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Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film

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Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film

Celebrity Cruises A Taste of Film

CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRATES ITS LATEST ONBOARD DINING AND MOVIE EXPERIENCE WITH ‘A TASTE OF FILM’ CULTURAL-CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT THE RECENT NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

The historic Port Theater was the sumptuous backdrop to an afternoon of perfectly paired film and food prepared by Award-Winning Chef Pascal Olhats. Once again, Celebrity Cruises breaks new ground by bringing its latest onboard experience to land. The modern cruise brand’s new “A Taste of Film” launched with a special “sailing” at the recent Newport Beach Film Festival held April 21-28, 2016.

Celebrity Cruises Taste of Film

Rooftop Terrace for Taste of Fim

Now, guests onboard Celebrity’s ships can experience a multi-sensory journey in the ships new Rooftop Terrace where passengers enjoy a specific cultural, culinary or destination-based film, while dining on exquisite cuisine that brings the movie’s scenes to life through guests’ taste buds. Onboard, the specially crafted, multi-course tasting menu for “A Taste of Film” is designed by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, Associate Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Celebrity Cruises.

To celebrate this exciting culinary and film addition to Celebrity’s top ships, Celebrity Cruises hosted a screening of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a film that tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other a Michelin-starred French restaurant. To enhance the film viewing experience and to simulate what passengers will be enjoying onboard, guests savored eight courses prepared by award-winning Chef Pascal Olhats, Chef/Owner Pascal Restaurant, Café Jardine and Pascal Catering. The menu, which guests will enjoy throughout the film, is inspired by the acclaimed film’s French and Indian cuisines. Each course was perfectly paired with fine wines from Jackson Family Wines.

“A Taste of Film activates all the senses to create a fully immersive and transportive experience,” said Scott Clifton, Director of Sales, Western Region. “We launched with ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ because it emphasizes – through both story and visuals – the power of food to bring people together, and to evoke memories.”

Among the menu items delightfully prepared by Chef Pascal Olhats:

Course #1: Warm lobster bisque with uni and spices served when the Kadam family’s restaurant in India burned down and the mother Haddam dies.
Scene Details: As a child, Hassan Kadam regularly goes to market to buy uni for his parents’ restaurant and his mom taught him how to cook and to appreciate uni in the broth she would make.

Course #2: Pate and cheese on artisan bread
Scene Details: When the Kadam family moves to London, then to France where their van breaks down, a young French woman (a sous chef named Margaurite) rescues them and serves them cheese and pate, bread and vegetables from her garden. The family soon opens an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai across the street and 100 feet from a 1 Michelin star French restaurant run by Helen Mirren (Madam Mallory) called Le Saule Pleureur. There are continuous fights between the Kadam dad and Madam as cultures and cuisines clash.

Course #3: Curried marsala chicken with naan bread
Scene Details: Hassan’s father gives him his deceased mother’s prized spice rack. His dad says “food is memories.”

Course #4: Barbecue sweet corn with béchamel
Scene Details: Hassan masters the 5 sauces basic to any classic French cooking (bechamel, veloute, tomat, espagnole, mayonnaise). Margaurite explans that Madam interviews potential chefs by having them make an omelette for her.

Course #5: Baked breast of quail with truffle sauce and fine herb omelette
Scene Details: Hassan is offered a 6 month apprenticeship at Madam’s restaurant after he makes her a baked breast of quail dish like what she serves in the restaurant (which she pretends to hate). During the competition between the 2 restaurants, the head chef at Madam’s restaurant sets Maison Mumbai on fire and Haddam’s hands get burned. He can’t use them, but asks Madam if he can make an omelette for her with her help. So she does, following his instructions to add Indian spices; she loves it.

Course #6: Mushroom veloute with coriander and boeuf bourguignon with special spices
Scene Details: Le Saule Pleureur gets its 2nd Michelin star and Hassan masters boeuf bourguignon

Course #7: Special plate with Indian delights (garbanzo beans, Indian puff pastry)
Scene Details: Served after Hassan moves to Paris and is one of the hottest chefs on the scene but one night eats Indian food with a fellow restaurant employee and gets homesick

Course #8: Chocolate truffle and fruit tartelette
Scene Details: Everyone lived happily ever after!

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A Taste of Film is available onboard Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit and will arrive onboard Celebrity Millennium in May 2016, when the ship emerges from a brief refresh drydock. Along with the new Rooftop Terrace, complete with its large screen, lounges, cabanas, soundscape and decorative lighting, additional drydock enhancements include a significant refresh of the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and the conversion of both the Normandie and The Olympic specialty restaurants to one of Celebrity’s signature dining venues, Tuscan Grille, which will offer a new, modern experience.

