As well as an enhanced customer experience and new service concepts, you can expect an array of exciting transformations and bold new designs across the ship.
All 172 Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites are being refitted along with the addition of 30 brand new Britannia Club Balcony staterooms and 15 brand new Single Oceanview rooms. All existing Britannia staterooms across all categories will also be refurbished throughout 2016. Tea and coffee making facilities will be added to all staterooms and suites and Cunard are adding 10 new kennels for our four legged friends.
Your dining experience will also change on board Queen Mary 2, with Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants getting a full redesign and reconfiguration in order to offer you the customer the more sought after tables for two. The Britannia Club restaurant will also be refurbished and extended. Cunard will introduce the brand new Carinthia Lounge which will serve light breakfasts, lunch, speciality coffees and will also have a patisserie. The popular and traditional French restaurant, The Verandah will replace Todd English restaurant and Kings Court will be transformed, offering 80 new lunch and 50 new dinner dishes, as well as alternative dining of Italian, Indian, Pan Asian, Mexican and American Smokehouse menus on rotating basis in the evenings.
Three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller and designer Adam D. Tihany have collaborated exclusively for Seabourn to create The Grill by Thomas Keller. The Grill by Thomas Keller which has a menu, wine list and ambience inspired by a classic American chophouse officially opened for dinner on Seabourn Quest on 21st May 2016.
“The opening of The Grill by Thomas Keller marks the start of a new chapter in Seabourn’s long history of award-winning cuisine,” said Seabourn President Rick Meadows. “We are excited for guests to enjoy the restaurant’s top-quality ingredients matched by a tremendous wine list, while travelling the world with Seabourn.”
The Grill will be open for dinner daily and you can also secure a reservation online before you cruise. As with all Seabourn’s all-inclusive rates there is no extra charge to dine in one of their speciality restaurants.
Four of us out of the office have just returned from a fantastic visit to Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Harmony of the Seas. Although the ship is huge (17 decks and 6000 capacity) the feel of it is friendly and personable. We managed to try a lot of the restaurants as they had tasters from noon to 4 p.m. every day and each sample was exquisite. Both our dinner arrangements were perfect, the food was delicious and the waiters were very attentive. The shows were amazing, we managed to see Grease and the Ice-Show, which we enjoyed thoroughly. Jackie was the bravest of us all and did the Ultimate Abyss, whilst Susan and I managed the children’s carousel!! I was going to try the zip wire but was relieved when they said it was closed due to the weather! With the wet stuff coming out of the skies on Saturday we managed to look around the staterooms, which were opened for viewing. My favourite was of course the Presidential Suite but I do have delusions of grandeur! Overall the experience was first class and hopefully in the future I will be on Harmony again as a client and not on business.
Harmony of the Seas has finally docked in Southampton. Our girls Jackie, Janet, Susan and Michaela are embarking on Friday for a 2 night mini-cruise. We are looking forward to them letting us know what they think. With instructions to try everything, including • The Perfect Storm, an exhilarating trio of waterslides • Ultimate Abyss—the tallest dry slide at sea • The first ever two-storey Wonderland restaurant • Seven distinct, individual neighbourhoods including Central Park and the Boardwalk • Thrilling activities like the Zip Line and FlowRider® surf simulators • Entertainment including the hit musical Grease
To go on a river cruise is to embark on a whole new adventure. While ocean cruising takes you to parts of the world which are many and varied, but mostly on outer perimeters/coastal areas, river cruising takes you into the very heart of your destination. Here you enter the core of a country. Be it Europe, Russia or Asia, sailing past landscapes and buildings which personify the region one is travelling through, gives a whole new insight and dimension to the ‘workings’ of the country. Being on much smaller vessels than ocean-going ships means that one can get the full effect of a region at close quarters. There is nothing better than sailing, for example, out of Budapest in the black of night, with the whole city beautifully lit up on either side of the river: the old town of Buda on one side, and the newer area of Pest on the other, not competing with but complementing each other.
Many people are under the (false) impression that river cruising is for the older generation – as ocean cruising was once thought of. Over the past few years, passengers who have ‘done’ the world of oceans are now moving into the river cruise market where there is a vast selection of itineraries to undertake. With choices to suit all pockets, these ships cater for singles, couples and families alike, with cabins from basic (as per any ship, still fully equipped and en-suite) to luxurious (butler, balcony, whirlpool bath, canopy over wonderfully comfortable double bed). Facilities on board can include swimming pools, fitness centres, observation lounges, bars, restaurants, hairdressing salons, on-deck games area, sun deck with open and covered sitting areas, bicycles for shore use, and wi-fi internet. Most river cruise companies include daily shore excursions at ports of call, along with the option to book and pay for extra trips to see more and make the most of your holiday. They cater for all tastes, with international cuisine as the mainstay but with local produce and recipes being provided in each country/port of call where possible.
Staff on board have one aim in mind: to make their guests’ holiday the best they have ever had.
With over 15 river cruise lines to choose from, some of which have up to 30 ships, there is an enormous selection of itineraries, cruise durations, and pricing structure, to appeal to everyone – especially those who are new to the whole concept.
Here at Cruise Connections between us we have experienced, first hand, river cruising itself, and visited a large number of ships available to the European market. We can therefore advise on and book the most suitable cruise for YOU.