Norwegian Cruise Lines has just announced an unprecedented partnership with some of Miami's most loved food and beer people.
When the Norwegian Escape begins sailing from her home, the Port of Miami in November 2015, she will have several Miami-centric food and beverage options for her 4,200 passengers to enjoy including beer from Wynwood Brewing Company, Tobacco Road, and food from the Pubbelly Boys.
Food Republic, a "modern, upscale food emporium" from the Pubbelly Restaurant Group will feature global cuisine. According to a press release, passengers will "experience a culinary journey via small plates, with flavors ranging from Asia to Central Eurpoe and the Mediterranean". The restaurant will be open for lunch through dinner, and will feature items like dates with chorizo featuring smoked bacon and spicy tomato and goat cheese crema; Japanese Amberjack with lemongrass romesco, charred tomato, and hazelnuts; and black truffle braise shortrib dumplings with white corn soy, red shiso leaf, and grana padano. Guests will order their dishes via iPad.
The District Brew House is a craft beer hall at sea, featuring a keg room, 24 draft beers on tap, and more than 50 bottled beers. Wynwood Brewing Company will be prominently featured, and will serve their signature La Rubia Blonde Ale, as well as a special brew made exclusively for Norwegian.
The District Brew House will offer craft cocktails from BarLab's Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi. The pub-at-sea will also offer interactive nightlife and a photo booth. Also on deck is a recreation of Tobacco Road, complete with memorabilia and the iconic neon sign. Tobacco Road Bar will also feature a selection of cocktails created by Cocktail Collection mixologist, Leo Holtzman.
In addition to the Miami lineup of goodies, Norwegians new mega ship will offer The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi wine bar; Bayamo, Pincho Tapas Bar, and Sugarcane mojito bar, both by Jose Garces; and a recreation of Cake Boss Budy Valastro's Hoboken bakery, Carlo's Bake Shop; a supper club; and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Sea.
Of course there's also a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle miniature golf course, an aqua park, and the Mandara spa -- all encompassed within a ship festooned with a Guy Harvey mural on her hull.
This is not the first partnership for Miami restaurants and Miami-related chefs. The Norwegian Getaway features Bar Lab cocktails and a restaurant by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schwartz has teamed up with Royal Caribbean for his 150 Central Park restaurant and Michael's Genuine Pub aboard the cruise line's Quantum class ships.
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