March - May 2017 & September- November 2017

Stories of Greek Heritage: Culture and Enogastronomy

Join us in a journey into the genuine Greek heritage and two of the main elements that are at its core: the Culture and Enogastronomy. Our excursions will take you to places that have marked ancient history, while our onboard meals are an authentic experience on their own, prepared daily with pure local ingredients. Our Stories of Greek Heritage: Culture and Enogastronomy feature special cruises and memories that will stay with you forever.

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Brought to you by Celestyal Cruises and Lyceum Club of Greek Women

A cruise with Celestyal Cruises, the specialists of the genuine Greek Culture, is a trip to the best kept secrets of the Greek seas. For the fifth consecutive year, we are proud to host Lyceum Club of Greek Women on board our vessels, a historical and cultural association, paying tribute to the Greek Heritage through dancing, music and authentic costumes. Its members have performed at many international venues and special events; they even impressed former US President Barrack Obama, when they attended the state dinner held in his honor in Athens in 2016. Join the 45,000 Celestyal Cruises guests who have been left mesmerised by the Lyceum Club of Greek Women and watch them perform “Wedding in the Aegean”, “Easter in the Aegean” and “Sailing in theGreek waves”. It’s an experience that you will cherish for years to come!

Brought to you by Celestyal Cruises and GAEA

As a true specialist in Greek gastronomy, Celestyal Cruises is proud to be offering you the chance to become an olive oil connoisseur! GAEA, a leading Greek company specialising in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olives, Dressings and their products will be on board for a series of themed cruises that will let you discover its diverse nature. Last season, more than 4,000 Celestyal Cruises guests experienced its importance in the everyday life of Ancient Greeks (especially the Minoans) through an interactive presentation by an experienced archaeologist. Special dishes made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and fresh organic products were offered on a daily basis, while special product tastings took place. Under the guidance of GAEA experts, guests performed the “Hot Potato Test”, the best way to identify the Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the most delicious way! Don’t miss the chance to savor the same experience that you will cherish forever.

Brought to you by Celestyal Cruises and food blogger Two Minutes Angie

Cruise with us and explore Greek cuisine, famous for its health benefits and simplicity. If you love Greek food and enjoy cooking, we have something exciting for you: Celestyal Cruises has invited on board Two minutes Angie, a famous Greek food blogger. Angie will prepare some of her favourite recipes and share with you important trivia on the local cuisine of the destinations of your cruise. Last season, our guests were left begging for more of her mostrakia –a delicious appetizer from Mykonos made of barley rusks topped with chopped tomatoes, kopanisti (a salty, spicy cream cheese from Mykonos) and flavoured with fresh basil– and the famous Santorini fava – the yellow split peas purée coupled with the unique Santorini cherry tomatoes, chopped onion and capers.  Try her dishes, ask her questions and make sure you join the fun!

Brought to you by Celestyal Cruises, Mercouri Estate and Mr. George Hatzikyriakos, expert sommelier

Welcome to an onboard celebration of the long history and tremendous variety of Greek wine. Greeks have been enjoying wine for more than four millennia: it is at the core of our culture and part of every aspect of our lives. Greek viticulture produces a great variety of outstanding wines, including the famous Assyrtiko, Athiri, Moschofilero and Agiorghitiko. An expert wine producer from the Mercouri Estate, which was recently voted as one of the top 100 global wineries by US magazine Wine & Spirits, will be joining us. He will give an interactive presentation on the production of awarded Greek wines, such as “Domaine Mercouri” 2009 and “Chortais” 2004. Also, Mr Hadjikyriacos is a confident, enthusiastic and authoritative wine educator and presenter with over 25 years of experience in selling wine. He will present some of the most unique Greek wines with emphasis on indigenous grape varieties. Come on board and enjoy the best part, as you will taste some of the top Greek wines. Rest assured: these sips are guaranteed to take your breath away!