(7:30 a.m. EST) — Shop at a gourmet market in San Juan, experience a sea-to-table dining experience with local fishermen in Honduras, or learn a new cooking skill onboard with classes inspired by Cuba, cookouts and brunch; these are just a few of the fresh and immersive culinary experiences being offered by Oceania Cruises during its Caribbean season next year.
Developed by Chef Kathryn Kelly, Oceania’s director of culinary enrichment, new classes in the Culinary Center will teach passengers grilling techniques with “Patio Pleasures,” how to prepare classic brunch dishes with “Wake up to Brunch,” and the secrets behind the pastries, meat dishes and mojitos of Cuba with “Cuban Family Table”. The new courses and culinary excursions will debut on Riviera in December 2016.
Uniworld has launched a virtual reality App that lets you explore the flagship S.S. Maria Theresa from the palm of your hand. The technology offers 360-degree views of key parts of the ship including the lobby, the Baroque restaurant, the Lipizzan Cinema and the mosaic-lined indoor swimming pool. The footage was shot using spherical camera technology mounted on rigs throughout the ship’s interior and the video from each of the six Ladybug cameras was then stitched together to create a seamless virtual reality experience.
All that jazz: Gregory Porter says the rhythm of the water inspires his music.
Cunard has announced that Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Gregory Porter, will headline Queen Mary 2’s third Blue Note ‘Jazz at Sea’ transatlantic crossing on October 25, 2016. Porter performed during the inaugural event in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre and talked about how the rhythm of the water inspired his music. The musician scooped a 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and picked up a Jazz FM award this year for International Jazz Artist of the Year.
French-based river cruise line CroisiEurope has confirmed that the Elbe Princesse has just been placed in the water in Saint-Nazaire and is due for delivery in mid-February 2016. The ship will feature 40 outward-facing cabins, a restaurant and a panoramic lounge at the back of the ship, and its main propulsion will be two stern paddlewheels powered by two 300 kW hydraulic engines. The dual paddlewheel design will allow it to cruise year round, even during periods of low water when river ships using other types of propulsion are unable to cruise. Its maiden voyage will sail from Berlin to Prague on the Elbe and Vltava rivers.