Travellers will have access to a host of new interactive culinary experiences, exclusive luncheons, improved menus and drinks have been rolled out across the Celebrity Cruises fleet as part of a significant enhancement in its food and beverage offerings.
Led by Cornelius Gallagher, the Assistant Vice-President of Food & Beverage Operations for Celebrity Cruises – himself a Michelin-starred chef – the new program is the end result of an 18-month development period aimed at finding new ways to present its food & beverage offerings to passengers. The new lineup sees major changes made to some outlets, while subtle differences will be noticed elsewhere and some will be in play on cruises sailing in particular parts of the world.
Perhaps the biggest change made is the introduction of a completely refreshed menu personally designed by Gallagher at the line’s Italian fine dining establishment Tuscan Grille. The new menu is loaded with individual twists on classic Italian favourites using home-made pasta, artisanal salumi, cheeses and dry-aged steaks. It will be rolled out to ships sailing in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium.
In a major development sure to be welcomed by those with different food allergies and intolerances, Celebrity Cruises will be rolling out its partnership with Dine Aware, a program which heightens the focus on communication between kitchen and passengers, particularly those with overly sensitive tastes or triggers. The collaboration is aimed at improving the comfort levels of passengers who need to carefully manage ingredients in their meals.
Guests travelling in Concierge Class have had a new perk added to their cruise in the form of the Concierge Class Luncheon, available in the Main Dining Room on embarkation day for guests in this category. The special seating comes on top of existing benefits including sparkling wine served on arrival, canapes and snacks delivered each afternoon, priority choice of pillows as well as robes, towels and slippers for use during the cruise.
On a regional level, passengers sailing in Alaska can enjoy freshly caught King Crab each day in the Mast Grill along with wine pairing options recommended by the onboard sommelier.
Drinks are also being shaken up (no pun intended) in a number of ways. World-renowned Flair Bartender Christian Delpech has worked with Celebrity Cruises to train its mixologists to create a number of new hand-crafted cocktails, served in the Sky Observation Lounge.
In a highly technological twist to your morning cup of coffee, travellers will be able to have their favourite photos literally instilled on the froth of your cappuccinos and lattes. This comes as a result of ‘Ripple Maker’, which will soon be available across the Celebrity fleet. Imagine seeing your favourite photo served up to you as part of your morning latte?
Wine enthusiasts will also have a new avenue of creativity with ‘Blendtique’, coming to the fleet by the end of 2016. Celebrity will become the latest line to allow travellers to customise and develop their own bottle of wine. Each customer will be able to taste a number of blends from onboard barrels and put together their own drop based on their individual tastes. After designing and affixing a personalised label, guests can opt to enjoy their creation onboard or to even send it off the ship to their home or as a gift to friends or family.