Sunway Logo

Your Cookie & Data Settings

We use cookies to help you navigate efficiently and perform certain functions.

The cookies that are categorized as "Necessary" are stored on your browser as they are essential for enabling the basic functionalities of the site.

We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze how you use this website, store your preferences, and provide the content and advertisements that are relevant to you. These cookies will only be stored in your browser with your prior consent.

You can choose to enable or disable some or all of these cookies, but disabling some of them may affect your browsing experience.

Necessary Cookies Always Active
Advertising User Data
Advertising Personalisation
Advertising Storage
Analytics Storage


Greece, Italy & Turkey Cruise/Celebrity Ascent
Cruise holidays   >   Mediterranean and Europe   >   Greece, Italy & Turkey Cruise

Celebrity Ascent

Greece, Italy & Turkey Cruise - 11 night cruise



Cruise only from €1,663

Price based on lowest available cruise only fare for double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.


Description

Highlights

Gratuities

Dates and Prices

Cabins

Introducing our newest award-winning resort at sea, Celebrity AscentSM, the fourth and most innovative ship in our highly awarded Edge® Series. Celebrity Ascent features 32 distinctive restaurants, bars, and lounges, including the newly designed Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud. Ascent includes all the best of our Edge Series ships, from the inviting multi-deck Sunset Bar designed by Edge Series Travel Ambassador Nate Berkus to the open-air Rooftop Garden where two cantilevered floating pools offer breathtaking views six feet over the ship's edge. World-class accommodations include our spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the revolutionary Infinite Veranda staterooms that take you to the water's edge, and The Retreat®, featuring a private restaurant, lounge and sundeck for our suite guests. Book now to relax and renew on Celebrity Ascent.?

Cruise ID: 31719

We've stretched the length of the ship to create even more room for incredible outdoor spaces, like the new two-story Sunset Bar imagined by world-famous designer Nate Berkus and a redesigned Rooftop Garden by the visionary Kelly Hoppen, CBE

A service gratuity will be automatically applied to each guest's SeaPass® account on a daily basis for sailings*, excluding guests in Excluding Bookings.** Current amounts*** for the daily gratuity are listed below. The gratuities described above are distributed to the crew, such as dining, bar and culinary services staff, stateroom attendants and other hotel services teams, and others who work to enhance the overall cruise experience.

  • Inside, Ocean View, and Veranda staterooms: US$18.00 per guest, per day
  • Concierge Class and AquaClass staterooms: US$18.50 per Guest, per day
  • The Retreat: US$23.00 per guest, per day

A 20% gratuity will be automatically added to spa and salon purchases and a 20% gratuity will also be automatically added to specialty dining, beverage, beverage package, room service and mini bar purchases.

Gratuities may be adjusted at the guest's discretion onboard at Guest Relations up until the morning of their departure.

* Guests sailing in group reservations should check with their group's leader or travel agent for details.

**Excluded Bookings include all staterooms booked either (i) at the All Included rate (formerly Always Included on or before October 4, 2023); or (ii) in the Retreat or AquaClass stateroom category from July 14, 2022, to October 4, 2023. Stateroom and restaurant service gratuities, and a 20% beverage package gratuity, are included in the fare of all guests in an Excluded Booking.

***Gratuity amounts are subject to change.

Date Time Price * Booking
05 May 2025 17:00 €1,663 Call us to book
26 May 2025 17:00 €1,789 Call us to book
08 September 2025 17:00 €2,218 Call us to book
29 September 2025 17:00 €2,247 Call us to book
20 October 2025 17:00 €2,190 Call us to book

* Price based on lowest available cruise only fare for double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.

Cabins on Celebrity Ascent

Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
1-2

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breathtaking sunsets.

Infinite Verandas on Edge Series

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda®, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they're 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Series veranda staterooms.

170 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, with a Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another first for us: 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge® have king-size beds featuring Celebrity eXhale® bedding and Cashmere℠ Mattresses.

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Infinite Veranda

With the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the Veranda.

Storage Space

We've optimised the space in your wardrobe and bathroom and doubled the capacity of your dresser drawers.

MyTV

Get live TV, video on demand, ship information, and your folio. Display content from any mobile device that has streaming Wi-Fi service.

Connections

Combine staterooms in 178 different options, making it easy for friends and family to stay connected.

In-room Automation

Control everything from lighting to shades to temperature—with a simple tap on a touch screen.

Celebrity Cruises App

Use your own personal smartphone for keyless entry, controlling the TV, and in-room automation.

King-sized Bed

Relax on a luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, eucalyptus-treated, eco-friendly Cashmere Mattress with Celebrity eXhale bedding.

Bathroom

Enjoy room to roam—10% more room than our Solstice Series—with a larger modern shower, custom products, and 100% cotton towels and robes.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Stateroom Features

  • Private veranda opens up to outdoor seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • King-sized mattress** (Single Infinite Veranda has Queen-size bed)
  • Celebrity eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • In-room Automation on Edge Series
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Interactive television system
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)

Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda Stateroom
1-4

Located at either end of the ship, in the Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda you'll have the choice to relax in your spacious living area, or step outside to enjoy morning coffee and evening sunsets.

Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breathtaking sunsets.

Infinite Verandas on Edge Series

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda®, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they're 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Series veranda staterooms.

170 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, with a Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another first for us: 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge® have king-size beds featuring Celebrity eXhale® bedding and Cashmere℠ Mattresses.

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Infinite Veranda

With the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the Veranda.

Storage Space

We've optimised the space in your wardrobe and bathroom and doubled the capacity of your dresser drawers.

MyTV

Get live TV, video on demand, ship information, and your folio. Display content from any mobile device that has streaming Wi-Fi service.

Connections

Combine staterooms in 178 different options, making it easy for friends and family to stay connected.

In-room Automation

Control everything from lighting to shades to temperature—with a simple tap on a touch screen.

Celebrity Cruises App

Use your own personal smartphone for keyless entry, controlling the TV, and in-room automation.

King-sized Bed

Relax on a luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, eucalyptus-treated, eco-friendly Cashmere Mattress with Celebrity eXhale bedding.

Bathroom

Enjoy room to roam—10% more room than our Solstice Series—with a larger modern shower, custom products, and 100% cotton towels and robes.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Stateroom Features

  • Private veranda opens up to outdoor seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • King-sized mattress** (Single Infinite Veranda has Queen-size bed)
  • Celebrity eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • In-room Automation on Edge Series
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Interactive television system
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)

Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
1

The Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda is for modern travellers who love to explore the world on their own. It's spacious, stylish, and perfectly proportioned for travellers seeking luxury.

Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breathtaking sunsets.

Infinite Verandas on Edge Series

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda®, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they're 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Series veranda staterooms.

170 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, with a Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another first for us: 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge® have king-size beds featuring Celebrity eXhale® bedding and Cashmere℠ Mattresses.

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Infinite Veranda

With the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the Veranda.

Storage Space

We've optimised the space in your wardrobe and bathroom and doubled the capacity of your dresser drawers.

MyTV

Get live TV, video on demand, ship information, and your folio. Display content from any mobile device that has streaming Wi-Fi service.

Connections

Combine staterooms in 178 different options, making it easy for friends and family to stay connected.

In-room Automation

Control everything from lighting to shades to temperature—with a simple tap on a touch screen.

Celebrity Cruises App

Use your own personal smartphone for keyless entry, controlling the TV, and in-room automation.

King-sized Bed

Relax on a luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, eucalyptus-treated, eco-friendly Cashmere Mattress with Celebrity eXhale bedding.

Bathroom

Enjoy room to roam—10% more room than our Solstice Series—with a larger modern shower, custom products, and 100% cotton towels and robes.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Stateroom Features

  • Private veranda opens up to outdoor seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • King-sized mattress** (Single Infinite Veranda has Queen-size bed)
  • Celebrity eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • In-room Automation on Edge Series
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Interactive television system
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly, personalised service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)

Concierge Class Stateroom
1-4

Our meticulously thought out Concierge Class staterooms with infinite veranda, where the little details make a world of difference, are now even better. Featuring services, amenities, and exclusive events, step inside and discover a room that's so much more than a room—it's an experience. As a Concierge Class guest, your team of dedicated professionals will take care of all your vacation needs. The in-room automation allows you to control everything from lighting, to shades, to temperature, and service with a simple touch screen. You can even choose a setting that will tuck you in and gently wake you in the morning. It's world-class service at the touch of a button.

