Exclusively at Sea and Rarely Found on Land: Celebrity Cruises Acquires
White Truffles at Annual Auction
First cruise brand to participate in world-renowned Italian truffle auction
MIAMI, FL– November 10, 2014
– Guests sailing with
can now indulge in the culinary world’s
finest delicacy – white truffles. Last night, the premium cruise brand acquired two of the world’s rarest
mushrooms at the World White Truffle Auction in Grinzane Cavour, Italy. Passionate about providing
vacationers with the finest
at sea, Celebrity traveled to Italy’s gastronomic region of
Piedmont to procure the white truffles – known as “the diamond of the kitchen.” Weighing a total of 700
grams, these elusive gems will be showcased at exclusive dining events unique to Celebrity.
The white truffle, an extremely rare and luxury commodity, is almost solely found in the Piedmont region of
Italy. Truffle connoisseurs from around the world can only hunt for this delicacy for a few months of the
year, making the truffle season one of the most highly anticipated events of the culinary calendar. The
World White Truffle Auction, held at the 14th-century Castle of Grinzane Cavour, is an internationally
recognized event, with previous satellite locations in Hong Kong, Moscow, London and Tokyo. All proceeds
from the auction benefit charity.
Celebrity Cruises Executive Chef, John Suley, participated in the invitation-only event to represent the
premium cruise brand among the culinary elite. A James Beard-featured chef, Suley, and his culinary team
present guests with award-winning dining onboard 11 modern, luxurious Celebrity ships.
“White truffles are the ultimate luxury, and Celebrity now has two of the rarest in the world,” said Chef
Suley. “Sought after by Michelin-starred restaurants and connoisseurs, truffles generate excitement among
all foodies – their flavor, aroma and rarity are so distinct – and they’re only available during a short
period of time each year. They’re a product of nature that even technology can’t replicate.”
Locating and uncovering nature’s gem contributes to its allure and value. Traditional truffle hunting
involves truffle hunters and the help of their dogs that smell and discover the underground delicacy.
Truffle dogs must have a keen sense of smell and are specifically trained to recognize the fungi’s special
Chef Suley and his team will use the highly coveted truffles acquired at the auction to create an exclusive
dining experience onboard
during a 10-night Caribbean cruise departing on Friday, Nov. 21
from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Truffle-themed dinners will be available onboard Celebrity ships for select
sailings in late November and early December. Plus, the winning delicacies will also be featured
at the James Beard Foundation’s legendary James Beard House in New York on Monday, Nov. 24, for a special
“Our guests can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience with our decadent white truffle menu, paired
with exquisite fine wines. We will be creating beautiful, yet simple, mouthwatering dishes, from wild
mushroom risotto with delicately thin slices of the prized truffles, to indulgent desserts topped with white
chocolate and truffle Chantilly cream," Suley said.
Celebrity is dedicated to delivering gastronomic distinction by mastering the perfect marriage of flavors
and artful presentation when creating fresh, innovative cuisine in distinctive restaurants across its fleet
The modern luxury brand has also led the way for the cruise industry on land, as the first cruise line to
present dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in 2012 and to create land-based pop-up restaurants in
San Francisco and New York. Most recently, Celebrity partnered with Bravo Media’s “Top Chef” to launch the
exclusive “Top Chef at Sea” experience onboard 10 ships for all sailings through June 2015, which offers
guests the opportunity to participate in Quickfire Challenges and “Top Chef”-inspired menu nights.
About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm
spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing
service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’
precious time. Celebrity Cruises' 11 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents and
present immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands
operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more
information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit
, orcall your travel agent.