Norwegian Cruise Line announced Wednesday it would add lifeguards to all of its ships by 2018, following a string of drownings or near drownings in cruise ship pools on multiple major cruise lines. Royal Caribbean International began adding lifeguards in February; Disney Cruise Line has had them onboard since 2013.
As indelible as Tom Scholz’s iconic guitar sound and songs for the landmark first two Boston albums proved, try to imagine ’70s classic rock tunes like “More Than a Feeling,” “Foreplay/Long Time” or “Don’t Look Back” without Sib Hashian’s crisp drumming. Unthinkable.
North America and the Caribbean, the largest market for the cruise industry, is getting renewed focus this year. Geneva-based line MSC is basing three ships in Miami for the first time. Jamaica is launching a major port renovation project. And Norwegian is introducing new ships.
Royal Caribbean Cruises’ new Celebrity Edge is the first ship designed in 3D. Part of the new design includes open staterooms connected through balconies, a cantilevered bar and new technology that allows for key-less entry and seamless check-in.
Geneva-based MSC last week announced a new smart watch that has geo-location and is attached to an app available for passengers on mobile devices, stateroom TVs and interactive screens around the ship. It debuts in June and comes to Miami in December on the MSC Seaside.
During the course of the cruise on Lindblad’s Panorama II, our schedule changed almost daily from our printed itinerary. Communication about changing procedures is not an attribute of central government in Cuba, a country known for breakdowns in plans and mechanics and disincentives for individual decision-making.
The Federal Trade Commission, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and nine other states’ attorney generals settled the last of several charges against Caribbean Cruise Line and seven other companies that participated in a massive telemarketing scheme in 2011 and 2012.
Premium cruise line Oceania Cruises announced Tuesday it is adding six voyages to its Cuba itnerary for 2017, half of which also include stops in Cienfuegos near central Cuba and Santiago de Cuba on the island’s southwestern coast.
While some North American cruise companies are moving more upscale or appealing to a more global clientele, Carnival Cruise Line plows familiar North American waters. The 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista, which began sailing the Mediterranean in May and arrives at its home port of Miami in November, fully fills its role.
The 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer is based on a concept of luxury that is aimed at the wealthy, the well-traveled, the art and gourmet food lovers who want not just comfort and ease, but luxury in the classic sense, a unique and expensive indulgence.
Among Cruise Critic’s tips for saving money on cruises: Take into account add-on costs like drinks, shore excursions and gratuities. Watch for deals that waive fees or give onboard credits. Sail in the shoulder season.
Many vacationers choose cruise ships for more than the itineraries and the amenities on board. A primary goal is to pick a ship that will provide them with the experience they desire, along with like-minded fellow passengers.