Upgrade Your View With Special Services and Amenities

Little details make a world of difference, and now our meticulously thought out Concierge Class staterooms are even better. Featuring new services, amenities, and exclusive events, step inside and discover a space that is so much more than a room—it's an experience. As a Concierge Class guest, your team of dedicated professionals will take care of all your vacation needs.

A dedicated concierge is always just steps away from your room to assist with your vacation needs. Attend exclusive events, including a Welcome Aboard Concierge Class Lunch and Destination Seminar. Then there's the room, the Infinite Veranda® takes the whole room right to the water's edge. Here, you'll find it's little details so meticulously thought out that they truly make a world of difference. It's a room that's so much more than a room—it's an experience.

Amenities

  • Daily delectable delights
  • Pillow selection upon request
  • Use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Celebrity embossed key holder

Stateroom Features

  • King-sized bed**
  • eXhale® bedding
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Personalised Concierge service
  • Exclusive Destination Seminar
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary shoeshine service

Dining

  • Main and specialty restaurant seating time preferences
  • Exclusive Welcome Aboard Concierge Class Lunch
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Prime Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
1-4

Prime Edge Stateroom with infinite Veranda are located in the most-desirable locations on the ship. These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. Your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish. Edge series Staterooms offer the latest technology that allows you to precisely adjust nearly every comfort feature in your stateroom. The in-room automation allows you to control everything from lighting, to shades, to temperature, and service with a simple touch screen. You can even choose a setting that will tuck you in and gently wake you in the morning. It's world-class service at the touch of a button. Not only do these staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, but they're even more spacious. In fact, they're 23% larger than our award-winning Celebrity Solstice® Class veranda staterooms. The added space allowed us to include a luxurious king-sized bed from our new Cashmere Bedding CollectionTM. Bigger rooms called for larger bathrooms, too. So, we expanded them almost 20% and included even larger modern showers.

Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breathtaking sunsets.

Infinite Verandas on Edge Series

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda®, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they're 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Series veranda staterooms.

170 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, with a Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another first for us: 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge® have king-size beds featuring Celebrity eXhale® bedding and Cashmere℠ Mattresses.

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Infinite Veranda

With the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the Veranda.

Storage Space

We've optimised the space in your wardrobe and bathroom and doubled the capacity of your dresser drawers.

MyTV

Get live TV, video on demand, ship information, and your folio. Display content from any mobile device that has streaming Wi-Fi service.

Connections

Combine staterooms in 178 different options, making it easy for friends and family to stay connected.

In-room Automation

Control everything from lighting to shades to temperature—with a simple tap on a touch screen.

Celebrity Cruises App

Use your own personal smartphone for keyless entry, controlling the TV, and in-room automation.

King-sized Bed

Relax on a luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, eucalyptus-treated, ecofriendly Cashmere Mattress with Celebrity eXhale bedding.

Bathroom

Enjoy room to roam—10% more room than our Solstice Series—with a larger modern shower, custom products, and 100% cotton towels and robes.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Stateroom Features

  • Private veranda opens up to outdoor seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • King-sized mattress** (Single Infinite Veranda has Queen-size bed)
  • Celebrity eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • In-room Automation on Edge Series
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Interactive television system
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly, personalised service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Edge Sunset Veranda Stateroom
1-2

With the largest veranda of any Edge Series stateroom, these offer superb ocean views at the stern of the ship.

Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breathtaking sunsets.

Infinite Verandas on Edge Series

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda®, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they're 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Series veranda staterooms.

170 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, with a Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another first for us: 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge® have king-size beds featuring Celebrity eXhale® bedding and Cashmere℠ Mattresses.

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Infinite Veranda

With the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the Veranda.

Storage Space

We've optimised the space in your wardrobe and bathroom and doubled the capacity of your dresser drawers.

MyTV

Get live TV, video on demand, ship information, and your folio. Display content from any mobile device that has streaming Wi-Fi service.

Connections

Combine staterooms in 178 different options, making it easy for friends and family to stay connected.

In-room Automation

Control everything from lighting to shades to temperature—with a simple tap on a touch screen.

Celebrity Cruises App

Use your own personal smartphone for keyless entry, controlling the TV, and in-room automation.

King-sized Bed

Relax on a luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, eucalyptus-treated, eco-friendly Cashmere Mattress with Celebrity eXhale bedding.

Bathroom

Enjoy room to roam—10% more room than our Solstice Series—with a larger modern shower, custom products, and 100% cotton towels and robes.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Stateroom Features

  • Private veranda opens up to outdoor seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • King-sized mattress** (Single Infinite Veranda has Queen-size bed)
  • Celebrity eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • In-room Automation on Edge Series
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Interactive television system
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly, personalised service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom
1-4

Each ocean view stateroom on board Celebrity includes the following world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern experience.

Ocean View Staterooms on Edge

Larger living spaces and expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-size Cashmere™ Mattress and everything else a modern traveler needs.

Enjoy the friendly, intuitive Celebrity service in one of the largest staterooms on Celebrity Edge®: The Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom. Relax in your spacious living area as you take in the ever-changing ocean views.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Expansive view of the ocean
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized mattress**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Guarantee Concierge Class Stateroom
1-2

Upgrade Your View With Special Services and Amenities

Little details make a world of difference, and now our meticulously thought out Concierge Class staterooms are even better. Featuring new services, amenities, and exclusive events, step inside and discover a space that is so much more than a room—it's an experience. As a Concierge Class guest, your team of dedicated professionals will take care of all your vacation needs.

A dedicated concierge is always just steps away from your room to assist with your vacation needs. Attend exclusive events, including a Welcome Aboard Concierge Class Lunch and Destination Seminar. Then there's the room, the Infinite Veranda® takes the whole room right to the water's edge. Here, you'll find it's little details so meticulously thought out that they truly make a world of difference. It's a room that's so much more than a room—it's an experience.

Amenities

  • Daily delectable delights
  • Pillow selection upon request
  • Use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Celebrity embossed key holder

Stateroom Features

  • King-sized bed**
  • eXhale® bedding
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Personalised Concierge service
  • Exclusive Destination Seminar
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary shoeshine service

Dining

  • Main and specialty restaurant seating time preferences
  • Exclusive Welcome Aboard Concierge Class Lunch
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Penthouse Suite
1-6

Our Penthouse Suites feature a primary bedroom, bathroom, dining area, guest bedroom and bathroom, terrace, and private hot tub. They even have an attentive Personal Retreat Host on hand to ensure you never have to lift a finger during your vacation.

Highlights

  • Spacious layout with a dining table that seats eight and separate sitting area
  • Two bedrooms on Edge® Series ships, one bedroom on other ships, and two full bathrooms
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring king-sized mattresses*
  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Private whirlpool tub with views
  • Marble primary bathroom with whirlpool tub and dual sinks
  • Walk-in closet with generous storage space
*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Complimentary bottled water, soda, and beer stocked daily
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants
  • Two complimentary bottles of premium spirits
  • VIP canapés
  • Complimentary laundry service (twice per cruise)
  • Priority luggage delivery

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Penthouse Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Personal Retreat Host
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

World-class cuisine

  • Choose from Luminae at The Retreat, the main restaurant, specialty restaurants, or in your suite
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants.
  • Preferred seating in specialty restaurants

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pillow Menu Available
  • Second Bedroom
  • Shower
  • Whirlpool Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration

Guarantee Veranda Stateroom
1-2

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breathtaking sunsets.

Infinite Verandas on Edge Series

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda®, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water's edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they're 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Series veranda staterooms.

170 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, with a Deluxe Porthole View with Veranda, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another first for us: 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge® have king-size beds featuring Celebrity eXhale® bedding and Cashmere℠ Mattresses.

These incredible staterooms take our standard veranda stateroom and, with the touch of a button, blur—even erase—the boundaries between inside and outside living space. This brilliant innovation gives you luxurious open air access to the sea, whenever you wish.

Infinite Veranda

With the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the Veranda.

Storage Space

We've optimised the space in your wardrobe and bathroom and doubled the capacity of your dresser drawers.

MyTV

Get live TV, video on demand, ship information, and your folio. Display content from any mobile device that has streaming Wi-Fi service.

