Monday, July 29, 2013
Royal Caribbean International plans to spend $70 million to build a new cruise terminal at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., to open in October 2014. The plans were approved this week by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The new cruise terminal includes a 36,000-square-foot check-in terminal, a 60,000-square-foot luggage area, a parking deck, additional parking and berth improvements. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. Cape Liberty is home to Royal Caribbeans Explorer of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises Summit. It also will become the homeport for Royal Caribbeans new 158,000-ton, 4,100-passenger Quantum of the Seas, scheduled to enter service in November 2014. The cruise industry is one of this regions most rapidly growing markets, and this private sector investment will enhance our ability to generate significant revenues from the waterfront property we own, said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. With the regions largest vessel scheduled to dock at this port facility, we will be able to grow the jobs and economic activity that the cruise business has generated for this region for many decades. Passenger volumes at the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal have grown steadily in the past three years, from 393,000 passengers in 2010 to 476,000 in 2012. Passenger volume is expected to grow to about 600,000 after the new terminal opens.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Celebrity Cruises is shaking up its onboard bar scene by adding 30 new craft cocktails. The new drinks program was designed in collaboration with Hawthorn Beverage Group, founded by noted cocktail creator Josh Durr. The new craft cocktails will be available fleetwide by the end of 2013. The new cocktails blend vintage-style liqueurs with fresh ingredients, organic juices and artisanal spirits. A new line-up of "zero-proof" (non-alcoholic) cocktails also will be introduced with selections such as Sparkling Mint Lemonade and Raspberry Fizz. Celebrity also will offer more fine wines by the glass and international and craft beers. Durr has been given a "Rising Star Award" from Cheers magazine and editorial recognition in numerous publications. His client list includes Apiary, Diageo, Pernod, Remy Cointreau and Ruth’s Chris.
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