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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

snowroom in Cruise - Norwegian Escape

When holidaymakers decide to splash out on a cruise, it's likely they want a temporary reprieve from the cold. But here is a Cruiseline showcasing first-ever Snow Room as a luxury bait !!!

Today it is 21°  C (84°F) in Chennai ~ and some of us felt the cold. People say that the chill temperature and change in weather is causing cough and cold.  Dec – Jan is  ‘winter season’ in Chennai – one used to see sweaters and mufflers on road …. Which has  given way to ‘ear-caps’.  In Purasawakkam, there is the Abirami Mall containing theatres and food courts.  There is another speciality – the ‘snow world’ an unique experience of Snow Cave.  It is stated that   the  Snow produced is manufactured out of pure Mineral Water and a reverse osmosis plant has been erected for the same. At any given time, Abirami Mega Snow World will have 50 tonnes of ice.  For those who venture inside, thermal clothes like Jerkin, Gloves, Shoes etc are provided and disinfected after the use of each person to provide a clean, healthy, thermal clothes to one and all ~ people like us will feel extremely difficult to cope up the cold and enjoy the environ !!

Away, people travel in style.  There are luxury ships – Ocean liners are the ones designed to transport people from one seaport to another along regular long-distance maritimeroutes according to a schedule. Sometimes there are on circular routes as well.     These luxury ships have everything  - restaurants, café, lounge, disco, swimming pool, bars, spacious decks, boutique, gym, exquisite rooms  –  and offer unlimited entertainment.   Can you imagine a blizzard on a Cruise ? – this post is about a Norwegian ship that features ‘snowroom’ where passengers can relax in sub-zero temperatures !!

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 48-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility, claims its website.  The  line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the seventh consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the second time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards. The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway in the first quarter of 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 28 dining options. 

Another famed one of its – ‘Norwegian Escape’ was unveiled showcasing wide variety of staterooms on the line’s largest ship to date at approx 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths, scheduled for delivery in fall 2015. The accommodations include the company’s signature luxury ship–within-a-ship complex.   Norwegian Escape is a cruise ship under construction for Norwegian Cruise Line, due to enter service in October 2015. It is being built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.

The Norwegian Escape will be homeported in the Port of Miami, will have a snowroom.  The company has concentrated on the cold theme before, with a series of 'Ice Bars' on board their ships.  This winter oasis, which will be created on board Norwegian Escape, will form part of the ship's Thermal Suite and will be kept between -6C and 0C.  The company said there will even be powdery snow flurries throughout the day, in a bid to keep the arctic atmosphere authentic. According to those behind the design, the Snow Room 'offers guests a multitude of health benefits', including increasing blood circulation in the body and strengthening the immune system.

Also on board the ship will be 28 restaurants, the Broadway musical Legally Blonde and a spa. For those wishing to keep away from the cold, there will also be 17 heated loungers, a hydro-therapy pool and a sauna. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

20th Jan 2015.

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