Connections

Combine staterooms in 178 different options, making it easy for friends and family to stay connected.

In-room Automation

Control everything from lighting to shades to temperature—with a simple tap on a touch screen.

Celebrity Cruises App

Use your own personal smartphone for keyless entry, controlling the TV, and in-room automation.

King-sized Bed

Relax on a luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, eucalyptus-treated, eco-friendly Cashmere Mattress with Celebrity eXhale bedding.

Bathroom

Enjoy room to roam—10% more room than our Solstice Series—with a larger modern shower, custom products, and 100% cotton towels and robes.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping bag

Stateroom Features

  • Private veranda opens up to outdoor seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • King-sized mattress** (Single Infinite Veranda has Queen-size bed)
  • Celebrity eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • In-room Automation on Edge Series
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Interactive television system
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly, personalised service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)

Iconic Suite
1-6

Positioned high above the bridge, these all-new suites offer panoramic views from front to back. And with over 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor opulence, Iconic Suites are also the most luxurious and largest in our fleet.

Highlights

  • Largest suite in the Celebrity fleet
  • Private terrace, hot tub, and double daybed
  • Panoramic views from above the bridge
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring king-sized Cashmere Mattresses
  • Dual sinks, full shower, and whirlpool tub
  • Private Personal Retreat Host's pantry
  • Bathroom wardrobe and storage space

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Complimentary bottled water, soda, and beer stocked daily
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants
  • Two complimentary bottles of premium spirits
  • VIP canapés
  • Complimentary laundry service (twice per cruise)
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • In-room Peloton available through your Retreat Concierge

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Iconic Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Personal Retreat Host
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights
World-Class Cuisine

  • Choose from Luminae at The Retreat, the main restaurant, specialty restaurants, or in your suite
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants.
  • Preferred seating in specialty restaurants

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • Free Mini Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pillow Menu Available
  • Second Bedroom
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Shower
  • Whirlpool Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration

Edge Villa
1-4

Exclusive to Celebrity Edge series, these six, two-story luxury residences are the first of their kind in the fleet. In these private oceanfront villas, indoor and outdoor living is seamlessly blended. When you book The Retreat you also get a private restaurant, a lounge and a sundeck all exclusive to guests of The Retreat.

Highlights

  • The only two-story residences in the fleet
  • Private terrace with three-foot-deep plunge pool and inviting lounge furniture
  • Direct access to The Retreat® Sundeck
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • One bedroom and two full bathrooms
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring a king-sized Cashmere Mattress
  • Marble primary bathroom with whirlpool tub
  • Generous storage space

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Complimentary bottled water, soda, and beer stocked daily
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants
  • Two complimentary bottles of premium spirits
  • VIP canapés
  • Complimentary laundry service (twice per cruise)
  • Priority luggage delivery

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Edge Villa guests

Intuitive Service

  • Butler
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

World-class cuisine

  • Choose from Luminae at The Retreat, the main restaurant, specialty restaurants, or in your suite
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants.
  • Preferred seating in specialty restaurants

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Whirlpool Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Suite Benefits
  • Full Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pillow Menu Available

Royal Suite
1-4

Unwind in a luxuriously large living and dining area featuring floor to ceiling panoramic windows, a primary bedroom with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-sized Cashmere™ Mattress, a primary bathroom with a large soaking tub, a separate shower, and a double sink vanity, and a spacious private veranda. No matter where you are in this suite, you'll enjoy stunning views of the sea.

Highlights

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa
  • One bedroom, one full bathroom, and a half bathroom
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring our king-size Cashmere Mattress*
  • Veranda with lounge seating (whirlpool tub on Solstice Series and Millennium Series ships)
  • Primary bathroom with whirlpool tub and dual sinks on select ships
  • Generous storage space

*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Complimentary bottled water, soda, and beer stocked daily
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants
  • Two complimentary bottles of premium spirits
  • VIP canapés
  • Complimentary laundry service (twice per cruise)
  • Priority luggage delivery

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Royal Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Butler
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

World-class cuisine

  • Choose from Luminae at The Retreat, the main restaurant, specialty restaurants, or in your suite
  • Unlimited lunch and dinner in all specialty restaurants.
  • Preferred seating in specialty restaurants

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Pillow Menu Available

Celebrity Suite
1-4

These two-room suites feature a large living area with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, private veranda, and a primary bedroom with a king-sized bed from our signature Cashmere Mattress.

It's time you got the celebrity treatment. These two-room suites feature a large living area with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, private veranda, and a primary bedroom with a king-size bed featuring our signature eXhale® bedding and Cashmere™ Mattress

Highlights

  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • King-sized mattress*
  • Trundle bed in some suites
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa
*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Daily delivery of afternoon savouries
  • Afternoon tea event hosted in The Retreat Lounge
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary use of golf umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Celebrity Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Personal Retreat Host
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

World-class cuisine

  • Exclusive access to Luminae at The Retreat
  • Dine in the main restaurant
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-suite dining, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Butler Service
  • Pillow Menu Available

Sunset Sky Suite
1-2

The Sunset Sky Suite offers a blend of expansive stern views and intimate luxury. These large suites feature a king-sized bed from our signature Cashmere™ Mattress and a spacious, private veranda - the largest Sky Suite veranda on Edge series. The split bathroom features a large spa tub with shower. Sky Suites offer the latest technology that allows you to precisely adjust nearly every comfort feature in your stateroom. The in-room automation allows you to control everything from lighting, to shades, to temperature, and service with a simple touch screen. You can even choose a setting that will tuck you in and gently wake you in the morning. It's world-class service at the touch of a button.

Highlights

  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • King-sized mattress*
  • Trundle bed in some suites
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa

*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Daily delivery of afternoon savouries
  • Afternoon tea event hosted in The Retreat Lounge
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Sky Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Butler
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

World-class cuisine

  • Exclusive access to Luminae at The Retreat
  • Dine in the main restaurant
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-suite dining, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees.
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Exclusive
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Suite Benefits
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Butler Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pillow Menu Available

Sky Suite
1-4

The perfectly designed Sky Suite offers a blend of expansive views and intimate luxury. These large suites feature a king-sized bed from our signature Cashmere Mattress and a spacious, private veranda. The split bathroom features a large spa tub with shower.

Highlights

  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • King-sized mattress*
  • Trundle bed in some suites
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa

*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Daily delivery of afternoon savouries
  • Afternoon tea event hosted in The Retreat Lounge
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Sky Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Butler

  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

World-class cuisine

  • Exclusive access to Luminae at The Retreat
  • Dine in the main restaurant
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-suite dining, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees.
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • Lounge Area
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration

Magic Carpet Sky Suite
1-2

The Magic Carpet Sky Suite offers a unique view of the Magic Carpet. These large suites feature a king-sized bed from our signature Cashmere Mattress™ and a spacious, private veranda. The split bathroom features a large spa tub with shower. Sky Suites offer the latest technology that allows you to precisely adjust nearly every comfort feature in your stateroom. The in-room automation allows you to control everything from lighting, to shades, to temperature, and service with a simple touch screen. You can even choose a setting that will tuck you in and gently wake you in the morning. It's world-class service at the touch of a button.

Highlights

  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • King-sized mattress*
  • Trundle bed in some suites
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa

*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Daily delivery of afternoon savouries
  • Afternoon tea event hosted in The Retreat Lounge
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Services & amenities for Sky Suite guests

Intuitive Service

  • Butler
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge. Call 1-877-RETREAT.
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights
World-class cuisine

  • Exclusive access to Luminae at The Retreat
  • Dine in the main restaurant
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-suite dining, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Thoughtfully curated amenities

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Complimentary in-suite specialty coffees.
  • Fresh fruit delivered upon request
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding, featuring plush duvets, 100% pure cotton sheets, and a pillow menu to customise your night's sleep
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Plush bedroom slippers and 100% cotton bathrobes

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Exclusive

Guarantee Suite
1-2

The perfectly designed Guarantee Suite offers a blend of expansive views and intimate luxury. These large suites feature a king-sized bed from our signature Cashmere Mattress and a spacious, private veranda. The split bathroom features a large spa tub with shower.

Highlights

  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • King-sized mattress*
  • Trundle bed in some suites
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa

*Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed.

