Onboard pursuits designed to be the life of your vacation.
In an on-the-go world, Celebrity Cruises offers a let-it-go environment with a series of programs collectively known as CelebrityLife Activities. On any given day, hundreds of these experiences take place across the ship. The following is a small sampling of the rousing options designed to ignite new passions and rekindle love affairs with forgotten favorite pastimes. Check Celebrity Today for your ship’s schedule and make the most of every precious moment on board.
Savor the Moment
Most know the upscale French restaurant, Murano, for fine dining at dinnertime; however, this exclusive culinary experience features a delectable daytime meal. Lunch on classic French dishes from a menu with an expansive selection of artisanal cheeses and an extensive wine list.
Speaking of wine, join the connoisseur crowd for Wine Appreciation 101, where a certified sommelier teaches how to discern varietals and vintages. Feeling a spirited urge for cocktails? Try Mixology 101 to acquire the skills to master the mojito and other liquid concoctions. During Craft Cocktail Mixology, learn insider tricks and inventive twists to recreate your favorite vacation cocktails back home.
After completing the mixology mélange, get schooled in the vessels that allow the libations to sparkle. Celebrity Cruises partnered with Riedel, one of the world’s preeminent wine-glass companies, to create the ideal combination of culture and class. Drink in some fun facts at the Riedel Comparative Wine Crystal Workshop. The sommelier-led tasting showcases how the size, shape, thickness, and quality of a glass can affect the flavor of various wines.
After all that learning, you’ve likely worked up an appetite. For cinephiles on Millennium and Edge Class, take those cravings up to the Rooftop Terrace for A Taste of Film, where bites and beverages are served alfresco for a movie presentation. Or compete in the Star Chefs Cooking Competition, where two cooking virtuosos and their assistants take to the chopping block to showcase their culinary prowess. Healthy culinary fun includes the lighthearted Global Flavors Cooking Demonstration, The Healthy Way.
Now that you’re well versed in the basics of wine, spirits, and flavors, put those skills together during The Art of Food and Wine Pairing. The spirited workshop is led by your ship’s Cellar Master, who can answer all your pairing questions.
Focus Your Body, Mind, and Chi
Canyon Ranch and the all-new Spa on Edge Class take wellness to the next level with a collection of seminars and classes designed to help cleanse your mind, body, and soul. Stretch your limits through Vinyasa sequences during an enlightening yoga class. Appropriate for all experience levels, this class focuses on posture, movement, and breath. Strengthen and lengthen lean muscle as you learn different poses and deep-breathing techniques for relaxation, strength, and balance. You can also clear your mind with audio-guided meditation using silent headphone technology.
There are also a variety of fitness classes at both Canyon Ranch and The Spa. The daily schedules present endless opportunities to learn, get fit, and have fun. Consult one-on-one with the onboard experts and get feedback on how to achieve your optimal health, fitness, and lifestyle goals.
Or get your fitness party started with Zumba classes. Known as “exercise in disguise,” the class blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography to provide effective total-body workouts. The global lifestyle brand fuses fitness, entertainment, and culture—a sweat-inducing blend you can fully experience during a variety of classes led by certified Zumba instructors.
Celebrate Your Competitive Spirit
Ignite your competitive spirit and square off against new friends during the Port vs. Starboard games taking place throughout the cruise, pitting each side of the ship in head-to-head challenges. Karaoke has more than 6,000 songs to belt out for friends, family, and fellow brave, singing souls. Or get lucky in the casino. With the various lessons and tournaments, you can make a date with destiny and try your hand at blackjack, poker, and roulette. Tech-savvy gamers can plug into trivia contests and interactive video games. Fun for young guests and traveling teens awaits with crafts, toys, video games, and more—designed to keep everyone on your vacation smiling. Younger guests can check out Fun Factory, while tweens and teens will love the supervised happenings at the X-Club. Guests 16 and older can try to hit the marks during S.A.F.E Archery.
Those more actively inclined can brush up on lawn games such as croquet, bocce, golf-putting, and beanbag toss, or basketball, Ping-Pong, water volleyball, then join in fun-filled tournaments. This is your vacation, so play it up, and bring on the games.
Spark Your Intellectual Curiosity
Expand your horizons and learn more about the places you’ll visit during your cruise at the Beyond the Podium Guest Speaker Series. Next, absorb details about the ship that’s taking you there during Oceans Ahead Behind-the-Scenes and Environmental Programming starring your ship’s officers. They’ll share fascinating facts about everything from energy generation and naval navigation to onboard recycling. And don’t miss the chance to learn about Celebrity’s partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. Together they’re focusing on the world’s oceans, conserving everything from coral reefs to coastal wildlife. They’ll be launching a variety of onboard activities so you can share in the passion to conserve our seas and coral reefs.
After satiating your intellectual cravings, loosen your hips and jump in line for salsa, jive, cha-cha, and waltz at the dance class series led by the Celebrity Singers and Dancers professional dance troupe. Now you’re ready for Dancing with the Stripes, a playful version of Dancing with the Stars. Partner with ship officers to show off your new moves for the judges at elimination rounds set to live music.
Remind friends and family to bring iPhones to record the dancing action, then head to Celebrity iLounge, the first Apple resellers at sea. The Celebrity iLearn series offers up to 18 courses to demystify Apple technologies and take your skills to the next level, such as learning how to edit vacation videos during vacation.
And for the artists aboard select Solstice Class ships, The Lawn Club presents an exclusive Hot Glass Show led by the talented gaffers from the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.
Entertain Your Artsy Side
Be mesmerized by Celebrity’s variety of onboard entertainment. Stimulate your senses with high-energy productions in the theaters, impromptu musical acts in the atrium, pop-up performances in the lounges, and late-night burlesque showcases. On Celebrity, all the ship’s a stage and A-list producers, writers, and entertainers are forging bold new trends, producing shows, concerts, and happenings that amaze at every turn.
Building on that premise, Celebrity Cruises sent waves through the industry with an ambitious idea to produce 18 new shows in 18 months. Celebrity’s associate vice president of entertainment, Becky Thomson Foley, who has been in the entertainment business for 27 years, and much of it with the cruise industry, explained, “It started to seem that many of the shows had similar themes, style, choreography, and vocals, and we believed it was time to create something unique.” So the team traveled the globe to find top-quality performers with something rare to offer—be it a certain speciality act, a vocalist with precise acting skills, or dancers who could perform the intricate and stylized choreography. “We chose to work with so many different creative teams so that, whatever show you see, on whatever Celebrity ship, wherever you sail in the world, it would feel like a different experience,” she said.
They then brought on sound engineers, lighting designers, and technicians who would create a new look and sound for the shows, bringing the productions to life. Thomson Foley explained that while scenic designers created finishing elements, costume designers understood their drawings had to come to fruition reflecting the spirit of every performer in every show. “It was an incredible challenge, but one we did to show how invested Celebrity is in its entertainment program.”
Not just designed for the theaters, that entertainment program is meant to be experienced throughout the ship. “We have tripled our entertainment offerings in the past two years with live music, CelebrityLife Activities, destination enrichment, kids and teens activities, and pop-up entertainment experiences,” she said. Silent Disco is one of those latest offerings. Don some headphones, choose from three types of music, and start cutting a rug.
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