March 15, 2013

Top Cruise for Top Chefs

Does the thought of being trapped on a ship, staring at the same blue ocean, seem like a bore? You would be mistaken if you think the only exciting thing you have to look forward to on those cruises to the Caribbean is the Caribbean Sea itself. Celebrity Cruises screams modern luxury, offering guests the latest and greatest in entertainment, technology, fitness, and cuisine.

World-Class Cuisine


Celebrity Cruises is the creme de la creme of cruise line cuisine. James Beard Award-winning chefs create plates that tease the tastebuds. Being recognized by the James Beard Foundation is no small feat — it is one of the most prestigious honors for a chef. With many dining options to chose from on the cruise, I can guarantee you that whatever you chose, it will burst with flavor. The diversity of influences in the food and drink options will tickle your fancy. Spend an evening in your fanciest dress and savor world-class French cuisine. Or go for unexpected twists on familiar favorites, like Sushi Lollipops or Crunchy Munchies.

Now, for the first time ever, "Top Chef" has branched into the cruise industry with "Top Chef: The Cruise."  It sets sail on April 11 from Miami on the Celebrity Constellation with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. During the voyage, guests will have the opportunity to partake in events like "Quickfire" cooking challenges and taste award-winning cuisine. Included in this once-in-a-lifetime cruise is a cocktail party, amazing cuisine from celebrated chefs, 24-hour complimentary room service, and many "Top Chef" related events.

Captain's Club


The more you cruise, the more you save. With the Captain's Club reward program, you earn credits (rather than cruises) to determine your own benefits. From classic to elite, this recognition and reward program makes you the center of attention. You can earn up to three points per cruise, allowing you to become a member in no time.

One to four credits earns you a spot in the Classic Tier, where you'll receive complimentary access to Captain's Club events, special discounts and elevated levels of service. With five to nine credits, you get bumped up to Select, giving you even more ways to save — complimentary garment pressing, priority embarkation when boarding the ship, priority status for shore excursion waitlists, premium discount booklets and an invitation to the exclusive Senior Officer cocktail party. But when you earn 10 or more credits, Elite status, the rewards and benefits seem endless. From complimentary laundry and Persian Garden access, as well as everything included in the previous tiers, cruising is more rewarding than ever.

Entertainment


From European-style circus shows, tribute shows rivaling Broadway and Vegas productions, casinos and a handful of bars and lounges, you will never have a dull moment while at sea. Love to dance? Get partnered with a professional dancer and dance off against other guests in "Everybody Dance," an interactive TV-style game show. If that's out of your comfort zone, dance with your partner during a concert at the Lawn Club, an outdoor grass patio.

For an unexpectedly good time, attend one of the  interactive theme parties. You itching to gamble? Step inside the ship's mini-Vegas, offering some of the hottest slots, games and tables. If fitness is your forté, spend the afternoon at the state-of-the-art fitness center or attend a high-intensity Zumba class.