Miami – (November 11, 2009 ) – Celebrity Cruises is toasting guests on every sailing with a seasonal expansion of the brand’s new Celebrity Life “Savor” series of onboard food and beverage programming. From now through December 15, guests on every Celebrity ship can enjoy the line’s Wine Harvest Celebration, a “full-bodied” program celebrating the global harvest of the grape through rich wine appreciation courses and tastings, aromatic food and wine pairings, “smoky” silent auctions, and “crisp” presentations by noted authorities on select sailings.
“Celebrity continues to offer one of the broadest and best wine selections in the industry, inspired by the high percentage of our guests who are wine enthusiasts,” said Celebrityâ€™s Vice President of Culinary Operations, Chef Jacques Van Staden, who shaped the Savor series of Celebrity Life. “Our Wine Harvest Celebration presents a series of activities celebrating the Fall harvest and our guestsâ€™ passion for wine.”
Among the highlights of Celebrityâ€™s Wine Harvest Celebration will be an industry-first unveiling of Beaujolais Nouveau simultaneously across the fleet on November 19. Hosted by a guest speaker and one of Celebrityâ€™s own certified cellarmasters, the event will offer guests the opportunity to sip the eagerly-anticipated light wine from oak casks and commemorative bottles, while enjoying live music and dancing, canapÃ©s, a cheese carving station and a roast carving station. Guests with a passion for cool music and rich chocolate are likely to be “seduced” by Celebrity’s “Jazz, Port and Chocolate Tasting Seduction,” with a complimentary glass of port wine and a deluxe chocolate buffet and fountain, all set against a backdrop of light jazz music.
At the “Grand Cru Dinner,” following a sparkling wine reception, Celebrityâ€™s cellarmaster, guest speaker and chef will prepare a top-tier dinner comprised of food and wine reflective of the region in which each ship is sailing. Up to 40 guests can participate in each distinctive dinner in Celebrityâ€™s intimate specialty restaurants.
Through “Sabering at Sea,” guests will observe the delicate, age-old art of sabering â€“ uncorking a bottle with saber or knife â€“ while participating in tastings and discussion of sparkling wines including Champagne, Cremants, Spumantes and California Methode Traditional wines. Throughout the course of the celebration, a â€œCelebrity Wine Harvest Expositionâ€ will be open to all guests on embarkation day. Hosted by Celebrityâ€™s certified cellarmasters and a variety of noted wine authorities from around the world, the event features a complimentary glass of house wine, canapÃ©s and hors dâ€™oeuvres, and an overview of the varied wine experiences and packages available for guests, paired with the opportunity to make reservations for limited-capacity events.
Additionally, among the wine-focused experiences offered year-round through the Celebrity Life “Savor” series are:
â€¢ “Wine Appreciation 101” presents tastings of six different varietals and wine appreciation tips offered by Celebrity’s certified cellarmasters.
â€¢ “The Art of Food and Wine Pairing” explores how certain flavor components, such as acids in food, can impact the flavor of wines.
â€¢ “Celebrityâ€™s World Wine Tasting and Silent Auction” allows guests to taste wines from each of the regions represented in Celebrityâ€™s global wine program, including Africa, France, Germany/Austria, Italy, Spain, the U.S. and South America. The tastings are paired with canapÃ©s, fruits and cheeses, and highlighted by a silent auction of premium wines packaged at special prices.
â€¢ “The Riedel Comparative Wine and Crystal Workshop” is a one-hour seminar Celebrity has offered since becoming the first cruise line endorsed by Riedel to offer it in 2007. Participants learn and experience how dramatically the shape of a wine glass can affect the outcome of flavors on the palate, and hear the interesting tale of how the Riedel family has influenced the crystal industry.
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale vacation experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal and South America. The line also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and South America. Noted as the top mega-ship line in CondÃ© Nast Travelerâ€™s annual Readers’ Choice Awards (November 2009), Celebrityâ€™s fleet â€“ including the new Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox – will be joined by Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011, and a fifth in 2012. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111.