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Celebrity Summit - will offer an itinerary that combines Bermuda (pictured) and New England (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity's 2017/18 has more port overnights, updated ships in Alaska, Bermuda, Canada/New England

Celebrity Cruises' 2017/18 program features 236 overnights in 55 cities and 31 double overnight stays in 10 ports. There are new chef-led shore excursions, experiences curated by regional destination experts and refreshed ships for Alaska, Bermuda and Canada/New England. For the first time, the line offers an itinerary that combines Bermuda and New England.

Most 2017/18 itineraries are eligible for a special 'Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!' offer.

On Tuesday Celebrity opened sales for Alaska, Bermuda and Canada/New England to its Captain's Club members; general sales open Friday. Two ships in the lineup are part of a $16m refresh initiative, Celebrity Infinity in Alaska and Celebrity Summit in Bermuda and Canada/New England.

Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Infinity will sail Alaska. Following a just-completed $8m upgrade, Celebrity Infinity has a new Rooftop Terrace with an outdoor movie screen, chic furniture and food for purchase. New destination-inspired experiences aboard the three ships will include locally sourced food and entertainment.

New cruise-tours are the 10-night 'Authentic Tastes of Alaska,' focused on indigenous foods and their place in culture and history, and the 12-night 'Great National Parks Expedition' in Denali and Kenai Fords national parks.

Among the 'Uniquely Celebrity' shore excursions are a trip to an organic farm, an exploration of Skagway's rich history, a tour through a local brewery straight to a cooking school, and participation in a crabbing and seafood feast. There will also be insights from one of the line's resident naturalists, a group of marine biologists, adventurers and wildlife researchers.

From Vancouver, BC, Celebrity Infinity will sail weekly round-trips to Hubbard Glacier. The Seattle-based Celebrity Solstice will visit Tracy Arm Fjord on seven-night round-trips. And Celebrity Millennium will sail open-jaw cruises from Vancouver and Seward.

Meanwhile, Celebrity Summit will continue to operate the line's seven-night Bermuda cruises. The ship's $8m makeover in March will add a Rooftop Terrace, upgrade Suite Class amenities and install the Tuscan Grille specialty restaurant.

Regional destination expert Dr. Ellen Prager, a marine scientist and author, will design programs about Bermuda's natural wonders, and a local steel drum band will perform on board. Excursions include a night on Bermuda's Rising Sun II catamaran for a white party and an organic farm tour.

A new nine-night cruise visits New England and Bermuda, while a 'Signature Event Sailing' will witness a famous regatta.

Celebrity Summit's Canada/New England program features a 'Signature Event Sailing' timed to Canada’s 150th birthday with an overnight in Halifax and the US Independence Day with an overnight in Boston. Among the excursions is a Québec City walking tour that ends with tea at Chateau Frontenac.

The 14-night cruises give two overnights in Québec City and visit destinations such as Maine's Bar Harbor and Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown.

Starting as early as January, Celebrity's cruises will focus more on the destinations with such initiatives as the new, chef-led shore excursions, authentic cuisine, local entertainment and experiences and enrichment curated by regional destination experts. They include Ellen Prager (Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Galápagos), Ben Fogle (Europe); the Australia Zoo and its 'Wildlife Warriors,' a global and charitable wildlife organization (Australia); Milos Radakovich (South America) and four resident naturalists in Alaska.

A special 'Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!' offer is available for nearly all 2017/18 sailings. Travelers who book an ocean-view or higher stateroom and 'Go Big' get a free perk from the choice of Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited Internet packages, gratuities or $150 to spend on board. Those who upgrade and 'Go Better' get their choice of two perks, or 'Go Best' for all four perks, plus a Premium Beverage Package upgrade.

Details: celebritycruises.com/gobigbetterbest.

 

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