3rd August 2020
Sydney > Barcelona
Departure Date: 3rd August 2020
Duration: 15 nights
Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Ship: Celebrity Apex
Price from: $4,479pp
3rd August 2020
Sydney > Barcelona
4th August 2020
Room Only, 4 Star Rating
The infinite variety of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gòtic, the ceramic tile and stained glass of Art Nouveau facades, the art and music, the throb of street life, the food (ah, the food!)—one way or another, Barcelona will find a way to get your full attention. The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí’s majestic Sagrada Famíliaand his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain’s second-largest city. Modern art museums and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona’s vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.
Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it’s necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travelers. Called Kállisti (the “Loveliest”) when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century-BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness, St. Irene of Thessaloniki, the Byzantine empress who restored icons to Orthodoxy and died in 802. You can fly conveniently to Santorini, but to enjoy a true Santorini rite of passage, opt instead for the boat trip here, which provides a spectacular introduction. After the boat sails between Sikinos and Ios, your deck-side perch approaches two close islands with a passage between them. The bigger one on the left is Santorini, and the smaller on
It’s no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense. Although Athens covers a huge area, the major landmarks of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods are close to the modern city center. You can easily walk from the Acropolis to many other key sites, taking time to browse in shops and relax in cafés and tavernas along the way. From many quarters of
Although the fishing boats still go out in good weather, Mykonos largely makes its living from tourism these days. The summer crowds have turned one of the poorest islands in Greece into one of the richest. Old Mykonians complain that their young, who have inherited stores where their grandfathers once sold eggs or wine, get so much rent that they have lost ambition, and in summer sit around pool bars at night with their friends, and hang out in Athens in winter when island life is less scintillating. Put firmly on the map by Jackie O in the 1960s, Mykonos town—called Hora by the locals—remains the Saint-Tropez of the Greek islands. The scenery is memorable, with its whitewashed streets, Little Venice, the Kato Myli ridge of windmills, and Kastro, the town’s medieval quarter. Its cubical two- or three-story houses and churches, with their red or blue doors and domes and wooden balconies, have been long celebrated as some of the best examples of classic Cycladic architecture. Luckily, t
Whilst the busy resort town of Kusadasi offers much in the way of shopping and dining – not to mention a flourishing beach life scene, the real jewel here is Ephesus and the stunning ruined city that really take centre stage. With only 20% of the classical ruins having been excavated, this archaeological wonder has already gained the status as Europe’s most complete classical metropolis. And a metropolis it really is; built in the 10th century BC this UNESCO World Heritage site is nothing short of spectacular. Although regrettably very little remains of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the superb Library of Celsus’ façade is practically intact and it is one of life’s great joys to attend an evening performance in the illuminated ruins once all the tourists have left. The history of the city is fascinating and multi-layered and it is well worth reading up on this beforehand if a visit is planned. Another point of interest for historians would be the
Naples, in the Campania region, is Italy’s third largest city. Its claim to fame is the spectacular location along one of the world’s most splendid bays, backed by the perfect cone of Mount Vesuvius. In addition to its beautiful setting, Naples’ surprises with other outstanding attractions such as the Royal Palace, San Carlos Opera House, the impressive National Archaeological Museum and the Castel Nuovo, dating from the 13th-century. The city’s central area is best explored on foot. Chaotic traffic conditions make driving around the city a very frustrating experience. Naples provides a convenient starting point for trips to such favored destinations as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. The Isle of Capri can be reached via a 45-minute hydrofoil service. The region of Campania was home to Greeks settlers some 300 years before Rome was founded. Pompeii, too, was a Greek town before being conquered by the Romans during the 5th century BC. It was under the Romans that Pompeii flouri
Italy’s vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark here. Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed churches, and the treasures of Vatican City vie for your attention, but Rome is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a caffè in the Campo de’ Fiori or strolling in a beguiling piazza.
15th August 2020
Room Only, 4 Star Rating
16th August 2020
Rome > Sydney
The second of our revolutionary Edge Class ships – Celebrity Apex – will be sailing from Southampton in April 2020 for its first ever cruises. Boasting some of the most luxurious accommodations in our fleet, Celebrity Apex will offer Edge Staterooms with Infinite Balcony and twin level Edge Villas with outdoor plunge pools, to name a few. Add to this 29 world-class culinary venues, of which 7 are brand new speciality restaurants, and signature spaces such as the incredible Magic Carpet and Rooftop Garden, and you have a ship that elevates modern luxury cruising to new heights.
There will be 29 world-class culinary venues, of which 7 are brand new speciality restaurants on board Celebrity Apex.
The main restaurants onboard Celebrity Apex offer more intimate dining experiences than any other ship in our fleet, with the same impeccable service. Every table has a dedicated wait staff including a head waiter, assistant waiter, and sommelier to ensure every need is met.
More information coming soon.
Accommodations onboard were designed by Kelly Hoppen, MBE.
You will find all of the public doors are accessible to wheelchairs, and Celebrity have designed wheelchair accessible staterooms that have been adapted with special features. They have also included signage in Braille throughout the ships.
Every ship in the Celebrity Cruises® fleet has been designed to make your cruise as relaxing and stress-free as possible if you have mobility impairments. You’ll find a range of services designed with your comfort in mind, and experienced staff are happy to assist wherever possible.
YOUR PERSONAL SPACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY
The spacious accessible staterooms range from 272 sq ft to 381 sq ft (83 sq m to 116 sq m), with a generous five ft (1.5m) turning radius in bedrooms, bathrooms and sitting areas, so you’ll have plenty of room to manoeuvre.
SHIPS WITH ROOM TO EXPLORE
On board you’ll find wide, spacious corridors that are designed to allow 180° turns for wheelchairs. Most decks are accessible through automatic doors, and all public rooms have entrances with gradual inclines. Celebrity also offer scooter access, accessible Blackjack tables in the casino, and accessible Guest Relations desks.
ASSISTANCE FROM THE MOMENT YOUR TRIP BEGINS
If requested in advance (and subject to availability), Celebrity can arrange for accessible transportation between the airport and the pier, at no extra charge*. They also offer early boarding and departure assistance to if you have mobility impairments - please ask when you arrive at the pier, or contact them before your cruise. Special Mobility Services:
Cruise transfers utilising a specialised van with lift
Boarding and departure assistance
Accessible Guest Relations Desks
*Charges apply to guests who have not booked a fly cruise package with Celebrity Cruises. Please ask for cruise only transfer details.
Please be advised that Celebrity Cruises makes every effort to accommodate guest’s dietary requirements wherever possible. Please see the full guide on our website for more information.
If you wish to smoke, please use one of the designated areas outdoors. Smoking is not permitted in any of the dining rooms, casino, theatre, lounge, hallway, elevator, corridor, stateroom or on any stateroom balcony. This includes smoking-like products such as electronic cigarettes. If you do smoke in any of the no-smoking areas you may be charged a $250 cleaning fee.