Friday, August 28, 2015

Costa Cruises' 'Captain for a Day' Program Enables Junior Cruisers to Experience Life at the Helm

Ah, to be a child again and have big dreams, like the dream of being Master of a huge cruise ship. Costa Cruises is making junior cruisers' dreams come true with a new "Captain for a Day" experience on Costa Diadema and Costa Fascinosa. Kids can see what life is like at the helm on a daylong adventure that begins with donning their captain's stripes and ends with dinner with the true master of the ship at his personal table in the main dining room. Most adults on board would kill for the dinner alone.

Youths participating in the program will receive a captain's uniform for the day to wear to their captain's training. They'll learn the ins and outs of the ship, nautical terms and how to navigate with their own map and compass. Instruction also includes getting familiar with signal flags, learning each flag's particular meaning and how to spell their name and leave secret messages with the flags. They'll also see how weather affects the behavior of the sea and have a chance to broadcast the day's weather forecast on the ship's in-cabin television network.

"Kids get excited when they see the captain and officers walking around our ships and many say they may want to be a cruise ship captain when they grow up," said Scott Knutson, vice president, sales and marketing, for Costa Cruises North America. "With the Captain for a Day program they'll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the role the master fulfills onboard, learn a few tricks of the trade and enjoy an experience unlike anything else they've ever done while at sea."

The Captain for a Day program, which can be booked onboard, offers three levels:
• The Aspirante Comandante (Captain Trainee) package includes a uniform to wear for the day, the full captain's training and dinner at the captain's table in the main dining room with other participants. After dinner, the junior captains graduate and receive a diploma with two 8-by-11 photos to remember their experience. The Captain Trainee package costs 49.99 euros and 29.99 euros for each additional child from the same family.
• The Comandante (Captain) package includes all of the perks of Aspirante Comandante, as well as a captain's hat autographed by the ship's master for the trainee to keep. Comandantes additionally receive two 11-by-17 photos. The Comandante package is 79.99 euros for the first participant and 49.99 euros for each additional child from the same family.
• With the Comandante Superiore (Senior Captain) package, trainees get to keep their uniform, including an autographed captain's hat, in addition to all of the Aspirante Comandante and Comandante perks. The Senior Captain package costs 124.99 euros and 59.99 euros for each additional child from the same family.
The Captain for a Day program complements Costa's Princess for a Day program that launched in November 2014. With Princess for a Day, junior cruisers have their hair, nails and make-up done; get to wear a princess costume with a dress, crown and wand; attend a Princess Tea Party and participate in a Princess Parade around the ship.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Silversea Shares Overland Adventure Options For World Cruise 2016

World Cruise. Those two words set dedicated travelers' hearts aflutter. In addition to a lot of sea time and a variety of interesting ports of call, one of the opportunities afforded by a World Cruise is the chance to take a side trip on land, which often includes departing the ship in one port and rejoining it in another.

To complement its World Cruise 2016, Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has created a diverse array of those enriching overland adventures. Twenty carefully orchestrated optional land programs will escort guests inland to witness spectacular natural wonders, from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the magical scenery of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay; spot exotic wildlife, such as tigers and orangutans, in their natural habitats; discover the ancient cultures and inspirational landmarks of India, Arabia, and Israel; and fly to isolated regions to explore such legendary kingdoms as Bhutan and Kandy.

Departing in January, and sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, Silversea's World Cruise 2016 will be hosted aboard the elegant, all-suite Silver Whisper, enabling guests to voyage 115 days in unsurpassed luxury across six continents as they visit 51 ports in 31 countries.

"Our destination experts have specially crafted an inventive selection of overland explorations to enhance our guests' world cruise experience," said Darius Mehta, Silversea's vice president of air and land programs. "These unique programs blend together the luxury and comfort of fine lodgings with the authenticity of hands-on exciting adventures to reveal the amazing cultures, wildlife, and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call."

