ITALY, FRANCE & SPAIN CRUISE TOUR

8 NIGHTS ONBOARD CELEBRITY ASCENT

Rome, Italy to  Barcelona, Spain

 

JUNE 3 – JUNE 14, 2025

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Book by September 9 and receive an additional onboard credit per stateroom:

$200 for Inside/Ocean View, $300 for Veranda/Concierge Class/AquaClass, and $400 for Suites! 

Summary

This cruise itinerary allows you to visit some of the most popular ports on any Mediterranean Cruise itinerary. Naples, the third largest city in Italy, is the capital of the Campania region, and famous as the birthplace of pizza; Portofino, on the Ligurian Sea, is a small fishing village in the heart of the Italian Riviera. The port of La Spezia, on the border between the Italian tourist regions of Liguria and Tuscany, is the cruise ship access point for excursions to Pisa and Florence. Cannes, famous for its world-famous international film festival, is a resort town on the French Riviera. Walk along Boulevard de la Croisette, with the turquoise waters of the sea on one side and upscale boutiques and luxury hotels on the other. Palma is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca (Majorca), in the western Mediterranean. The Santa María Cathedral, Almudaina Palace – a fortress later converted to a royal residence, and the Plaza Mayor square are just a few of the places that travellers should definitely visit.

Celebrity Ascent - Aerials Offshore

Itinerary

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2025

FLIGHT TO ROME

Join us at Pearson International Airport today as we check-in for our overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Sit back, relax and rest as we cross the Atlantic tonight.

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2025

This morning we arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the international airport in Fiumicino, Italy, serving Rome. We transfer into Rome for a short orientation tour, before checking in to our hotel for two nights. Balance of the day free. Dinner is included this evening. (D).

DAY 3 – THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2025

FREE DAY

Breakfast included at your hotel this morning. Today is free to explore more of Rome on your own. Rome is best known for the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the magnificent monuments of St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica, and Vatican City. Your free time in Rome can be spent exploring as many of these sites as you wish, visit some shops or just enjoy people watching at an outdoor café – the choice is yours! (B)


DAY 4 – FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2025

BOARD CELEBRITY ASCENT - DEPART 5:00PM

Breakfast included at our hotel in Rome this morning, before we transfer to the pier in Civitavecchia to board Celebrity Ascent to begin our 8 Night cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to visit ports of call in Italy, France and Spain. Once you board Celebrity Ascent you can unpack and relax for the next eight nights in your selected cabin category. You can be as active or inactive as you like – the choice is yours! Celebrity Ascent features 32 distinctive restaurants, bars, and lounges. Celebrity Ascent includes all the best of Celebrity’s Edge-series ships, from the inviting multi-deck Sunset Bar to the open-air Rooftop Garden where two cantilevered floating pools offer breathtaking views six feet over the ship's edge. Celebrity Ascent offers a wide range of daily activities on board that can keep you occupied from sunrise until long past sunset. Entertainment options on board include cooking demos, port shopping talks, bingo, lectures, art auctions and more. Nightly entertainment can be found at The Theatre on Celebrity Ascent which offers musical and show productions in the evenings. Other options for entertainment at night can be found at The Club, The Sunset Bar, Martini Bar, Eden Bar, Craft Social Bar, Mast Bar in the main pool area and the Casino. A unique feature of the Celebrity Edge-series ships is its Magic Carpet - a glass structure (glass-roofed, cantilevered platform) the size of a tennis court, able to traverse 14 stories, like a large elevator. Mounted on the ship's starboard side, the open-air Magic Carpet offers stunning ocean views, comfortable seating, full bar, and a stage for live music performances. This "traveling venue" changes its theme, function, and location by extending from Deck 2 up to Deck 16. Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, the complimentary dining options include four main dining rooms, a buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. To help you enjoy your cruise even more, we have included the Surf Wi-Fi package, Classic Beverage Package and Prepaid Gratuities in your tour package. The only thing you have to do is enjoy the experience on board Celebrity Ascent! (B,D)

DAY 5 –SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2025

NAPLES, ITALY

Docked: 7:00AM to 6:00PM

Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must. Start with a trip into the basement of the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find a partially excavated Roman market and a little deeper, just below the Roman ruins, you’ll find remnants from the Greeks to discover. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Whether you’re looking for a thin, wood-fired Margherita pie, spaghetti alle vongole or a zeppole dusted with confectioner’s sugar, Naples and her bountiful edible treasures is sure to please. Only 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history, but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian Coastline. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination. (B,L,D)

