Join us on this Mediterranean Cruise of a lifetime with Celebrity Cruise Lines. With Ports of Call in Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar & Italy this extensive itinerary offers a true European Cruising experience. We sail aboard the Celebrity Reflection…she boasts 12 restaurants, including seven specialty dining venues giving her passengers plenty of choices when it comes to cuisine. As far as cabins go, 85 percent of Reflection's staterooms offer verandas and the ship offers a wider variety of suite cabins than other Celebrity ships. All cabins come appointed with minibars and flat-screen TVs and she was just recently modernized in January 2018.
Day 1 - Fly Home Airport to Amsterdam - Overnight Transatlantic Aircraft
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Today we arrive Amsterdam and you are free to explore at your leisure… Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture and is famous for its canals and extraordinary museums. Once you arrive on your cruise to Amsterdam, be sure to catch the city’s highlights, especially the iconic houses that straddle the snaking canal system of which the city is known for. When in Amsterdam, do as the Dutch and discover this first-class city on two wheels as this is one of the most bike-friendly places on the planet. When it comes to viewing the world’s great artistic masterpieces, you could hardly pick a better city. Pay a visit to the famous Van Gogh Museum and ponder the works of Holland’s favorite son. Afterwards, pop into a cozy cafe or tavern and let the charms of this city wash over you.
Day 3 - Board Cruise Ship
Today we transfer to the beautiful Celebrity Reflection - our home for the next 11 nights. We set sail at 5pm before dinner this evening.
Day 4 - Bruges, (Zeebrugge), Belgium – 7.00am to 4.00pm
Gracefully combining past and present, as well as Flemish and French, Bruges offers a little something for everyone. Linked by the Baudouin Canal, this medieval town is the stuff of fairytale and storybooks. Cobblestone streets, old, historic churches and a dreamy landscape make this a very sought after destination -- especially during the summer months. Stroll through the Markt, a bustling plaza where the rhythmic beat of horse-drawn carriages echoes off a soaring belfry tower. Immerse yourself in a rich art history, best reflected in the paintings of Bruges’ own Jan Van Eyck, one of the most significant Renaissance artists of the 15th century. Spend a delightful day on the medieval streets of this city with a seemingly endless supply of charm, culture, and beauty.Foodies will revel in the eclectic dining options at local bistros. Dig into sweet Belgian waffles and stop by the renowned chocolate boutiques on your cruise to Bruges. If sampling the fresh fish of this country is on your agenda, the fish market located here is one of the biggest in Europe. Or, take a scenic cruise through the medieval city of Ghent, Belgium and discover important landmarks, including Chinese Teahouses, 13th-century monasteries and castles of the Counts.
Day 5 - Paris (Le Havre), France – 7.00am to 9.00pm
The allure and romance of cruise to Paris are legendary. This capital city of France is home to innumerable museums, such as the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Picasso and Musée Rodin, parks and gardens, including the Tuileries Garden on the banks of the Seine and the Left Bank Luxembourg Garden, as well as monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
Day 6 – Cruising At Sea. Overnight Ship
Day 7 - Bilbao, Spain – 9.30am to 5.00pm
Bilbao, located in Spain's Basque region, is the ideal gateway to Vitoria and the famous Rioja wine region. Today, the city is famed for the Museo Guggenheim, which opened in 1997, firmly placing Bilbao on the art and tourism map which, subsequently, led to a major urban regeneration. Since then, more museums and galleries have opened, and has in turn prompted a parallel resurgence of fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars. There are so many amazing sights to explore on your Bilbao cruise. Not sure where to begin? You can start with a bus tour of the city for an overview. Or, simply take a stroll through the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) to find yourself immersed in 14th century architecture, a whirlwind of boisterous bars, eclectic shops, gothic cathedrals, historic plazas and lively street performers. In addition to the architecture, this Basque gem is not short on places to eat and drink. Gastronomy joins the other arts flourishing in Bilbao. From traditional Spanish favorites to avant-garde culinary adventures, you’ll find them all in this city. Dine like a local and head out for “pintxos”, an assortment of appetizers to share and savor.
Day 8 – Cruising At Sea. Overnight Ship
Day 9 - Lisbon, Portugal – 7.00am to 5.00pm
See why this city stands out above all others as you stroll along elaborate mosaic sidewalks and pass by the Monument to the Discoveries. A quick trolley ride transports you to the cobblestone district of Baixa. Or be lured away and pampered in the resort cities of Cascais and Estoril. This storied capital with a history that extends back before the Roman Empire is only 1 of 2 cities in Portugal designated as a global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group. Once one of the world’s great naval and shipping powers, modern day Lisbon is an important hub of finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education, and tourism. Take a wonderful tour through Lisbon and you’ll discover Graca, the beautifully restored old area of the city, filled with old tiled buildings and mansions and Chiado, Lisbon’s arts district, for a different air of sophistication with its many boutiques, galleries and theaters. And, of course, a cruise to Lisbon is not complete without sampling a nice bottle of Port wine; the fortified red wine that can be found throughout the country.
Day 10 - Gibraltar, United Kingdom – 12.00pm to 8.00pm
The great Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Made of limestone, it towers 1,400 feet above the mouth of the majestic Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a nature reserve.
Day 11 - Malaga, Spain – 8.00am to 6.00pm
Malaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, some of the region's most impressive beaches. It also is home to a number of magnificent palaces, including the Moorish Alcabaza and Gibralfaro.
