Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to tour one of the newest Celebrity ships: the Equinox. While the ship is an amazing experience in it’s own right, I wanted to point out something interesting I learned onboard.
The Equinox has a special bar, dedicated to the enjoyment of wine. It’s called Cellarmasters. The unique thing about Cellarmasters on the Equinox is that it contains three Enomatic wine dispensers. What’s an Enomatic wine dispenser, you ask?
Well, have you ever wanted to try a $100 bottle of wine…but didn’t want to spend $100 on the entire bottle? Obviously, most restaurants and bars that serve wine by the glass would not open a very expensive bottle just to let you have a taste. Once the bottle is opened, it would need to be consumed pretty quickly, and there’s no telling when they might sell the contents of the entire bottle.
Enter the Enomatic wine dispensers. These are specially designed wine- dispensing devices that preserve the wine once the bottle is opened…for up to 30 days. There is technology integrated into the machines so you can purchase the exact portion of wine you would like poured into your glass (i.e. 2oz, 5 oz, etc.) and you would just pay for that amount. According to Celebrity, all you have to do is “choose your wine, push a button, and pour a glass. Cheers!”
So while a glass of wine from the $100 bottle will be more expensive than a regular standard glass of wine off of a menu, it’s a great value in that you’re able to experience a wine that you might not otherwise have access to!
Now consider the offering of these systems on Celebrity’s Solstice-class of ships for a minute. The first ship, the Solstice, has 2 Enomatic dispensers onboard. The second ship, the Equinox, has 3 Enomatic systems. The most recent ship, the Eclipse, which debuted in 2010, has 5 Enomatic systems. As you can see, this has been a very well received aspect of Celebrity’s Wine Experience on their ships!
What’s nice about these systems is that the bottles of wine are often changed to reflect the area where the ship is visiting. So for example, if you’re cruising to Italy, you can choose from a variety of Italian wines that you might not be able to sample elsewhere. One person on my tour mentioned a friend who is an owner of a wine shop. The wine shop owner travels the world extensively, tasting and sampling all varieties of wine. Obviously, he was familiar with the Enomatic system aboard Celebrity, but the types of wines that were being offered via the system amazed him. By impressing this wine connoisseur, it spoke volumes to me about Celebrity’s commitment to creating special experiences for their guests that they cannot find anywhere else.
You can visit Celebrity's website to find out more about Celebrity’s Wine Experiences.