Cruise News: Iconic Adventures at Sea
Titanic II is expected to sail in 2018; Holland America wants you to make your own wine; and Americans are looking for meaningful travel.
IN CRUISE NEWS HEADLINES
Titanic II will set sail in 2018.
The mention of the Titanic in the cruising industry will earn you similar looks to those who mention Lord Voldemort in a Harry Potter film. You just don’t say it. So imagine our surprise when we learned the Blue Star Line is planning to build a replica of the Titanic. The ship will be like a walk back in time, with nearly everything as it was in the original (with updated safety features, of course). But the big question I have is, how many people are going to try to reenact their Jack and Rose “I’m Flying!” scene.
What unique experience would make your cruise the trip of a lifetime? Maybe it’s scuba diving in the Caribbean or performing in a Broadway musical. Well, Norwegian Cruise Line wants to know! If you’re sailing on Norwegian Getaway, Breakaway or Escape during the 2015-2016 season, you have a chance to be featured on a new weekly 30-minute television series titled Dream Quest with Evette Rios. “We’ve taken our guests’ vacations to the next level, making them stars in some of our most exciting onboard and in-port experiences while also making their dreams come true.” Says Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. Visit the Natural 9 Entertainment site to apply to be a participant in the show.
Make your own wine at sea.
When Holland America’s ms Koningsdam sets sail in April 2016, she will have a new venue on board that allows guests to become winemakers. Holland teamed up with Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State’s oldest and most acclaimed winery, to create BLEND. The first purpose-built wine- blending venue at sea will allow up to 10 guests at a time to create their own blend of wine, and enjoy it at dinner or in the privacy of their stateroom. The wine blending sessions will be held everyday and reservations are required.
Shackleton: 100 Years Later. Silversea is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 – 1917 Endurance Expedition, one of the greatest survival stories of all time, with a series of expedition voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016. Guests will have access to archival material and iconic photographs rescued from the sinking ship that dramatically capture the inspiring story. And Explorer and journalist Rebecca Stephens MBE, who was the first British woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits, will be on Silver Explorer’s first voyage in November 2015 as part of the onboard enrichment program. This is a great opportunity to relive one of history’s greatest adventures.
Oceania’s Sirena will feature a new specialty restaurant.
Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Sirena, will feature Tuscan Steak when it sets sail in April 2016. Tuscan Steak is a completely new concept that combines Oceania’s steak house, Polo Grill, and the line's Italian restaurant, Toscana. The menu will feature various steak and seafood options with hints of Tuscany in each dish, from pork chops with gaeta black olives to Maine lobster with a fra diavolo sauce. There will also be a wine cellar as you enter Tuscan Steak, with an extensive selection of vintage wines to pair with your meal.
Royal Caribbean announced first TV Channel at sea dedicated to Autism Program. Starting in October 2015, Royal Caribbean will offer complimentary on-demand access to exclusive content from The Autism Channel onboard most of its ships. “The Autism Channel is delighted that Royal Caribbean has chosen to make this valuable content available on many Royal Caribbean ships. For every one person on the autism spectrum there are six more persons directly impacted by that person. Complimentary access to The Autism Channel’s exclusive content will benefit many Royal Caribbean guests and bring more awareness to Autism,” said Jeffrey A. Kasky, president, The Autism Channel.
RANDOM BUT COOL
- In sad news, Frankie Ford, who sang “Sea Cruise” died this week at the age of 76. "He was a great guy. He had the best voice in rock and roll," said Mike Shepherd, a friend of Ford's and head of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, which inducted Ford in 2010.
- According to a new study released by Tourism Cares, Americans are looking for meaningful travel experiences. What kind of experience are you looking for when you cruise? Share with us in the comments below.