Carnival Cruise Line will be phasing out its EA Sports-branded bars over time. They're currently on half a dozen ships, including Carnival Liberty, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Glory, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Sunshine.
After successfully debuting wine voyages in 2014, SeaDream Yacht Club added eight dates in 2015 that showcase Mediterranean ports. Each dedicated five- to nine-day wine sailing features tastings from wineries in the regions visited, a Wine Master Class Tasting led by an internationally recognized expert and one tasting held by a top winemaker.
Following what Crystal Cruises called a 'tremendous response' to its first microbrew and craft beer focus in 2014, the line will reprise the theme in 2016 on a round-trip New Orleans voyage. The 14-day November cruise aboard Crystal Serenity will feature special presentations from brewing experts and cicerones, plus tasting and pairing sessions.
The first floating Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar will be aboard Norwegian Escape. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. ceo Kevin Sheehan announced the news at a company-wide event Thursday night where Jimmy Buffett himself performed.
Food lovers have the opportunity to sail with celebrity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian on two Norwegian Cruise Line voyages that will feature special tasting events for an extra charge.
Carnival Pride kicked off a winter schedule of weekly Caribbean cruises from the Port of Tampa Sunday following a $75m drydock that added Fun Ship 2.0 dining and entertainment features and began the installation of exhaust gas scrubbers. The scrubber implementation will continue while the ship is in service.
Celebrity Cruises acquired two of the world's rarest mushrooms at the World White Truffle Auction in Grinzane Cavour, Italy, Sunday night. Celebrity executive chef John Suley traveled to the Piedmont region to place the winning €15,000 bid on the white truffles known as 'the diamond of the kitchen.'
Oceania Cruises is introducing a 'by the bottle' wine package, a new food and wine pairing menu for La Reserve by Wine Spectator and a visiting chef program for Insignia’s world cruise.
P&O Cruises’ Britannia, launching next March, features two fine dining venues - Sindhu and Epicurean - where creativity, quality, flavour and variety, combined with a touch of theatre, will be on the menu.