Resort Deck - Deck 14/15 Midship Celebrity Ascent

DAY 7 -MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2025

PORTOFINO, ITALY

Docked: 7:00AM to 7:00PM

Stroll tiny Portofino, a perfectly poised pastel village taking refuge on its own secluded peninsula. Stop at a charming café to get a bite and watch the yachts bobbing in the harbor. Explore the seductive boutiques and art galleries that line the harbor and narrow streets. Discover historic sites like the Church of St. Martin and the Castello Brown fortress. Just down the Italian Rivera awaits Cinque Terre National Park, a seascape of fishing villages carved from the cliffs. Hike through the park on 15th-century footpaths winding through olive groves and vineyards, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - TUESDAY JUNE 10, 2025

FLORENCE/PISA (LA SPEZIA), ITALY

Docked: 7:00AM to 7:00PM

La Spezia, which lies between Genoa and Pisa, and is just minutes to the east of Cinque Terre-the five fishing ports that enjoy National Park status-is home to the Palio del Golfo, an annual boat race that sees the Gulf of Poets; 13 historic villages face off against one another in celebration of the annual Festa del Mare. The town also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of trattorias to enjoy local, Ligurian cuisine. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2025

CANNES, FRANCE

Tendered: 7:00AM to 7:00PM

With long boardwalks, massive yachts anchored in the harbor, and sunny plazas, Cannes personifies the charismatic French Riviera. Its balmy climate, deep blue Mediterranean waters, and views of the magnificent Alps in the distance, have made this city an alluring retreat for wealthy aristocrats since the mid-1800s. Today, the once small fishing village is world-renowned for its annual film festival and luxurious shopping.

This unequivocal playground for the rich is the perfect locale to splurge and pamper yourself accordingly on your French Riviera cruise. And as you stroll the palm-shaded Promenade de la Croisette, you’ll find a wealth of boutiques filled with gorgeous haute couture and deluxe garments for fabulous keepsakes and souvenirs. A short distance away from the promenade you can pick up a few provisions at the Marché Forville, a great indoor food market with a fine selection of the freshest oysters, French cheeses, bread, olives, and much more for a ravishing lunch on the beach. Afterward, hop a ferry to both Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat Islands for some light hiking or visit Fort Royal where the story of the Man in the Iron Mask originated. (B,L,D)

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DAY 10 - THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2025

DAY AT SEA - CRUISING

All too soon, our adventure is coming to an end. Be sure to catch that last show, or enjoy a special farewell dinner! (B,L,D)

Sunset Bar - Deck 15 Aft Celebrity Ascent

DAY 11 - FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2025

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN

DOCKED: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

This island enclave is often described as a mini-Barcelona, with a Gothic feel that has overtaken centuries of Roman and Moorish culture. Visit El Baluard, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which was built on the site of the remnants of the 16th century Bastio de Sant Pere, or shop for bargain pearls at the city's many jewelers. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 - SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2025

ARRIVAL 5:00AM

This morning we arrive at 5:00 AM to the port of Barcelona, Spain and after disembarkation we transfer to Barcelona International Airport for our return flight to Toronto. We hope that you have enjoyed your tour and cruise to Italy, France and Spain. We look forward to seeing you again on a future tour with BST Vacations.

Inclusions

COST INCLUDES:

  • Air Flights Toronto to Rome and Barcelona to Toronto
  • Transfers from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino International Airport to hotel in Rome and pier in Barcelona to Barcelona Airport
  • Motorcoach transportation for tour itinerary in Italy on Day 2
  • Two nights' accommodtion in Rome including breakfast
  • Dinner in Rome
  • City orientation tour of Rome
  • Transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise pier to board Celebrity Ascent
  • 8 Night Cruise on Celebrity Ascent in your choice of Cabin Category
  • Surf Wi-Fi Package, Classic Beverage Package and Prepaid Gratuities on Celebrity Ascent
  • All meals in Main Dining Rooms, Oceanview Buffet and Mast Grill on Celebrity Ascent
  • Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. Professional Fee
    Services of a BST Vacations Tour Manager

