Norwegian, Royal Caribbean take different tacks on eating, drinking, entertainment
Tandem racing and free-fall waterslides or floating in a glass tube that feels like sky diving? Craft beers and tasty bites in a warehouse style sing-along keg room or a clubby pub bar? Oodles of outdoor dining choices or drinks mixed and served by robots?
In the heavyweight bout for the world’s best new big cruise ship in 2015, the winner will be in the eye of the beholder, because two competitive cruise lines each have taken a different tack to show who owns the hippest ship -- Miami’s 4,248-passenger Norwegian Escape or New York’s 4,180-passenger Anthem of the Seas.
No other competitor in the category of contemporary, mass-marketed cruise ships belongs in the ring with these two behemoths, though Carnival’s Vista and Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas currently are bulking up in European shipyards, five months away from entering the fray among 2016’s new ships.