MSC Cruises will be putting the accent on pure, fresh and fruity beverages this summer season to ensure the selection of natural drinks, cocktails and fine wines matches the healthier lifestyle choices of increasingly discerning guests.
On offer across the company’s fleet of eleven luxurious cruise liners will be a greater range of natural, fresh fruit, lower-calorie and non-alcoholic drinks as well as tantalizing new cocktails that reflect trendsetting adaptations of traditional recipes.
“Our passengers are a lot more health conscious and we pride ourselves in keeping up with new trends by continuously upgrading, changing and adjusting our selection of drinks, cocktails and wines to ensure we can always meet their expectations,” said Monica Panero, MSC Italcatering Corporate Bar Management Director.
Healthy beverage options are wide ranging throughout the MSC Cruises fleet. All vessels have a Vitamin, tea and Coffee Corner specializing in a large selection of fresh fruit squeezes and shakes. The Musica and Fantasia class ships also feature a Spa Bar dedicated to a range of healthy drinks.
The famed MSC Cruises Italian “Gelateria” remains a treasure trove for those preferring non-alcoholic drinks and offer a mouth watering array of ‘smoothies’ prepared with fresh home-made ice cream, milk and seasonal fruits.
Sizzling summer season cocktails have similarly been adapted in response to new trends that have moved away from complicated concoctions in favour of a return to the simplicity, elegance and purity of many of the truly great traditional recipes that have stood the test of time.
The all time favourite Mojito, with its clean, cool and refreshingly long tasting qualities, remains the best-selling cocktail on all the MSC Cruises liners while a close second is another world famous traditional cocktail, the Piña Colada, which is hard to rival as a sweet frozen drink of rich tropical flavours.
In fact two distinct styles of cocktails have evolved for this summer’s menu: the “classique-nouveau” (new classic) and the Famous Brands.
The “classique-nouveau” (new classics) offers innovative twists on the traditional classics and feature fresh ingredients and contemporary flavours. The regular Vodka-tini mixed with the trendiest juice on the market has become the fabulous Pomegranate Tini and there are sensational new frozen Mojito’s and velvety Campari Orange shakes.
MSC Cruises’ Famous Brand cocktails now rank in a “beautiful people” class of their own. One of the most glamorous is the Martini Gold Dolce & Gabbana from the famed Italian fashion designers who teamed up with Martini’s Vermouth brand to create this alluring aperitif. It is the ultimate in sophistication and involves a refined blend of the purest ‘bergamot from Calabria, lemons from Sicily, oranges from Spain, saffron and myrrh from Ethiopia, ginger from India, and cubebe pepper from Indonesia.