Exclusive services and amenities

  • Daily delivery of afternoon savouries
  • Afternoon tea event hosted in The Retreat Lounge
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

The best amenities, all included.*

As a guest of The Retreat, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities that start with premium drinks and premium Wi-Fi, in addition to a private restaurant and exclusive lounge.

Premium Drinks | Enjoy your favorite beverages throughout the ship. Whether dining in our restaurants, out exploring, or relaxing by the pool.

Premium Wi-Fi | Always stay connected, no matter where you are, with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

*Special fares and MoveUp upgrades from non-suite staterooms do not receive these amenities.

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Prime AquaClass® Stateroom
1-2

Your Escape at Sea

Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy, we offer AquaClass® staterooms for a fully immersive, next-level wellness experience. Elements are thoughtfully infused throughout your stateroom, from verandas that allow you to walk right out to the water's edge to a Cashmere™ mattress and pillow menus. Savour clean cuisine, including new healthy options, at your exclusive restaurant, Blu. Plus, you'll enjoy access to the SEA Thermal Suite, a spa concierge, a complimentary fitness pass, preferential rates on AquaClass spa packages, daily in-room bottled water service, healthy room-service menu options, and a yoga mat for use on board. We've thought of everything so that you can focus on nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.

Blu

Savour an exclusive menu that features clean, crisp flavours and inventive cuisine complemented by an extensive list of sustainable, biodynamic wines. Pair all of that with personalised service, inviting surroundings, and natural light, and you have the fresh and bold experience of Blu.

SEA Thermal Suite

Celebrity Edge® Series AquaClass® guests enjoy complimentary access to the SEA Thermal Suite, which has eight distinct spaces that all incorporate different elements of the SEA experience. Guests of Millennium® and Solstice® Series enjoy complimentary access to the Persian Garden which includes rejuvenating experiences, including aromatic steams and tropical rain showers.

Spa Concierge

Whether you want a customised spa treatment schedule, salon services or a reservation for a massage, our Spa Concierge will take care of everything.

Edge AquaClass guests enjoy a state-of-the-art infinite veranda, king-size cashmere mattress bedding, soothing stateroom touches and complimentary fitness classes. Plus, unlimited access to the SEA Thermal Suite, complimentary dining at Blu restaurant, and a personal spa concierge.

Spa Benefits

  • Unlimited access to the Sea Thermal Suite
  • Dedicated Spa Concierge: Personal Consultation
  • Priority Spa Reservations
  • Complimentary fitness classes
  • Exclusive spa treatment package discounts*
  • Exclusive welcome reception

Amenities

  • 2 Bottled waters in-room: daily
  • 2 Yoga mats
  • In-room fitness amenities
  • Eco-friendly natural ingredients shower amenities
  • 100% Cotton bathrobes, slippers, towels
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine (upon request)
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Expanded wellness on-demand TV

Dining

  • AquaClass Exclusive Restaurant: Blu
  • Expanded room service breakfast menu†

AquaClass Features

  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors 
  • King-sized bed** 
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding 
  • Plentiful storage space 
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa 
  • Enhanced air filtration system

*Additional charges apply
† $9.95 service fee and 20% gratuity may apply
**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Suite Benefits
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Hair Dryer

AquaClass® Stateroom
1-2

Your Escape at Sea

Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy, we offer AquaClass® staterooms for a fully immersive, next-level wellness experience. Elements are thoughtfully infused throughout your stateroom, from verandas that allow you to walk right out to the water's edge to a Cashmere™ mattress and pillow menus. Savour clean cuisine, including new healthy options, at your exclusive restaurant, Blu. Plus, you'll enjoy access to the SEA Thermal Suite, a spa concierge, a complimentary fitness pass, preferential rates on AquaClass spa packages, daily in-room bottled water service, healthy room-service menu options, and a yoga mat for use on board. We've thought of everything so that you can focus on nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.

Available on Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Beyond, & Celebrity Ascent

Blu

Savour an exclusive menu that features clean, crisp flavours and inventive cuisine complemented by an extensive list of sustainable, biodynamic wines. Pair all of that with personalised service, inviting surroundings, and natural light, and you have the fresh and bold experience of Blu.

SEA Thermal Suite

Celebrity Edge® Series AquaClass® guests enjoy complimentary access to the SEA Thermal Suite, which has eight distinct spaces that all incorporate different elements of the SEA experience. Guests of Millennium® and Solstice® Series enjoy complimentary access to the Persian Garden which includes rejuvenating experiences, including aromatic steams and tropical rain showers.

Spa Concierge

Whether you want a customised spa treatment schedule, salon services or a reservation for a massage, our Spa Concierge will take care of everything.

Edge AquaClass guests enjoy a state-of-the-art infinite veranda, king-size cashmere mattress bedding, soothing stateroom touches and complimentary fitness classes. Plus, unlimited access to the SEA Thermal Suite, complimentary dining at Blu restaurant, and a personal spa concierge.

Spa Benefits

  • Unlimited access to the Sea Thermal Suite
  • Dedicated Spa Concierge: Personal Consultation
  • Priority Spa Reservations
  • Complimentary fitness classes
  • Exclusive spa treatment package discounts*
  • Exclusive welcome reception

Amenities

  • 2 Bottled waters in-room: daily
  • 2 Yoga mats
  • In-room fitness amenities
  • Eco-friendly natural ingredients shower amenities
  • 100% Cotton bathrobes, slippers, towels
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine (upon request)
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Expanded wellness on-demand TV

Dining

  • AquaClass Exclusive Restaurant: Blu
  • Expanded room service breakfast menu†

AquaClass Features

  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors

  • King-sized bed**
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa
  • Enhanced air filtration system

*Additional charges apply

† $9.95 service fee and 20% gratuity may apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Guarantee AquaClass® Stateroom
1-2

Your Escape at Sea

Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy, we offer AquaClass® staterooms for a fully immersive, next-level wellness experience. Elements are thoughtfully infused throughout your stateroom, from verandas that allow you to walk right out to the water's edge to a Cashmere™ mattress and pillow menus. Savour clean cuisine, including new healthy options, at your exclusive restaurant, Blu. Plus, you'll enjoy access to the SEA Thermal Suite, a spa concierge, a complimentary fitness pass, preferential rates on AquaClass spa packages, daily in-room bottled water service, healthy room-service menu options, and a yoga mat for use on board. We've thought of everything so that you can focus on nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.

Blu

Savour an exclusive menu that features clean, crisp flavours and inventive cuisine complemented by an extensive list of sustainable, biodynamic wines. Pair all of that with personalised service, inviting surroundings, and natural light, and you have the fresh and bold experience of Blu.

SEA Thermal Suite

Celebrity Edge® Series AquaClass® guests enjoy complimentary access to the SEA Thermal Suite, which has eight distinct spaces that all incorporate different elements of the SEA experience. Guests of Millennium® and Solstice® Series enjoy complimentary access to the Persian Garden which includes rejuvenating experiences, including aromatic steams and tropical rain showers.

Spa Concierge

Whether you want a customised spa treatment schedule, salon services or a reservation for a massage, our Spa Concierge will take care of everything.

Edge AquaClass guests enjoy a state-of-the-art infinite veranda, king-size cashmere mattress bedding, soothing stateroom touches and complimentary fitness classes. Plus, unlimited access to the SEA Thermal Suite, complimentary dining at Blu restaurant, and a personal spa concierge.

Spa Benefits

  • Unlimited access to the Sea Thermal Suite
  • Dedicated Spa Concierge: Personal Consultation
  • Priority Spa Reservations
  • Complimentary fitness classes
  • Exclusive spa treatment package discounts*
  • Exclusive welcome reception

Amenities

  • 2 Bottled waters in-room: daily
  • 2 Yoga mats
  • In-room fitness amenities
  • Eco-friendly natural ingredients shower amenities
  • 100% Cotton bathrobes, slippers, towels
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine (upon request)
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Expanded wellness on-demand TV

Dining

  • AquaClass Exclusive Restaurant: Blu
  • Expanded room service breakfast menu†

AquaClass Features

  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors

  • King-sized bed**
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa
  • Enhanced air filtration system#
*Additional charges apply

† $9.95 service fee and 20% gratuity may apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Prime Concierge Class Stateroom
1-4

Our meticulously thought out Prime Concierge Class staterooms with infinite veranda, where the little details make a world of difference, are now even better. Featuring services, amenities, and exclusive events, step inside and discover a room that's so much more than a room—it's an experience. Prime Concierge Class staterooms are well-appointed, personal retreats located in the most-desirable locations on the ship. As a Concierge Class guest, your team of dedicated professionals will take care of all your vacation needs. The in-room automation allows you to control everything from lighting, to shades, to temperature, and service with a simple touch screen. You can even choose a setting that will tuck you in and gently wake you in the morning. It's world-class service at the touch of a button.

