Apr 09

Cruise Industry Continues to Battle Unfavorable Tides – WSJ.com

NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — There’s an old saying that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. While it may not be applicable across all industries in practice, from a perceptual standpoint a single brand’s negative publicity can often have repercussions for its industry competitors as well. Such has been the case with the cruise industry, which has been embattled over the past year by brand-specific crises which appear to have impacted perceptions across many industry mainstays. Following the Carnival Triumph’s struggle to shore in February 2013, perceptual measures suffered — not just for Carnival, but across seven leading cruise brands — and continued to dip through May. A recovery appeared to be underway more recently, with perceptions trending upwards in January 2014. However, norovirus reports aboard several cruise line ships in February 2014 seem to have effectively stolen the wind from the industry’s collective sails, with consumer perceptions of these top brands now dropping again.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll(R) of 2,059 U.S. adults surveyed online between February 10 and 14, 2014 (following norovirus incidents on Princess Cruise Lines’ Caribbean Princess, the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas and the Norwegian Star). Results are compared, where applicable, to Harris Poll EquiTrend(R) data collected from January 3 to 24, 2014. (Full results, including data tables, available here)

Perceptions flow with the tide

Looking at these seven industry mainstays in aggregate, Quality, Trust and Purchase Intent scores were all still down significantly before the recent norovirus incidents, when compared to the state of these brands prior to the Triumph debacle. With all three measures dropping further still in the wake of the reported outbreaks, this leaves the average perceived Quality score down by 11% vs. its pre Triumph level, with Trust down by 12% and Purchase Intent down by 13%.

As with the Triumph incident, the impact of this more recent series of issues has not been limited to the cruise brands involved firsthand with the incidents. All seven brands declined from before to after the norovirus incidents in at least one of the measures, and most were down from pre-Triumph levels to begin with.

“We’ve all heard the saying that a rising tide lifts all boats,” says Deana Percassi, Vice President and Public Relations Research Consultant with Nielsen, “but the inverse also holds true. In a field as crowded as the cruise industry, bad press for a small handful of brands — or even a single one — can have negative repercussions for major players across the board.”

Air travel perceptions remain above sea level

Americans continue to profess more favorable attitudes toward air travel than toward cruises, with roughly six in ten (59%) agreeing that air travel is much more reliable than taking cruises and a majority (54%) agreeing that air travel is much safer than taking cruises.

A majority of Americans (54%) also agree that they’re less likely to take a cruise now than they were a year ago, with this sentiment proving stronger among those who have never taken a cruise (58%) than among those who have (44%).

One-third of Americans (32%) agree that cruises are “worry-free,” with past cruise experience again playing a role in agreement with this perception: those who have taken a cruise (50%) are more than twice as likely to agree that cruises are “worry free” as those who have not (23%).

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via Cruise Industry Continues to Battle Unfavorable Tides – WSJ.com.

Apr 09

Cruise industry’s plan to win over the haters – By Catey Hill, MarketWatch

Bland food, screaming children, viruses that spread like wildfire. These are just some of the many reasons travelers swear they’ll never board a cruise ship. Cruise executives say they have a plan to change that.

About 21.7 million people are expected to take a cruise this year, up from 21.3 million last year, according to data from Cruise Lines International Association. What’s more, nearly nine in 10 cruise lines report that they’ve seen an increase in first-time cruisers. But while cruising is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, only about one in four Americans has ever taken a cruise. (Three in four Americans, meanwhile, have taken a beach vacation). And there are millions of people for whom the idea of taking a cruise has about as much appeal as organizing their sock drawer. “Some people feel they are too cool to cruise,” says Bob Lepisto, president of cruise line SeaDream Yacht Club.

The cruise industry is concerned about attracting — and changing the minds of — the 75% of Americans who fall in the never-cruised set. “It’s a serious issue…they want to milk a few more passengers,” says Jack Plunkett, the founder of Plunkett Research. These passengers represent millions of dollars that the cruise lines are leaving on the table. “The U.S. market is not the long-term growth vehicle it used to be,” Plunkett adds.

Here’s what cruise executives from Carnival,  Royal Caribbean  and more told us they’ve done recently to attract a new crowd.

1. Acts with names you’ll recognize.

Twenty five-year-old travel specialist Kelly Yella says that cruises don’t really appeal to her age group because the entertainment tends to be dated (it’s true: millennials don’t exactly dream of Broadway shows and oldies-playing cover bands, which is the perception many have of cruise entertainment); others think there isn’t much to do beyond sunning and swimming. Indeed, both Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Adam Goldstein and Carnival Cruise Line CMO Jim Berra told MarketWatch that one of the main reasons the never-cruised set think they don’t want to cruise is that they are worried there isn’t enough to do onboard.

But, says Goldstein, “that is a quaint notion.” Carnival will feature a record 49 concerts for travelers this year, with shows from Jennifer Hudson and Lady Antebellum, among others; Royal Caribbean brings Tony Award-winning musicals onboard like Chicago and Hairspray; and Norwegian is doing a The Grammy Experience cruise, which launched this year and features Latin Grammy Award winner Nestor Torres as a headliner. “These partnerships [with well-known acts] expose our brand to fans of the partners who may have not previously considered cruising, but will now because their ‘favorite brand or celebrity’ is affiliated with us,” says Marisa Scime, the director of social media and public relations for Norwegian Cruise Line NCLH +0.23%  . Plus, the number of themed cruises has jumped from about 400 to 700 in the past three years, says Howard Miles, the founder of theme cruise listing site ThemeCruiseFinder.com.

2. Celebrity chefs and more food options.

Many potential cruisers worry about lackluster buffets filled with warm, limp iceberg lettuce and sweaty American cheese. Indeed, Carnival’s Berra says that food is one of the main concerns that the never-cruised have about getting onboard for the first time — and that’s one of the reasons that Carnival has partnered with Guy Fieri to launch on-ship burger joints. Carnival isn’t alone: Norwegian now has a partnership with the Cake Boss and restaurants by Geoffrey Zakarian and Royal Caribbean with Jamie Oliver and Michael Schwartz.

And last week, Royal Caribbean introduced what it calls “dynamic dining” — in which it is ditching the traditional dining experience (two dinner seatings) and offering a series of 18 smaller restaurants to pick from on their new Quantum of the Seas ship. It’s a move, Goldstein says, that is geared toward inexperienced cruisers (traditional cruisers, he says, seem satisfied with traditional dining options). Higher end cruise lines like SeaDream Yacht club focus on fare like raw food or gluten-free offerings, as well as mostly locally sourced menus.

3. $32-a-night cruises and kids-sail-free promotions.

Roscoe Mathieu, a 27-year-old writer living in China, says that “the #1 reason” he doesn’t want to cruise is the expense. “Cruises, to me, are big white ships full of old rich people reassuring each other that although they are visiting some exotic clime or other, they do not have to interact with the countries or peoples they visit in any way,” he says; for the money, he feels he can do better elsewhere.

Both Goldstein and Berra say that one of the big barriers to getting first-time cruisers is price. “People think it is more expensive than it is,” Berra says. So the cruise lines in the past year have thrown out some compelling deals. Carolyn Brown, the editor-in-chief ofCruiseCritic.com , says that this year’s unprecedented breadth of kids-sail-free deals — offered by Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Carnival — were designed to attract new cruisers. Indeed, Carnival’s Berra confirms that Carnival’s deal was intended to bring the never-cruised on board by making it more affordable for them to cruise.

The deals weren’t just limited to kids-sail-free promotions. After the norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean earlier this year — these kinds of incidents tend to put off those who have never cruised more than old timers, surveys show — the cruise line offered up rates of $32 per person per night. And cruise prices overall hit near record lows last year amidst the bad press.

On the higher end of the cruise spectrum, it isn’t about price but about not nickeling and diming consumers. Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises says that they try to get new cruisers by focusing on how they don’t nickel and dime consumers on everything from shore excursions to cocktails. “We’ve strategically taken a more inclusive nature to cruising,” he says. “With Oceania Cruises, we include roundtrip air and complimentary amenities without compromise such as dining at all specialty restaurants, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and free shuttle services from the ship to city centers in most ports of call.”

