Cruise News: Alcohol policies, SHARE by Curtis Stone and Norwegian Escape floats
Disney Cruise Line's new alcohol policy is ruffling a few feathers (and they’re not Donald Duck's), Chef Curtis Stone wants to SHARE dinner with you and Norwegian’s newest ship Escape(d).
Princess Cruises announced on Monday, TV personality and restaurateur, Curtis Stone will be the newest chef with a restaurant at sea. SHARE by Curtis Stone will debut on Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess this December, replacing the Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s. Hinted with the name, SHARE will be a family-style restaurant with dishes made for sharing in an environment that’s comfortable and homey.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Norwegian Escape floated out from MEYER WERFT’s building dock in Germany, where she has been under construction since September 2014. She is the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet measuring 1,098 feet in length (about three and a half football fields long) with an eye-catching marine life scene painted on her hull by the famed marine wildlife artists and conservationist Guy Harvey. Norwegian Escape will homeport in Miami and begin her sailing season to the Eastern Caribbean on November 14, 2015.
Watch as Norwegian Escape floats out
- Disney Cruise Line changed their alcohol policy and raised corkage fee. Beginning September 30, Disney cruisers will be allowed to bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 mil.) or six beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. If passengers wish to drink their wine or champagne in the dining room, they will be charged a corkage fee of $25 per bottle (up from the previous $20).
- Royal Caribbean International revealed its plans to deliver, Splashaway Bay, the first water park for kids and toddlers on Harmony of the Seas. This is the third announcement of plans for this multi-deck thrill ride – a first for the Royal Caribbean line. The 16-deck ship holding a record 5,497 passengers (at double occupancy) will also have The Abyss, the tallest waterslide at sea touting a 100-foot plunge and The Perfect Storm, a trio of waterslides promising to excite the thrill-seekers. Harmony of the Seas, a new generation of the Oasis-class ship, is set to launch in April 2016.
MSC Cruises will make its first sailing to China as part of its 2016 Grand Voyage cruise. MSC Lirica will make the company’s maiden call in China’s biggest megalopolis after a 60-day round-the-world Grand Voyage that departs on March 3, 2016 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before setting sail, MSC Lirica will be fully renovated and enlarged under MSC Cruises’ Renaissance Program, which entails a comprehensive overhaul of the ship due to be completed in November 2015.
Crystal Cruises will expand complimentary internet access to all of its luxury guests. Beginning August 30 on both, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, Crystal will provide one free hour per guest, per day for Deluxe Stateroom and Penthouse guests; 90 minutes for Penthouse Suite guests.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Earlier this year, Norwegian Cruse Line’s partnership with celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian quietly ended. Zakarian operated specialty restaurants Ocean Blue and The Raw Bar, on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway.
This is the official statement issued to us by Norwegian Cruise Line.
“After several successful years, Norwegian’s engagement with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian concluded earlier this year. Geoffrey has been a great partner and we are very appreciative of his work to create a luxury dining experience on our newest vessels. Ocean Blue restaurant on both Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway continues to offer the outstanding culinary experience that our guests have come to love, now with an expanded menu. As a brand, we are investing heavily to evolve our onboard dining experiences to keep our menu offerings on-trend, contemporary and delicious.”
RANDOM BUT COOL
- The world’s tallest sailing yacht, Windstar Wind Surf, will take part in the world’s largest sailing parade, SAIL Amsterdam, from August 19 - 23. There will be about 50 other tall ships but Wind Surf will be the tallest of them all. Watch the event live as the ships sail by from SAIL Amsterdam’s live webcam.