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Items of a personal nature such as food and drinks on land portion of tour, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.
  • Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and/or Out-of-Province Medical Insurance
  • New Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases beyond our control
  • Fees for Passports or Visas that may be required
  • Any item not specified as being included

Pricing

COST PER PERSON (Based on Double/Twin Occupancy) in Canadian Dollars

A1 – Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom
$8,459.00 including taxes and fees of $930.94 + $11.05 HST

C1 – Concierge Class Veranda Stateroom
$7,659.00 including taxes and fees of $911.42 + $11.05 HST

C2 – Concierge Class Veranda Stateroom
$7,599.00 including taxes and fees of $909.94 + $11.05 HST

O1 – Ocean View Stateroom
$6,899.00 including taxes and fees of $892.37 + $11.05 HST

Celebrity Ascent

INAUGURAL DATE - FALL 2023

OCCUPANCY - 3,260

Celebrity Ascent

Grand Plaza - Deck 3/4 Midship

Trip Notes

To Confirm Space on the Tour, a non-refundable deposit of $2000.00 per person is required at time of booking.

Balance of payment is due February 28, 2025. At the time of booking, we will also require a photocopy of the information page of your passport indicating that it is valid for six months following the date of your return to Canada.

Weather in June will average 21 to 30 degrees celius, so be sure to pack your sunscreen and hat, along with light layers!

Canadian citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy, France or Spain.

Terms & Conditions

BST Escorted Group Terms & Conditions

(These Terms & Conditions do not apply to Charters. Separate T & C apply.)

Please carefully review the Terms & Conditions outlined below. Any reservation made with BST constitutes a binding agreement signifying your acceptance of, and your agreement to follow, these Terms & Conditions, and to be bound by them.

To process your reservation, we will need your personal information including your name, address, telephone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, citizenship, and information you have disclosed regarding health, medical, dietary, mobility and other special requirements. BST will require a copy of your valid passport at time of deposit.

Deposit and Final Payment

Deposit is due at time of booking to secure your reservation. The deposit amount due is $2000.00 CAD per person.

The final payment deadline is due in our office on or before the date included on your invoice.

All payments once received are non-refundable. Please refer to insurance sections below.

Please make cheques payable to Blowes and Stewart Travel. We also accept in-office cash / debit payments, or Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.

Completion of the electronic credit card authorization form or the PDF credit card authorization form commits you to your reservation and the charges on your credit card.

The Company reserves the right to cancel a reservation if payment has not been received by the specified due date.

Final Travel details will be issued 2 weeks prior to departure.

Not Included in the Trip Cost

All quoted trip costs do not include items of a personal nature such as but not limited to; medical insurance, cancellation/interruption insurance, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, phone calls, airline baggage fees where applicable and meals that are not included or listed in the itinerary.

Escorted Group Cancellation Policy

All escorted groups require a minimum number of passengers to travel. Should minimum numbers not been reached, the Company has the right to cancel the tour with a full refund to the passengers booked. Refund will be processed in manner received. Tours unable to operate due to Travel Advisory, acts of God, Terrorism or any other event and no fault of BST, will be subject to cancellation charges as listed above.

BST highly recommends the purchase of cancellation/interruption insurance for all trips. BST will not be held responsible for loss of monies due to cancellation/changes.

Medical insurance is mandatory for all trips outside of the Province of Ontario. If client has out of province medical insurance with a separate insurance provider, BST must be advised of insurance company name, policy number & company contact information prior to trip commencement.

Persons leaving the tour during operation will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client. For additional information on packages/plans offered, please visit https://www.igoinsured.com/Direct/ManulifeGlobal.aspx? ag=STEWPET&lang=E

Global Pandemic

Customer acknowledges the risks related to the spread of infectious or contagious diseases. It remains the customer's responsibility to take the necessary precautions applicable to any health hazards, including but not limited to a Global Pandemic. To ensure the safety of all guests and employees, suppliers may have mandatory safety protocols in place, and the availability of their services and facilities may be impacted.

Customer agrees to follow all current and future regulations/protocols set forth for safety in compliance with government policies at your own expense.

BST is not responsible for any fees for, or associated with, mandatory government testing in destination or for returning to Canada, quarantine or expenses relating to any Global Pandemic or similar. If additional insurance protection is declined, it remains the customer's responsibility to verify if their travel insurance policy covers a Global Pandemic.

