Written by on Friday May 1, 2015
May signals the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and that means it’s the busiest time for the cruise industry. This week, there’s news of new entertainment offerings, a mega-ship arriving in Europe, and some new cuisine for diners on board Seabourn ships.
Southampton’s Mayflower terminal reopens following refurbishment
Just in time for the busy summer cruise season, the Southampton Mayflower Terminal is open for business following a multi-million pound upgrade. The interior is now open plan and there are expanded reception and security areas. These improvements have been seen as vital with the increasing popularity of cruising and rising capacity of ships. It is expected that Southampton will see an increase in passengers of 25% over the next two years. Currently the terminal handles 440 calls from cruise ships with vessels including P&O’s Britannia and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas departing from the port.
New line-up for P&O’s Strictly Come Dancing cruises
Strictly regular Anton Du Beke, along with choreographer extraordinaire and former judge Arlene Phillips, will be judges on board P&O’s popular Strictly cruises in 2015. Anton will be on board Azura for a 14-night cruise of the Baltic in June while Arlene will waltz on board the Britannia for a fortnight sailing the Canary Islands in July. They’ll be joined by a number of professional dancers from the show including Karen Hauer, Kristina Rihanoff and Pasha Kovalev.
Norwegian Epic arrives in Barcelona for the summer season
The largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet, Norwegian Epic, arrived in Barcelona earlier this week (30 April 2015) to begin a season of seven- night cruises to the Mediterranean. There’s a new entertainment offering on board with two new Broadway shows on offer – Burn the Floor and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Passengers will also be able to enjoy new venue, The Cavern Club. This music venue is a recreation on the famous Liverpool club where The Beatles made their name. Epic will remain in Barcelona until the end of November 2015.
Thomas Keller to debut new restaurant on Seabourn Quest
World renowned chef Thomas Keller, who runs three restaurants holding Michelin-stars, is to collaborate with luxury cruise line Seabourn on a new venture. A new signature restaurant will debut on Seabourn Quest in 2016 before it is rolled out across the fleet including on board the line’s new ships Seabourn Encore, launching 2016 and Seabourn Ovation, launching in 2018. In the meantime, Keller’s award-winning food will be added to the menus on board all the ships in the fleet with an array of culinary delights available.