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From time to time, Celebrity has special offers that it labels as either Cruise & Stay, Cruise & Relax or Cruise & Explore packages. These are bespoke holidays with additional components that are sold "as is" on an occasional basis.
However, anybody who has booked with Celebrity can buy a three-day Celebrity City Tour to add on to the start of a cruise in almost every port the cruise line sails from, although these add-on packages are all provided by independent contractors.
Sydney City Tours start with a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Tours include Sydney Harbour, where you can see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge; a trip to Bondi Beach and shopping at The Rocks. You'll also visit a wildlife park to see kangaroos, koalas and more; stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and the Domain; and finish with a three-hour farewell dinner cruise past mansions, beaches and national parks.
You can cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific, calling at Noumea and the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia, and the islands of Noumea and Vanuatu.
You can also sail from Sydney to New Zealand, stopping at Melbourne before crossing the Tasman Sea for scenic cruises in Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds at the bottom of South Island. Then, you'll travel up to Dunedin, Picton, and North Island's Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland.
Celebrity also does a cruise tour of Alaska. It starts with a pre-cruise tour from Fairbanks, which includes cruising the Chena River for a day and visiting the Museum of the North, before taking the glass-domed Wilderness Express train for a night at Denali Park Village and a Tundra Wilderness Tour the next day. Another night in Denali is followed by a train ride to Talkeetna for hiking and an overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge before transferring to Anchorage late afternoon the next day. A hotel stay in Anchorage means there's time to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center before boarding the ship in Seward for a seven-night cruise to Vancouver. This includes scenic cruising past Hubbard Glacier and calls at Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage.
There are also combined Alaska and Canada cruise tours, featuring an Alaska sailing, a stay in Denali and another land tour from Vancouver to Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. The land tour features stays at hotels and lodges, guided tours and transportation, including rail journeys through the Rockies.
Finally, Galapagos Expedition Cruises come with all-inclusive land tours in Ecuador before or after your cruise. Choose from either a seven-night Northern Loop or Southern Loop -- both return trips are from Baltra Island.
City Tours are available in several destinations and include three nights in a four-star hotel with breakfasts, a full-day guided City Highlights Tour (with lunch), a half-day guided Evening City Tour (with a farewell dinner) and transfers. City Tours can be arranged through phone after booking your cruise.
Alaska Expedition cruise tours include six days on land with hotel and lodge accommodation, guided tours, rail tickets and transfers. This can be booked online.
Galapagos Expedition land tours are all-inclusive: hotels, tours, meals, gratuities and round trip flight to Quito.
What you need to know:
Celebrity Cruises offers modern luxury aimed at a younger clientele than more traditional cruise lines. It's an aspirational brand, with interiors designed by Kelly Hoppen, Instagram-friendly public spaces, exceptional restaurants and technologically advanced entertainment that was launched with 2019's Celebrity Edge. Older ships are being refitted with Kelly Hoppen staterooms and more to give cruisers the Edge experience, although the cruise line's expedition ships have an ambiance all their own.
Celebrity is also the cruise industry's biggest champion of the LGBTQ community and has LGBTQ cruises that feature same-sex weddings at sea.