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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines introduce three new theme nights, adapts menus

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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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.

Radiance of the Seas radiates after $70 million, 21-day revitalisation

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After a 21-day dry-dock, Royal Caribbean International's Radiance of the Seas reemerged from one of the most extensive revitalisations of the cruise line's approximately $70 million Royal Advantage enhancements programme for 2011, the company said in a statement. 


The new variety of dining concepts, entertainment options, children's programming and technology advancements originally introduced to industry-wide acclaim aboard Royal Caribbean's new Oasis-class ships, debuts onboard Radiance of the Seas. The enhancements to Radiance of the Seas delivers on the global cruise line's Royal Advantage, a commitment to provide guests with the industry's most innovative cruise ships, exciting destinations and superior Gold Anchor service for an extraordinary cruise vacation.  This summer Radiance of the Seas sails alternating, seven-night Southbound and Northbound Alaska itineraries before repositioning for its first winter 2011 season to Australia and New Zealand.


"Radiance of the Seas' drydock is part of Royal Caribbean's multi-ship enhancement and revitalization strategy to deliver the Royal Advantage to our guests," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "The Royal Advantage comprises some of the industry's most innovative onboard amenities, programs and Gold Anchor Service that make up the most contemporary cruise vacation. By introducing almost all of the same specialty restaurants that can currently be found onboard Allure of the Seas as well some of the Oasis-class ships' most popular concepts to Radiance of the Seas, guests can enjoy a variety of brand new onboard experiences."


Guests eager to relish in Royal Caribbean's signature innovations while experiencing more exotic destinations, will find that balance onboard Radiance of the Seas.  The all-encompassing revitalization introduces a range of amenities and experiences from the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery designed for children, 6 - 36 months old, to 12 newly added accommodations - one family, five interior and six exterior staterooms - and technology enhancements that include Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship and flat-panel interactive televisions in all staterooms.


The ship also features a new Concierge Lounge for suite guests, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members, the Quill and Compass Pub and an outdoor LED video wall overlooking the main pool area where families, friends and couples can enjoy movies under the stars and entertainment programs during the day.


Dining options onboard Radiance of the Seas have nearly doubled with the addition of seven of the most highly acclaimed dining concepts in the fleet, including Samba Grill a Brazilian steakhouse, the Asian Izumi restaurant, the Mexican-themed Rita's Cantina and the Italian family-style restaurant Giovanni's Table, as well as the Boardwalk Dog House hotdog stand, Park Café deli-style restaurant and the exclusive Chef's Table dining experience.  

MSC Cruises reinstates calls at La Goulette from July

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MSC Cruises, the Italian cruise shipping company, says  that its cruises will be calling at the Tunis port of La Goulette on a regular basis again starting from July. The country is back to normal, security is now stable and we are glad to offer our guests one of their favourite destinations again for this summer’s 7-night cruises in the Mediterranean. Tourism represents one of the biggest resources for this country’s economic revival and we are proud to be making our contribution” commented MSC Cruises' CEO Pierfrancesco Vago.