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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.

Celebrity Cruises: An Insider’s View of Itinerary Planning

Marc MillerMy name is Marc Miller, and I am the Manager of Itinerary Planning for Celebrity Cruises and for our sister brand, Royal Caribbean. I have been with the company for almost 10 years, 7 of which have been spent on the itinerary planning team. I love what I do and it is a dream job for me because I love learning about destinations and interacting with people from many ports from around the world. I believe that itinerary planning is one of the most important roles within the company, as the decisions we make have a direct impact on our guests’ satisfaction and the company’s performance.

It’s an exciting area because things are constantly changing and determining where to send our ships is a continual effort. We start planning our itineraries many years in advance, but typically finalize those decisions 18 to 24 months in advance of the sailings. Several factors impact our decisions; most importantly, guest preferences as to where they want to sail, as well as the ever-changing operational costs.

Another fascinating part of my job is learning about the many amazing destinations where we deploy our ships. One of the new destinations we will offer this year is the Black Sea. Starting in September, Celebrity Constellation will offer a series of 12-night itineraries, round-trip from Istanbul, Turkey. One of the highlights of this itinerary is the overnight call in Odessa, Ukraine, which allows guests to explore the city by day, and at night, guests can view a performance at the restored National Opera and Ballet Theatre. In addition, in less than one year, all eyes will be on this region as the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia, along the coast of the Black Sea. In the coming weeks, we will announce our new European itineraries, which will include Sochi as a port of call for 2014.

At the end of the day, we have to make difficult tradeoffs, because there are typically more destinations and regions that we would like to offer than we have ships to send. As we finish this round of deployment, we start all over again for next year.

Celebrity Reflection Lookbook

Celebrity Cruises is committed to making your vacation everything you wanted – and then some. Follow us on Instagram to enjoy an insider’s view of the luxurious on-board experience.

Celebrity Cruises Reflection docked in port.

A nighttime view of Celebrity Reflection’s pool deck.

Celebrity Cruises Reflection art installation outside the entrance to specialty dining.

Escape to the adults-only Solarium for some alone time.

Savor just-made fare at The Porch.

Modern luxury comes in an array of flavors.

The expanded Persian Garden on Celebrity Reflection holds 15 heated tile loungers.

Escape into a good book or magazine in Celebrity Reflection’s library.

Enjoy a uniquely unordinary experience at Celebrity Reflection’s Qsine.

The entrance to Blu, a “clean cuisine” restaurant that’s exclusive to Aqua Class guests.

Join us in the Sky Bar for music, dancing and drinks.