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Windstar and James Beard: 4 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 19-25

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | February 28, 2016

Windstar and James Beard: 4 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 19-25

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Windstar is bringing truly top-shelf cuisine to select sailings in association with the revered James Beard Foundation. The luxury small-ship cruise line is conducted a limited number of cruises to destinations in Spain, Morocco and France during 2016. Each will explore the respective area’s gourmet delights, and will feature a James Beard chef as onboard culinary ambassador. Click to find out more about these cruises.

Royal Caribbean is presenting a plethora of interesting innovations with its Quantum class of vessels, and what better way to present all the gee-whiz statistics and other amazing info than with a snappy, fast-paced “vinfographic”? (that’s “video infographic” in Royal Caribbean-speak). Click to check it out as applied to the spacious SeaPlex activity center.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Magic will soon be back at sea after a two-week, multi-million dollar dry-dock refurbishment — and it will be sporting a suite of new dining venues. Already notable for pioneering popular Carnival dining venues, this addition will include an eatery from Food Network personality Guy Fieri. Click to find out Carnival Magic’s other add-ons.

Crystal Cruises is going digital with its guest experience, joining forces with hospitality technology provider Intelity. Premiering on the small-ship luxury line’s Crystal Esprit yacht, this app platform provides guests with news, voyage, port and shipboard programming information via tablet. Dining menus are accessible and shore excursions can be booked. The platform can be downloaded to your personal tablet, and soon will be available fleetwide. Click to find out more.


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