of the lost city of Atlantis, Bimini today is a hidden gem of a destination known only to those in the know. At this island, consideredonsidered the “Big Game Fishing Capital of the World,” you’ll undoubtedly want to try your hand at reeling in bonefish and blue marlin. Or, if you’re diving-certified, the chance to swim with sharks at the Victory Reef is certain to entice. On land, Ashley Saunders' Dolphin House Museum stands as a temple to the beauty of the sea; comprised entirely of colorful recovered materials from sea, it’s a work of art in itself. But perhaps nothing can compare with nature’s own masterpiece — miles of flawless coastline, perfect for kicking back and relaxing.
Photo: Bimini, Bahamas
George Town, Grand Cayman
No Caribbean hub has blended the glamour of global finance with island vibes quite like the Cayman Islands. World-class restaurants, designer boutiques and duty-free shopping go hand-in-hand with pristine white-sand beaches, brilliant blue waters and teeming coral reefs. For those looking for a refreshing break from world-class retail therapy, the water hosts one-of-a-kind experiences. Snorkel through the WWII-era shipwreck-turned-reef USS Kittiwake. Get acquainted with the friendly denizens of Stingray City. Help yourself to a tasty barbeque feast at Seven Mile Beach. No matter what you find yourself doing, pause for a second and soak up the situation — odds are, you’re in the middle of a postcard-perfect scene.
Photo: George Town, Grand Cayman
Perfect day at CocoCay
It might seem like a tall order given the previous ports, but Perfect Day at CocoCay aspires to be exactly what the name implies. Finding your exact definition of tropical paradise is as simple as stepping off the ship and onto the island. Spend the day satisfying your need for speed with North America’s tallest waterslide. Beat the tropical heat with the Caribbean’s largest pool — and swim-up bar. Carve out your own quiet place for a mid-paradise siesta with one of the overwater cabanas. Have your head in the clouds (and snap an incredible souvenir pic) from CocoCay’s hot air balloon, hovering at the seagull-eye-view elevation of 450 feet.
For the truly elevated treatment, you’ll want to join Coco Beach Club®. Your indulgence is priority number one in every aspect; you’ll float in bliss within the seaside infinity pool while a poolside attendant awaits your next tropical cocktail order. When hunger strikes, waltz into the clubhouse and help yourself to some complimentary dining. And, when you’re ready to recharge from all the fun, the overwater cabanas are there for your enjoyment. Offering unbeatable views of the horizon, overwater hammocks to stretch out in and private slides for when the allure of the cool ocean water proves too great, the overwater cabanas are the ultimate in luxurious, laidback lounging — a plush fortress of solitude jutting out from a tropical paradise designed to perfection.
And finally, of course — there’s the beach, as pristine and gorgeous as you’d expect. No matter if you’re looking for a day jam-packed with adventure or one filled with rest and relaxation, Perfect Day at CocoCay delivers.
We couldn’t discuss a potential getaway with Celebrity and not mention The Retreat. For the uninitiated, The Retreat can seem hard to pin down. It’s not a place, or an amenity, or a service; it’s all of the above, and more. The Retreat is comprised of stunning suites, a private restaurant, an exclusive lounge and sundeck — promising an unparalleled vacation experience to rival that of any high-end resort. For the duration of your cruise, a dedicated team of attendants, concierges and butlers is at your beck and call, ensuring you never have to so much as lift a finger on your vacation. To sum it up, it can be one of the core reasons some of your best moments on vacation are in between destinations.
An ideal way to make the most of the above cruise with Celebrity is with the trusted guidance of our travel advisors. Not only will you have plenty of time to experience the sights and flavors listed above, but you’ll also enjoy all the trappings that come with staying at one of Celebrity’s award-winning resorts at sea: chic outdoor spaces to relax, all-inclusive award-winning onboard entertainment and a bounty of dining venues ranging from fine cuisine to market-place style for a tasty bite to eat. Our agents know Celebrity Cruises well, so we can help you choose, plan and book your cruise vacation to perfection.