Celebrity to blanket Caribbean for peak season

NEW YORK -- Each of Celebrity Cruises' nine ships will sail the Caribbean during the region's peak cruising season next year, and two of the company's vessels will spend the entire year deployed on Caribbean voyages.

Celebrity's diverse 2002 Caribbean sailings will offer departures from Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa, Fla.; New York, and San Juan, with itineraries ranging from six to 17 days in length.

Celebrity's 1,750-passenger Century will be based in Fort Lauderdale. The ship will offer year-round, alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises departing Saturdays.

Western route ports of call include Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Fla. Eastern itineraries visit San Juan; St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands.; St. Maarten, and Nassau, Bahamas.

Rates start at $799 per person.

Celebrity's 1,950-passenger Millennium will offer seasonal Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale from Oct. 14 through March 31, and again from Nov. 10, 2002, to April 20, 2003. The series will feature port calls at San Juan; Catalina Island, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, and Nassau. Fares start at $949 per person.

Beginning Nov. 9, Celebrity's 1,374-passenger Horizon will offer roundtrip sailings from Miami, one of the line's new departure points, for a series of western Caribbean cruises designed to leave the dock in Miami at the unusual departure time of 10 p.m. Ports of call on Horizon's route include Key West, Grand Cayman and Progreso, Mexico. Rates start at $699 per person.

Two Celebrity ships will offer Caribbean departures from Tampa in 2001 and 2002.

From Nov. 11 to April 14, the 1,374-passenger Zenith will depart Tampa on Sundays. The Horizon will also sail from Tampa beginning Nov. 3, 2002.

Ports of call on both series include Key West; Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, and Grand Cayman. Fares start at $699 per person.

Celebrity's 1,870-passenger Mercury will end 2002 with a roundtrip western Caribbean series departing from Miami on Fridays at 10 p.m., beginning Nov. 29.

Ports of call on this series include Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Progreso and Key West. Fares start at $799 per person.

Celebrity's southern Caribbean routes for 2002 will include a weekly series departing from San Juan aboard the 1,870-passenger Galaxy.

Beginning in January, the ship will sail to St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Barbados and Aruba, with rates starting at $749 per person. The series continues through April 12.

Celebrity's 1,950-passenger Infinity will join Galaxy in San Juan for weekly Saturday night departures from Jan. 5 to April 20. Ports of call include St. Croix, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua and St. Thomas. Rates start at $949 per person.

Celebrity's newest ship, the 1,900-passenger Constellation, which launches next spring, will complete its inaugural season with seven-night southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, beginning Nov. 15, 2002.

Constellation will depart at 11 p.m. on Fridays and visit St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados and Aruba. Fares start at $949 per person.

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