Celebrity Taps Baltimore, Charleston as Homeports

September 22, 2008

Fans of homeport cruising along America's Eastern Seaboard got good news today with Celebrity Cruises' announcement that it would feature new fall, winter and spring Caribbean cruise options from Baltimore and Charleston.

Celebrity Mercury will arrive in Baltimore in November 2009. It will sail a series of 12-night itineraries, featuring calls to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Maarten and Tortola. Also available will be a handful of nine-night trips; these voyages will visit Key West, Charleston, Nassau and Coco Cay, the line's private island.

In February 2010, Celebrity Mercury will reposition to Charleston. From there it will sail a series of 10- and 11-night trips through April 2010. Unlike in Baltimore, the ship will feature itineraries to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. The Eastern Caribbean swing features stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Tortola. Passengers who book the Western Caribbean cruises will go to Key West, Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel and Nassau.

Celebrity had planned to position Celebrity Mercury in San Juan; it will be replaced there by Celebrity Millennium, which as we noted earlier today, will be pulled out of Australia and New Zealand.

Passengers who are booked on Celebrity Mercury's San Juan-based cruises will be contacted by Celebrity and offered options to change their cruise.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief