Norwegian Star resumed service following a two-week drydock that added features including the fleet's first Five O'Clock Somewhere Bar, part of Norwegian Cruise Line's exclusive partnership with Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. In addition to bar, dining and entertainment enhancements, the ship got technical and fuel-efficiency upgrades.

Service, technology and celebrity chef culture were hot topics at Cruise Shipping Miami's Wednesday’s 'In the Galley & Behind the Bar—The Latest in Hotel Operations/Food and Beverage' session.

Classic French cuisine with a modern twist will be featured in Chartreuse, a new specialty restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer.

Holland America Line's 'Sip, Savor and Sail' cruises in the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska focus on local cuisine and beverages, and have specially developed shore excursions. On these five voyages, guest chefs and local vintners, mixologists and brewmasters will share their expertise and their creations during classes, demonstrations and tastings in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, while specialized menu options will be featured in the dining room and alternative restaurants.

Seven Seas Explorer will debut Regent Seven Seas Cruises' first culinary instruction center, the Culinary Arts Kitchen, and a new social venue, the Meridian Lounge.

ALMACO has been awarded the contract by Meyer Werft to provide provision stores onboard Royal Caribbean International’s newbuild Ovation of the Seas.

 

This summer Sunset Magazine, the lifestyle magazine of the American West, will hold its first wine cruise. The Mediterranean sailing is set for Aug. 5 to 12 aboard Oceania Cruises' Riviera.

Parents sailing with Disney Cruise Line have an easier way to identify healthier menu choices for their children. 'Mickey Check' meals are now offered in rotational dining restaurants aboard all four ships.

Royal Caribbean International's third Oasis-class ship will have three-story water slides twisting and turning over Central Park 10 decks below, Quantum-class features like robot bartenders and a revamped Dynamic Dining program, as well as super-fast Wi-Fi. Some staterooms will be larger, too.

Oceania Cruises will expand its curriculum with 20 new classes for the Culinary Center, including a special two-day culinary immersion program, a session focused on the life and legacy of chef Jacques Pépin and additions to the Gourmet Explorer Series which showcases cooking styles from a variety of international destinations.

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