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Live the "Celebrity Life" at Sea

July 23, 2009 By: Brittany Wallace Travel Agent

Celebrity Cruises' new Celebrity Life series of programs aims to deliver sophisticated onboard experience in premium cruising in three categories: Savor, Discover and Renew.


Savor will include eight new wine enrichment events, six spirits and mixology tastings and more than seven different interactive programs for guests, hosted by the ship’s executive chef, Jacques Van Staden. The chef and his team will encompass three programs centered around Celebrity Cruises’ food and beverage programming, including Celebrity Vineyards, Signature Spirits and Food as Art.

The Celebrity Vineyards wine enrichment program, developed in partnership with the United States Sommelier Association, will feature a host of wine events providing guests the opportunity to expand their understanding and appreciation of the world of wine. Among the varied activities are the comparative wine workshops Celebrity introduced in 2007, sanctioned by Riedel Crystal.

The Signature Spirits events will offer the opportunity to experience the industry’s first “Molecular Mixology” workshop developed by “The Liquid Chef,” Master Mixologist Junior Merino.

Meanwhile, the Food as Art culinary arts program includes interactive and participatory cooking shows led by a variety of Celebrity’s shipboard chefs. The program allows guests to serve as sous chefs in “Star Chef Cooking Competitions,” and to participate in exclusive behind-the-scenes tours to watch the teams in Celebrity’s galleys actively preparing desserts, fresh-baked breads and entrees. The Food as Art program also will surprise vacationers with a special lineup of guest chefs who will set sail with Celebrity over the course of the year.


Discover presents an opportunity for guests to do or learn what they have always wanted to try, but never had time to accomplish. Whether it’s ordering a bottle of Chianti in Italian or exploring the universe in 40 minutes, the Discover program will give guests the opportunity to delve into a wide variety of interests.

One highlight remains the opportunity to learn a new language through Celebrity’s industry-first alliance with Rosetta Stone. Through this new partnership, over the course of one sailing, either self-taught or hosted, guests can gain a working knowledge of their choice from among 13 languages.

Meanwhile, the Beyond the Podium enrichment series will be highlighted by the cruise line's new association with Smithsonian Journeys, the educational travel program of the Smithsonian Institution. Guests on select sailings will have the opportunity to gain deep, new insight from Smithsonian Journeys’ globally recognized experts as they speak with Celebrity guests about an array of topics, including history, culture, art and architecture, and the natural environment.

iPod addicts will get their share of fun onbard while learning new iTunes tips and tricks, as novice and experienced computer users boost their technological prowess through Celebrity’s digITal series— courses range from Photoshop and Windows XP primers, to BlackBerry tips and blog creation.

Stargazers will be inspired to stare skyward as they learn about astronomy, telescope tips, and even celestial navigation through Celebrity’s new alliance with Stargeezer, a program devoted to educating consumers about astronomy in user-friendly fashion. Guests also will be invited to gaze at the night skies out on deck during special stargazers’ parties and star hunts designed to identify the evening’s brightest constellations and planets.


The Renew program offers an improved, more goal-oriented approach to classes, seminars, and treatments designed to help guests on their journey to looking younger, feeling better and living longer. Guests can share the stage with Celebrity’s professional dancers during itinerary-influenced, interactive productions whose themes that include Sizzle, Groove, Decco, and Flava. Additionally, in partnership with Skyy Vodka, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox will present Live @ Sky in the two ships’ Sky Observation Lounges. Guests also will have the opportunity to compete in the Everybody Dance competition, culminating in a vote for star dance champions on every sailing.

To learn how to creatively preserve photos of their impressive new dance moves, or the places they visited during their cruise, guests can participate in Celebrity’s new courses offered through the line’s partnership with the StoryTellersClub, designed to guide guests through the process of creating keepsakes of their cruise vacation memories.

Renew also offers three areas of enrichment within the program: Ageless, Energy, and Longevity, each with its own slate of treatment selections, seminars and workshops. Guests can participate in motivating classes, a variety of seminars, and also experience results-driven spa or fitness treatments created for each series within the program.  

Within the Ageless series are seminars focused on skin renewal and youth-enhancing lifestyle tips, in addition to medi-spa cosmetic services such as BOTOX Cosmetic, Restylane and Perlane, and a selection of anti-aging facials, including a 24-karat gold facial available on the fleet’s latest ship, Celebrity Equinox, to target fine lines and wrinkles.

To help promote self-awareness and healthier living long-term, the Energy series entails nutritional information, wellness assessments and realistic “Life” prescriptions that guests can incorporate into their lifestyle, plus body sculpting and strengthening options, including a boot camp course, indoor cycling, personal training, and gravity training classes.

Among the highlights of the Longevity series are seminars focused on stress management, lifestyle enhancements, and alternative healing systems such as Chinese medicine. The Longevity series also features complimentary consultations with the onboard acupuncturist, an array of acupuncture treatments to rebalance the mind and body, in addition to yoga, tai-chi and “fab abs” courses.

The Celebrity Life program will be introduced by the end of November after Celebrity Equinox enters service July 31.


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