Sunday, April 26, 2015


Newly Designed Staterooms
Say hello to your home on the high seas – now with more family-friendly modular staterooms that interconnect and the first virtual balconies at sea.

Dining Options
The Grande - From beef Wellington to chicken a l’orange, the world’s classic dishes come together for formal night, every night. Chic - Where the freshest ingredients of the wild are evolved to the height of contemporary cuisine.  Michael’s Genuine Pub -James Beard Award-winner Michael Schwartz brings you delicious yet uncomplicated pub fare, plus his namesake craft beer. Silk - A vibrant tapestry of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cooking.  American Icon Grill - America’s favorite comfort foods, homespun in our kitchen with a few creative twists.  Sorrento’s - For an authentic New York pizzeria experience.  Café Promenade - This café on the Royal Promenade offers specialty coffees, snacks and pastries in the morning and sandwiches and cookies throughout the day and night. Chops GrilleSM - Our hallmark restaurant now features a revamped menu that brings contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings.  Chef’s Table - A once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. In this exclusive space, 14 guests will enjoy a five-course menu of gourmet selections prepared by the Chef de Cuisine. Every course is accompanied by wine pairings chosen to enhance your enjoyment of each dish.  Izumi Japanese Cuisine - The traditional Japanese dishes.  Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine - Our chefs twist the kaleidoscope to invent fantasy gourmet dishes, magical elixirs, and more never-before-seen fare.  Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver - Chef Jamie Oliver presents a menu of rustic Italian favorites, handmade with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Café @ Two70° - An easy grab n’ go, gourmet marketplace that lets you pick the view. Coastal Kitchen - Exclusively for suite guests, a fresh new fusion of California cool and Med-inspired taste. Windjammer Marketplace - A global culinary pavilion that invites you to explore the world, dish by dish. Johnny Rockets® - All the style of a classic ‘50s diner. Solarium Bistro - During the day enjoy a classic bistro plate with a loved one or bring the family to this delicious dining experience that has something for everyone.  SeaPlexSM Dog House - The first food truck at sea, serving up traditional hot dogs, brats,and sausages, plus a variety of toppings to split a long bun.

North Star
Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 300 feet above sea level. Breathtaking 360° views of the sea and our destinations make the North Star one of the most anticipated features on this ship.

The Quantum class of ships is a new leap forward in vessel design with groundbreaking innovations like RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea. And the North Star, a jewel-shaped, glass capsule with a spectacular ocean view. Plus, we're introducing transformational venues like the Seaplex and Two70° that morph from day to night.

Transformative Venues
Experience completely revolutionary spaces that transform from day to night. Play basketball, go roller skating and ride bumper cars at the SeaplexSM. Relax with a book at Two70°SM and come back at night for a spectacular aerial show.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Allergy-Friendly Menus Available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Disney Destinations

New allergy-friendly menus are now available at approximately 120 quick-service and table-service locations at Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts. 
These new menus provide allergen content for each menu item, offering your Clients an easier way to make informed choices. Menu selection includes appetizers (where applicable), entrées, side items, desserts and kids’ meals, and focuses on the most common allergens, including gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish.
Your Clients are still encouraged to consult directly with a restaurant chef or special diets-trained Cast Member, as this allows culinary teams to take extra measures during preparation.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the recipient of a FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Award for dedication to providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience for vacationing families. Our chefs have also been recognized for their commitment to food allergy awareness, education and management. 
The new allergy-friendly menus have already been introduced in signature restaurants at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. They will debut at other table-service and quick-service restaurants, including Walt Disney World Water Parks, Downtown Disney® and resort hotels, through September 2015.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A New Day For Nassau's Cable Beach

The Baha Mar resort advertises itself as “the new Riviera.” It occupies 1,000 acres along Nassau’s Cable Beach.

Golfers were supposed to be swinging their clubs at the Baha Mar Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course by now and gamblers placing bets at the $3.5billion resort’s state-of-the-art casino.
But Baha Mar is behind schedule, and the Bahamas’ newest resort, which was largely financed by the Chinese government and built with the help of about 4,100 Chinese laborers, will miss all but the tail end of the all-important high season.
Instead of opening in mid-December as planned, the 1,000-acre resort along Nassau’s Cable Beach is scheduled to begin receiving guests at three of its hotels on March 27 and at a fourth — the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar — on May 1. The grand opening ceremony, produced by Jamie King and Emilio Estefan, is planned for May.
“They will miss the high season, but they will spend the time making sure everything will be in place for the next high season,” said Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. “We feel we will do well in terms of arrivals for Baha Mar and expect high occupancy rates and high room rates.”
When the Baha Mar casino is ready to open, the gaming license will be transferred from the Crystal Palace Casino at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, which occupies prime territory in the Baha Mar complex. The only thing the tired Crystal Palace Casino will have in common with the new casino is the license. “They are totally different. It’s not even fair to compare the two,” said Sands.
Though the Crystal Palace Casino remains open, the hotel was closed and is now being used as a training center for new Baha Mar employees. All told, it will take about 4,000 workers to keep Baha Mar humming. Already about 650 people have been trained at Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute.
What the future of the old Wyndham will be is something that will be addressed once Baha Mar has been completed and is operating, said Sands.
Baha Mar isn’t the only mega resort in the Bahamas. Across the water from Baha Mar on Paradise Island sits Atlantis with tanks full of thousands of fish and other marine life, a mile-long water ride and a casino. With 3,414 rooms, it is bigger than Baha Mar, but it was built in three distinct phases over 14 years, rather than all at once, like the new Cable Beach resort.
Though the two resorts certainly represent competition for each other, executives say they’ll complement rather than cannibalize each other. Atlantis, which revolves around recreating the myth of the lost city of Atlantis, is more family-oriented while Baha Mar is expected to appeal more to adults.
Tens of million are being spent on marketing the new resort, Sands said. While Baha Mar is targeting key U.S. cities such as Miami, “we will be focusing a lot of efforts in China,” said Sands. That means enticing not only mainland Chinese, but high-net-worth Chinese in cities such as Vancouver, London, Toronto and New York, he said. Beyond the Baha Mar ads that have begun to appear in local media, there’s another Miami connection. Estefan produced the soundtrack for the short online film The Voyage that is featured on the resort’s reservations site.
Also expected to boost occupancy is a visa waiver agreement that China and the Bahamas signed last year. It will allow Chinese tourists to travel to the Bahamas and Bahamians to go to China for up to a month without getting a visa.
Miami Herald Staff Writer Jacqueline Charles contributed to this report.
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