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Take a look inside Carnival Breeze

If shipbuilders Fincantieri have put as much care and creativity into the building of Carnival Breeze as they did when making this video - and I'm sure they have - then I'll be in for a treat when I spend a week on board the ship from June 15. I'm looking forward to hooking up with senior cruise director, blogger extraordinaire and Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, although given his attitude to the French it might be best to steer clear of him when we arrive in Marseille on Day 2 of the voyage. Here's John showing off more of [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:48+00:00 3 June 2012|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

AWT pulls out of cruise with MSC

Shamed chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson - cautioned by police after being caught shoplifting from his local Tesco supermarket - has withdrawn from guest appearances on MSC cruise ship Splendida. The TV chef will be replaced by Michelin-starred Paul Rankin who joins the ship in Barcelona on February 5. A statement on MSC's website said it was making the announcement "with regret," but made no mention of Worrall-Thompson's recent troubles. A spokesperson later added: "In the wake of the coverage which appeared in the media and Mr Thompson's own public announcement of his desire to seek appropriate treatment for his condition, we [...]

Video kills the trattoria star

Sabatini's, the Italian speciality restaurant on board most Princess cruise ships, is one of my favourite dining venues at sea. It has just up-dated its menu, and it was a relief to see that the change has not been taken as an opportunity to increase the $20 cover charge. New on the antipasti list are soft-shelled crab, twice-baked artichoke soufflé and a wild mushroom tart with parmesan and saffron fondue. In come grilled langoustines, duck with fava beans and chicken skewers with soft sage polenta on the main course menu. I'm licking my lips already, and I can see that [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:58+00:00 11 November 2011|Cruise Food & Drink|1 Comment

Winning wines of the house

Sharing a bottle of Cloudy Bay with Discovery's hotel director, Malcolm Cullen Before I get chance to write more about my current cruise on board mv Discovery, I must report a pleasant surprise which greeted me when I opened the wine list. There among the New World whites is the most excellent New Zealand Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - and pleased don't rush to tell me it's over-rated and not what it used to be, it's miles better than most of your French Sancerre and it's very difficult to get hold of from British wine stores and supermarkets. Here on [...]

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:00+00:00 5 October 2011|Cruise Food & Drink|1 Comment

Only on a cruise … the food can be just as spectacular as the views

From the Sunday Mirror Homes & Holidays supplement, published September 25 "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome on stage, all the way from England, celebrity chef . . . Valentine Warner." Rather an unusual introduction for the very British TV cook who recently featured in Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden, and whose latest book, The Good Table, has just been released. Unusual because unlike most of his fellow passengers on board a cruise ship crossing the North Sea to Scandinavia, he hadn't actually travelled a long way. The 39-year-old chef, once described imaginatively by a Mirror colleague as "the Russell Brand [...]

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:01+00:00 25 September 2011|Cruise Destinations, Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

AWT takes to the sea with MSC

TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson has been on the slide ever since his appearances on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here eight years ago and his restaurant business went bust in 2009, owing £800,000. So he's fortunate to have been selected by MSC Cruises as one of several internationally-acclaimed chefs who will be giving cookery demonstrations on board MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida this winter. His counterparts from Spain, Italy, France and Germany have a galaxy of Michelin stars between them, and have been involved in opening restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles as well [...]

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:04+00:00 11 July 2011|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

Marco and Olly both provide food for thought as P&O re-models ships

It's good news that the transformation of P&O cruise ship Oriana into an adults-only vessel will include the introduction of a new restaurant overseen by Marco Pierre White. But I am disappointed that room has not yet been found for a Glass House wine bar on the lines of the one which Olly Smith launched last year on Azura. Marco's first ocean-going restaurant was the White Room on board the Ventura. His new Ocean Grill concept will debut on Adonia when the ship joins the fleet in May, and will also replace Gary Rhodes's restaurant on Arcadia next January. Ocean [...]

Death by chocolate on a cruise

Who doesn't love a mystery? Check out the books being read by passengers on their cruise ship sun loungers and a good three-quarters of them will be crime thrillers, whodunnits, and tales of girls with dragon tattoos. And there's a real-life mystery being enacted on Saga Pearl II right now as passengers try to get to the bottom of how one of them ended up with a severe black eye, and another two were put ashore to be flown home from Port Antonio, Jamaica. The real queen of crime writers was, of course, Agatha Christie, who will be the centre [...]

Royal Caribbean to introduce single cabins – would you Adam and Eve it?

I'll be re-acquainting myself with life on board a Royal Caribbean ship next week, cruising from Dubai on board Brilliance of the Seas. For once, I'll have Mrs Greybeard with me - she had to stay at home when I was invited to the inaugural cruises of both Oasis and Allure of the Seas, although she did impress on her Louboutin heels when Independence of the Seas was launched in Southampton. We'll be sharing a double cabin, and even if I was alone it would be impossible to have anything else because until now Royal has ignored the growing movement [...]

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:12+00:00 25 January 2011|Cruise Food & Drink, Cruise News, Cruise Ships|1 Comment

$25,000 bottle a wine to Dream about

The Remy chefs (from left) Scott Hunnel, Patrick Albert and Arnaud Lallement The 1947 vintage of Chateau Cheval Blanc is widely regarded as the finest wine in the world. From a vineyard in Bordeaux's Saint Emilion, dating back to 1832, it continues to set records, becoming the most expensive wine ever sold at auction when three bottles came up at Sotheby's in Hong Kong last May and were knocked down for £45,000. Not, perhaps, what you would expect to find on the wine list on board a cruise ship. But then Disney Dream is no ordinary cruise ship and even [...]

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:12+00:00 23 January 2011|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments