Friday, November 4, 2011

New Menu aboard Allure of the Seas' at 150 Central Park Restaurant

Chef Molly Brandt has created a new fall menu for the upscale 150 Central Park restaurant aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. This is what is looks like as it's coming together.

Chef Molly Brandt on Allure of the Seas has just presented her new seasonal Fall menu featuring dishes made with fresh ingredients, served together in balance and harmony evoking a unique symphony of elements served in an elegant, fine dining scene in Central Park.

Some of Chef Molly's gastronomical delights include an Apple Cider Marinated Veal Tenderloin, Cornbread Parisienne Gnocchi, fresh Autumn Salad, and Smoked Confit Hamachi paired with award winning wine selections.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Video: Crown Princess arrives in New York

Princess Cruises' 113,000-ton Crown Princess' sunrise arrival in New York:

Arrival on October 22, 2011
Gross tonnage: 113,000 tons
Length: 951 feet (290 meters)
Video by NJPhotographer62.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Video: Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas Enhancement Project

The latest Royal Caribbean International ship to undergo their revitalization process is Splendour of the Seas. The ship is currently in drydock at the Navantia shipyard at Cadiz, Spain. Splendour is assigned primarily to the internationally-sourced market. When it emerges from the drydock on November 25 (2011) it will head to Santos (Brazil) for the austral summer season there.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Video: Norwegian Gem Rescues Five

Five Canadians probably owe their lives to the captain and crew of Norwegian Gem. They seem to be alive today because the Norwegian ship came to their rescue Saturday in the North Atlantic and was willing to delay its return to New York by a half an hour.

Saturday morning (Oct 29, 2011) Norwegian Gem responded to a call from the US Coast Guard about a 39-foot sailboat (Sanctuary) which was in distress two hours away from their position.

Norwegian Gem was returning to New York from Bermuda, and the sailboat was located about 350 miles from New York. The sailboat had four men and one woman aboard. It had large waves breaking over its bow, had lost power and its life raft, and was taking on water.

Norwegian Gem's captain, Hankan Svedung, immediately changed course to intercept the sailboat.

Once on the scene, Svedung said they encountered extreme weather conditions with winds up to 40 knots and large swells, which made it challenging to launch Norwegian Gem's rescue boat. Once they did get it in the water, it made contact with the rescue boat and quickly transferred the five people to the cruise ship. Those extreme conditions can be seen in the video when the rescue boat is under way from Norwegian Gem to Sanctuary.

About four hours after receiving the initial call, Norwegian Gem once again set its course for New York, and it arrived only about 30 minutes late on Sunday morning. The five Sanctuary passengers disembarked there along with Norwegian Gem's other passengers.

"This rescue operation was conducted under extremely difficult circumstances," said Captain Svedung. "I am proud of our crew who braved their lives to rescue the five people in distress."

The Coast Guard-provided video above was shot from a USCG Hercules C-130 aircraft which was launched from Air Station Elizabeth City to coordinate the rescue from the air.

The video below was shot by a passenger from aboard Norwegian Gem during the rescue: