SF Chefs is San Francisco’s premier food, wine and spirits festival. Set on San Francisco’s legendary Union Square and at venues throughout the City, the festival offers numerous opportunities to mingle with master chefs, mixologists, winemakers, brewers and other culinary superstars!
Attendees of the SF Chefs Grand Tasting and “Late Night Luxury” after-party were able to sample several of Celebrity’s 30 fresh new craft cocktails. Developed in alliance with local artisanal cocktail developers, Hawthorn Group, the exclusive new selection features new-school libations and updated old-school favorites made with tequila, rum, bourbon and their fine spirits.
Modern luxury line Celebrity Cruises is shaking up the bar scene onboard by significantly expanding its selections of the beverage world’s favorite comeback kid – the cocktail – with a selection of 30 entirely new craft cocktails offered exclusively on Celebrity’s ships.
Already known for its popular Molecular and Martini Bars, Celebrity’s new craft cocktail experience was developed through an alliance with artisanal cocktail developers Hawthorn Beverage Group, founded by noted cocktail creator Josh Durr.
The new craft cocktails blend vintage-style liqueurs with fresh ingredients, organic juices and the finest artisanal spirits, resulting in a combination of new-school libations and updated old-school favorites. A new line-up of “zero-proof” (non-alcoholic) cocktails also will be introduced – ‘Sparkling Mint Lemonade’ or ‘Raspberry Fizz,’ anyone? – along with an assortment of fine wines by the glass. Celebrity’s current list of international beer selections will be expanded, too, to join Celebrity’s industry-first offering of craft beers in an even more well-rounded variety of styles, from pale ales and IPA’s to Belgian ales and premium lagers.
Celebrity’s guests will have the opportunity to indulge in the full, new craft cocktail experience across its modern luxury fleet by the end of 2013.
Celebrity Cruises is pleased to announce the debut of an engaging new documentary, “The Making of Celebrity Reflection. - The Fifth in Class”
From the laying of the keel to installing the azipods, from the first float-out to the celebratory naming ceremony, viewers of this 70 minute documentary will enjoy an entertaining tracing of the journey hosted by longtime Cruise Director Nick Weir and captured over the course of 18 months, as the fifth in the Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Reflection, was constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
“The Making of Celebrity Reflection” can be purchased online at the retail price of $16.95 at www.shopcelebritycruises.com/Reflection, or across the fleet at the Guest Relations Desk.
So what can you do when it feels like -54 degrees (this pun will make sense later in the blog) just after the New Year in New York City? That’s the question I posed to a friend and colleague when I was in NYC this past January. Having been a working actor in NYC in the early 90’s, I’ve maintained relationships with some very talented and resourceful players in the show biz scene there. But before I go too far, please allow me to digress for a moment and introduce myself…
I’m Eric Bohus, Director of Entertainment for Celebrity Cruises. I had the good fortune of performing on Broadway, off-Broadway, in National and International Tours and in several regional theater productions. I earned my MFA in Theater Arts from Carnegie Mellon U and eventually took to the high seas working onboard ships for 12 years as a Cruise Director and Hotel Director before heading shore side in my current position, 6 years ago. That’s the Readers Digest version, so we can revert to my NYC trip.
In my attempt to discover some hidden gem in NYC which would lead to an exciting new entertainment offering for our Celebrity Cruises guests, my friend suggested I check out 54 Below, a new Broadway cabaret venue creating quite the buzz within the Broadway community and beyond. So, I ventured across town to the theater district, descended the stairs next to the Roundabout Theater and entered a true musical oasis and what was about to become the inspiration for a new, exclusive partnership.
“This was the naughty room” says Andrea McArdle, the original Annie, as she recalled her memories of the cellar area of the legendary Studio 54, now the home of 54 Below, Broadway’s Nightclub.
On June 12th, in this elegant and hip New York City venue, Andrea McArdle and Adam Pascal (Rent) lit up the stage for a special event commemorating the new, exclusive partnership with Celebrity Cruises and 54 Below. In attendance were elite members of the press, trade and our valued Captain’s Club guests.