4. Satisfaction guarantees.

Many people — especially those who had never cruised before — were put off from cruising by incidents like viral outbreaks, the poop cruise and the crash that happened in the past few years. Glenmore, Penn. resident Susan Murray, 61, says that she will “never take a cruise, due to the prevalence of norovirus.” And 25-year old travel specialist Kelly Yella says that “not only have I never been on a cruise, I’ve never booked a cruise for a client…I think cruises have become a joke for most travelers, especially after the Carnival Cruise mishaps.”

Indeed, in May 2013 following the Carnival Triumph incident, 43% of consumers who had previously taken a cruise said they were “less likely to take a cruise now than a year ago” but that number jumped to 58% of those who had never taken a cruise. Carnival responded by offering a satisfaction guarantee — which it is still offering — that gave unsatisfied consumers a 110% refund — a move made in hopes of attracting new cruisers. “It’s designed to reassure people who say ‘I’ve never tried this before, what if I don’t like it,’” says Berra.

5. Faster, cheaper Wi-Fi.

Connecting to the web on a cruise ship has long been a pricey hassle. “Fifteen or twenty years ago, a staple element [of cruise lines’ messaging] was that cruising was one of the great ways to disconnect,” says Goldstein. “That message is unthinkable today.” But now, many cruise lines are scrambling to offer cruisers access to WiFi — an offering that Goldstein says appeals to new cruisers who don’t want to be disconnected for the duration of a cruise. Royal Caribbean, for example, is testing a new, faster Wi-Fi network on its Oasis of the Seas ships and says it hopes that by the end of summer it will be operable on three of its ships.

Despite these moves, some of those who have never cruised say things like these won’t change their minds about cruising: just because there is a celebrity chef, music act and cheap prices doesn’t mean that the experience is up to their standards. Indeed, the hatred of cruises is so pervasive in some circles that there is even a cottage industry of cruise lines that are pitching themselves as an anti-cruise cruise line with things like smaller ships that house only a limited number of passengers (often 200 or fewer, compared with the thousand-plus on larger lines), more immersive shore excursions (you get off the boat for many hours and go to culturally significant or unique spots) and locally sourced foods or unique dining options. Un-Cruise Adventures (yes, the name is deliberate; the company changed it to that last year) is one of them, trying to appeal to travelers who aren’t interested in the traditional big ship experience, says Tim Jacox, the executive vice president of sales and marketing of Un-Cruise Adventures. The ships house a maximum of 88 guests and take people into remote areas — think inner river passages of Alaska — where larger ships can’t go. Another cruise line, SeaDream Yacht Club (notice the name doesn’t say cruise), says that its mission is to “deliver a cruise that’s like a yachting experience.” The ship is limited to 112 passengers, has a nearly 1 to 1 staff to traveler ratio, lets passengers stay in ports until late in the evening, and just began offering an entire raw food menu last year.

Still, many objections to cruises are misconceptions, says Stewart Chiron, founder ofCruiseGuy.com . For example, there are many inexpensive cruise options, especially for those who can take advantage of last-minute deals, and the incidence of norovirus — while horrendous and certainly worth worrying about — is still rare on ships, as are accidents and mishaps. Plus, cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean have made a number of recent moves to make their ships safer.

 http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cruise-industrys-plan-to-win-over-the-haters-2014-04-09

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Michael Schwartz – Genuine Food & Drink Onboard Quantum Class

Apr 09

Celebrity Cruises Reveals 2015-16 Modern Luxury Vacations In Bermuda, Canada And New England

APRIL 03, 2014

Celebrity Cruises has today unveiled its 2015 Bermuda, Canada and New England itineraries with an array of culture-rich destinations and extended stays to choose from while vacationing aboard Celebrity Summit. Captain’s Clubloyalty members have exclusive ‘Priority Access’ to book their upscale vacations beginning today – five days before the official on-sale date, Tuesday, April 8.

Bermuda

From May to September 2015, guests can sail for seven nights roundtrip from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to the luxurious island of Bermuda. New for 2015-16, vacationers can indulge in even more time on the island’s pink sand beaches with three full days and two nights in Kings Wharf. The longer stay in Bermuda also gives guests the opportunity to indulge in upscale shopping in Hamilton or enjoy historic landmarks such as the 17th-century colonial town of St. George.