Day 12 - Cartagena, Spain – 9.00am to 5.00pm
During the 16th and 17th centuries, when Spain held sway over the rest of Europe and the New World, much of its naval power was concentrated in the port of Cartagena. Many of the coastal fortifications from that era still exist, although instead of guarding the city, they provide splendid views of the harbor. Cartagena is one of the world’s great natural harbors and over the ages has known its fair share of conflict, conquest, and riches. Brimming with a fascinating history, this is the wharf where Phoenician traders unloaded exotic treasures and where Roman citizens crowded into a grand theatre. Explore the archeological ruins, castle battlements, artillery, museums, historic churches, and architectural wonders on your Cartagena cruise. For a casual stroll complete with a little sightseeing and a coffee, put on those comfortable shoes and head on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Or, visit a family-owned wine cellar that produces traditional wine. Cartagena is a cosmopolitan city filled with tapas bars, art galleries, fine restaurants and world-renowned shopping. It’s a charming coastal city that utterly captivates all visitors.
Day 13 – Cruising At Sea. Overnight Ship
Day 14 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – arrive 5.00am and disembark ship
Civitavecchia was settled in 108 A.D. by the Emperor Trajan and has since served faithfully as a gateway to Rome, the capital of Italy. Once the center of the Ancient World from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization, Rome is still a cultural mecca. Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. There’s an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover on a cruise to Rome. Visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum, gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and stroll the Capitoline Museum. Roman culinary prowess is well respected and beloved the world over. Experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs. For your enjoyment we have included a city tour of Rome upon disembarkation, after which we will transfer to our hotel in the vicinity of Rome International Airport.
Overnight Airport Hotel, Rome – Italy.
Day 15 – Transfer to airport for return flight home
Would you like to extend your trip at the beginning in Amsterdam or at the end in Rome? We have optional 2-night extension packages available for both Amsterdam and Rome with a full day tour included in each – price including touring, transfers and 2 night’s hotel accommodations is just $595 per person based on double occupancy for each package.
Launched in 2012 and updated in January 2018, the Reflection sets herself apart with features like a top-deck Lawn Club and the Game On interactive activity center with flat-screen table games. Another highlight is the Alcoves, where guests can enjoy crowd-free cabana lounging (for an extra fee). And with 12 restaurants, including seven specialty dining venues, passengers have plenty of choices when it comes to cuisine. As far as cabins go, 85 percent of Reflection's staterooms offer verandas, and the ship offers a wider variety of suite cabins than other Celebrity ships. All cabins come appointed with minibars and flat-screen TVs.
Check out The Martini Bar
The Martini Bar is the coolest bar on the ship -- literally -- with an ice-topped bar and entertaining bartenders that put on a spectacular show involving bottle-flipping, glass-stacking and the pouring of a dozen drinks at once. With chic silver and white decor, the Martini Bar has a lively atmosphere from early evening until late at the night, making it the ideal spot to chill out with friends or enjoy a drink with someone special. If you would like to see the bartenders' dazzling performance, your best bet is to place your order when the Martini Bar isn't too busy.
REMEMBER! For Reservations received prior to June 15th 2019, each guest will receive a COMPLIMENTARY CLASSIC DRINKS PACKAGE on-board for the duration of the Cruise! For details of the drinks package coverages click here: CLASSIC PACKAGE. Note - If you would like to upgrade your Drinks Package to the PREMIUM Package - the difference you pay is simply $199 per person.
Opus Dining Room
This sophisticated restaurant with a wide range of globally-inspired dishes created by a Michelin-starred chef will provide the fine dining experience you love while you’re on vacation. The airy Main Restaurant offers exquisite menu selections, which change nightly to give you a variety of classic and contemporary choices. And the service? Legendary.
See a sample menu below…
Ocean View Cafe
The Oceanview Cafe and Bar, the ship's international buffet style marketplace, offers a menu inspired by multiple cultures and is located aft of deck 14. It features floor to ceiling glass walls looking out over the sea and both indoor and outdoor seating. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stations include made-to-order pasta, stir-fry, pizza, a full salad bar, carvery and desserts.
Reflection Solarium - with retractable roof
Sunset Bar – a great place to go after a “hard day” doing whatever you want…
INSIDE STATEROOM: Two lower beds that convert to one queen-sized bed, sitting area, private bathroom with shower, sitting area with sofa, mini-bar, 20-inch interactive flat-screen television, 24-hour room service, telephone, thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer
OCEANVIEW STATEROOM: Two lower beds that convert to one queen-sized bed, large 48-inch porthole window, sitting area, private bathroom with shower, sitting area with sofa, mini-bar, 20-inch interactive flat-screen television, 24-hour room service, telephone, thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer.
PRIVATE BALCONY STATEROOM: Twice daily service (makeup and turndown). Celebrity eXhale™ bedding. Private safe. 24-hour room service. Private mini-bar (extra charge) Complimentary tote bag. Custom blended bath products. Interactive Samsung flat-screen television. Personal veranda. Our signature, personalized service. Daily makeup and turndown service. 24-hour room service.
CONCIERGE BALCONY STATEROOM: Passengers booking one of Reflection's Concierge Class rooms will get a balcony cabin - with some sweeteners including premium locations on the ship (higher up and or aft-facing), fresh fruit, flowers, sparkling wine (as a welcome gift), an expanded room service menu, restaurant seating time preferences and priority check-in and disembarkation.
Early booking offers may be extended at the discretion of the Cruise Line however they cannot be guaranteed… If you want these valuable inclusions, then book before the deadline!
Please note – Early Booking Offers are not unlimited, and all availability is on a first come first served basis – Therefore, we recommend you book early whilst availability is there.
Starts: Sunday September 13th 2020
Ends: Sunday September 27th 2020
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