Celebrity Cruises' new lifestyle book, ""Excite the Senses"", has inspired a new series of food-and-wine-themed cruises that will offer guests a unique, behind-the-scenes experience and a rare opportunity to get to know the Celebrity culinary team through intimate demonstrations, tastings and dinners.
Celebrity's Master Chef and Vice President of Culinary Operations, Jacques van Staden says, ""Every Celebrity cruise is a modern luxury vacation, and a large part of that is the culinary experience. The culinary-themed activities at the heart of Celebrity's Excite the Senses cruises are designed to appeal to everyone from the novice to the sophisticated oenophile.”
Each sailing will be led by a member of the Celebrity culinary team, along with partners from the cruise lines’ wine and spirits program. Jack Daniel’s, Jackson Family Wines, St. Francis Vineyards and Marchesi Antinori. Enjoy a Meet & Greet event, a book signing, two demonstrations of recipes from the book, two hands-on classes, and a Food & Wine Pairing Dinner. Each expert will also incorporate elements of the sailing's ports of call.
The programming promises to be fun, interactive and memorable, providing an enriching experience that will extend beyond your cruise vacation. 2012 dates are as follows:
April 10 12-night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Silhouette, roundtrip from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey, hosted by Celebrity Cruises Traveling Pastry Chef Thierry Houlbert; activities will focus on baking, pastries and sweets.
May 5 8-night wine cruise on Celebrity Century from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted by Celebrity Cruises Senior Traveling Executive Chef W. Thomas Szymanski; activities will build on the popular wine cruises with an even greater focus on food.
May 27 7-night Bermuda cruise on Celebrity Summit, sailing roundtrip from Cape Liberty and hosted by Celebrity Cruises Traveling Executive Chef Steve van der Merwe; activities will be themed around culinary exploration.
June 29 7-night Alaska cruise on Celebrity Infinity, roundtrip from Seattle and hosted by Celebrity Cruises Director of Culinary Operations, John Suley, and Celebrity's wine expert and certified sommelier, Chanelle Duarte. Activities will focus on local ingredients, food and wine pairing and more.
July 10 12-night Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Solstice, sailing roundtrip from Barcelona and hosted by Corporate Executive Chef Rufino Rengifo. Activities will celebrate Mediterranean cooking.
August 12 12-night Baltic cruise on Celebrity Constellation, the first of Celebrity's Millennium Class ships to be Solsticized, sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam and hosted by Lorenzo Davidoiu, Celebrity's Restaurant Operations Manager, who will focus on easy, modern entertaining tips.
September 14 8-night wine cruise on Celebrity Millennium, sailing from Vancouver to San Diego and hosted by Celebrity's Traveling Restaurant Manager and former star maitre d' Dominique Gamba, who will focus on specialty cheeses from around the world, the art of tea service, table settings and entertaining tips.