Canada and New England

Following the ship’s extensive season in Bermuda, vacationers can sail to the northeast and enjoy the colorful change of seasons during fall foliage, including a new visit to Boston featuring a wealth of the nation’s most historical sites along the Freedom Trail – the Massachusetts State House, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution.

Celebrity Summit’s three 14-night Canada and New England itineraries also showcase seven marquee ports along the coast of North America, including destinations in Maine, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, along the St. Lawrence River as well as an overnight in the

highest-rated port of the region, Quebec City.

Apr 07

MSC CRUISES TO GIVE AWAY FREE FIAT 500c POP VEHICLE TO LUCKY MSC DIVINA PASSENGER

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (April 7, 2014) – MSC Cruises teams up with FIAT once again to bring Italian style to North American cruisers with the announcement of a first-ever joint  promotion where one lucky guest will win a brand new FIAT 500c POP, with a retail value of more than $21,000.  This chic and fun-to-drive small convertible, blends Italian design with precision engineering, creating one of the hottest cars on the market.

Guests are automatically entered when they book a seven-night Caribbean cruise on board MSC Divina during the promotional period of April 7 to May 18, 2014, and sail between August 2, 2014 and December 27, 2014.

One grand prize winner will be selected at random and announced as part of a holiday celebration in mid-December of this year.

“The FIAT partnership has been so much fun, especially when the fleet of FIAT 500 watercrafts escorted the MSC Divina to her new home at the port of Miami last fall,” said Richard E. Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA. “Now, MSC Cruises and FIAT are delighted to give our passengers the opportunity to continue to enjoy the ‘Mediterranean Way of Life’ after their cruise in a new FIAT 500c POP.”

One entry will be awarded for each new cruise booking made between April 7 and May 18, 2014, with a limit of two entries per household. Consumers must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States (D.C.) or Canada (except Quebec) to enter. For official rules and entry information, visitwww.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/FiatGiveaway.aspx.

Apr 07

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S CATS COMES TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIP

MIAMI, April 4, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship will be bringing the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of CATS to the high seas. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS was one of the longest running productions on Broadway and is the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy. The show has been seen in over 20 countries and translated into more than 10 languages. The fully licensed production of CATS will join Oasis of the Seas once it completes its drydock in fall 2014.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The Really Useful Group to bring one of the world’s most beloved musicals to Oasis of the Seas,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Adding CATS to our already amazing line up of Broadway musicals such as HairsprayChicago: The Musical,Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia! exemplify our commitment to bringing top quality entertainment to our guests at no extra cost.”

Oasis of the Seas features exclusive amenities and concepts throughout its seven themed neighborhoods, such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, the Aquatheater high-diving performance venue, and Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants. Oasis of the Seas also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H20 Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others. For an extensive collection of webisodes detailing the variety of experiences aboard Oasis of the Seas, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bw585wa

Launched in December 2009, Oasis of the Seas has been heralded as an architectural marvel at sea, spanning 16 decks, encompassing 225,282 gross registered tons, and with a double-occupancy capacity of 5,400 guests. Oasis of the Seas is first ship to tout the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, comprising Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.

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OYAL CARIBBEAN INTRODUCES DYNAMIC DINING ON QUANTUM CLASS

Mar 26

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL DEBUTS NEW ERA OF DINING AT SEA ON QUANTUM-CLASS

“Dynamic Dining” to Feature Five New Distinct Main Restaurant Concepts, Next-Level Specialty Dining, Partnerships with World-Renowned Chefs, and Smart Reservations Tool

NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International today revealed its next vision of dining at sea which will debut onboard the much anticipated Quantum-class ships. “Dynamic Dining” is a completely new culinary experience that gives guests on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. With a new take on the main dining room, guests can choose from five complimentary, full service restaurants, offering more choice and flexibility than ever before. Guests will also be in full control of their own epicurean journey via a smart, new reservations system that empowers them to decide when, where, with whom to dine, and how to dress each evening.

“Royal Caribbean has long offered flexible dining options, but Dynamic Dining provides a whole new level of flexibility, variety and quality. We believe our guests will especially appreciate the array of experiences, the selections of foods and extent of choices in our complimentary, full service restaurants. Our specialty dining options are a WOW, now with Dynamic Dining, we are raising the bar by also offering more choices of high quality, distinctive, complimentary restaurants than ever before – this truly changes everything for us,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “On the Quantum-class ships, guests will have the opportunity to set out on a spectacular culinary journey – with each night strikingly different from the last. This quantum leap builds upon our existing tradition of culinary excellence.”

