Written by on Friday May 22, 2015
It’s been a busy week in the world of cruising with a prestigious ship visiting Scotland, a refurbishment for one of the world’s biggest ships, new expeditions in Antarctica and new magic offering in family cruising.
Allure of the Seas undergoes refurbishment
Allure of the Seas has begun her European season with a new look, having undergone an 18 days revitalisation programme. There are a number of new dining venues on board this Royal Caribbean ship including the Mexican specialists Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar and Japanese restaurant Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, as well as an expanded Windjammer Café. New amenities on board include Vroom, a new lounge which offers super-fast internet service; The Arcade which features a range of carnival games; and new lounges Diamond Lounge, and Suite Sun Deck. There’s also an array of new accommodation on offer with 40 new staterooms added including two Royal Suites.
Hurtigruten to reposition brand offering
Hurtigruten is to expand its expedition offering by moving the 500-passenger Midnatsol to Antartica from September 2016. This will hugely increase the expedition capacity of the line, with only the 250 berth Fram delivering this service at present. These expeditions will allow the line to target family explorers and include a Young Explorers program. The proposed route will see the Midnatsol sail from Punta Arenas to the Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan and finally Cape Horn. When Midnatsol departs from its current route along the coast of Norway, it will become the largest ship offering landings in Antarctica.
Disney Magic to be reimagined
Disney Magic was the first of Disney’s Cruise ships and it is to be reimagined for the new cruise season with a range of new features and itineraries. There will be a range of new character experiences to entertain children on board including Elsa and Olaf from Frozen who will be making special appearances on board ship and even leading shore excursions on Norway. There will also be a chance to play to play with Buzz and Woody from Toy Story in Andy’s room and to fly away with Tinkerbell in Pixie Hollow. It will be hard to keep adults away from the Oceaneer’s play area as it’s been made to look like the iconic Star Wars ship The Millenium Falcon. There’s also a new musical on board in the form of Tangled and plenty of tasty treats to enjoy in the Wreck-It Ralph inspired Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats.
Queen Mary 2 visits Scotland
Cunard’s flagship was in Greenock earlier this week before departing for Oban on a two-day visit to Scotland. It is expected to be a bumper year for the cruise industry in this part of the world with a number of ships stopping at the ports throughout the country. Queen Mary 2 is one of the largest ships in the world and will join up with its sister ships, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria at Liverpool on Monday May 25 2015 as part of the prestigious cruise line’s 175th anniversary celebrations.