Celebrity Cruises Does Mardi Gras
14 Day Caribbean and New Orleans
14 Days | February 6-19, 2021
Starting At $2995.00
This itinerary features a double overnight stay in New Orleans during the most festive time of year. Experience the Krewe’s artistry and theatrics firsthand as you catch colorful beads and join in the vibrant festivities during this iconic parade. Onboard, listen to good jazz and dine on local favorites paired with fabulous wines, enjoy Celebrity’s own take on the Mardi Gras parade with more jazz music, party favors, and New Orleans inspired cocktails. Destination Speakers will cover topics such as the ancient Maya Empire, the history of Mardi Gras, the history of the Caribbean Indians, and more.
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PER PERSON PRICES:
Interior: $2995 Double…..$5165 Single
Oceanview: $3595 Double…..$6205 Single
Balcony: $3795 Double…..$6495 Single
Concierge Class: $3995 Double…..$6925 Single
February 6 – Arrive Ft Lauderdale
Today arrive into Ft Lauderdale (airfare not included). Upon arrival, your private motorcoach will transfer your group to a Ft Lauderdale hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the day is on your own.
February 7 – Free Morning/Board the Celebrity Equinox
Spend the morning at your leisure. Your motorcoach will arrive late morning to transfer you to Port Everglades where you will board the Celebrity Equinox. The Celebrity Equinox captures the very essence of premium cruising. Prepare to have your expectations exceeded as soon as you step on board. Delight in your choice of ten exceptional dining venues. Enjoy craft beer and comfort food in the Gastrobar and sip refreshing frozen cocktails on the pool deck at Slush. A unique experience at sea, feel grass beneath your feet at the relaxing Lawn Club. Every imaginable comfort complimented by Celebrity’s unrivaled guest services promises an unsurpassed cruise experience like no other.
February 8 – Key West, Florida
Today arrive at the Southern most city in America, Key West. Ernest Hemingway made wild, colorful Key West his home, and you will to do the same. Home to modern-day adventurers, artists, and poets, the islands charming Old Town teems with restaurants, bars, and unique shops. Add pristine coral reefs, coconut palms, and a laid-back attitude that’s truly contagious, and it’s easy to see why so many visitors to Key West never leave.
February 9 – Day at Sea
Today is a luxurious day spent at sea.
February 10 – George Town, Grand Cayman
No destination blends global finance with the Caribbean lifestyle quite like the Cayman Islands. This upscale destination offers world-class restaurants, designer boutiques, and duty-free shopping, plus white sand beaches, brilliant blue waters, and teeming coral reefs. Enjoy postcard views of George Town, Seven Mile Beach, and West Bay from the custom-designed Cayman Explorer. You can step down easily into shallow waters to interact with the welcoming stingrays.
Launch your snorkeling adventure from a luxurious catamaran. Swim right through the World War II naval vessel USS Kittiwake, now a shallow artificial reef. Finish with leisurely sunbathing and cool cocktails. Swim with the denizens of Stingray City in the crystalline waters of Coral Reef Gardens. After snorkeling with the graceful rays, recharge with an island barbecue on Seven Mile Beach. You’ll shop till you drop in the duty-free boutiques of George Town. Find gifts for everyone—including yourself—like china, crystal, jewelry, antiques, and resort wear by renowned designers. A stop in the Grand Cayman Islands is not complete without a sample of the rich Caribbean curries, and don’t miss the fresh produce: coconut, cassava, and plantains. For dessert, have some rum cake.
February 11 – Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya boasts beautiful beaches on the Caribbean Sea, which is ideal for divers and snorkelers alike who enjoy exploring the beautiful Banco Chinchorro coral reef that lies just off the coast. History buffs will surely love exploring the lesser-known Mayan ruins, Cacchoben and Kohunlich; meanwhile there’s something for everyone at the new shopping mall, which, while great for shopping, also features a central plaza with saltwater pools and ‘swim-up’ bars.
February 12 – Cozumel, Mexico
Amid the largest coral reef in the West, this Caribbean island lures anglers, divers, snorkelers, and beachgoers. Fish the flats or head out to blue water to hunt for big game—mahi-mahi, marlin, sailfish, and more. Curl up on the beach in a hammock with a cold one. At Playa Mia, you can even fly down Twin Twister waterslides.
Go shopping for beautiful Mexican silver, amber, and other artisanal gifts in San Miguel. Or, hop a ferry to charming Playa del Carmen, on the mainland, and stroll along la Quinta Avenida for more inviting restaurants, bars, and shops. Down the coast from Playa, you can explore the ancient Maya city of Tulum, perched impressively on a cliff, overlooking the brilliant sea and powdery beach below. Cozumel cuisine means fresh seafood. Savor the catch of the day served on a banana leaf, or enjoy it marinated in lime juice, cilantro, onion, and tomato. Of course, this is the place for Mexican classics like tacos, guacamole—and margaritas.
February 13 – Day at Sea
Today spend a luxurious day at sea.
February 14 – New Orleans, Louisiana
A great part of his day’s cruise is through The Mississippi Delta as sail upriver to New Orleans. Arrival is early this evening in time to begin your Mardi Gras festivities! The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville landed near present-day New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras. In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, however, they abolished these rowdy rituals, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became a U.S. state in 1812. On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day.
In 1857, a secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch-lit Mardi Gras procession with marching bands and rolling floats, setting the tone for future public celebrations in the city. Since then, krewes have remained a fixture of the Carnival scene throughout Louisiana. Other lasting customs include throwing beads and other trinkets, wearing masks, decorating floats and eating King Cake. Overnight on the ship.
February 15 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Today spend another day in New Orleans in preparation for Mardi Gras.
Parades are a major part of celebrating Mardi Gras, and what’s a parade without some really great floats? Ever since krewes began parading through New Orleans over 100 years ago, parade floats have played a major role in Mardi Gras history. Some floats are elaborate and beautiful, while others are funny and satirical. Many krewes have a theme to their parade each year, and so floats are created to reflect those themes. Thousands of dollars are poured into making these floats, and they’re not made overnight. Krewes work on these creations year-round, often at secret “dens” around the city. Dozens of krewe members will ride on each float tossing beads and homemade “throws” to cheering crowds chanting “Throw Me Something, Mister” (or “Miss” as the case may be).
Overnight on the ship.
February 16 – New Orleans – Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras Parade – reserved Seats
Today is what you came for. The official day of Mardi Gras. Today you have a front-row seat for the parades, costumes, and revelry of Mardi Gras, America’s favorite party. From your reservced seat on a balcony at the Blake Hotel on St Charles Avenue, admire street characters dressed in purple (justice), green )faith), and gold (power), watch elaborate floats roll by, and get swept up in the exuberance of it all. Indulge in a complimentary buffet dinner and open bar while you enjoy the event.
After the parade, board the ship and set sail from New Orleans at 10:00 p.m.
February 17 – Day at Sea
Today you can take a day to recover with a full day at sea.
February 18 – Day at Sea
Today is another luxurious day at sea.
February 19 – Arrive Ft Lauderdale
Today arrive back into Ft Lauderdale. Your motorcoach will be waiting to transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.