A New Main Event Each Night

Dynamic Dining reinvents the traditional, common main dining room as five complimentary, full- service restaurants, each with its own distinctive cuisine and immersive ambience that will give guests a more intimate and varied dining experience every night of their cruise. New restaurants exclusive to Royal Caribbean, each helmed by its own Chef de Cuisine, include:

  • American Icon Grill, a take on the classic American road trip, pulling together best-loved regional favorites into one comfort-style menu
  • Chic, where the height of contemporary cuisine is realized and the freshest ingredients, such as proteins that pack a punch and sauces made from scratch, are evolved for a modern palate
  • Silk, a vibrant and exotic destination where the spices of the Far East bring new flavor to adventurous palates through a Pan-Asian menu
  • The Grande, a luxuriant nod to a bygone era of classic European ocean liners when dining was a time honored ritual, featuring timeless dishes, and where every night is formal night.
  • Coastal Kitchen, a concept created exclusively for suite guests, fusing Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands.

 

Next-Level Specialty Dining

Royal Caribbean’s specialty restaurants have always been known for their quality, presentation and service. Now, the Quantum-class ships will surprise savvy foodists with a new, multi-sensory venue, as well as concepts from award-winning chefs, including the first-at-sea outposts of Jamie’s Italian, the hugely popular restaurant from Britain’s most famous chef and campaigner, Jamie Oliver.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Royal Caribbean, a brand that continually pushes the limits of what’s possible, to debut my very first restaurants at sea onboard the new Quantum-class ships,” said Oliver. “Royal Caribbean shares my approach to food and dining, which is to serve simple, fresh ingredients in a warm, inviting ambience. I couldn’t be more excited to bring my love of Italian cooking to their guests with Jamie’s Italian. It’s going to be brilliant!”

Next-level signature dining options on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas include:

  • Wonderland, an elaborate feast for the senses in a setting where Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes to invent a dreamscape of never-before-seen fare
  • Jamie’s Italian, featuring rustic Italian favorites, handmade – using seasonal ingredients and Jamie’s tried-and-tested crowd pleasers
  • Michael’s Genuine Pub, the first American gastropub at sea and the next evolution of Royal Caribbean’s relationship with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, offering simply-prepared food and drinks made with quality ingredients from the best artisanal producers
  • Devinly Decadence at Solarium Bistro, Royal Caribbean’s fittest dining destination, serving the foods you love all under five-hundred calories, designed by Devin Alexander, media personality, New York Times bestselling author and chef of highly-rated television show, “The Biggest Loser”

Additionally, versions of Royal Caribbean favorites, such as Chops Grille steakhouse, Izumi Japanese Cuisine andChef’s Table, will all return on the Quantum class with a revamped look and even more WOWs than before.

Laid Back Options Round the Clock

As a testament to Royal Caribbean’s commitment to both quality and value, Quantum class promises an even broader choice of complimentary, come-as-you-are eateries, which include:

  • Windjammer Marketplace, a Royal Caribbean dining mainstay gets a new twist on Quantum class as a global culinary pavilion that invites guests to explore the world, dish by dish through enticing food islands, interactive stations, made-to-order specialties, an on-site bakery and a 24-hour station called The Grill
  • The Café @ Two70 ̊, a new gourmet marketplace serving savory hot-pressed sandwiches, salads made to order, handmade soups and more
  • SeaPlex Dog House, the first food truck at sea offering gourmet hot dogs for all to enjoy in SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea

     

These venues join returning casual-feel favorites including Sorrento’sCafé Promenade and Johnny Rockets (cover charge applies).

Smart Reservation System

Building on a legacy of more than 40 years of innovation and creative design, Royal Caribbean has implemented a number of cutting-edge technological advancements to complement this quantum leap in its culinary offerings. This includes a new reservation system that makes it even easier for guests to make their own choices on when and where they wish to dine. Recognizing guests’ desire to have everything at their fingertips, Royal Caribbean has also developed an all-new planning tool that provides guests full control and flexibility to shape their entire culinary journey prior to departure. The new planning and reservations tool will be available beginning May 15, 2014. For a complete guide to the culinary offerings, visit RoyalCaribbean.com/DynamicDining.

