Cruise News: A Digital Cookbook for Foodies

Sep 16, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado

Norwegian Escape partners with Chef Jose Mendin of Pubbelly Restaurant Group to publish a digital cookbook.

Food Republic by Jose Mendin is a digital collection of 30 of the chef's most innovative recipes—a nod to his traditional Puerto Rican cooking style, fused with international flavors to create easy and delicious dishes right from your kitchen. The best part? Many of these dishes are available at the Food Republic restaurant on board Escape—it's the restaurant's first at-sea experience, but they've skillfully mastered the art of cruise-friendly cuisine.

We visited the Food Republic restaurant onboard Norwegian Escape last week to sample some of the book's most popular dishes. Our favorite dish? The Duck and Pumpkin Dim Sum:


Food Republic is available for download for $1.99 via the Colors and Flavors app.

In other Norwegian Cruise Line News...

Norwegian Jewel improves its eco-friendliness with new gas scrubber technology.

The technology, aimed at reducing the ship's environmental footprint and air emissions, is estimated to reduce the use of Sulfur Oxide by about 1,500 tons in the coming years. The retrofitting is in line with Norwegian's Eco-Smart Cruising approach—a way to help reduce their ships' impact on the environment. Norwegian Jewel joins ships Norwegian Escape and Pride of America in the list of the cruise line's vessels currently outfitted with gas scrubber technology.


Small-ship cruise company Fantasy Cruises unveils sailing dates for 2017.

Dates span from May through September and feature 9- and 14-day cruises. Experiences include:

  • A cruise departing from Sitka with an itinerary for nature lovers: wildlife-watching excursions in the East Peril Strait, a visit to the small fishing town of Petersburg and whale watching opportunities along the ship's route to Juneau.
  • Visits to lesser known, yet equally wondrous parts of Alaska, such as Tracy Arm-Fords Wilderness area in Tongass National Forest (fun fact: it's only accessible during high tide).

Visit the Fantasy Cruises website for more information on their 2017 itineraries.

Juneau Adventure Flow announces their sailing excursions for 2017.

Choose from sailings like:

  • Glacier Bay Epic—8 days of exploring Glacier Bay Park both on and off the boat. This tour begins in April and allows guests the opportunity to engage in fishing, photography and even get up close and personal with icebergs on a paddle boat.
  • The 6-day Muir Alaskan Adventure, which inspires guests to walk the path of naturalist John Muir (a truly memorable experience—after all, you don't get a nickname like "John of the Mountains" without accomplishing some heavy-duty exploration…). Tour the Muir Inlet, take some amazing photographs and paddle around glaciers and fjord walls.

Sailing adventures include cooked meals on board and can range from $2,000-$4,300 a person (depending on room size and cruise length). Check out to learn more about these sailings.

Get your wine on with Juneau Food Tours this coming winter.

Juneau Food Tours in introducing 5 wine education classes featuring wine from regions like Argentina, Italy, California and France. Classes will deep-dive into wines featured in these regions (cheese and small bites included), and guests can take home a wine tasting booklet and guide at the end of the class. Visit to learn how you can take part in the action.

MSC Cruises' new private island debut is delayed until 2018.

Originally set to debut November 2017, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will now debut the following October. The delay is said to assure that the proper attention to detail and quality is implemented. MSC Divina and MSC Seaside were originally scheduled to call at the island during its original debut, but the ships will now be redirected to Nassau.


The cruising community is remembering the life of a Royal Caribbean crew member lost.

Ariel Leyson, a crew member on board Harmony of the Seas, recently lost his life during a recent training exercise in Marseille, France. Four other crew members, whose identities have not been publicly announced in order to respect the privacy of the families involved, were also injured during the incident. Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean, shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page while sharing the news of the loss of Ariel:

"He was a fine colleague and a dedicated professional, and his loss is keenly felt here in Miami, in his native Philippines, and across our fleet", Bayley wrote. And as a final parting note, he expressed, "I ask this one further contribution from each of you tonight: look out for each other, and care for each other, and let's all help each other through this sad and difficult time".

Donations and memorial services are being organized by the Royal Caribbean and Harmony of the Seas staff to ensure Ariel's family is well taken care of.

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