Celebrity Cruises Makes Culinary Exploration an Onboard Destination With 2013
"Excite the Senses" Sailings
MIAMI, Feb. 7, 2013
MIAMI, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Celebrity Cruises, the first cruise line
to open land-based pop-up restaurants and to cook at New York's legendary
James Beard House, is reprising its indulgent and engaging "Excite the Senses"
cruises this year. Each of these voyages will offer foodies a comprehensive
sensory experience, including in-depth demonstrations, robust and enriching
tastings, food and beverage pairing dinners and behind-the-scenes culinary
experiences, led by Celebrity's talented team of chefs, sommeliers and
beverage experts and presented within Celebrity's signature modern luxury
restaurants, lounges and other inviting public spaces.
"The Excite the Senses cruises expand our everyday emphasis on the enjoyment
and exploration of fine food and drink into a full-on immersion," said Scott
Steenrod, Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Celebrity Cruises.
"Guests who love to be in-the-know with the hottest food trends, to master
certain cooking techniques, to understand how foods balance with each other
and with wine or beer, come away from these cruises with a deep sense of
satisfaction and a heightened appreciation for the artistry of cooking,
entertaining, and eating."
Celebrity will offer four Excite the Senses cruises this year. The first
starts March 9, 2013, and is a 7-night Eastern Caribbean voyage on the
brand-new, 3,030-guest Celebrity Reflection, sailing roundtrip out of Miami.
Steenrod and Celebrity's James Beard-featured director of culinary operations,
Chef John Suley will lead participating guests through a savory lineup of
For the first time, one-of-a-kind dinners replicating Celebrity's 2012 James
Beard menu and 2013 New York pop-up restaurant menu will be presented in a
degustation format hosted by Scott Steenrod and prepared by Chef Suley and
corporate executive chef W. Thomas Szymanski. Culinary demonstration
highlighting various techniques will be presented in the main theater.
Corporate executive chef and South Africa native Steve Van Der Merwe will host
a traditional "braai" at the Lawn Club Grill on the ship's top deck. Corporate
executive chef Rufino Rengifo will create a special menu for dinner in Tuscan
Grille and host several culinary demonstrations.
Past popular activities that will be repeated on the March 9 sailing include
highly interactive classes in the art and architecture of modern pastry and
confection led by corporate executive pastry chef Thierry Houlbert,
interactive entertaining workshops by corporate restaurant operations manager
Lorenzo Davidoiu, and cheese education and tasting classes by corporate maitre
d' Dominique Gamba.
James Beard-featured mixologist Junior Merino, also known as The Liquid Chef,
who created Celebrity's wildly popular "Molecular Bar" concept, will be
onboard to share his expertise in using fresh, unexpected ingredients and
techniques. He also will offer guests visiting the Molecular Bar the rare
opportunity to interact with him at the bar throughout the space. Also
participating will be advanced sommelier and certified wine educator Luis
Reyneri of Jackson Family Wines; Reyneri will host numerous tastings and
Additional sailings will take place in July, August and October. More
information can be found at www.celebritycruises.com/excitethesenses and by
Some of the activities specific to Celebrity's Excite the Senses culinary
theme cruises will require a per-person fee.
About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool,
contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of
the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only
Celebrity can offer, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for
vacationers' precious time. In addition to cruise vacations visiting all
continents, Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in
Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. With a fleet
of 11 ships, Celebrity is one of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, and
one of five brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111,
visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel agent. Follow the brand
socially at www.facebook.com/celebritycruises.
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