The following is a small sampling of the overland adventures:
Cloud Forest at Mashpi Lodge (4 Days/3 Nights—Depart: Manta/Rejoin Ship: Callao)
Mashpi is a nature sanctuary perched at 3,116 feet (900 meters) above sea level on the western slope of the Andes Mountains, in one of the world's most celebrated bioregions. It will delight the most avid nature lover with picturesque waterfalls, verdant hills, and a staggering 500 species of birds. Guests might spot monkeys and even pumas, which make their home in the reserve.
Great Barrier Reef Retreat (1 1/2 Days / 1 Night—Depart/Rejoin Ship: Cairns)
One of the most idyllic places in the southern hemisphere, the luxurious Green Island Resort is located on an ancient coral cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Its rainforest is home to over 120 species of native plants, colorful bird and marine life, and coral gardens. Guests may snorkel, take a stroll in the rainforest, gaze under the sea by glass-bottom boat, or simply relax.
Angkor Wat! (2 1/2 Days / 2 Nights—Depart: Ho Chi Minh City/Rejoin Ship: Bangkok)
Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire, a colossal city renowned for its superb architecture and sculptures, vast lakes and temples. Hidden in the jungles of Cambodia until the late 19th century, it's one of the world's greatest wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Legendary Mandalay (1 1/2 Days / 1 Night—Depart/Rejoin Ship: Yangon )
Situated on the Irrawaddy River is Myanmar's former capital, the legendary city of Mandalay. Now the country's second largest city, Mandalay is a rich cultural center famous for its monasteries, pagodas, temples, and the remains of its royal palace. The panoramic view from Mandalay Hill at sunset is an unforgettable experience.
Kandy by Chartered Seaplane (8 Hours—Depart/Rejoin Ship: Colombo )
Nestled in a valley surrounded by hills and dense jungle, Kandy is the cultural heartland of Sri Lanka. Guests journey by private air taxi into the center of the Kandy plateau to explore one of the world's most important Buddhist sites, the Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth, where the Buddha's sacred tooth relic is enshrined.
In Search of Tigers (5 Days / 4 Nights—Depart: Mumbai/Rejoin Ship: Dubai)
Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, India, is a wildlife sanctuary renowned for its royal Bengal tigers. Morning and afternoon game drives offer guests the chance to witness these remarkable animals in their natural habitat, along with jackals, leopards, gazelles, and numerous species of birds.
Starting at $999 per person, the optional overland programs feature deluxe accommodations (if overnight stays are required), all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing, and some meals. For additional information on World Cruise 2016 and its land adventures, visit Silversea.com/destinations/world-cruise/cruise-2016.

Image Courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Broadway Theatre Cruises Launches “Sailing with the Stars”

You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the best of Broadway and now the newest theme cruise organizer, Broadway Theatre Cruises, which specializes in creating entertainment experiences that feature Broadway stars, is bringing the stars to you on its inaugural “Sailing with the Stars” cruise. The 7-night Caribbean cruise departs Nov 5, 2016 on board Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection.

Sailing with the Stars will provide guests, who enjoy live theatre, cabaret, music, and cruising, and have booked the new package, with exclusive access to seasoned Broadway stars at intimate shows and events. The inaugural cruise is slated to feature well-known Broadway performers Lee Roy Reams, Robert Cuccioli, and Eden Espinosa, who have starred in 42nd Street, The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Misérables, Spiderman, Wicked, and Rent, among others.

Broadway Theatre Cruises will also give back to charities and non-profit organizations that book the Sailing with the Stars package. As community involvement and support are rooted in the group’s company mission, a $200-per-person donation will be made for each booking that comes through individual non-profits. For example, if an organization makes 50 reservations, it will receive a $10,000 donation from Broadway Theatre Cruises. Organizations already collaborating with the Broadway-themed cruise group include Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Slow Burn Theatre Company, GableStage, and more.

The Broadway-inspired cruise’s exclusive events include private cabaret shows/concerts, opening- and closing-night cocktail parties, invitations to attend dinners, live interviews, and a Q & A session with the featured stars—called Celebrity Studio; a singing competition named Celebrity Idol; and a nightly piano bar performance.

On board Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Cruises’ newest premium ship, guests can enjoy globally inspired dining in 12 distinct restaurants, led by a Michelin-starred chef; a half-acre of real, growing grass on the top deck; and thrilling entertainment—all complemented by über-personal service; unique treatments in the ship’s Canyon Ranch Spa Club; activities created in partnership with Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning show, Top Chef; cultural experiences at each destination; and more.

