9 nights onboard Celebrity Ascent

9 Night Italy, France & Spain Cruise

Introducing our newest award-winning resort at sea, Celebrity AscentSM, the fourth and most innovative ship in our highly awarded Edge® Series. Celebrity Ascent features 32 distinctive restaurants, bars, and lounges, including the newly designed Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud.

Leaving from: Civitavecchia
Cruise ship: Celebrity Ascent
Visiting: Civitavecchia Naples Messina Valletta
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Other ships in the fleet have been overhauled and given new facilities, while Celebrity also launched its 100-passenger Galapagos expedition ship, Celebrity Flora, and announced a new partnership with wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow.

3260
Passengers
1400
Crew
2023
Launched
141420t
Tonnage
327m
Length
39m
Width
22kts
Speed
15
Decks
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Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Civitavecchia, Italy
Day 2
Naples, Italy
Day 3
Messina, Italy
Day 4
Valletta, Malta
Day 6
Cagliari, Italy
Day 7
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Day 8
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Day 10
Barcelona, Spain
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Day 1
Civitavecchia, Italy

Italy's vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark here.

Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed churches, and the treasures of Vatican City vie for your attention, but Rome is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a caffè in the Campo de' Fiori or strolling in a beguiling piazza.

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Day 2
Naples, Italy
Naples, in the Campania region, is Italy's third largest city. Its claim to fame is the spectacular location along one of the world's most splendid bays, backed by the perfect cone of Mount Vesuvius. In addition to its beautiful setting, Naples' surprises with other outstanding attractions such as the Royal Palace, San Carlos Opera House, the impressive National Archaeological Museum and the Castel Nuovo, dating from the 13th-century. The city's central area is best explored on foot. Chaotic traffic conditions make driving around the city a very frustrating experience. Naples provides a convenient starting point for trips to such favored destinations as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. The Isle of Capri can be reached via a 45-minute hydrofoil service. The region of Campania was home to Greeks settlers some 300 years before Rome was founded. Pompeii, too, was a Greek town before being conquered by the Romans during the 5th century BC. It was under the Romans that Pompeii flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.
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Day 3
Messina, Italy

Once the capital of Sicily's ancient kingdom, Messina is a testimony of unified civilizations from across the ages. Invaded by just about every power-hungry nation from the annals of history, the Arab, Greek, Byzantine, and Roman influences remain installed throughout the city's DNA.

However, despite the celebrated heritage, Messina has been installed with contemporary panache and a modern feel. Largely reconstructed under carefully applied security regulations following a series of earthquakes and wartime bombardments, Messina proves that cultural inheritance and present-day necessity can successfully go hand-in-hand.

Home to the Museo Regionale of Messina, known for featuring two of famed artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's paintings, and a stunning Cathedral, the city has more to offer than meets the eye. You won't be disappointed.

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Day 4
Valletta, Malta

Malta: the country that God built. Well, kind of. Malta is well-known for being the once-stronghold of the famous religious military order, The Knights Hospitaller, who were granted the land in 1530 from the King of Spain in exchange for an annual fee of one Maltese falcon (which eventually inspired the name of Dashiell Hammett’s famous novel). And these marauding knights certainly did a great job putting the place together. Valletta, the nation’s capital, remains the highlight and exploring this fascinating walled city (which kept the Hospitallers secure until they came across Napoleon in 1798) is akin to walking back in time. It’s small size (just 0.3 square miles) makes it the perfect cruise stopover and is the ideal base for exploring the rest of the country on excursions.

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Day 6
Cagliari, Italy

Known in Sardinia as Casteddu, Cagliari will enchant and cast a spell on you, just as it did on the famed writer D.H Lawrence. Lawrence proclaimed that he found Cagliari to be "strange and rather wonderful, not a bit like Italy".

That's not to say that Italy is un-wonderful. Lawrence basically summarised how most people feel when exploring Cagliari - it's not just another Italian city. There's something quite different here. The city is stratified beyond words, and wonderfully diverse.

Cagliari's diversity is firmly rooted in history. The city was founded during the 8th Century BC by the Phoenicians, before being dominated by the Romans, the Arabs, the Pisans, and the Punics, alongside the Aragonese. Each civilization left its stamp, crafting a multi-layered metropolis for the ages.

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Day 7
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Ajaccio, cradled by the cerulean Mediterranean, boasts a vibrant legacy as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Its sun-kissed shores and temperate climate make it a haven for those seeking an authentic Mediterranean experience. Away from crowded tourist hubs, Ajaccio invites travelers to savor the essence of France with its charming cobblestone streets and bustling markets, where local artisans showcase Corsican craftsmanship. Beyond its historical allure, Ajaccio captivates visitors with its culinary delights, from succulent seafood to aromatic cheeses. As dusk falls, the city's promenades come alive with the melodic strains of Corsican polyphonic singing, a testament to the island's rich cultural tapestry.
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Day 8
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Nestled on the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer exudes an enchanting charm steeped in maritime history. Its azure waters have witnessed the passage of ancient mariners and modern-day adventurers alike. Bask in the Mediterranean climate, where gentle sea breezes mingle with the scent of citrus groves, offering respite from the bustling city life. This idyllic haven provides a gateway to the authentic essence of France, with its quaint cobblestone streets and colorful waterfront cafes. As cruise lines dock in its picturesque harbor, Villefranche-sur-Mer unveils its hidden treasures, inviting travelers to savor its culinary delights and immerse themselves in its vibrant local culture.
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Day 10
Barcelona, Spain
The infinite variety of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gòtic, the ceramic tile and stained glass of Art Nouveau facades, the art and music, the throb of street life, the food (ah, the food!)—one way or another, Barcelona will find a way to get your full attention. The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí's majestic Sagrada Famíliaand his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain's second-largest city. Modern art museums and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona's vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.
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Introducing our newest award-winning resort at sea, Celebrity AscentSM, the fourth and most innovative ship in our highly awarded Edge® Series. Celebrity Ascent features 32 distinctive restaurants, bars, and lounges, including the newly designed Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud.

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