Upgrade Your View With Special Services and Amenities

Little details make a world of difference, and now our meticulously thought out Concierge Class staterooms are even better. Featuring new services, amenities, and exclusive events, step inside and discover a space that is so much more than a room—it's an experience. As a Concierge Class guest, your team of dedicated professionals will take care of all your vacation needs.

A dedicated concierge is always just steps away from your room to assist with your vacation needs. Attend exclusive events, including a Welcome Aboard Concierge Class Lunch and Destination Seminar. Then there's the room, the Infinite Veranda® takes the whole room right to the water's edge. Here, you'll find it's little details so meticulously thought out that they truly make a world of difference. It's a room that's so much more than a room—it's an experience.

Amenities

  • Daily delectable delights
  • Pillow selection upon request
  • Use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Celebrity embossed key holder

Stateroom Features

  • King-sized bed**
  • eXhale® bedding
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Personalised Concierge service
  • Exclusive Destination Seminar
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary shoeshine service

Dining

  • Main and specialty restaurant seating time preferences
  • Exclusive Welcome Aboard Concierge Class Lunch
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Exclusive

Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom
1-4

Each ocean view stateroom on board Celebrity includes the following world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern experience.

Ocean View Staterooms on Edge

Larger living spaces and expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-size Cashmere™ Mattress and everything else a modern traveller needs.

Enjoy ever-changing vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows, plus more space than our standard Ocean View Stateroom. Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms are ideal for families and travelers looking to relax in unique luxury. They're conveniently located forward and mid-ship and furnished for pure indulgence.

Please note: Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms do not feature the Infinite Veranda®.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Expansive view of the ocean
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized mattress**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Guarantee Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
1-2

Each ocean view stateroom on board Celebrity includes the following world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern experience.

Ocean View Staterooms on Edge

Larger living spaces and expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-size Cashmere™ Mattress and everything else a modern traveler needs.

Enjoy the friendly, intuitive Celebrity service in one of the largest staterooms on Celebrity Edge®: The Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom. Relax in your spacious living area as you take in the ever-changing ocean views.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Expansive view of the ocean
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized mattress**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Prime Oceanview Stateroom
1-2

Each ocean view stateroom on board Celebrity includes the following world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern experience.

Ocean View Staterooms on Edge

Larger living spaces and expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-size Cashmere™ Mattress and everything else a modern traveler needs.

Enjoy the friendly, intuitive Celebrity service in one of the largest staterooms on Celebrity Edge®: The Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom. Relax in your spacious living area as you take in the ever-changing ocean views.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Expansive view of the ocean
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized mattress**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • TV
  • Room Service Available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ocean View Stateroom
1-2

Each ocean view stateroom on board Celebrity includes the following world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern experience.

Ocean View Staterooms on Edge

Larger living spaces and expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-size Cashmere™ Mattress and everything else a modern traveller needs.

Take in the stunning views while you relax in your Ocean View Stateroom. Like all Edge Class Staterooms, this stateroom is furnished with pure luxury in mind. From spacious living areas to the comfortable King-size Cashmere Mattress featuring eXhale bedding, you will feel right at home after your day of adventure.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Expansive view of the ocean
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized mattress**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Guarantee Oceanview Stateroom
1-2

Each ocean view stateroom on board Celebrity includes the following world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern experience.

Ocean View Staterooms on Edge

Larger living spaces and expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the luxury king-size Cashmere™ Mattress and everything else a modern traveller needs.

Take in the stunning views while you relax in your Ocean View Stateroom. Like all Edge Class Staterooms, this stateroom is furnished with pure luxury in mind. From spacious living areas to the comfortable King-size Cashmere Mattress featuring eXhale bedding, you will feel right at home after your day of adventure.

Amenities

  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Expansive view of the ocean
  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized mattress**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deluxe Inside Stateroom
1-4

With ample living space, bigger bathrooms, and more drawer space, Deluxe Inside Staterooms will become your home away from home while on board. Relax at sea after a day that's as busy or laid back as you wish.

The Inside Stateroom Experience

Your escape at sea, Inside Staterooms offer ample living space, including a sitting area and a flat screen TV. Each inside stateroom on board Celebrity includes world-class amenities.

Travel The World In Singular Style

Single Inside Staterooms are perfectly proportioned for the individual traveler. Spacious. Stylish. Singular. These rooms offer all the same luxurious amenities and services as a double stateroom, including our exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring the Cashmere™ Mattress; premium, custom-blended bath products; 100% cotton plush bathrobe and towels, and more.

INSIDE STATEROOMS ON EDGE

Edge® Series staterooms were designed with the modern traveler in mind. With amenities including Smart TV, 24 hour room service, and our Celebrity's eXhale bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress, rest assured you will wake up recharged and prepared for whatever adventures the next day may bring.

Amenities

  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized bed**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalized service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • TV
  • Room Service Available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Inside Stateroom
1-2

The private and perfectly proportioned Inside Stateroom is the ideal place to relax after your day of discovery. Need a little extra space? Combine two Inside Staterooms. Connecting at sea has never been easier.

The Inside Stateroom Experience

Your escape at sea, Inside Staterooms offer ample living space, including a sitting area and a flat screen TV. Each inside stateroom on board Celebrity includes world-class amenities.

Travel The World In Singular Style

Single Inside Staterooms are perfectly proportioned for the individual traveler. Spacious. Stylish. Singular. These rooms offer all the same luxurious amenities and services as a double stateroom, including our exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring the Cashmere™ Mattress; premium, custom-blended bath products; 100% cotton plush bathrobe and towels, and more.

INSIDE STATEROOMS ON EDGE

Edge® Series staterooms were designed with the modern traveler in mind. With amenities including Smart TV, 24 hour room service, and our Celebrity's eXhale bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress, rest assured you will wake up recharged and prepared for whatever adventures the next day may bring.

Amenities

  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized bed**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Guarantee Inside Stateroom
1-2

The private and perfectly proportioned Inside Stateroom is the ideal place to relax after your day of discovery. Need a little extra space? Combine two Inside Staterooms. Connecting at sea has never been easier.

The Inside Stateroom Experience

Your escape at sea, Inside Staterooms offer ample living space, including a sitting area and a flat screen TV. Each inside stateroom on board Celebrity includes world-class amenities.

Travel The World In Singular Style

Single Inside Staterooms are perfectly proportioned for the individual traveler. Spacious. Stylish. Singular. These rooms offer all the same luxurious amenities and services as a double stateroom, including our exclusive eXhale® bedding, featuring the Cashmere™ Mattress; premium, custom-blended bath products; 100% cotton plush bathrobe and towels, and more.

INSIDE STATEROOMS ON EDGE

Edge® Series staterooms were designed with the modern traveler in mind. With amenities including Smart TV, 24 hour room service, and our Celebrity's eXhale bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress, rest assured you will wake up recharged and prepared for whatever adventures the next day may bring.

Amenities

  • Four pillows in every stateroom
  • Plush 100% cotton bathrobes and towels
  • Premium Custom blended bathroom products
  • Celebrity Shopping Bag

Stateroom Features

  • Celebrity's eXhale® bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • King-sized bed**
  • Some staterooms may have a trundle bed
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Mini-fridge*
  • Hair dryer

Services

  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Our signature friendly personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request

Dining

  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of restaurants
  • 24-hour room service†

*Additional charges apply

**Bed as large or larger than average standard international king-size bed

† $9.95 service fee and 18% gratuity may apply

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Mini Bar (Additional Cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Aqua Sky Suite
1-4

ALL EXCLUSIVE, ALL INCLUDED, WELLNESS-INSPIRED SUITES

Introducing our Aqua Sky Suites, which combine our well-being inspired AquaClass experience with exclusive spaces, services, and amenities of The Retreat® to leave you more renewed than ever. These suites feature a king-sized bed with exclusive eXhale® bedding and a spacious, private veranda. Spa-inspired elements are thoughtfully infused throughout, including eco-friendly bath products, on-demand wellness programming on your stateroom TV, yoga mats, in-stateroom fitness amenities, daily bottled water service, and an enhanced air filtration system—which you'll now find in all our staterooms.

