Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for travellers to the Greek Islands and the Mediterranean, has announced that celebrated chef and New York Times leading cookbook author Diane Kochilas, creator and co-host of PBS’ “My Greek Table” and an authority on Blue Zone cuisine and its impact on longevity, will lead a series of special events aboard an upcoming cruise focused on Greece and Greek cuisine. The first of these unique events will debut this autumn with a special “My Greek Table at Sea with Celestyal” inspired by her TV series: a thematic seven-night cruise onboard the 10th October 2020 “Eclectic Aegean” sailing. Celestyal is also a proud sponsor of PBS’ “My Greek Table.”
The cruise will feature special lectures on Greek cuisine and Blue Zone eating habits as well as cooking demonstrations led by Kochilas. “My Greek Table at Sea with Celestyal” guests will also have the rare opportunity to take part in culinary-focused shore excursions led by Kochilas in Mykonos, Santorini, Heraklion and Volos with visits to local food markets, restaurants and shops specialising in the best of traditional, local Greek food products as well as innovative new Greek cuisine. The cruise also visits Istanbul and Canakkale in Turkey.
Celestyal, already known for its focus on Greek cuisine and hospitality, will also be working closely with Kochilas to further enhance its current menu offerings on all sailings beginning in 2020. The new menus will feature more local and regional cuisine as well as an exclusive, daily signature dish created by Kochilas.
“We are thrilled to have such a well-loved and admired Greek culinary icon as Diane as an integral part of this experience. We look forward to working closely with her to place additional emphasis on our Greek roots through our cuisine offerings, onboard experiences and Greek culinary-focused shore excursions, which provide our guests with authentic and expanded destination experiences that no other line sailing in the Aegean and Mediterranean can offer,” said Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer.
“I am excited to be sailing with Celestyal Cruises and to share my love of Greek cuisine, its products, regional flavours and health-giving qualities, with others. Greece is an amazing food destination, with delicious adventures in every port of call. The interest we both have in sharing the culture and food of Greece made my participation in this event a natural opportunity, ” said Diane Kochilas, creator and co-host of PBS’ “My Greek Table. “It is this mutual love of Greece that has made Celestyal’s support of “My Greek Table” such a great relationship.”
Prices for the “My Greek Table at Sea with Celestyal” seven-night cruise start from as little as £899 per person including three select shore excursions, lectures, cooking demonstrations and the Celestyal all-inclusive experience with an unlimited standard drinks package, all meals on-board, entertainment, port and service charges and gratuities included in the fare.