With many cruise and travel fiends readying themselves for a return to Europe after years gone by, it’s not enough to just head back, you want to do it in style. Celebrity Cruises has fine-tuned their European experiences down to every detail, with every port handpicked and the beautiful Edge series ships set to seduce you on sea days.
Travelling in Europe on an Edge series ship means you’re always visiting two destinations at once – the continent and the ship itself.
Guests can soak in seaside views of the European coast from 13 stories high on the Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform. The platform is where guests can enjoy dining Al Fresco, sample the cocktail menu or take in the scenery.
Another highlight is restaurant Eden, which packs in 650 square metres of windows, to connect you with the sea and sights around you, while preparing your palette for cuisine inspired by great culinary regions around the world. There’s even an open kitchen so you can watch your food be freshly prepared.
Guests can choose the next dining venue for their post-dinner aperitif. There is the Martini Bar, where the creativity of cocktails takes the forefront, or the Sunset Bar, which is known for live pop and folk music bands and the lace to end your evening to watch the world go by.
The brand is synonymously known for its wellness offerings and the Sea Thermal Suite on their Edge series ships offers calming treatments. Whether you want to exfoliate in the Hamman Turkish Bath, steadily steam in the Infrared Sauna, or soothe your soul with Rainfall Water Therapy, the Sea Thermal Suite is a safe pair of hands that will soon have you wrapped around your finger.
For the luxuriously minded, book your suite in the private utopia of The Retreat. Amenities will rain down from the sky between a private pool and lounge, around-the-clock personal service, an exclusive suite class, Luminae, and more.
While you’ll already be swept off your feet, to send your head into the clouds, here are a few European destinations each of their four Edge series ships will be paying a visit to this summer.
While it’s hard to beat a classic Aussie fish ‘n chips, the seafood of Dubrovnik will make it hard to ever settle for anything else, with the region renowned for its mussels and oysters in particular. You can opt to explore the streets carved with limestone and beaches framed by rugged cliffs yourself, or try a shore excursion like Celebrity’s Exclusive Small Group Discoveries: Walls of Ston and Oyster Farm experience, where you’ll ride a rustic boat to an oyster farm and enjoy lunch by the sparkling seaside.
For a dip in Dubrovnik and plenty more, try this 10 Nights Italy, Greece & Croatia from Rome (Civitavecchia), Itinerary from $267 per night on the Celebrity Beyond.
Naples needs little introduction, but whether you’ve been before or want the red carpet rolled out for your first visit, take an exclusive shore excursion, Celebrity’s Chef Market Discoveries Tour.
You’ll start off being taken around the local markets and a family farm, before being whisked to a UNESCO Heritage-Listed Amalfi Coast coach tour with Celebrity’s Executive Chef, then be treated to private dinner with all the alluring local ingredients.
If the idea of Naples is nagging at you, look into this 7 Night Greece, Turkey & Italy sailing from $2364.
Less known than Naples, but just as packed with beauty and culture is Valetta in Malta. The high-standing sandstone set amongst the sea will immediately capture your eyes and heart, and whether you want to relax by the water, learn the history of the area or try some local delights, you can choose your own adventure.
If you want a little guidance, you can visit the UNESCO Hagar Qim Temples and learn to love Limoncello with this small group discovery tour.
For a spectacular cruise that includes Valetta, as well as Portugal, Spain and more, try this 12-night cruise from $235 per night.
Corfu is emblematic of everything everyone loves about the Mediterranean, with just as much history written into the footsteps on its cobblestone streets as there is natural beauty painted over its brilliant beaches.
If you’re feeling a bit too lively to just lay on the beach, you can take a local cooking class and learn some skills to take home on this Old Town Corfu and Cooking Class with Vasiliki Karounou.
There are plenty of Celebrity cruises heading to Corfu, simply scroll through and pick a favourite.