Lavish buffets, multicourse fine dining and vintage wines from around the globe are each a hallmark of the wine and food experiences travelers on board cruise ships enjoy daily.

Cel_Tuscan_Grille_Trancio_di_Salmone-1-300x300But on Celebrity Cruises, passengers can delve into food and wine experiences to their heart’s delight on select sailings. From winemakers and chefs to mixologists and local food guides at ports of call, you can get up to your elbows in learning new skills, exploring local cuisine and sipping exotic beverages.

All this can be enjoyed aboard the modern luxury of Celebrity Cruises’ boutique-hotel-feel ships. And there is much to enjoy. Celebrity Cruises has just opened the world, expanding to more than 280 destinations across the globe, including new ports of call in Europe, Alaska, South America, Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Caribbean and the Middle East.

To give you a taste of experiences at hand on Celebrity Cruises’ culinary and wine group sailings, Master Mixologist Dustin Haarstad will be serving up specialty cocktails during the Seattle Wine and Food Experience’s Grand Tasting, Sunday, Feb. 26th. Visit the Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge to meet Dustin, from Seattle’s Blind Tiger Cocktail Co., and sample some of his work.

Punctuating that Celebrity Cruises is not your grandma’s cruise line is the choice of multiple distinctive restaurants – up to 12 on some ships. This gives each guest a choice of cuisine and vibe.

SI-MartBar-230212-0639R-1-300x200Taking that pleasure to the experience level, top chefs and food and beverage experts are showcased on select cruises, giving guests one-on-one access with classes, tastings, events, and entertaining activities on board and on shore. Foodies, wine connoisseurs and those with a passion for food, wine, beer and spirits can participate in wine appreciation sessions, eye the two-story glass wine tower (aboard Solstice® Class ships), home to 1,800 bottles, and tap the knowledge of Celebrity Cruises’ more than 200 sommeliers.

On board the Alaska itinerary of Celebrity Solstice®, “A Taste of Film,” a gastronomic adventure under the stars, is available. This event pairs films of a culinary distinction with a menu of delicious bites and drinks inspired by the film, served during the movie. Celebrity’s stunning Solstice® ship departs weekly out of Seattle, May-September.

Another unique activity on select sailings is Top Chef at Sea. Celebrity Cruises has partnered with Bravo to bring Top Chef cheftestants on board to compete in Quickfire Challenges and to include guests in the spotlight with a series of activities alongside the chefs.

Shore excursions reflect Celebrity Cruises’ dedication to food, beverage and fun.

Onshore, optional Cruistours punctuate the local authentic lifestyle of Alaska. Delectable meals are prepared by chefs on tour trains. After a walk on the Mendenhall Glacier, you can journey to the Alaska Brewery to view the brewing process and sample some brews. Discover and taste authentic Alaskan cuisine at the Chez Alaska Cooking School. Following a Misty Fjords flightseeing excursion, outside of Ketchikan, guests can be treated to a Dungeness crab feast.

Stop by the Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge during the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting, Sunday Feb. 26th, and sample a gourmet salmon appetizer and specialty cocktail inspired by the onboard experiences Celebrity Cruises offers.

Celebrity Cruises is offering Seattle Wine and Food Experience attendees a chance to win a free cruise for two to Europe in a veranda stateroom. See complete rules and guidelines at the Celebrity lounge. You must be 21 years of age to enter. Prize does not include airfare or ground transportation. Taxes and fees are the responsibility of the winner.