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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cruises Through a Europe Less Traveled

Cruises Through a Europe Less Traveled

Celebrity Quest, the luxurious 710-guest vessel that will join Celebrity Cruises' "Celebrity Expeditions" brand extension 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 extension when she joins sister ship Celebrity Journey, along with the megayacht, Celebrity Xpedition, which sails year-round in the enchanting Galapagos Islands.

Celebrity Quest will singlehandedly introduce 25 new ports in Europe for the Celebrity brand, including a series of exceptional overnight stays, allowing guests a richer, 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 holds true to the itinerary's name, with 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 pair the pleasure of the silver screen with the sheer beauty of the Mediterranean on Celebrity Quest's Cannes Film Festival cruise round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 10, including three consecutive nights in Cannes when the city hosts what is widely considered the world's most prestigious film festival.

At the height of her European season, Celebrity Quest's unparalleled 14-night Mediterranean sailings round-trip from Rome from May through September feature overnight stays in both Livorno and Barcelona, Spain; and visits to Sorrento, Portofino and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; Malta; Tunisia; Monte Carlo, Marseilles (Provence) and Sete, France.

Celebrity Quest will offer guests several special sailings in Europe:

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

Ancient empires await those who select Celebrity Quest's 14-night itineraries of the same name in June, October or November, with visits to five locations in Turkey, including an overnight stay in Istanbul; the captivating 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 August 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.

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