Celebrity Cruises Launches New Excursions Designed By Its Captains

Celebrity Cruises has announced a new series of “Captain-Curated” shore excursions in Greece during summer 2022.

The tours will be intimate and very capacity-limited, allowing visitors to experience the destinations in a similar way to how a local resident would.

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Acropolis in Athens, Greece

“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 Cruises has a proud Greek heritage and Greece holds a special place in our hearts that we are now uniquely sharing with our guests.”

Celebrity was founded in 1988 by the Chandris family of Greece, and later became part of Royal Caribbean Group. The line is still rooted in its Greek origins, with 70 percent of marine officers across the fleet hailing from Greece, including over 40 captains and chief engineers.

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In addition to learning about the history of Rhodes and Thessaloniki, the distilleries and wineries of Nafplio and Corfu, and the seaside town of Chania (Crete), these all-new excursions combine an iconic destination experience with a hidden gem to create the captain’s ideal day in port.

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Santorini, Greece (Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line)
  • Katakolon (Olympia): Passengers will take in the ancient history of Olympia before enjoying local delicacies at a family-owned olive mill. They’ll learn about the groves, different oils, and make their own Greek salad with fresh ingredients, tzatziki, and wrap their own pita souvlaki.
  • Athens: Guests will journey back in time to ancient Greece at the Acropolis before visiting another Athens must-see, Bairaktaris Tavern, for a kebab lunch.
  • Mykonos: Travelers will explore the charming, narrow streets of Mykonos, stopping at five different venues to sample various culinary treats.
  • Santorini: Passengers will enjoy Oia’s iconic, whitewashed cave houses, blue domes, and seaside views, as well as a Greek lunch with panoramic views at a captain’s favorite spot in the capital village of Fira.

These captain-curated shore excursions are now open for booking. Learn more at celebritycruises.com/shore-excursions/captain-curated-tours.

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