Nightly, in 54 Below, Broadway stars take to the boards and perform a selection of songs of their own choosing, stepping out of their scripted roles on the Great White Way.
So, how does 54 Below meld with Celebrity Cruises?
Currently, our guests enjoying their voyages from Bayonne, NJ to the island paradise of Bermuda, have the unique opportunity to experience 54 Below at Sea, where a lineup of Broadway’s best take to the stage of the Celebrity Theater.
Celebrity Cruises is the first ever cruise line to bring a taste of its modern luxury restaurants and bars at the popular Taste of London food and drink festival in Regents Park.
Food and drink enthusiasts had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fine wines on the Celebrity Cruises stand. Visitors also were able to try popular items from the Qsine restaurant menu and executive chefs were on hand to showcase skills such as sushi lollipop making – a guest favourite on the Qsine menu.
Celebrity Cruises also offered festival-goers the chance to browse the onboard iPad menus and wine tasting notes in the format they appear on the ships. Plus, staff were on-hand to chat through the cruise line’s dedicated wine harvest cruises sailing in the Mediterranean hosted by wine expert Oz Clarke. In addition, sommelier master-classes with top vintages were included in the samples on offer for wine lovers to whet their appetite for the holiday on the high seas.
Last month, Celebrity Constellation was brought to Freeport, Bahamas to begin its “Solsticizing” initiative, and we are happy to report that the revitalization is now complete! When passengers boarded the Celebrity Constellation last Sunday, they were the first to see the new additions and the full complement of Solstice Class-inspired features and attributes guests love on the ship’s three Millennium Class sister ships.
The trendy craft beer experience first introduced in Michael’s Club across Celebrity’s Solstice Class fleet is now also offered in Celebrity Constellation’s Michael’s Club. Here you’ll find a wide assortment of over 50 craft beers, with some pictured below.
The hip Celebrity iLounge has also been introduced to the Celebrity Constellation. Here, you’ll find state-of-the-art workstations featuring MacBook Pros and iMacs. You can take a class, check your email, surf the web or print a boarding pass. Certified staff will help you master the latest audio and video products. Learn how to get the most from tech devices, like the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and MacBook Pro. And, if you like, you can purchase some of these items on your cruise.
Along with full wi-fi throughout the ship, premium Reverie mattresses added to every stateroom, and the addition of 107 new AquaClass staterooms, our Mediterranean-themed “Blu” specialty restaurant has also been added (and is has complimentary access for AquaClass stateroom passengers.
To allow guests to share in the celebration of the additional Solsticizing of Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Cruises has launched an online “Memory Match” game through May 20, 2013, with the opportunity to win a copy of Celebrity’s sleek, hardbound “Excite the Senses” lifestyle book. Visit www.celebritycruises.com/matchgame to enter!
Revealing an addition to its series of premium collaborations, Celebrity Cruises has joined forces with Microsoft’s Xbox to integrate the leading destination of video game entertainment into guests’ modern luxury vacations. Slated to introduce one of the industry’s largest Xbox experiences at sea, Celebrity’s alliance boasts entertaining Xbox-themed spaces across its fleet, offering families interactive Xbox Games experiences for children, teens and even the kid in every adult.
The newly “Solsticized” Celebrity Constellation is the first of Celebrity’s ten ships to introduce the complete onboard Xbox experience when it re-entered service on May 5, 2013, after completing its scheduled drydock - just in time for families planning their summer vacations. The remaining Celebrity ships will offer Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360 this summer, and will unfold the full Xbox experience by the end of 2013.
To celebrate, we’re giving away a 7-night cruise for a family of four, as well as Xbox 360 prize packs!
Enter today for a chance to win: http://bit.ly/1a1ap0G
Celebrity Cruises has partnered with SPE Certified to expand its healthy dining options with scientifically-grounded, third-party validation of their merits.
More than 60 SPE-certified dishes are now on the menus of Celebrity Cruises’ main restaurants as well as every dish in AquaSpa Cafes.
(video via NBC New York)