Celebrity offers So Cal residents $1,000 in savings

As the Southern California economy rebounds and residents increase their travel to destinations, a great deal is still a great deal. How about the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and Asia? Celebrity Cruises offers Southern California residents a deal with savings of up to $1000 per stateroom.

WHO:         Celebrity Cruises

WHEN:        Departures from January through July, 2015

 BOOK BY:      January 23, 2014        

COST:              Cruises start at $299 per person for inside staterooms, plus port fees and taxes for a 4-night Caribbean cruise

WHERE:         4-night Caribbean cruise aboard Celebrity Silhouette with ports of call in: Cozumel and Ft. Lauderdale

7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Celebrity Summit with ports of call in: Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico

                          14-night Italy and Croatia cruise about Celebrity Constellationwith ports of call in Koper, Slovenia; Zader, Croatia; Split, Croatia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Naples, Italy; Catania, Sicily, Italy; Ravenna, Italy and Venice, Italy

Call your local travel agent or Celebrity Cruises at1-888-283-6879

www.celebritycruises.com/socal;                  Twitter:  www.twitter.com/celebritysocal Instagram:  CelebrityCruisesSoCal

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Celebrity offers So Cal big savings on Caribbean cruises

By Sandra Barrera, Staff Writer

Luxury line Celebrity Cruises is combining a little-known Southern California deal with its popular “Pick Your Perk” feature to offer Caribbean-bound passengers savings of up to $1,425 per double-occupancy stateroom on its new “Solstice” fleet, with departures from Nov. 15 to April 12, 2015.

Prices start at $799 per person for a seven-night cruise.

Book by Aug. 31 with your travel agent or through Celebrity Cruises.

For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com/socal, or call 888-283-6879.

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Celebrity Cruises offers wine themed cruises

Wine-themed cruises are as popular as ever and Celebrity Cruises, for which 10 of its restaurants received Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”, features a series of itineraries highlighting California and South Pacific wineries  through January 2015.

Scott Clifton, director of sales, states, “Celebrity’s renown for its culinary arts offerings keeps growing. From our Adam Tihany-designed two-story wine tower (holding one of the most extensive wine collections at sea) our 10 award-winning restaurants, menus crafted by James Beard award-winning chef and a team of certified sommeliers, food and wine aficionados always have a never-ending selection to complement the specialty wine-centric itineraries of our themed cruises.”

With Costco Travel, the May 14, 2014 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise aboard the line’s newest ship Celebrity Reflection will feature Clos Pegase winery from Napa Valley and host winemaker Richard Sowalsky. The itinerary includes ports of call in Santorini, Mykonos and Athens in Greece and Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey. Sowalsky will host a wine tasting reception; tastings of single vineyard designation and artisanal cabernet sauvignons; a wine pairing luncheon; and, tours of the ship’s wine collection and culinary operations.

On November 1, 2014, travelers will sail aboard Celebrity Reflection for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise for the 2014 California Wine Festival at Sea, a first for the 10 year-old land-based California Wine Festivaland brought together by Worldview Travel. The cruise will depart from Miami and visit various Caribbean ports of call, including San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and, St. Thomas, USVI. California wineries including Heitz Cellar, Melville, White Oak and Bernardus will provide wines at a tasting reception, two private wine tasting seminars, a private four-course wine-pairing luncheon, a sommelier-guided tour of the ship’s two-story glass wine tower and a private behind-the-scenes tour of Celebrity’s culinary operation.


Working in conjunction with Grgich Hills Estate and Costco Travel, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Infinity offers a 15-night Panama Canal Cruise with Grgich Hills Estate’s wine educator Maryanne Wedner, departing on November 4, 2014. Wine tasting, wine pairing seminars, and behind-the-scenes tours will be offered as the ship sails from Ft. Lauderdale with ports of call in Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


Also planned by Celebrity Cruises and Food & Wine Trails is a January 27 – February 8, 2015, 13-night New Zealand Wine Adventure aboard the Celebrity Solstice where winemakers Dick and Nancy Ponzi and Rollin and Corby Soles of Ponzi Estates, and Roco Winery and Argyle Winery, will host tastings, pairings and tours. Ports of call include Sydney, Australia; Hobart, Tasmania; Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga and Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

For reservations or information on the Clos Pegase and Grgich Hills cruises: call

Costco Travel at 877-849-2730; for the 2014 California Wine Festival at Sea, contact Worldview Travel at 888-608-1178 and for the New Zealand Wine Adventure, contact Food & Wine Trails at 800-367-5348. 

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Celebrity Cruises hosts Great Wine Festival at Great Park in Irvine

Celebrity Cruises Chef John Suley

Celebrity Cruises Chef John Suley

The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival takes place from 2 to 5 pm on May 31 at the Great Park in Irvine. The event will feature more than 40 premium wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies, and award-winning restaurants. 

Proceeds from the festival will benefit LegalAid of Orange County, a non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to individuals of Southern California. 

Tickets are $100 per person. Discounted tickets are also available for government and non-profit workers, as well as sitting judges. Tickets and can be purchased online at Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival

Key sponsors include Coast Magazine, Fiji Water, Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand featuring the wines of New Zealand as well as the Orange County Restaurant Association/Golden Foodie Awards.

A sampling of food and beverage participants slated to delight attendees include the following; updates can be found here Celebrity Cruises Great Wine FestivalWineries/Breweries: Cakebread, Jordan, JUSTIN, Grgich Hills, Freemark Abbey, St. Francis, Louis-Jadot, Zaca Mesa, Kendall Jackson, Round Pond, Mazzocco, Wente, Benziger, Malibu Rocky Oaks, Alaskan Brewing Company, Pyramid Brewing, Samuel Adams, BJ’s Brewhouse, and more.

Restaurants: Slapfish, Zimzala, Clay Oven (recipient of the 2013 Golden Foodie Awards for Best Indian Restaurant in Orange County), Maro Wood Grill, Bluewater Grill, Riptide and more.

Celebrity’s Sommelier Chanelle Duarte and its VP of F&B operations / Executive Chef John Suley, will attend Celebrity Cruises’ booth, where tastes of Celebrity’s cuisine will be presented.

“Celebrity’s love affair with the culinary arts continues to flourish. We saw this opportunity to introduce food and wine aficionados to culinary experiences they can enjoy while on a Celebrity ship, as well as restaurants and beverages they have yet to try.” said Scott Clifton, director of sales.

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