Celebrity Cruises is debuting a new shore excursion program in the Greek Islands that features captain-curated experiences.
According to the company, the excursions were designed with the help of its captains and will be offered aboard any Celebrity ship sailing in the region during the 2022 summer.
The new collection features intimate, limited capacity journeys that allow guests to experience Greece “like a local,” Celebrity said in a press release.
Experiences included range from visits to family-owned olive mills, to the discovery of culinary “hidden gems” and the contemplation of the “best panoramic vistas.”
“What a dream come true for our guests to experience one of the world’s most breathtaking regions through the people who know it best – our Captains, who either grew up in Greece or have spent their career sailing to and visiting its ports,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
“Celebrity Cruises has a proud Greek heritage and Greece holds a special place in our hearts that we are now uniquely sharing with our guests,” she added.
Acquired by the Royal Caribbean Group in the 1990s, Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 by the Chandris family of Greece.
According to the company, the Greek origins are still present today, with 70% of the marine officers across the fleet hailing from Greece, including more than 40 Captains and Chief Engineers.
The all-new Captain-Curated Shore Excursions combine an iconic destination experience with a “hidden gem” to create the captain’s ideal day in port, Celebrity added.
- Katakolon (Olympia) – Guests will take in the ancient history at Olympia before enjoying its local delicacies at a family-owned olive mill. Guests will learn first-hand about the groves, the different oils, and make their own Greek salad with freshly cut ingredients, tzatziki, and try their hand at wrapping their own pita souvlaki.
- Athens – Guests will journey back in time to ancient Greece at the iconic Acropolis before visiting another Athens must-see, Bairaktaris Tavern, for a special kebab lunch.
- Mykonos – Indulging in the flavors of this jet-setter paradise, guests will explore the narrow streets and alleys, stopping at five different venues to sample the hidden culinary secrets within.
- Santorini – Guests will enjoy Oia’s iconic, whitewashed cycladic cave houses, blue domes, and seaside views, as well as a Greek lunch with panoramic vistas at a Captain’s favorite spot in the beautiful capital village of Fira.