Miami – (November 20, 2006 ) – Celebrity Cruises is serving up another sizzling â€œSavor the Caribbeanâ€ series featuring some of the nationâ€™s hottest chefs. Celebrityâ€™s fourth annual series will take place on Millenniumâ€™s seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailings from January 7 through March 4, 2007, with a host of celebrated chefs and restaurateurs.
Allen Susser, renowned creator of â€œPalm Tree Cuisine,â€ will be the featured chef on Millenniumâ€™s January 7 itinerary. Susserâ€™s namesake restaurant, â€œChef Allen’s,â€ was named â€œBest Restaurant South of New York Cityâ€ by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Heating up the January 14 cruise will be Cindy Hutson, owner of â€œOrtanique,â€ which has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Five Star Diamond Award, Mobil Four Stars and â€œBest New Restaurantâ€ honors from Esquire magazine. Hutson is best known for her â€œCuisine of the Sun,â€ combining South American, Asian, Caribbean and American fusion influences.
Starring on Millenniumâ€™s January 21 itinerary will be the â€œCaribbean Cowboy,â€ Chef Johnny Vinczencz. Known in Florida for his Caribbean-influenced cuisine, Vinczencz is adding a second â€œJohnny Vâ€ restaurant on South Beach, in addition to his Ft. Lauderdale location which has garnered praise by the Miami Herald and Wine Spectator.
Robert Trevino will be sizzling on Millenniumâ€™s cruise setting sail on February 18. Mixing his Mexican heritage, classic training and passion for Puerto Rican cooking, Trevino has helped shape â€œNuevo Latinoâ€ cuisine. He has appeared on shows including Rachel Rayâ€™s $40 A Day, and even challenged Mario Batali on Food Networkâ€™s Iron Chef America.
Edgar Leal, who will be steaming up Millenniumâ€™s February 25 cruise, developed his culinary style in his native Venezuela, where he learned to combine the classic and modern culinary influences of Latin America to create his signature Pan-American culinary style. His restaurant, â€œCacao,â€ was recently named one of the best new restaurants in Miami by the Miami Herald.
Those sailing on March 4th will enjoy the company of two star chefs, Carmen Gonzalez and Norman Van Aken.
Gonzalez, chef and owner of â€œCarmen the Restaurant,â€ is inspired by seafood and the traditional fare of her native Puerto Rico. Gonzalez infuses traditional Pan-Latino ingredients with modern elegance and imagination, using bold flavors with a deft hand. Her restaurant has been named â€œOne of the Best New Restaurants in Americaâ€ by Esquire magazine.
World-renowned chef and culinary innovator, Norman Van Aken, is the owner of three award-winning restaurants. Van Aken is one of the only chefs in America to have won the coveted James Beard Award and Food Artsâ€™ Silver Spoon award for lifetime achievement.
Guests onboard Millennium will have the rare opportunity to participate in a hands-on cooking class with the featured chef on each â€œSavor the Caribbeanâ€ cruise. Two classes will be offered per cruise with a class size limited to eight. The cooking class, two hours long, will have an extra charge of $59 per person. Guests also may participate in a Bacardi-sponsored class that teaches them to make perfect mojitos, complete with souvenir muddler and glass.
Extending guests culinary education on land, Celebrity will feature a host of culinary-inspired shore excursions. For example, in San Juan, guests can enjoy a private cooking demonstration with Chef Robert Trevino at his â€œParrot Club,â€ hailed by Bon Appetit for serving â€œthe best meal in the Caribbean.â€ The luncheon menu includes a taste of traditional Puerto Rican fare including The Parrot Clubâ€™s famous â€œparrot passionsâ€ rum drink.
In St. Thomas, guests can be a part of an intimate cooking demonstration hosted by three-time â€œBest Chef on St. Thomasâ€ winner Brian Katz at his new restaurant, â€œWikked.â€ Chef Katz will demonstrate and serve recipes such as his three-rum-flamed shrimp with fried cassava, malt-marinated chicken with plantain mofongo and Grand Marnier-macerated mangoes with white chocolate cake and caramelized cashews.
Shore excursions and cooking classes can be purchased online up to 10 days prior to sailing, as well as onboard, if space remains available.
Departing Fort Lauderdale on Saturdays, Millennium will call on Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
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, Bermuda, California, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and South America, and will begin sailing in Australia and New Zealand in 2007. Noted for “The World’s Best Large Ships,” as voted by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler (February 2006 Cruise Poll), Celebrity’s current nine-ship fleet will be joined by Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, and a third Solstice-class ship in 2010. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit the Celebrity web site at www.celebritycruises.com.