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Friday Cruise News: November 13th 2015

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This week’s cruise news was a circus of style, with cruise lines making changes to their dress codes, entertainment and venues.

Cunard Introduces the Stylish Carinthia Lounge on Queen Mary 2

Cunard have been talking a lot about their revamp of the QM2 recently, and this week they added on another item to the list of refurbishments. The Winter Garden will be taken over by a throwback venue called the Carinthia Lounge, named after Cunard’s previous ships of the same name. One was sold and scrapped, and one was sunk by a submarine back in 1940 so this will be a tribute to these.

It is being designed to resemble the decor and elegance of the ships long since passed, changing from a quaint little garden lounge during the day to the hottest spot in town at night. Richard Meadows, president of Cunard North America commented, "The Carinthia embodied the spirit of travel in the 1920s, which saw the rise in popularity in world voyages and winter cruises, and it is our honor to bestow this name onto our new lounge set to launch following refit".

Evening Chic Now Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Whilst Cunard are continuing to increase the grandeur, Celebrity are toning it down a little bit by changing the dress code from formal attire to what the cruise line calls “Evening Chic”. Less shirt and tie, more shirt and jeans in order to accommodate their more rapidly evolving passenger mix.

Brian Abel, vice president of hotel operations for Celebrity Cruises told Cruise Critic: "As we're watching our guests, we see this is how they're vacationing. They are becoming more casual but at the same time, still sophisticated, they still want great food and great service, but they want to experience it in a more relaxed, casual way."

Read more here.

MSC Cruises announce #collab with Cirque Du Soleil

MSC Cruises have announced that they will be bringing some outlandish style to the seas with their partnership with Cirque Du Soleil. The cruise line will have special theatres, designed in part by Cirque Du Soleil, on all of its Meraviglia-class ships, starting from 2017 when the MSC Meraviglia is expected to launch.

As well as having custom-built theatres, the ships will have their own exclusive shows. Guests will be able to enjoy a different dining experience with the Cirque performing in front of their very eyes whilst they enjoy the fantastic food that MSC cruises has to offer.

Read more about the partnership here.

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