For more information, and how to book, visit The Broadway Theatre Cruises website at BroadwayTheatreCruises.com.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brewing Beer on Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, won’t experience the problem we faced in the first-ever RedFrog Pub during the maiden voyage of Carnival Magic. The popularity of Carnival’s own signature private-label brew, ThirstyFrog Red, proved too much for the supply on board, which ran dry on the first night of the cruise! It took a few days to replenish the stock, but that won’t happen on Carnival Vista because she will feature her own brewery.

While construction of Carnival Vista continues at the shipyard in Italy, host Peter Gonzalez is scoping out plans for the brand-new onboard brewery deep in the heart of Miami. The RedFrog Pub and Brewery’s got an amazing (and tasty!) experience in store for guests, and if you want to see how the brewery came to be, check out this video for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Crystal Cruises Expands Free WiFi For All Guests

While Crystal Cruises' free Wi-Fi perk was previously available only to members of Crystal Society—their repeat guest loyalty program—the luxury line is soon expanding complimentary Internet access to all of its guests.

Set to begin August 30th on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, Crystal will provide one free hour per guest, per day for Deluxe Stateroom and Penthouse guests and 90 minutes for Penthouse Suite guests. With additional free access to Crystal's 24-hour satellite-enabled wireless Internet, which will also be available aboard Crystal Yacht Cruises' Crystal Esprit when the maiden voyage embarks on Dec 23, 2015, travelers can remain connected while on vacation, whether on their own devices or when utilizing one of the ships' work stations or portable laptop rentals, which are available for a nominal fee.

"While some travelers like to 'unplug' on vacation, many of our guests wish to stay connected while traveling, whether for business purposes, to stay in touch with loved ones, or to share their Crystal experiences along their journeys," says President & CEO Edie Rodriguez, "It is always our goal to make life aboard our ships as effortless and comfortable as possible for our guests, and amenities like free Internet go a long way to help those efforts."

For guests seeking more time online, Crystal offers four convenient packages to suit their needs:
-- Plan A: "Pay As You Go" for $0.74 per minute
-- Plan B: 2 hours (120 minutes) for $55 ($0.46 per minute)
-- Plan C: 5 hours (300 minutes) for $127 ($0.43 per minute)
-- Plan D: 10 hours (600 minutes) for $220 ($0.37 per minute)
Last year, Crystal installed improvements to the onboard experience, including:
-- Maximizing satellite bandwidth with the latest technology, allowing for more users and more content to stream simultaneously.
-- Expansion of Wi-Fi signal range throughout the ships, making wireless connection available everywhere on board, including all staterooms, public spaces, and outdoor decks.
-- The ability to access the Internet in areas that were previously unavailable, such as Japan.
Crystal has long been noted for its onboard technological offerings, including the Computer University@Sea facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art Mac/Windows dual-compatible computers and expert staff on hand for instruction and assistance. Specially designed classes offer curriculum tailored toward novice and expert users, with topics ranging from basic operating systems and use of smart phones and other devices, to digital photo and video editing and website design.

Image Courtesy Crystal Cruises

Friday, August 21, 2015

Go Yachting With SeaDream This Holiday Season

“It’s yachting, not cruising”
It’s never too early to begin planning for the winter holidays and rather than spending this year’s season at home, SeaDream Yacht Club is encouraging guests to let their highly-trained chefs prepare seasonal fare while sailing the Caribbean’s most secluded destinations. While SeaDream’s 112-guest twin mega-yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II are visiting exclusive ports larger ships cannot access, SeaDream’s chefs will source ingredients from each destinations local purveyors whenever possible to create menus that change daily. A holiday sailing is the ideal time for friends and families to experience the award-winning dining and service offered onboard.

“Our commitment to culinary excellence is well-known among the most discerning travelers for artfully prepared gourmet cuisine and outstanding beverage service,” shares President Bob Lepisto. “This holiday season is no exception and Executive Chef Ondrej Havlicek has crafted a menu sure to satisfy our epicurean-minded guests.”

Highlights from Thanksgiving dinner include slowly roasted tom turkey on bread stuffing served with green peas and silver onions in a cream sauce, asparagus, sweet mashed potatoes and gravy. For Christmas dinner, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy whole roast prime ribeye of beef with Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables served with Burgundy gravy. Guests also have the option to choose from the always-available specialty menus including the Raw Food and Japanese Menus.

SeaDream Yacht Club’s 2015 holiday sailing highlights:
• Philipsburg, St. Martin to Bridgetown, Barbados sails Nov 20–28, 2015. Ports include Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Gustavia, St. Barts; Falmouth Bay, Antigua; Grande De Anse, Martinique; Rodney Bay and Soufriere Bay, Saint Lucia; Port Elizabeth, Bequia, Tobago Cays, Union Island and Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Bridgetown, Barbados.
• Bridgetown, Barbados Roundtrip sails Dec 19–27, 2015. Ports include Bridgetown, Barbados; Grande De Anse, Martinique; Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia; St. George’s, Grenada; and Port Elizabeth, Bequia, Canouan Island, Tobago Cays, Chatham Bay, Union Island and Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
• St. Thomas Roundtrip sails Dec 19–26, 2015. Ports include Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; South Friars Bay, St. Kitts; Gustavia, St. Barts; Sandy Ground, Anguilla; Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, Soper’s Hole, Tortola, Great Harbour, Peter Island; and White Bay, Jost van Dyke, B.V.I.
SeaDream Yacht Club is the epitome of casual elegance, earning the highest accolades within the industry. With the highest staff-to-guest ratio of any line, those who travel with SeaDream receive a sophisticated level of anticipatory service within an intimate setting. The SeaDream Spa currently commands the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea and offers over forty different therapies and treatments. During the signature Champagne and Caviar Splash™ offered on Caribbean voyages, guests wade into the surf to indulge in premium caviar and bubbles served on a surfboard covered in white linens. Named the Best Small Luxury Cruise Ship of 2015 by Forbes, SeaDream Yacht Club emphasizes relaxed luxury and rejuvenation, an ideal alternative for the typically stressful holiday season.

Photo: Courtesy of SeaDream Yacht Club

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Harmony Of The Seas To Debut New Aquatic Adventures

Splashaway Bay
Royal Caribbean International will amp up the adventure when the cruise line debuts Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship and the first to feature Splashaway Bay an interactive aqua park for kids. The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea touting a 100 foot dramatic plunge, The Perfect Storm trio of water slides, and Splashaway Bay are the latest in a thrilling collection of activities that will make Harmony of the Seas the ultimate family vacation experience.

Harmony of the Seas will be the first in a new generation of Oasis class ships where architectural innovations are combined with the technologies of the Quantum class. The ship will debut in May 2016 for her inaugural summer season in Europe with 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries calling on Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. In November 2016, Harmony will arrive to her homeport of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida offering 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.

Illustrated above, Splashaway Bay will be a vibrant waterscape for kids and toddlers with sea creature water cannons, winding slides, a gigantic drench bucket and a multi-platform jungle-gym to keep everyone entertained for hours. Guests of all ages will get the ultimate heart-pounding thrill ride on the Ultimate Abyss, a 10 story slide that begins in the Pool and Sports Zone at the aft of the ship down to the Boardwalk neighborhood below. Spiraling five decks above the lushly landscaped, open-air Central Park in the center of the ship, water slides Supercell, Typhoon and Cyclone come together as The Perfect Storm, inviting travelers to slide into an incredible adventure. Thrill seekers can test their mettle in Supercell, featuring a champagne bowl swirling guests around as they descend into their approach towards a big splash finale.

Harmony of the Seas will be home to the seven distinct neighborhoods for which Oasis class of ships is known and feature technological advancements now synonymous with the cruise line. Features include the Bionic Bar dancing robot bartenders on the Royal Promenade; Virtual Balconies in many interior staterooms offering sea and port views; the Royal WOWBands with RFID technology to simplify the guest experience; and VOOM, the fastest internet at sea found exclusively on Royal Caribbean ships. Catering to every craving, Harmony will offer the most dining options at sea, including new specialty restaurants Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, SaborTaqueria and Tequila Bar, and Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, a whimsical setting where Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes.

Harmony of the Seas will span 16 guest decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,497 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,747 staterooms. The Oasis class is an architectural marvel touting Royal Caribbean's exclusive seven neighborhood concept, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place, and Youth Zone.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Princess Cruises Introduces Specialty Restaurant SHARE by Curtis Stone

SHARE by Curtis Stone
Princess Cruises has unveiled SHARE by Curtis Stone, an exclusive specialty dining experience for guests with a menu of signature dishes imagined for sharing, in an environment designed for conversing and creating memories. SHARE is scheduled to debut aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess this December.

As previously announced, this exclusive partnership with Chef Stone adds to the line’s “come back new” brand promise, designed to elevate the onboard experience by introducing new culinary offerings dedicated to fresh, flavorful cuisine aboard all ships. As part of the partnership, “Crafted by Curtis” menu items offered in the main dining rooms will debut aboard Golden Princess in the fall and roll out fleet-wide through the end of 2015. In addition, Curtis Stone’s Chef’s Table dining experience will debut in early 2016.

The SHARE dining experience encourages connecting with family, friends and other cruisers by offering intriguing dishes served family style. Designed by Chef Stone, the menu features dishes such as a Charcuterie starter course; Butter Roasted Lobster with Caramelized Endive and Endive Foam; Twice Cooked Duck Leg with Fennel, Bacon jus and Parmesan Crumb; Tagliatelle with Roasted Alaskan Crab, Chili and Parsley; and Dark Chocolate Cremeux with Toasted Hazelnut Feuilletine and Burnt Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Working closely with Chef Stone and Princess Cruises, world-renowned hospitality designer Jeffrey Beers International has developed a dining ambiance that is a reflection of Chef Stone’s creative vision and stems from his own childhood mealtime experiences, which were as much about family, community and connection as they were about the food itself. By creating a restaurant with a comfortable, homey atmosphere, the design allows for the important things in life to take center stage—people, and the activity of creating shared moments with one another over a delicious meal.

Illustrated above, a signature feature of SHARE is a communal table designed to encourage the sharing of a freshly prepared meal in the company of friends and family. Hand blown glass pendants etched with some of Chef Stone’s favorite recipes cast an intimate glow and create a warm and celebratory experience. Elements not often seen in cruise ship restaurant interiors add to the friendly atmosphere—low-backed banquettes, beautifully upholstered in luxe Chesterfield tufted leather and decorative curios from Chef Stone’s own collection including photographs and travel souvenirs make guests feel even more at home.

“We’re honored that Princess Cruises is the home of Curtis Stone’s first restaurant at sea,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises President. “We know our guests will enjoy the menu Chef Stone has created for SHARE and we’re sure they will also feel right at home dining in his new restaurant, just like we hope they always feel on a Princess cruise vacation. SHARE is an exciting new enhancement adding to our guest experience intended to fulfill our ‘come back new’ brand promise.”

“It’s only natural that my first restaurant at sea is named SHARE, as sharing food family-style with family and good friends is the most enjoyable way to eat,” said Chef Stone. “I love the process of passing plates amongst each other and creating meaningful connections through the food and conversation. I’ve worked feverishly to create elegant, tasty dishes that I’m really proud to serve in a beautiful and relaxed environment, and I’m excited that SHARE is set to become a special part of people’s holiday memories and experience at sea.”

Following the debut of SHARE aboard Ruby Princess sailing from Los Angeles on cruises to Hawaii and Mexico and Emerald Princess sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean this December, the rollout will continue aboard Coral Princess cruising the Panama Canal in January 2016 and then Sun Princess in April 2016, which will bring Chef Stone’s restaurant to his home country, Australia.

Image Courtesy Princess Cruises

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Norwegian’s Newest Ship “Escapes” the Building Dock

Norwegian Escape, soon to be the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, was floated out of MEYER WERFT’s covered building dock II on Saturday, Aug 15 in Papenburg, Germany, where the 164,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2014. Beginning at approximately 9:15 AM local time, the 4,200 passenger vessel, with her signature hull artwork designed by famed marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, departed building dock II. Norwegian Escape is the first ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus Class, measuring 1,098 feet in length and 136 feet wide. Norwegian Escape’s float out represents a major milestone in the vessel’s construction, with the ship being well on her way to completion she will now move into the final phase of construction with delivery taking place on Oct 22, 2015.

“MEYER WERFT has done an excellent job with the construction of Norwegian Escape,” Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Stuart said. “The ship’s float out brings us one step closer to bringing the next evolution of Freestyle Cruising to the world and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Following the ship’s float out, the next milestones will be mounting the ship’s signature Norwegian Cruise Line funnel and taking thrills to new heights by adding a third story to Norwegian Escape’s ropes course—due to be the largest at sea. Norwegian Escape's conveyance down the river Ems towards the North Sea is scheduled for September 16 (weather permitting).

From the ship’s eye-catching hull artwork to thrilling waterslides and ropes course, Norwegian Escape, as the first ship in the Breakaway Plus Class, represents a true evolution for the Norwegian brand, incorporating guest favorites and providing further freedom and flexibility for guests.

Following inaugural events in Europe and Miami, Norwegian Escape will sail 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from Miami beginning on Nov 14, 2015. The 164,600 gross ton ship will be the largest ever to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Escape’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey.

Norwegian Escape’s dining and entertainment will include outposts of several popular land-based outlets, including the first-ever floating Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, a music venue and outdoor bar on The Waterfront that will feature live nightly performances. James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces will have two concepts onboard, a Latin seafood specialty restaurant and Pincho Tapas Bar, while Miami-based The Pubbelly Restaurant Group will develop the menu for the Food Republic, an upscale food emporium. The District Brew House, a hip, urban craft beer hall featuring an exclusive partnership with Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing Company, will serve up more than 24 draft beers while The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, features an array of immersive wine experiences, focusing on tasting, education, and the enjoyment of wine. Norwegian Escape will also feature Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road.

Continuing with Norwegian’s commitment to excellence in entertainment, Norwegian Escape will feature two Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals headlining in the Escape Theater: After Midnight, the smash-hit musical that combines the big-band songs of Duke Ellington and the best dancing from Broadway; and Million Dollar Quartet, the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. In a new concept exclusive to Norwegian Escape, the Supper Club has been re-imagined for an unforgettable dinner and show. For The Record: The Brat Pack™ is a critically acclaimed Hollywood night that celebrates classic soundtracks of motion picture masters in a one-of-a kind 360° post-modern cabaret.

The ship will feature the largest ropes course at sea, a three-story multiplex of heart-pounding challenges complete with two planks and five Sky Rails, zip tracks that allow guests to soar through the air. Norwegian Escape’s Aqua Park will be the largest at sea and includes a new Aqua Racer slide. Adding to the family fun, Norwegian Escape will also feature an expanded Kids’ Aqua Park, along with the line’s first dedicated nursery for young cruisers two and under.

Accommodations include the company’s largest signature luxury ship–within-a-ship complex: The Haven by Norwegian; along with Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more.

Image Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

Monday, August 17, 2015

Boldly Going ... Where No Other Cruise Has Ventured

Over the years some of our favorite cruises have been full ship charters hosted by our friends at Entertainment Cruise Productions. When it comes to entertainment, the folks at ECP go out of their way to do everything right every time. In fact, for more than 15 years, Entertainment Cruise Productions has produced the world's most amazing music full-ship charters. The Jazz Cruise (15 years) and The Smooth Jazz Cruise (13 years) are among the most heralded cruise programs ever presented and continue today to sell out year after year. During that time, they have also produced cruises featuring rock ’n’ roll, Elvis Presley, R&B, country music, and soul. In the past year, they have launched The 80s Cruise and The Gospel Music Cruise, so their musical reach has been boundless.

Recently, CBS asked Entertainment Cruise Productions to consider producing an iconic experience cruise celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek.” As they do for all their programs, they dove into the deep end of the pool and assembled an amazing list of past and current “Star Trek” personalities, including William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, John de Lancie, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, James Darren and more. We are now producing the first-ever licensed “Star Trek” cruise! If you want to be beamed aboard, check the cruise out at startrekthecruise.com. Going where no cruise has gone before, you’ll sail from Miami aboard Norwegian Pearl from Miami in January 2017.

Image Courtesy Entertainment Cruise Productions