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 provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, or call your travel agent. Visit: CelebrityCruises.com


Celebrity Cruises : Top Chef at Sea

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‘Top Chef at Sea’ Heats Up as Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media Extend Partnership Through 2016

Chef Chris Crary and Celebrity Cruises

Top Chef Chris Crary

Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media have extended the popular “Top Chef at Sea” program through 2016, and will offer “Top Chef” fans and food lovers the opportunity to vacation with a new lineup of cheftestants on the exclusive “Top Chef Signature Sailing” in 2015. Setting sail November 14 onboard Celebrity Reflection, the one-of-a-kind Eastern Caribbean cruise vacation will give guests an up-close-and-personal culinary experience with six former “Top Chef” competitors, including:
•Nina Compton: Top Chef New Orleans runner-up
•Tiffany Derry: Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Owner of TD Concepts, Inc.
•Ash Fulk: Top Chef Las Vegas contestant; Culinary Director at Hill Country Hospitality in NYC
•Gregory Gourdet: Top Chef Boston runner-up; Executive Chef at Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland, Oregon
•Doug Adams: Top Chef Boston finalist; Chef de Cuisine of Imperial and Portland Penny Diner
•Chris Crary: Top Chef Texas contestant; Executive Chef of Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles

Top Chef Nina Compton and Celebrity Cruises

Top Chef Nina Compton

New during this year’s Top Chef Signature Sailing, vacationers can choose from an array of local destination experiences hosted by a featured cheftestant, making these excursions a unique way to explore the Caribbean. The exclusive chef-hosted shore excursions will be available for purchase soon.

Bravo Top Chef and Celebrity Cruises

The signature sailing also will feature new duel-style cooking demonstrations onboard where cheftestants will battle each other while answering fans’ questions, with the winning dish chosen by the audience. Also onboard and back by popular demand, passionate foodies can enjoy exclusive and intimate experiences with the chefs by booking private cooking classes and private dinners to hone their skills and get advice on preparing sumptuous dishes at home.

Top Chef Celebrity Cruises Quickfire Challenges

Quickfire Challenges

In addition to the Top Chef Signature Sailing with alums, Celebrity will continue to offer interactive Quickfire Challenges and “Top Chef”-inspired menu evenings on its modern luxury vacations onboard nine ships, for all sailings departing through June 2016. Quickfire Challenges will put guests in the spotlight to get a taste of the pressure the cheftestants experience on the show. Plus, guests can indulge in a selection of the dishes the judges raved about on the series at “Top Chef Night” in the main restaurant.

Top Chef Night on Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity has paved the way for the cruise industry on land and at sea, being the first-ever cruise line to present dinner at the prestigious James Beard House and create land-based pop-up restaurants in San Francisco and New York. Celebrity originally partnered with “Top Chef” in November 2014 to launch the exclusive Top Chef at Sea experience. The extension of Top Chef at Sea allows for guests to continually sail with Celebrity on a modern luxury vacation with endless culinary possibilities. For more details about Top Chef at Sea, visit celebritycruises.com/topchef

Bravo’s Emmy® and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” will return for season 13 this fall. “Top Chef” is produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as executive producers.

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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 provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL).

For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit CelebrityCruises.com or call your travel agent.

About Bravo Media

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, upcoming comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules, “Below Deck,” “Thicker Than Water” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.


Celebrity Cruises – Go Big, Better, BEST

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Celebrity Cruises – Go BIG, BETTER, BEST

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‘PERK UP’ THE ALREADY PERFECT VACATION with Celebrity Cruises just-released offer “Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!” which saves passengers up to $1,035 per person.

This new deal provides great savings and value in addition to just-launched features that thrill-seeking millennial travelers are choosing from Celebrity Cruises, such as:

· Globally-Inspired Cuisine: With 12 distinctive restaurants featuring menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, Celebrity Cruises offers an unparalleled culinary experience. In fact, in 2015, Celebrity Cruises launched the world’s first permanent “World ClassTM Bar” onboard the Celebrity Eclipse, featuring luxurious drinks experiences created by World Class-certified mixologists. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media have extended the popular “Top Chef at Sea” program through 2016.

· In-Depth Destination Experiences & New Ports: Nearly 300 sought-after worldwide destinations including the best of Europe, plus overnight stays in 53 must-see cities. Plus, the “Celebrity City Stay” vacation packages provide curated pre-cruise experiences available in 16 of the most intriguing and dynamic cities, including Abu Dhabi.

· Entertainment: Inspired by the latest trends in entertainment and the hottest global tickets, Celebrity Cruises unveiled an impressive array of 18 shows in 18 months – all produced in partnership with masterminds behind some of today’s biggest recording artists and awarding-winning theatrical and television productions.

· Sexy, Stylish, Spaces: Onboard interiors by creative architects and designers infuse Celebrity’s ships with a modern style that rivals any contemporary hotel, and the only cruise line to offer Apple retail outlets and Apple products in its business centers.

The Go Big, Go Better, Go Best vacation deal offers value-add options to “perk-up” an already perfect vacation by allowing passengers the ability to customize their trip. With Go Big, Go Better, Go Best, travelers can select additional perks to include when booking an ocean view stateroom or higher on more than 470 sailings departing October 2015 through April 2017.

Ocean View Stateroom

Ocean View Stateroom, Celebrity Cruises

When travelers purchase an ocean view stateroom on a participating cruise, they automatically book the “Go Big” package, allowing them to select one of four additional “perks.” Vacationers can choose their favorite “perks” from the following options – Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited internet, prepaid tips and $150 in onboard credit per person:

· Go Big: One perk included*

· Go Better: Two perks included*

· Go Best: All perks are included, and an upgrade to a Premium Beverage Package*

Valid for select four-night or longer sailings departing October 2015 through April 2017. With the Go Big, Go Better, Go Best pricing strategy, travelers can save as much as $1,000 on package amenities.

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Bookings must be made through Celebrity Cruises via:
Phone: 1-888-283-6879
Online: www.celebritycruises.com/socal
Or with your Local Travel Agent
For more details, visit: CelebrityCruises.com
Blog: www.celebritycruisessocalblog.com
Twitter: @CelebritySoCal
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