The best of the wellness-focused AquaClass® and luxury of The Retreat

Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy, we offer an entire guest experience around it with our AquaClass® staterooms and now, we've added suites to this category. Aqua Sky Suite guests enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated wellness amenities combining the best of AquaClass and the ultimate luxury of The Retreat including access to a private restaurant, an exclusive lounge and a sundeck that rivals any high-end resort. Plus, your butler will make sure you never have to lift a finger. We've thought of everything, so you can focus on finding your centre.

As an Aqua Sky Suite guest, you'll also enjoy a long list of thoughtfully curated amenities combining the best of AquaClass and access to The Retreat

Sea Thermal Suite

AquaClass guests enjoy complimentary access to the SEA Thermal Suite, which has eight distinct spaces that all incorporate different elements of the SEA experience.

Spa Concierge

Whether you want a customised spa treatment schedule, salon services or a reservation for a massage, our Spa Concierge will take care of everything.

The Retreat

The Retreat Sundeck

Your luxurious outdoor area rivals any high-end resort, featuring a spacious lounge area, plush, stylish furniture, and an inviting pool and hot tub.

Luminae at the Retreat

Your private restaurant boasts a boldly elegant interior that's as distinctive as the cuisine you'll enjoy here. The dishes here are found nowhere else on board, including the new Daniel Boulud signature dishes complimentary to all guests of The Retreat.*

The Retreat Lounge

Your exclusive lounge is warm and inviting. Enjoy complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, and a stylish place to unwind in style, along with the services of The Retreat Concierge.

All Aqua Sky Suite Amenities

Spa Benefits

  • Unlimited access to the Sea Thermal Suite
  • Dedicated Spa Concierge: Personal Consultation
  • Priority Spa Reservations
  • Complimentary fitness classes
  • Exclusive spa treatment package discounts*
  • Exclusive welcome reception

*Additional charges may apply

Amenities

  • 2 Bottled waters in room - daily
  • 2 Yoga mats
  • In-room fitness amenities
  • Eco-friendly natural ingredients shower amenities
  • Expanded wellness on demand TV
  • Plush Frette bathrobes, slippers, towels
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Daily delivery of afternoon savouries
  • In-Suite Specialty Coffees
  • Afternoon tea event hosted in The Retreat Lounge
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

Aqua Sky Suite Features

  • Located close to The Spa
  • Veranda with lounge seating
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors
  • King-sized Cashmere Mattress
  • Exclusive eXhale® bedding
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Spacious sitting area with sofa
  • Stateroom Automation
  • Enhanced air filtration system

Aqua Sky Suite All Included†

  • Premium Drinks
  • Premium Wi-Fi

Dining

  • Dedicated Exclusive Restaurant: Luminae at The Retreat
  • Option to dine in Blu based on availability
  • Full In-Suite Menu (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) featuring clean cuisine from Blu
  • Option to dine Main Dining Room
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

Intuitive Service

  • Butler
  • Dedicated pre-cruise Retreat Concierge
  • Onboard Retreat Concierge
  • Priority check-in, departure, and port tendering/boarding
  • Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights

Facilities

  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Free Mini Bar
  • Butler Service
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Pillow Menu Available

View Itinerary By Date



Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 2  Cruising

Day 3 Soúda, Crete, Greece

Day 4 Kusadasi, Turkey

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 house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies' Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra's pools, are definitely worth a visit.

Day 5 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 6 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 7  Cruising

Day 8 Santorini, Greece

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 the right is Thirassia. Passing between them, you see the village of Ia adorning Santorini's northernmost cliff like a white geometric beehive. You are in the caldera (volcanic crater), one of the world's truly breathtaking sights: a demilune of cliffs rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The bay, once the high center of the island, is 1,300 feet in some places, so deep that when boats dock in Santorini's shabby little port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera. On your right are the Burnt isles, the White isle, and other volcanic remnants, all lined up as if some outsize display in a geology museum. Hephaestus's subterranean fires smolder still—the volcano erupted in 198 BC, about 735, and there was an earthquake in 1956. Indeed, Santorini and its four neighboring islets are the fragmentary remains of a larger landmass that exploded about 1600 BC: the volcano's core blew sky high, and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay, which measures 10 km by 7 km (6 mi by 4½ mi) and is 1,292 feet deep. The other pieces of the rim, which broke off in later eruptions, are Thirassia, where a few hundred people live, and deserted little Aspronissi ("White isle"). In the center of the bay, black and uninhabited, two cones, the Burnt Isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, appeared between 1573 and 1925. There has been too much speculation about the identification of Santorini with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and by Plato (who says it's in the Atlantic), but myths are hard to pin down. This is not true of old arguments about whether tidal waves from Santorini's cataclysmic explosion destroyed Minoan civilization on Crete, 113 km (70 mi) away. The latest carbon-dating evidence, which points to a few years before 1600 BC for the eruption, clearly indicates that the Minoans outlasted the eruption by a couple of hundred years, but most probably in a weakened state. In fact, the island still endures hardships: since antiquity, Santorini has depended on rain collected in cisterns for drinking and irrigating—the well water is often brackish—and the serious shortage is alleviated by the importation of water. However, the volcanic soil also yields riches: small, intense tomatoes with tough skins used for tomato paste (good restaurants here serve them); the famous Santorini fava beans, which have a light, fresh taste; barley; wheat; and white-skin eggplants.

Day 9 Mykonos, Greece

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, the Greek Archaeological Service decided to preserve the town, even when the Mykonians would have preferred to rebuild, and so the Old Town has been impressively preserved. Pink oleander, scarlet hibiscus, and trailing green pepper trees form a contrast amid the dazzling whiteness, whose frequent renewal with whitewash is required by law. Any visitor who has the pleasure of getting lost in its narrow streets (made all the narrower by the many outdoor stone staircases, which maximize housing space in the crowded village) will appreciate how its confusing layout was designed to foil pirates—if it was designed at all. After Mykonos fell under Turkish rule in 1537, the Ottomans allowed the islanders to arm their vessels against pirates, which had a contradictory effect: many of them found that raiding other islands was more profitable than tilling arid land. At the height of Aegean piracy, Mykonos was the principal headquarters of the corsair fleets—the place where pirates met their fellows, found willing women, and filled out their crews. Eventually the illicit activity evolved into a legitimate and thriving trade network. Morning on Mykonos town's main quay is busy with deliveries, visitors for the Delos boats, lazy breakfasters, and street cleaners dealing with the previous night's mess. In late morning the cruise-boat people arrive, and the shops are all open. In early afternoon, shaded outdoor tavernas are full of diners eating salads (Mykonos's produce is mostly imported); music is absent or kept low. In mid- and late afternoon, the town feels sleepy, since so many people are at the beach, on excursions, or sleeping in their air-conditioned rooms; even some tourist shops close for siesta. By sunset, people have come back from the beach, having taken their showers and rested. At night, the atmosphere in Mykonos ramps up. The cruise-boat people are mostly gone, coughing three-wheelers make no deliveries in the narrow streets, and everyone is dressed sexy for summer and starting to shimmy with the scene. Many shops stay open past midnight, the restaurants fill up, and the bars and discos make ice cubes as fast as they can. Ready to dive in? Begin your tour of Mykonos town (Hora) by starting out at its heart: Mando Mavrogenous Square.

Day 10  Cruising

Day 11 Naples, Italy

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 flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Day 12 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 2  Cruising

Day 3 Soúda, Crete, Greece

Day 4 Kusadasi, Turkey

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 house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies' Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra's pools, are definitely worth a visit.

