Overnight Cruises: Where to Go, What to See

Posted on 04/25/2022

Overnight cruises are a fun way to fully experience the best a destination has to offer. You can take your time exploring your favorite ports and discovering the vibrant nightlife of a city.

Whether you’re hoping to see the sunset in the Mediterranean, have dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Asia, or dance all night in the Caribbean, here’s everything you need to know about cruises with overnight stays.

What’s it like being on overnight cruises?



On a cruise with an overnight stay, you’ll feel as if you’re spending the night in a floating hotel, since you can come and go as you please throughout the evening. At your overnight port stops, you can go sightseeing during the day, come back to the ship to change, and then head back out and enjoy the city’s restaurants and nightlife.

What cruises stay in port overnight?



Cruises with overnight stays are available in over 40 ports of call on Celebrity Cruises in each major destination Celebrity cruises to. Sometimes, overnights will occur during the middle of a cruise. Other times, overnight stays are offered at a cruise’s embarkation port just after you board, or at a ship’s last port before you disembark the following day.

Here are some of the overnight cruises you can experience on Celebrity Cruises:

Overnight Cruise Ports in the Caribbean



On a Celebrity Caribbean cruise, experience a unique overnight stay in Aruba’s Oranjestad or Curaçao’s Willemstad.

After spending the day lounging on one of Aruba’s white-sand beaches, cap off the day by boarding a catamaran and sipping a cocktail as you enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset.

In Curaçao, make the most of your extra day by strolling along its picturesque waterfront and through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, make sure to try the island’s famous blue Curaçao.

Overnight Cruise Ports in Europe



On a cruise to Europe, you’ll have the opportunity to stay overnight in Lisbon or Porto, Portugal; Venice, Italy; Reykjavik or Akureyri, Iceland; Barcelona or Bilbao, Spain; Bordeaux, France; Cork, Ireland; Jerusalem, Israel; Istanbul, Turkey; and more!

At an overnight stop in Lisbon, Portugal, board a funicular to the top of Bairro Alto, where you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the city’s landmarks and enjoy traditional Fado music. With an overnight stay in Porto, sample local port wine at your leisure and discover the sprawling Douro Valley. While in Italy, couples will want to make sure to take a romantic gondola ride on a cruise with an overnight stay in Venice.

Take advantage of your two days in Iceland, either in Reykjavik and Akureyri, and explore the country’s stunning natural wonders, including Godafoss waterfall, the famous Blue Lagoon, and the lava fields of Dimmuborgir.

Make your way through one of the world’s largest and most prestigious wine-producing regions with an overnight in Bordeaux. In Spain, you’ll get an extra day in either Barcelona or Bilbao, where you can experience even more tapas, culture, and breathtaking architecture.

Explore the magnificent sites of Jerusalem over two days on a cruise to Israel. Some cruise itineraries to Turkey and the Greek Islands include a night in Istanbul, where you can tour famous landmarks like the Blue Mosque and shop for local goods at its famous Grand Bazaar.

There are more overnight cruise ports that Celebrity Cruises offers. To start planning your dream cruise that includes an overnight in port, contact your travel advisor to book your next cruise with an overnight stay and reserve your evening shore excursions.