Celebrity, Wine the Perfect Match

As wine lovers go, we don’t think we’re especially HM, even though we did once have TWO sommeliers at our TABLE while on a cruise ship, the Celebrity Millennium. At the other end of the wine bottle, we were on a Princess cruise where there was ONE sommelier for the entire ship!

The point here is that Celebrity makes a huge commitment to winos…er, wine lovers. (The Princess experience was excellent for everybody, except perhaps Andre Smith, the sommelier, who had an army of “sou-sommeliers” at his disposal.)

Celebrity just raised the wine bar…or the wine glass.

Its latest enhancement is to take seven ships full of passengers — or one ship, the Celebrity Constellation, seven times — for overnight stays in France, Spain and Portugal. This all happens about a year from now, in the heart of the harvest season for vineyards.

This dovetails nicely with Celerity’s dedication to all things wine. Impressive Cellar Masters wine bars (above) are open 24 hours-a-day on most of its 10 ships, with a wonderful selection of wines. The wine lists are at least the equal of any cruise line. They have many sommeliers…on the Celebrity Eclipse there are 22.

The 2012 Constellation wine cruises, which go on sale later this week, will spend overnights in regions known for wines of champagne, Bordeaux and Rioja.

And if you don’t known what Rioja is, well…you need a sommelier.

Pacific Princess
12 nights
November 3, 2011
Venice to Greece (Holy Land)
Balcony $2099

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