Mar 26

ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S QUANTUM-CLASS SHIPS HOME TO FIRST JAMIE OLIVER VENTURE AT SEA

Jamie’s Italian Restaurant to debut aboard Quantum of the Seas

NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International announced today that the inaugural of Quantum of the Seas in November 2014 will include the opening of renowned chef Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant at sea. The addition of Jamie’s Italian to the restaurant portfolio aboard the Royal Caribbean ship followed by sister ship – Anthem of the Seas in April 2015 – reflects the company’s plan to unveil a new vision of dining at sea. The Quantum-class ships will introduce expanded restaurant concepts to exceed the expectations of today’s food-conscious traveler. Modern, distinct eateries, such as Jamie’s Italian will be a focal point of the smaller, more diverse and more personalized dining options giving guests flexibility and control to shape their own culinary journey.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Royal Caribbean, a brand that continually pushes the limits of what’s possible, to debut my very first restaurants at sea onboard the new Quantum-class ships,” said Oliver. “Royal Caribbean shares my approach to food and dining, which is to serve simple, fresh ingredients in a warm, inviting ambience. I couldn’t be more excited to bring my love of Italian cooking to their guests with Jamie’s Italian. It’s going to be brilliant!”

Since its debut in May 2008, Jamie’s Italian has become one of the chef’s most successful restaurant concepts. It is known for high quality food and service at a very affordable price which has earned a loyal audience of repeat diners. The menu is based on tasty, simple Italian food, made from only the best fresh ingredients and the casual dining experience is welcoming to everyone. The restaurants aboard the Royal Caribbean ships will be no different.

Royal Caribbean’s Dynamic Dining on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will give guests choices as varied as the world’s most cosmopolitan cities as well as the freedom and flexibility to decide when, where and with whom they dine each evening. A new smart reservation system will empower them to create a dining itinerary to complement their vacation experience whether that is romance, adventure or family travel.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International, explains, “Jamie Oliver is known for pushing the boundaries within the world of food, and Royal Caribbean has a history of pioneering many firsts within the cruise industry. With Jamie’s Italiancreating unique, but approachable dining, with food that is at its freshest and ethically sourced, we are able to guarantee that guests will only be served the freshest Italian dishes possible while on vacation with Royal Caribbean. This is just one element of a reimagined dining concept to ensure the options we have on board reflect what today’s modern family expects from their vacation.”

 

Mar 26

Disney Cruise 2015 Itineraries

New Itineraries and Ports for 2015

Explore lands of beauty and timeless wonder in 2015 with Disney Cruise Line! Choose from itineraries in dazzling destinations—from the historic charm of Europe to the tropical splendor of the Bahamas and Caribbean to the rugged allure of Alaska.

2015 Itineraries

Choose from an array of dazzling destinations in 2015:

  • Norwegian Fjord sailings —a first for Disney Cruise Line—with stops in Norway’s fjord region, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. This is an exciting opportunity to experience the part of the world that inspired the Disney animated film Frozen
  • Northern Europe cruises, including Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland—as well as Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg
  • Mediterranean sailings that visit popular ports of call, like Naples
  • Alaskan cruises that take you deep into the native cultures and rugged grandeur of America’s Last Frontier
  • Eastern Caribbean destinations, featuring stops at tropical islands like St. Maarten, St Thomas, and Castaway Cay—Disney’s private island paradise
  • Western Caribbean cruises to sunny Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and Castaway Cay
  • Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral, Florida and Miami, Florida
  • A Panama Canal crossing—experience an engineering marvel as the locks open up to welcome the Disney Wonder
  • A transatlantic sailing that echoes the golden age of sea travel

Whether you’re seeking a fun-filled extended weekend or a leisurely week (or longer) at sea, Disney Cruise Line has an itinerary to suit your style in 2015.

Each destination has a unique story to tell. From port to port, you’ll enjoy diverse activities, entertainment and more—so you can look forward to thrilling new adventures wherever you go with Disney Cruise Line.ne.

via 2015 Cruise Itineraries | Disney Cruise Destinations | Disney Cruise Line.

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