Celebrity Cruises “Locks” In Record Number of Panama Canal Itineraries

MIAMI, May 7 – Next year, Celebrity Cruises will offer its guests more variety than ever before for sailings through the Panama Canal’s famed Gatun Locks. The line’s 2009-10 Panama Canal sailings opened for sale today. In its late-2009-to-early-2010 season, Celebrity Cruises will offer 18 “open-jaw,” or non-roundtrip, sailings through the Canal – more than it has offered during any previous single season. Highlights include a varied range of 13- to 16-night cruises; the first Panama Canal cruise Celebrity has offered that will depart from Seattle, Washington; and a list of five home ports from which the Canal cruises will depart (Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida; San Diego, California; Seattle; and Valparaiso, Chile).

Celebrity Infinity will sail a total of 10 open-jaw Panama Canal voyages between September 2009 and April 2010. After a 16-night Eastbound Panama Canal voyage from Seattle, to Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Infinity will sail a series of 13- and 14-night voyages between San Diego and Fort Lauderdale before a 15-night Westbound Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco. Celebrity Infinity also will sail a 15-night voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Valparaiso on December 5, 2009, and a 14-night voyage from Valparaiso to Fort Lauderdale on March 14, 2010; these two sailings will open for sale in a few weeks.

From November 2009 through May 2010, Celebrity Constellation will alternate 13- and 14-night Panama Canal sailings between Miami and San Diego with the long Caribbean sailings it announced in April of this year. Celebrity is offering a 14-night Westbound Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego on Celebrity Mercury in April 2009. Celebrity Mercury also will sail a 14-night Eastbound Panama Canal in October 2009, from San Diego to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Celebrity Cruises’ 2009-10 Panama Canal sailings offers calls at ports in countries such as Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. While in port, guests can choose from a range of shore and land excursions. Examples include:

  • “Best of Cartagena” in Colombia, which includes a visit to the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, one of the greatest Spanish military engineering constructions in South America.
  • “Pacific Train, Boat and Bus Adventure” in Costa Rica, where guests board a historical train for a scenic tour and take a boat ride through the regions wildlife-rich mangroves.
  • “America’s Cup Challenge” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which allows guests to be “part of” the racing team or sit back and relax.

For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit www.celebritycruises.com