Day 5 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 6 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 7  Cruising

Day 8 Santorini, Greece

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 the right is Thirassia. Passing between them, you see the village of Ia adorning Santorini's northernmost cliff like a white geometric beehive. You are in the caldera (volcanic crater), one of the world's truly breathtaking sights: a demilune of cliffs rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The bay, once the high center of the island, is 1,300 feet in some places, so deep that when boats dock in Santorini's shabby little port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera. On your right are the Burnt isles, the White isle, and other volcanic remnants, all lined up as if some outsize display in a geology museum. Hephaestus's subterranean fires smolder still—the volcano erupted in 198 BC, about 735, and there was an earthquake in 1956. Indeed, Santorini and its four neighboring islets are the fragmentary remains of a larger landmass that exploded about 1600 BC: the volcano's core blew sky high, and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay, which measures 10 km by 7 km (6 mi by 4½ mi) and is 1,292 feet deep. The other pieces of the rim, which broke off in later eruptions, are Thirassia, where a few hundred people live, and deserted little Aspronissi ("White isle"). In the center of the bay, black and uninhabited, two cones, the Burnt Isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, appeared between 1573 and 1925. There has been too much speculation about the identification of Santorini with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and by Plato (who says it's in the Atlantic), but myths are hard to pin down. This is not true of old arguments about whether tidal waves from Santorini's cataclysmic explosion destroyed Minoan civilization on Crete, 113 km (70 mi) away. The latest carbon-dating evidence, which points to a few years before 1600 BC for the eruption, clearly indicates that the Minoans outlasted the eruption by a couple of hundred years, but most probably in a weakened state. In fact, the island still endures hardships: since antiquity, Santorini has depended on rain collected in cisterns for drinking and irrigating—the well water is often brackish—and the serious shortage is alleviated by the importation of water. However, the volcanic soil also yields riches: small, intense tomatoes with tough skins used for tomato paste (good restaurants here serve them); the famous Santorini fava beans, which have a light, fresh taste; barley; wheat; and white-skin eggplants.

Day 9 Mykonos, Greece

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, the Greek Archaeological Service decided to preserve the town, even when the Mykonians would have preferred to rebuild, and so the Old Town has been impressively preserved. Pink oleander, scarlet hibiscus, and trailing green pepper trees form a contrast amid the dazzling whiteness, whose frequent renewal with whitewash is required by law. Any visitor who has the pleasure of getting lost in its narrow streets (made all the narrower by the many outdoor stone staircases, which maximize housing space in the crowded village) will appreciate how its confusing layout was designed to foil pirates—if it was designed at all. After Mykonos fell under Turkish rule in 1537, the Ottomans allowed the islanders to arm their vessels against pirates, which had a contradictory effect: many of them found that raiding other islands was more profitable than tilling arid land. At the height of Aegean piracy, Mykonos was the principal headquarters of the corsair fleets—the place where pirates met their fellows, found willing women, and filled out their crews. Eventually the illicit activity evolved into a legitimate and thriving trade network. Morning on Mykonos town's main quay is busy with deliveries, visitors for the Delos boats, lazy breakfasters, and street cleaners dealing with the previous night's mess. In late morning the cruise-boat people arrive, and the shops are all open. In early afternoon, shaded outdoor tavernas are full of diners eating salads (Mykonos's produce is mostly imported); music is absent or kept low. In mid- and late afternoon, the town feels sleepy, since so many people are at the beach, on excursions, or sleeping in their air-conditioned rooms; even some tourist shops close for siesta. By sunset, people have come back from the beach, having taken their showers and rested. At night, the atmosphere in Mykonos ramps up. The cruise-boat people are mostly gone, coughing three-wheelers make no deliveries in the narrow streets, and everyone is dressed sexy for summer and starting to shimmy with the scene. Many shops stay open past midnight, the restaurants fill up, and the bars and discos make ice cubes as fast as they can. Ready to dive in? Begin your tour of Mykonos town (Hora) by starting out at its heart: Mando Mavrogenous Square.

Day 10  Cruising

Day 11 Naples, Italy

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 flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Day 12 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 2  Cruising

Day 3 Soúda, Crete, Greece

Day 4 Kusadasi, Turkey

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 house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies' Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra's pools, are definitely worth a visit.

Day 5 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 6 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 7  Cruising

Day 8 Santorini, Greece

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 the right is Thirassia. Passing between them, you see the village of Ia adorning Santorini's northernmost cliff like a white geometric beehive. You are in the caldera (volcanic crater), one of the world's truly breathtaking sights: a demilune of cliffs rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The bay, once the high center of the island, is 1,300 feet in some places, so deep that when boats dock in Santorini's shabby little port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera. On your right are the Burnt isles, the White isle, and other volcanic remnants, all lined up as if some outsize display in a geology museum. Hephaestus's subterranean fires smolder still—the volcano erupted in 198 BC, about 735, and there was an earthquake in 1956. Indeed, Santorini and its four neighboring islets are the fragmentary remains of a larger landmass that exploded about 1600 BC: the volcano's core blew sky high, and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay, which measures 10 km by 7 km (6 mi by 4½ mi) and is 1,292 feet deep. The other pieces of the rim, which broke off in later eruptions, are Thirassia, where a few hundred people live, and deserted little Aspronissi ("White isle"). In the center of the bay, black and uninhabited, two cones, the Burnt Isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, appeared between 1573 and 1925. There has been too much speculation about the identification of Santorini with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and by Plato (who says it's in the Atlantic), but myths are hard to pin down. This is not true of old arguments about whether tidal waves from Santorini's cataclysmic explosion destroyed Minoan civilization on Crete, 113 km (70 mi) away. The latest carbon-dating evidence, which points to a few years before 1600 BC for the eruption, clearly indicates that the Minoans outlasted the eruption by a couple of hundred years, but most probably in a weakened state. In fact, the island still endures hardships: since antiquity, Santorini has depended on rain collected in cisterns for drinking and irrigating—the well water is often brackish—and the serious shortage is alleviated by the importation of water. However, the volcanic soil also yields riches: small, intense tomatoes with tough skins used for tomato paste (good restaurants here serve them); the famous Santorini fava beans, which have a light, fresh taste; barley; wheat; and white-skin eggplants.

Day 9 Mykonos, Greece

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, the Greek Archaeological Service decided to preserve the town, even when the Mykonians would have preferred to rebuild, and so the Old Town has been impressively preserved. Pink oleander, scarlet hibiscus, and trailing green pepper trees form a contrast amid the dazzling whiteness, whose frequent renewal with whitewash is required by law. Any visitor who has the pleasure of getting lost in its narrow streets (made all the narrower by the many outdoor stone staircases, which maximize housing space in the crowded village) will appreciate how its confusing layout was designed to foil pirates—if it was designed at all. After Mykonos fell under Turkish rule in 1537, the Ottomans allowed the islanders to arm their vessels against pirates, which had a contradictory effect: many of them found that raiding other islands was more profitable than tilling arid land. At the height of Aegean piracy, Mykonos was the principal headquarters of the corsair fleets—the place where pirates met their fellows, found willing women, and filled out their crews. Eventually the illicit activity evolved into a legitimate and thriving trade network. Morning on Mykonos town's main quay is busy with deliveries, visitors for the Delos boats, lazy breakfasters, and street cleaners dealing with the previous night's mess. In late morning the cruise-boat people arrive, and the shops are all open. In early afternoon, shaded outdoor tavernas are full of diners eating salads (Mykonos's produce is mostly imported); music is absent or kept low. In mid- and late afternoon, the town feels sleepy, since so many people are at the beach, on excursions, or sleeping in their air-conditioned rooms; even some tourist shops close for siesta. By sunset, people have come back from the beach, having taken their showers and rested. At night, the atmosphere in Mykonos ramps up. The cruise-boat people are mostly gone, coughing three-wheelers make no deliveries in the narrow streets, and everyone is dressed sexy for summer and starting to shimmy with the scene. Many shops stay open past midnight, the restaurants fill up, and the bars and discos make ice cubes as fast as they can. Ready to dive in? Begin your tour of Mykonos town (Hora) by starting out at its heart: Mando Mavrogenous Square.

Day 10  Cruising

Day 11 Naples, Italy

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 flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Day 12 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 2  Cruising

Day 3 Soúda, Crete, Greece

Day 4 Kusadasi, Turkey

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 house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies' Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra's pools, are definitely worth a visit.

