What’s new in cruising? Well, Paul Gaugin Cruises christens their new Tere Moana, Royal Caribbean orders up a new Oasis class ship, Princess reveals details of their new kids and teen centers on the Royal Princess, and lastly, Crystal announces culinary experts will join their upcoming Arctic cruise.[box]Read the latest cruise news each week on CruiseSource. Click here to subscribe to CruiseSource! [/box]
Paul Gauguin Cruises Christens Tere Moana
Paul Gaugin Cruises christened its new luxurious ship, the m/v Tere Moana, in an official ceremony held dockside on December 29, 2012, in Marigot, St. Martin. Cruise guests, local dignitaries, and media were in attendance.
Like The Gauguin, The Moana offers an elegant yet casual ambiance, luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, trademark Polynesian hospitality, and extraordinary all-inclusive value. At 330 feet long and 46 feet wide, The Moana has a draft of 11.5 feet, and accommodates 90 guests with a staff of 60. The ship’s 45 oceanview staterooms, 8 which offer private balconies, feature a king-size bed donned with fine linens and feather-down duvet; a flatscreen TV; DVD/CD player; iPod® docking station; in-stateroom refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water; robes and slippers; spacious closets; and a bathroom with sumptuous bath products.
The Moana offers two elegant dining venues and incorporates regionally infused cuisine of destinations visited featuring fresh ingredients from local markets. Evenings feature live piano music in Le Salon, the perfect place to enjoy cocktails and unwind after a day of adventure. The ship’s Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm delivers signature spa treatments, and a fitness center is equipped with the latest cardio and weightlifting equipment. The ship’s outdoor decks feature a swimming pool, hot tub, chaise lounges, and Balinese beds. In select ports, kayaking and paddleboarding are available from the ship’s watersports marina. And the ship’s La Boutique features jewelry, apparel, sundries, and souvenirs.
Royal Caribbean Orders Third Oasis – Class Vessel
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced recently that it has executed a contract with STX France to construct a third Oasis-class vessel for delivery in mid-2016. This order is consistent with the plan announced by the company in October to build a sister-ship to the very successful Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
“The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas havefundamentally transformed the cruise experience for our guests,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “These ships have consistently generated outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and continue to produce superior financial results. We are thrilled to be adding a sister to this extraordinary class of vessels at a compelling price. Being back building in France just adds to the pleasure.”
Princess Cruises Reveals Royal Princess Youth and Teen Center
Even the youngest passengers will enjoy the many special features aboard Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess when the ship debuts in June. The line recently revealed the amenities just for kids and teens that will wow younger cruisers aboard the new ship.
Some of the fun that young passengers will find on Royal Princess includes:
Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7): The youngest age group will enjoy a great space for group activities like movie nights, a new mini air hockey table, a special area for arts and crafts programs, and a new indoor play structure. In addition, they’ll have a new outdoor play area, which includes toys, games, tricycles, and a new playground. These features add to the lineup of popular activities that kids love on Princess ships, including the Jr. Chef@Sea program, educational workshops, pajama and ice cream parties, and a Kid’s Fun Fair.
Shockwaves (ages 8-12): Junior passengers in the middle group will now have their own dedicated outside area complete with lounge chairs and a variety of fun games. Shockwaves kids will really get into activities geared for their age – like air hockey, skeeball, and exciting game stations. They’ll also find their own lounge with a giant TV, a DJ Booth, and arts and crafts tables with activities led by Princess’ youth counselors. Plus they can hang out and enjoy their own pizza and ice cream parties or kids-only dinners.
Remix (ages 13-17): The Remix area for teens will feature a Princess DJ booth loaded with cutting-edge tracks where music lovers can create their own playlist, kick back, relax, or dance to the latest club mix. In addition, there’s a new lounge area, perfect for meeting new friends, with games like foosball, skeeball and the latest video games. A brand new outdoor lounge fulfills a request from teens, and offers cool club lighting, contemporary seating, a great new wading pool, and of course music perfect for parties under the stars. Teens will also enjoy activities specially designed for their age group, including sports competitions, late-night movies, hip hop dance classes, teens-only “mocktail” parties, formal dinners, and the always-popular video game tournaments.
Culinary Masters Warm Up Artic Cruise on Crystal in 2013
A Norwegian Culinary Olympics Team member, Cordon Bleu Master Chef, and Domaine Laroche Brand Ambassador will bring spice to the ice during Crystal Cruises’ luxury voyage through the Arctic Circle in 2013. The special guests will be aboard as part of a “Wine and Food” theme enhancing the ultra-luxe line’s annual North Cape cruise next July. The Crystal Serenity voyage begins July 5, sailing from Copenhagen to Stockholm, visiting 10 ports over 15 days filled with sipping Europe’s finest local beverages, learning about local dishes from gourmands, and seeing the breathtaking scenery of Lapland.
The culinary experts currently scheduled are:
- Sven Erik Renaa: Proprietor of Norway’s renowned Renaa Restaurants, winner of numerous Chef of the Year awards, and manager of the champion Norwegian National Culinary Team.
- Gwénaël Laroche: Brand Ambasadress for (and family member of ) Burgundy’s Domaine Laroche winery, a name that is virtually synonymous with Chablis and has won “The Best White Wine in the World” from Wine Spectator.
- Mark Cummings: A certified Cordon Bleu Master Chef, restaurateur, and star of TV’s The Very Best of Everything.
They will offer hands-on instruction in preparing chef specialties, live cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and specially-designed menus for select Crystal Dining Room dinners.