Monday, May 12, 2014

Celebrity Cruises Visits Iceland

Exotic lands…mystical cities…Celebrity Cruise Line has certainly been putting together some of interesting land-sea vacation packages!   The Celebrity Constellation’s “Journey to Three Continents” gave travelers the opportunity to experience an African safari before cruising the Black Sea.  The newest pre-cruise escapade takes adventurous travelers to “The Land of Fire and Ice”… Iceland! Three nights are spent in the capital city of Reykjavik, the perfect home base for the adventure that follows!

More than half of Iceland’s 320,000 inhabitants call Reykjavik home, yet a mere twenty-minute drive from the city center takes you into the isolation of Iceland's spectacular landscape; striking features of boiling mud pools, gushing geysers, lava and hot springs. The Golden Circle Tour, one of three  excursions that are included by Celebrity, takes participants to these Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Gullfoss Waterfall, and the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers of Geysir and Strokkur.

Another guided tour visits the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.  Believe it or not, the spa was accidentally formed by run-off from a power plant, which pumps up the geothermally heated water from a full mile below the surface. People began bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. Conditions such as psoriasis were greatly improved from the mud application.  Those who oversee Blue Lagoon wisely saw opportunity in that, and began developing different spa services and products. Today the Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland!

However for many, the biggest draw of this trip may well be the Northern Lights, the eerie shimmering curtain of glowing colors, undulating across the night sky! Iceland’s location, just below the Arctic Circle, is a prime location for viewing this phenomenal masterpiece. Due to the longer periods of darkness and the magnetic field of Iceland’s northern latitude, one can see Auroral activity on a average 100 nights a year!

This amazing 3-night pre-cruise package can be added to the 12-night Northern Europe itinerary aboard the Celebrity Infinity cruise on 10/1/14 or the 14-night Canary Island itinerary aboard the Celebrity Eclipse cruise departing on 10/5/14."

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