Day 5 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 6 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 7  Cruising

Day 8 Mykonos, Greece

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, the Greek Archaeological Service decided to preserve the town, even when the Mykonians would have preferred to rebuild, and so the Old Town has been impressively preserved. Pink oleander, scarlet hibiscus, and trailing green pepper trees form a contrast amid the dazzling whiteness, whose frequent renewal with whitewash is required by law. Any visitor who has the pleasure of getting lost in its narrow streets (made all the narrower by the many outdoor stone staircases, which maximize housing space in the crowded village) will appreciate how its confusing layout was designed to foil pirates—if it was designed at all. After Mykonos fell under Turkish rule in 1537, the Ottomans allowed the islanders to arm their vessels against pirates, which had a contradictory effect: many of them found that raiding other islands was more profitable than tilling arid land. At the height of Aegean piracy, Mykonos was the principal headquarters of the corsair fleets—the place where pirates met their fellows, found willing women, and filled out their crews. Eventually the illicit activity evolved into a legitimate and thriving trade network. Morning on Mykonos town's main quay is busy with deliveries, visitors for the Delos boats, lazy breakfasters, and street cleaners dealing with the previous night's mess. In late morning the cruise-boat people arrive, and the shops are all open. In early afternoon, shaded outdoor tavernas are full of diners eating salads (Mykonos's produce is mostly imported); music is absent or kept low. In mid- and late afternoon, the town feels sleepy, since so many people are at the beach, on excursions, or sleeping in their air-conditioned rooms; even some tourist shops close for siesta. By sunset, people have come back from the beach, having taken their showers and rested. At night, the atmosphere in Mykonos ramps up. The cruise-boat people are mostly gone, coughing three-wheelers make no deliveries in the narrow streets, and everyone is dressed sexy for summer and starting to shimmy with the scene. Many shops stay open past midnight, the restaurants fill up, and the bars and discos make ice cubes as fast as they can. Ready to dive in? Begin your tour of Mykonos town (Hora) by starting out at its heart: Mando Mavrogenous Square.

Day 9 Santorini, Greece

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 the right is Thirassia. Passing between them, you see the village of Ia adorning Santorini's northernmost cliff like a white geometric beehive. You are in the caldera (volcanic crater), one of the world's truly breathtaking sights: a demilune of cliffs rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The bay, once the high center of the island, is 1,300 feet in some places, so deep that when boats dock in Santorini's shabby little port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera. On your right are the Burnt isles, the White isle, and other volcanic remnants, all lined up as if some outsize display in a geology museum. Hephaestus's subterranean fires smolder still—the volcano erupted in 198 BC, about 735, and there was an earthquake in 1956. Indeed, Santorini and its four neighboring islets are the fragmentary remains of a larger landmass that exploded about 1600 BC: the volcano's core blew sky high, and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay, which measures 10 km by 7 km (6 mi by 4½ mi) and is 1,292 feet deep. The other pieces of the rim, which broke off in later eruptions, are Thirassia, where a few hundred people live, and deserted little Aspronissi ("White isle"). In the center of the bay, black and uninhabited, two cones, the Burnt Isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, appeared between 1573 and 1925. There has been too much speculation about the identification of Santorini with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and by Plato (who says it's in the Atlantic), but myths are hard to pin down. This is not true of old arguments about whether tidal waves from Santorini's cataclysmic explosion destroyed Minoan civilization on Crete, 113 km (70 mi) away. The latest carbon-dating evidence, which points to a few years before 1600 BC for the eruption, clearly indicates that the Minoans outlasted the eruption by a couple of hundred years, but most probably in a weakened state. In fact, the island still endures hardships: since antiquity, Santorini has depended on rain collected in cisterns for drinking and irrigating—the well water is often brackish—and the serious shortage is alleviated by the importation of water. However, the volcanic soil also yields riches: small, intense tomatoes with tough skins used for tomato paste (good restaurants here serve them); the famous Santorini fava beans, which have a light, fresh taste; barley; wheat; and white-skin eggplants.

Day 10  Cruising

Day 11 Naples, Italy

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 flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Day 12 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Day 2  Cruising

Day 3 Soúda, Crete, Greece

Day 4 Kusadasi, Turkey

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 house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies' Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra's pools, are definitely worth a visit.

Day 5 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 6 Istanbul, Turkey

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world's most cosmopolitan crossroads. It's often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers' pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that's increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It's also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it's a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.

Day 7  Cruising

Day 8 Santorini, Greece

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 the right is Thirassia. Passing between them, you see the village of Ia adorning Santorini's northernmost cliff like a white geometric beehive. You are in the caldera (volcanic crater), one of the world's truly breathtaking sights: a demilune of cliffs rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The bay, once the high center of the island, is 1,300 feet in some places, so deep that when boats dock in Santorini's shabby little port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera. On your right are the Burnt isles, the White isle, and other volcanic remnants, all lined up as if some outsize display in a geology museum. Hephaestus's subterranean fires smolder still—the volcano erupted in 198 BC, about 735, and there was an earthquake in 1956. Indeed, Santorini and its four neighboring islets are the fragmentary remains of a larger landmass that exploded about 1600 BC: the volcano's core blew sky high, and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay, which measures 10 km by 7 km (6 mi by 4½ mi) and is 1,292 feet deep. The other pieces of the rim, which broke off in later eruptions, are Thirassia, where a few hundred people live, and deserted little Aspronissi ("White isle"). In the center of the bay, black and uninhabited, two cones, the Burnt Isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, appeared between 1573 and 1925. There has been too much speculation about the identification of Santorini with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and by Plato (who says it's in the Atlantic), but myths are hard to pin down. This is not true of old arguments about whether tidal waves from Santorini's cataclysmic explosion destroyed Minoan civilization on Crete, 113 km (70 mi) away. The latest carbon-dating evidence, which points to a few years before 1600 BC for the eruption, clearly indicates that the Minoans outlasted the eruption by a couple of hundred years, but most probably in a weakened state. In fact, the island still endures hardships: since antiquity, Santorini has depended on rain collected in cisterns for drinking and irrigating—the well water is often brackish—and the serious shortage is alleviated by the importation of water. However, the volcanic soil also yields riches: small, intense tomatoes with tough skins used for tomato paste (good restaurants here serve them); the famous Santorini fava beans, which have a light, fresh taste; barley; wheat; and white-skin eggplants.

Day 9 Mykonos, Greece

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, the Greek Archaeological Service decided to preserve the town, even when the Mykonians would have preferred to rebuild, and so the Old Town has been impressively preserved. Pink oleander, scarlet hibiscus, and trailing green pepper trees form a contrast amid the dazzling whiteness, whose frequent renewal with whitewash is required by law. Any visitor who has the pleasure of getting lost in its narrow streets (made all the narrower by the many outdoor stone staircases, which maximize housing space in the crowded village) will appreciate how its confusing layout was designed to foil pirates—if it was designed at all. After Mykonos fell under Turkish rule in 1537, the Ottomans allowed the islanders to arm their vessels against pirates, which had a contradictory effect: many of them found that raiding other islands was more profitable than tilling arid land. At the height of Aegean piracy, Mykonos was the principal headquarters of the corsair fleets—the place where pirates met their fellows, found willing women, and filled out their crews. Eventually the illicit activity evolved into a legitimate and thriving trade network. Morning on Mykonos town's main quay is busy with deliveries, visitors for the Delos boats, lazy breakfasters, and street cleaners dealing with the previous night's mess. In late morning the cruise-boat people arrive, and the shops are all open. In early afternoon, shaded outdoor tavernas are full of diners eating salads (Mykonos's produce is mostly imported); music is absent or kept low. In mid- and late afternoon, the town feels sleepy, since so many people are at the beach, on excursions, or sleeping in their air-conditioned rooms; even some tourist shops close for siesta. By sunset, people have come back from the beach, having taken their showers and rested. At night, the atmosphere in Mykonos ramps up. The cruise-boat people are mostly gone, coughing three-wheelers make no deliveries in the narrow streets, and everyone is dressed sexy for summer and starting to shimmy with the scene. Many shops stay open past midnight, the restaurants fill up, and the bars and discos make ice cubes as fast as they can. Ready to dive in? Begin your tour of Mykonos town (Hora) by starting out at its heart: Mando Mavrogenous Square.

Day 10  Cruising

Day 11 Naples, Italy

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 flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Day 12 Civitavecchia, Italy

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.

Video provided by 3rd party and complete accuracy can not be guaranteed
Call our experts now

Dublin (01) 2311868

Cruise Finder

All the best cruise deals in one place



TRAVEL AWARE - STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY ABROAD

The Department of Foreign Affairs has up-to-date advice for Irish citizens on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more security, local laws, health, passport and visa information see https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/ and follow dfatravelwise