Miami – (March 22, 2007 ) – Celebrity Cruises is raising a glass to the rolling hills of coastal Pacific wine country by offering two wine cruises in the region in the spring and fall of this year.
Celebrity Mercury will precede its 2007 Alaska season when the ship sets sail from San Francisco on April 27 for a seven-night wine cruise to Vancouver. Ports of call will include Monterey, Calif.; Astoria, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Victoria, British Columbia. On November 2, Celebrity Mercury will depart Vancouver for a 10-night wine cruise to San Diego, with ports of call in Victoria, Seattle, Astoria, and Catalina Island, in addition to an overnight stay in San Francisco.
The cruises will be enhanced by onboard food- and wine-themed activities, including wine talks by a California winemaker or wine expert, wine appreciation seminars, wine and cheese tastings, blending courses and culinary demonstrations. Guests can also enjoy wine-and-food-themed shore and land excursions, including:
- Monterey Wines and Tastings*
- Monterey Winery and Carmel Mission*
- Seafood Cooking School and Wine Tasting
- Willamette Valley Wine Excursion*
- Astoria Underground: Premier Northwest Wines*
- Ultimate Oregon Coast Adventure
- Yakima Valley Wine Growing Region*
- Woodinville Wine Country*
- Woodinville Wine Cellar Sampler*
Victoria, British Columbia
- Butchart Gardens, Wine and Chocolate
- Gardens, Wine and Poetry on Canvas
- Winemakers Luncheon
- Sniff, Sip and Dip
Vancouver, British Columbia
- City Sights and Wine with Airport Drop-off*
- Chef & Chauffeur with airport drop-off
San Francisco, California
- Napa Valley Wine Enthusiast*
- Taste of Napa Valley Wine Country*
- Taste of Sonoma*
- City Lights with Dinner and Wine Pairings*
- Napa Valley Overnight Extravaganza*
*Celebrity offers these excursions exclusively during its wine cruise itineraries.
Highlights include an overnight stay in Napa Valley, with visits to Sterling Vineyards, The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, Opus One Winery, Jarvis Winery, Rubicon Estate Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery and Domaine Chandon; a post-cruise, chauffeured culinary adventure through British Columbiaâ€™s Fraser Valley; and a tour of Oregon’s most prominent Willamette Valley Wineries, Willakenzie Estate and Ken Wright Cellars.
For more details on the full range of shore excursions available during Celebrityâ€™s wine cruises and throughout the year, visit www.celebritycruises.com.
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, authentic five-star dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Antarctica, Bermuda, California, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and South America, and will begin sailing in Australia and New Zealand this year. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour division. Noted for “The World’s Best Large Ships,” as voted by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler (February 2007 Cruise Poll), Celebrity’s current fleet will be joined by Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest this year, Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, and Celebrity Eclipse in 2010. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit www.celebritycruises.com.