Many Asian restaurants on Norwegian ships become complementary

The Jasmine Garden restaurant on Norwegian Jade.

Norwegian Cruise Line said Asian restaurants across its fleet of ships will become complimentary as part of an investment in enhancing the dining experience.

The restaurants affected by the move include Shanghai’s Noodle Bar aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway Class ships and Norwegian Epic, Jasmine Garden aboard Norwegian Jade, and Chin Chin aboard Norwegian Jewel.

The changes also apply to Orchid Garden on Norwegian Gem, Lotus Garden on Norwegian Pearl, Giza on Norwegian Star, Shogun on Norwegian Spirit, Bamboo on Norwegian Dawn and East Meets West on Pride of America.

All previously had cover charges or items priced ala carte on their menus.

Norwegian said its Teppanyaki restaurants will continue to carry a per-guest cover charge, and sushi venues across the fleet will retain nominal a la carte pricing.

Six Norwegian Cruise Line ships to get exhaust scrubbers

By Jerry Limone

Norwegian Cruise Line has contracted with Green Tech Marine to install scrubbers on six ships.

The scrubbers enable ship operators to reduce sulfur emissions while continuing to use heavy fuel oil for power. Scrubbers are a less expensive option than switching to low-sulfur diesel fuel.

Norway-based Green Tech Marine will install the scrubbers on the Breakaway, Dawn, Jewel, Gem, Pearl and Sun, starting this spring and continuing through 2016. The scrubbers will replace the ships’ exhaust silencers.

Green Tech Marine installed scrubbers on the Hawaii-based Pride of America last year and will supply them for Norwegian’s Breakaway Plus ships, the Escape and the Bliss, due to enter service in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

GTM R15

By using GTM scrubbers, shipowners can continue to operate on heavy fuel oil instead of more costly marine gas oil while staying below the strict IMO requirements regarding sulphur emissions. Fuel prices of marine gas oil are expected to rise even higher in 2015 when the 0,1% sulphur limit enters into force. The GTM scrubbers make it simple to meet new environmental regulations by replacing your ship’s exhaust silencer – no structural modifications required. You also benefit from:

  • Proven reduction of SOx and PM, compliant with MARPOL Annex VI –MEPC 58 and 59
  • Hybrid scrubber – both open and closed loop operation
  • An extremely small footprint
  • Low weight resulting in minimal change to stability conditions
  • Energy-efficient

 

Carnival unveils big-name musical acts for concert series

By Arnie Weissmann

Carnival Live, Jennifer Hudson“American Idol” and “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson joined Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Gerry Cahill on stage to make the point that Carnival is serious about bringing big-name artists to the stages of its ships.

In April, Carnival will launch an experience branded “Carnival LIVE” featuring live performances by artists including Hudson, Chicago, Styx, .38 Special, Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, Kansas, LeAnn Rimes, Olivia Newton-John, REO Speedwagon, Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins.

The artists will join ships at homeports in Cozumel, Nassau and Catalina Island, playing the last night of one cruise and the first night of the next. The performers will be in the main show lounge, and will not be sailing.

The shows will not be included in the fare; tickets will cost $20 to $40, and can be purchased in advance through the line’s web-based shore excursion system, or onboard at the shore excursion desk, if available.

VIP tickets, selling for $100 to $150 each, will include a meet-and-greet with photo opportunities, a laminated concert pass and seating in the first three rows.