CRUISES said it has gone trans fat-free on its two ships.
The line said its chefs have replaced all trans-fat oils with
trans-fat-free oils, such as sesame seed oil, pumpkin seed oil and
different olive oils, in its restaurants and in its crew galleys.
Toni Neumeister, Crystal vice president of food and beverage
operations, said the line's "priority in this initiative is to
offer healthy food choices."
CRUISES will open the Costa Allegra's itineraries from
Shanghai and Hong Kong to cruise markets worldwide in the next few
weeks. The sailings, which have been marketed within China, will
soon be available in the U.S. and other markets. Costa, owned by
Carnival Corp., in July became the first international cruise line
to offer cruises to Chinese nationals on voyages that departed from
YACHT CLUB is saying goodbye to South America after it
concludes its inaugural season sailing the coast of Brazil and
Argentina. The line will not return to South America for the
2007-2008 winter season due to what it termed a "multitude of
unexpected operational challenges," including "the recessive
regulatory environment, the challenges with provisioning and the
current internationally-publicized crime problems in Brazil." The
110-passenger SeaDream II, one of the line's two vessels, will
instead be deployed on a series of six- and 10-day sailings in the
WORLD CRUISES will sail a second ship, the Explorer II,
under a long-term lease. The 394-berth Explorer II, formerly Swan
Hellenic's Minerva and most recently operated by Abercrombie &
Kent, will undergo a "soft refurbishment program" before entering
service with Discovery, which is owned by U.K.-based All Leisure
Group. The line currently sails one ship, the 650-passenger
Discovery. The 12,500-ton Explorer II will sail to Africa, the Red
and Black seas, Libya, the Arctic, Canada and South America, among
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