Written by on Friday July 24, 2015
This week in cruising, there’s news of a new world cruise from Oceania; some new dining options on Norwegian and Princes; and some of the major cruise lines; and some transformative changes for the Crystal Cruise fleet.
Norwegian Cruise Line to introduce new à la carte Menu
Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature speciality restaurants will now offer guests an even greater array of culinary styles and cuisines to choose from. The new menu will be introduced this October on Norwegian Escape, and travellers will be able to experience new flavours at Norwegian’s signature speciality restaurants La Cucina, Le Bistro, Cagney’s Steakhouse and the new Bayamo by James Beard Award winning chef Jose Garces, on an à la carte basis. The new menu will provide guests with the opportunity to create their own unique dining experience, whether that is a light soup or appetiser or an indulgent multi-course dinner with extravagant options such as Maine lobster and Angus Beef brand steaks. Come October, guests aboard the all-new Norwegian Escape will be spoilt for choice!
Australian celebrity chef to design Princess Cruises' menus
Chef Curtis Stone is set to design the menus on-board Princess Cruises. By the end of the year he will be overseeing food served across the fleet, with the debut of his first restaurant aboard the Emerald Princess, Ruby Princess, Coral Princess and Sun Princess in December. Current plans are to see the chef’s table experience introduced across the fleet from earl 2016. Stone was quoted as saying: “Princess Cruises is known for visiting great worldwide destinations - I’m set on bringing a new culinary experience to the sea to enhance and complete a cruise vacation.” More details surrounding the menu including dishes that will feature are expected to be announced shortly.
Oceania Schedules another 180-Day Cruise
For the fourth time Oceania Cruises are hosting a six-month long cruise! The mammoth journey is scheduled to depart on 6 January 2017, and was organised on the back of ‘overwhelming demand’. The cruise – which has wittily been entitled ‘Around the World in 180 Days’ – will leave from Miami, and will be held aboard the 684-passenger Insignia . The voyage will visit a whopping 98 ports of call in 36 countries on six continents. The itinerary includes 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stops in Ireland, Spain and Turkey not offered during previous world cruises. The tour will also feature sixteen overnight in calls, in destinations from Singapore to New York! Bookings for the 2017 six-month-long world cruise open at 8:30 a.m. ET 29 July 2015.
Crystal Cruises announces New Cruise Ships and more
Crystal Cruises will add to its fleet - with their first new-builds in over 12 years – seeing three new luxury cruise liners and a number of other new offerings to its portfolio. Among them are a river cruise line, a yacht cruises division, a private airplane and a mini-submarine. The three new Crystal Exclusive Class cruise ships will be 1,050 feet long, accommodate 1,000 passengers and have a one-to-one passenger-to-crew ratio. The all-suite, all-balcony ships will feature cabins starting at a minimum of 400 square feet - nearly double the size of cabins found on other luxury lines' vessels. In addition, ceiling heights will be raised by a foot to 8 feet in suites and on decks. The new additions are currently scheduled to debut in late 2018.