Celebrity Expeditions Offers New Europe Sailings

Celebrity Quest joins the Celebrity Expeditions Brand in time for the 2008 Europe season

By: Ana Figueroa

Celebrity Quest, the luxurious 710-guest vessel that will join Celebrity Cruises’ “Celebrity Expeditions” brand later this year, will pair the best of Celebrity with exceptional experiences in European destinations less traveled.

“The upscale, smaller nature of Celebrity Quest allows us greater versatility in deployment, so our itineraries feature destinations that are likely to be new discoveries for even the most experienced European travelers,” said Celebrity President Dan Hanrahan.

“Our Celebrity Expeditions fleet offers unparalleled service, including butler service and concierge-style amenities in every stateroom; extraordinary dining experiences; and revitalizing spa programs all within a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, and paired with truly exotic destinations and unique shore excursions.”

Celebrity Quest rounds out the Celebrity Expeditions brand when she joins sister ship Celebrity Journey, along with the megayacht, Celebrity Xpedition, which sails year-round in the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity Quest will introduce 25 new ports in Europe for the Celebrity brand, including a series of unique overnight stays, offering guests a more immersive experience in intriguing destinations.Celebrity Quest begins Celebrity Expeditions’ inaugural Europe season with a 14-night transatlantic voyage that departs Miami on April 12, 2008, featuring the brand’s first calls on Alicante and Gijon, Spain, and Bonifacio, Corsica.

The ship then presents a 14-night “Best of Italy” cruise from Rome that includes overnight stays in Sorrento, Venice, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), and visits to Monopoli, Ravenna and Sardinia, Italy, as well as Split, Croatia, and Taormina, Sicily.

An early-season, special-interest cruise allows film enthusiasts to enjoy favorite offerings on the silver screen amidst the beauty of the Mediterranean on Celebrity Quest’s Cannes Film Festival cruise round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 10. The cruise includes three consecutive nights in Cannes when the city hosts the world’s most prestigious film festival.

At the height of her European season, Celebrity Quest’s 14-night Mediterranean sailings round-trip from Rome from May through September feature overnight stays in Livorno and Barcelona, plus visits to Sorrento, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Sete, Malta and Tunisia.

Celebrity Quest will also offer several special sailings in Europe.

The ship sails through the Black Sea on a 14-night cruise from Rome to Athens on July 5 and Aug. 2, with overnight stays in both Ephesus (Kusadasi) and Istanbul, Turkey, and including visits to the coastal communities of Sinop, Turkey; Yalta, Sevastopol, and Odessa, Ukraine; and Varna, Bulgaria.

The Celebrity Quest visits ancient empires on 14-night itineraries in June, October and November, with visits to five locations in Turkey, including an overnight stay in Istanbul; the Greek islands of Chios and Santorini; Limassol, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt, and Sorrento, Italy.

Additionally, three 14-night sailings departing Athens on June 21, July 19 and Aug.16 feature a series of overnight stays in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Sorrento, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy, and several visits to Greece’s lesser-known island gems.

Celebrity Quest and her sister ship, Celebrity Journey, offer 15 classes of accommodations, all featuring butler service as well as concierge-style amenities, including fresh-cut flowers, fresh fruit, Elemis toiletries, complimentary use of Frette cotton robes, flat-panel TVs and European bedding.

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