Dining on the MS Celestyal Olympia
Get ready for a journey deep into Greek cuisine that will blow your taste buds. From breakfast to lunch and dinner, you’ll experience the Mediterranean diet in its purest and tastiest form.
"Kali Orexi!" A Celestyal Cruise is a journey deep into Greek cuisine, famed for its health benefits and its simplicity. Dishes are prepared on board with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients: onions and garlic, artichokes, tomatoes, eggplant, feta cheese and, of course, olives and olive oil. The chefs have spent years in Greek kitchens, and they love Greek food, everything from Yia Yia’s (grandmother’s) home spun recipes to gourmet dishes; our menus include selections from the incredible spectrum of Greek gastronomy. At every meal, beginning with our endless breakfast buffet, you’ll find fresh Greek yogurt, a variety of freshly-baked breads and fresh coffee. You’ll also find outstanding dishes from many of the world’s best-loved cuisines, and incredible wines. Wine has been produced and enjoyed in Greece for more than 4,000 years, and our wine cellars are a delicious celebration of this rich history. Come lose yourself in a labyrinth of unforgettable flavor.
Celestyal Cruises Culinary Philosophy
You don’t just enjoy a meal on their ships, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner: you participate in the time-honored Greek tradition of sitting down for a feast with friends. Every dish is created fresh, with the finest local and imported ingredients and the chefs are committed to the use of only fresh ingredients, and consider the matter an aspect of their personal pride.
Food tells a story. Celestyal Cruises take this seriously, here in the part of the world where its most ancient stories were first told. What stories will the incredible meals serveed on their ships tell you? You’ll have to listen closely to the bold spices, to the honey-gold olive oil, to the fresh fruit and vegetables, to the creamy yogurts, to the fresh-baked bread that arrives at your table straight from our ovens…what memories will they awaken? When you dine with them, you will taste cultures, both familiar and new, find community with other peoples, and create unforgettable culinary memories, with quality ingredients, pride and imagination.
The Freshest Ingredients
They use the finest, freshest, most authentic ingredients in our galleys, and they make no exceptions. Prior to each cruise they purchase quality meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. All products have been sampled, and are fully endorse. At Celestyal Cruises, they do the research before they start cooking. The freshness and quality of our ingredients make every dish served a taste sensation. That taste, of course, is Greece.
Authenticity. Quality. “Greekness.”
Greek olive oil, Greek Feta and other cheeses and Greek yogurt are used. Most of the herbs, and flour, are from Greece. This is done to provide passengers with the freshest, most authentic, healthiest ingredients possible, and to honor their homeland and its culture and customs. Whatever Celestyal Cruises bring to your table is fresh and authentic.
Dishes and Desserts of the Day
The Greek executive chef believes there’s nothing better than hot, fragrant fresh baked bread brought to your table straight from the oven– made without flavor additives or artificial colors. You’ll have a hard time not filling yourself with the variety of bread before your meal arrives! Bake three times daily on their ships, making sure our six signature breads and 10 signature pastries, including danish pastries and muffins, are always served fresh. Their aroma will lure you to breakfast like the song of the Sirens. You will be unable to resist.
The Executive Chef and his team are devoted to serving you the tastiest, most authentic freshly homemade food. He and his crew consider you their personal guests, and work round the clock during your cruise to make sure your dining experience is nothing short of incredible. Everything you eat – be it sweet or savory, be it an appetizer, a main course, even dressings, soups, pates and terrines – is fresh and delicious. Dessert? You won’t be able to resist. Save some room.
Your cruise rate includes three complete and wholly delicious square meals every day. Breakfast is International, with a Greek touch, and includes fresh-baked rolls, muffins and Danish pastries. At lunch and dinner, choose from dozens of appetizers, salads and soups, and traditional, International, and Greek dishes, all prepared for your delight, and followed by a variety of decadent cakes, rich ice creams and fresh fruits. Meals are filling and celebratory and take you on a journey deep into the heart of Greek gastronomy, with healthy Mediterranean meals prepared to please even the most demanding palate, with friends at your table. A delicious selection of international dishes is also available, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers and salads and sandwiches. There is great pizza for the little travelers, or anyone who loves a crisp, handmade, oven-baked pizza, which can be delivered to your cabin (room service charges apply). Afternoon tea is also served every day.
All dining areas have been carefully designed and arranged to accommodate the simultaneous arrival of a great many passengers while preserving the intimacy and comfort one expects at a fine restaurant. Everything is done to make sure you can relax while you enjoy the delicious gastronomy that makes a Celestyal Cruise unforgettable.
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