Celebrity Cruises’ Captains are sharing their favorite Greek experiences through a new “Captain-Curated” shore excursions program, on sale now. Offered aboard any Celebrity ship sailing the Greek Isles during summer 2022, the new collection of exclusive excursions are designed to help guests experience the destination “like a local.”
Guests can visit a family-owned olive mill, discover culinary gems including the best spot for kebabs, or take in panoramic vistas through an intimate, limited capacity experience.
“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.”
Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 by the Chandris family of Greece, later becoming a part of the Royal Caribbean Group. Celebrity Cruises is still rooted in its Greek origins today, with 70 per cent of marine officers across the fleet hailing from Greece, including more than 40 Captains and Chief Engineers.
In addition to visiting the history of Rhodes and Thessaloniki, the distilleries and wineries of Nafplio and Corfu, or the seaside town of Chania (Crete), the all-new Captain-Curated Shore Excursions are intended to combine a destination experience with a hidden gem to create the Captain’s ideal day in port and include visiting:
Katakolon (Olympia) – Guests can take in the ancient history at Olympia before enjoying its local delicacies at a family-owned olive mill. Guests can 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 can 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, guests can explore the charming, narrow streets and alleys, stopping at five different venues to sample the hidden culinary secrets within.
Santorini - Guests can 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 capital village of Fira.
For more information, visit Celebrity Cruises web site.