BST will not be held liable should customers be denied boarding due to insufficient proof of a negative Global Pandemic test prior to departure, or displaying symptoms of a Global Pandemic upon check in. No monies will be refunded to customers who have been denied boarding or refunded at port of entry.

Additional Notes

All prices listed are per person in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted. Pricing is based on supplier cost, currency exchange rates and conditions in effect at the time of brochure printing. Final payment may fluctuate based on changes to the currency exchange at that time. Should there be a pricing increase, a maximum of 7% of base cost, may be applied, or to the taxes and/or government-imposed fees, fuel surcharges or additional airline fees before final payment, these increased charges will be levied to the customer and applied to the final invoice. No additional surcharges may be applied after the trip is paid in full. All trips may be subject to change in situations beyond our control.

When travelling outside of Canada all Canadian passengers require a valid passport. If travelling with a foreign passport (not Canadian) BST must be advised at time of booking so we can advise accordingly. Most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date.

Some countries may also have visa requirements for entry. Any fees to obtain visas or additional travel documentation that may be required are the responsibility of the traveler. Entry into another country cannot be guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the local authorities. BST takes no responsibility for a customer being denied entry into another country. Cancellation charges and any additional fees will be at the customer’s expense.

It is the passenger's responsibility to obtain information, and to have in their possession, all the required documentation to travel (such as passports, visa where applicable, etc.) required by the relevant governmental authorities, for themselves and passengers in their care. Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

BST is not responsible for any missing or inappropriate documents. Failure to have proper travel documents will result in denied boarding and automatic cancellation of your reservation without refund.

BST accepts any passengers that have a disability, intellectual or physical condition providing they are able to care for themselves during the trip which includes boarding the plane/bus on their own; participating in any included tours/sightseeing without assistance; the ability to understand meeting points/times and the ability to care for their own documents. BST will accept any passenger who’s intellectual or physical condition is such as to render him/her incapable of caring for him/herself without assistance, provided that he/she is accompanied by an attendant (at an additional cost) who is responsible for the passenger enroute and with the care of such attendant, he/she will not require attention or assistance beyond that which is usually provided by BST tour escort. Some destinations may not be suitable for physical mobility issues.

Baggage restrictions vary by airline and destination. Specific details will be provided with your final travel documents.

Please ensure that you have secured baggage tags to your luggage prior to arriving at the airport, train station or boarding the coach.

Please note that you are responsible for carrying your own luggage and are responsible for the safety and security of your luggage at all times. BST will not assume liability for loss, theft, or damage due to breakage, fire, water, or theft, during transport on the plane, coach, train or at hotel. Ask your agent for details of Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance coverage.

Airline seating requests are taken into consideration and sent to each airline if applicable. Additional charges apply for premium seating on aircraft. Specific seating on coaches or trains cannot be guaranteed. BST will try to accommodate all requests.

BST reserves the right to decline any person as a member of the trip at any time before or during the trip should such person’s presence be considered detrimental to the interest, comfort, and enjoyment of the other members. Persons leaving the trip after commencement will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client.

When travelling outside of Ontario, please note local customs may differ and conditions of travel may not be the same as home. Clients not travelling on full itinerary as outlined assume full responsibility for any cancellation penalties or fees incurred due to cancellation or alteration to itinerary in any way.

Our Role

In offering travel arrangements for sale, BST acts solely as the organizer of the tours and responsible for making all reservations as outlined. BST cannot be held responsible for supplier errors or omissions. We do not maintain any control over the personnel, equipment or operations of any supplier and we assume no responsibility for, and shall not be expected or required to pay for any financial loss, personal injury, other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which you may experience either by reason of (1) non-performance by any supplier for whatever reason (2) wrongful causes, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any supplier or its employees or on the part of any other party not under the control of BST (3) any defect, breakdown or other failure of any aircraft, train, bus, automobile, accommodation, ship or other equipment or instrumentality operated and owned or otherwise used by a supplier or (4) BST is not liable for any loss, damage, injury or death resulting from circumstances beyond its direct control such as unexpected weather conditions, civil unrest, acts of God, force Majeure or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Book early to secure your cabin! Reach out to your BST Vacations Travel Advisor for details.