August 23, 2016
(3:15 p.m. EDT) -- As part of the fleetwide improvement program called "The Celebrity Distinction," Celebrity will roll out changes to its restaurants, dining programs and activity offerings, throughout the rest of the year.
Beginning November 2016, Celebrity will introduce a partnership with Dine Aware, a company that facilitates food allergy and intolerance communication and experiences, which will help elevate standards overall for the food and beverage industry at sea. More details are set to be announced, but the integration is intended to make a difference in the dining experiences of cruisers with special dietary needs.
Blendtique, first announced in July, is a wine-blending class that will allow passengers to become a "vintner for the day", creating unique wine blends which can be bottled onboard and customized with personalized wine labels. Cruisers will then be able to mail order their custom blend to friends and family at home. Celebrity's take on wine-blending at sea is now offered onboard Celebrity Solstice, and will be available fleetwide by the end of 2016.
Celebrity is also planning to make waves with the soon-to-be-offered Ripple Maker, which prints personalized images and photos on espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes.
Over the past 18 months, a number of other culinary announcements have been made by the line, including:
- Exclusive embarkation day luncheons in the main dining room for Concierge Class passengers;
- Cruisers sailing to Alaska can now enjoy fresh, locally sourced Alaska king crab available at the Mast Grill daily, paired with Alaskan craft beer like Alaska Brewing IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale and White Ale as part of Celebrity's "Deliver the Destination" program;
- Chef-led culinary excursions called Chef's Market Discoveries, offered in more than 40 regions across the world, allow passengers to experience local fare on land and culturally inspired dishes onboard;
- Sushi on Five replaces creperie Bistro on Five, featuring an a la carte menu with handrolled sushi, fresh wasabi grated tableside, housemade soy sauce, plus a variety of starters and entrees paired with Asian-inspired cocktails, Japanese beers and sakes recommended by a sake sommelier;
- Celebrity's Italian-inspired Tuscan Grille will be rolled out to the entire fleet by summer's end. The fine dining restaurant features homemade pastas, charcuterie boards, USDA prime dry-aged steaks, as well as the line's own spin on regional favorites. Italian-inspired cocktails, housemade limoncello and an extensive wine list dedicated to the wine-growing regions of Italy are also on offer;
- Sky Observation Lounge now offers a new menu of handcrafted cocktails;
- And in a nonedible announcement, Riedel Glassware -- which hosts workshops onboard like Coca Cola and wine tastings -- will be Celebrity's exclusive glassware in its main dining rooms, by the end of 2016.
--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor