Carnival Cruise Line’s has announced that its new flagship, Mardi Gras will introduce a number of new food and drinks venues when it launches in 2020.
Two of the themed zones on board the 183,900 gross tonne ship, the Summer Landing and Lido will feature new dining venues and bars.
Cunard has introduced a new dining concept across its fleet of three ships. The new concept, ‘Steakhouse at the Verandah’ was trialed aboard the company’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 but has now been introduced on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
The ships’ teams of chefs have curated a menu which takes influence from both sides of the Atlantic, showcasing Prime USDA grain finished New York Strip steak, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab, as well as dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass fed dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. The new menu also features offerings from other destinations further away such as renowned Wagyu Beef from Australia also feature.
Princess Cruises has proudly announced a new partnership with celebrity mixologist, Rob Floyd, who has crafted some exciting new signature cocktails for passengers to enjoy on board the cruise line’s fleet of 17 ships.
The changes and updates are one of the most significant to the cruise lines beverage menus.
On 28 February 2018, Celebrity Cruises revealed further details about its new ship Celebrity Edge, during a live press conference in New York.
The event was focused around the culinary delights that the new ship has in store for passengers. A new rendering of the ship was also released, which shows the ship in a new livery.
Holland America Line is introducing a Chocolate Surprise parade on board its fleet of 15 cruise ships, on the last gala night of every cruise.
No longer will guests have to make their way to the buffet and wait in line for a late night tasty treat. The after-dinner Chocolate Surprise parade will offer guests bite-size treats in the main public areas on board the ships.
Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled a new campaign ‘stay longer, experience more’. The campaign will offer guests travelling on the cruise line’s two mid-sized ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest longer stays in port, more overnight stays and new and improved shore excursions.
Azamara Club Cruises has expanded its range of shore excursions from 500 to around 1,200. The cruise line’s signature ‘AzAmazing’ evenings will remain but new excursions have been added including ‘taste local’, ‘walk local’ and ‘eco local’.
AIDA Cruises is to offer its guests up to 26 different speciality coffees and teas from a new Starbucks outlet on board its flagship, AIDAprima.
Starbuck already has outlets on board other cruise ships but this is the first time that the America coffee chain has opened an outlet on a German cruise ship. The drinks will be served from the Pier 3 Market on board AIDAprima on Deck 3.
Cunard Line has introduced new more expensive prices for the speciality restaurants across its fleet of three ships, with the Verandah Restaurant seeing the biggest price increase.
On board the flagship, Queen Mary 2, the alternative evening dining option in the Kings Court buffet has been increased from $15.00 to $17.50 per person. The price for the alternative evening dining venues in the Lido Restaurant on both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth has already been increased to $17.50.
During a recent dry-docking in Amsterdam, Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Magellan underwent routine maintenance and a brand new venue was also installed on board.
The new Taverner’s Pub on Deck 9 has replaced the former Scott’s Nightclub. The traditional British style pub will no doubt be very popular with the ship’s passengers. Fosters, Spitfire and Double Stout will be on draft.