A highlight of many Fred. Olsen cruises, for many guests, is the chance to dress up and join in with the fun of a specially themed night; it creates a party atmosphere and menus and entertainment are all designed to tie in with the theme, the company said in a statement.
From July 2011, three exciting new Themed Nights will be introduced:- Nautical Nights, with a seafaring flavour – Rock ‘n' Roll Nights, and International Nights, celebrating the international nature of the cruises, and their crew and guests. In each case, guests will be encouraged to dress according to the theme, and the crew will also be suitably dressed. The ships will be decorated in the appropriate style, while the entertainment, quizzes and shows will all be themed. Special menus have been devised to reflect each theme, and the bars will serve appropriate drinks – such as 1950s style sodas and floats, on Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights.
The menus allow the chefs to be truly imaginative, and create dishes that are both delicious and fun. The ‘Anchors Away’ menu for Nautical Nights has a strong emphasis on fish and seafood, with dishes including ‘Pirate’s Platter’ of beetroot-marinated gravadlax and avocado; ‘Surf and Turf,’ a favourite combination of Rib Eye steak with giant prawns, and a starter of ‘Cornish Crab Bisque’. Vegetarians are never forgotten, and they can delight in ‘Porthole of Yorkshire Pudding’ featuring veggie sausages and onion gravy.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Night menu brings into play many of the top names from that great musical era. Dishes include a starter of ‘Chuck Berry Salad’ with cherry (‘Berry’) tomatoes, ‘Great Balls of Fire’ Jerry Lee Lewis, a tasty dish of spicy meatballs, and desserts like ‘Tutti Frutti’ Little Richard, featuring candied fruit in an orange and vanilla sauce.
The International Night menu combines dishes from all over the world. On one menu, you may find starters of California Rolls and Thai Crab cakes, along with main dishes such as German ‘Sauerbraten’, a delicious beef dish, cheek by jowl with good old British Bangers and Mash, while vegetarians can enjoy Mexican ‘Chimichangas’ – vegetable tortillas.