Celebrity Cruises’ ship captains are sharing their favorite Greek experiences through a new Captain-Curated Shore Excursions program.
Offered aboard any Celebrity ship sailing the Greek Isles during the summer of 2022, the new collection of unique excursions will let guests experience the destination like a local and in an intimate, limited capacity setting.
Excursions range from visiting a family-owned olive mill, discovering culinary hidden gems including the best spot for kebabs, to taking in 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 was founded in 1988 by the Chandris family of Greece, later becoming a part of the Royal Caribbean Group. The brand is still rooted in its Greek origins today, with 70 percent of marine officers across the fleet hailing from Greece, including more than 40 captains and chief engineers.
In addition to visiting the historic sites of Rhodes and Thessaloniki, the distilleries and wineries of Nafplion and Corfu, and the picturesque seaside town of Chania (Crete), 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.
Captain-Curated Shore Excursions
Katakolon (Olympia): Guests will take in the ancient history at Olympia before enjoying its local delicacies at a family-owned olive mill. They will learn first-hand about the groves, the different oils, and how to 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 charming, 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 magnificent seaside views, as well as a Greek lunch with panoramic vistas at a captain’s favorite spot in the beautiful capital village of Fira.
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