▪ The Disney Dream will emerge from dry dock this fall with a play area based on the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, an interactive play space based on the Disney Infinity video game, a sweets shop and for grown-ups, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a rain curtain on the adults-only deck area. The ship, launched in January 2011, will debut its new features on its Oct. 26 cruise. The ship is based at Port Canaveral and does three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas.
▪ The MSC Divina will return to sailing Caribbean cruises year-round out of Miami this fall, MSC Cruises announced Wednesday. It’s a big move for the European line, which announced last month that a new ship, the MSC Seaside, will also homeport year-round in Miami after it launches in late 2017.
It will be the second time that the cruise line has said MSC Divina would be a year-round Miami resident. The ship was stationed here starting in November 2013, but as competition caused Caribbean fares to drop, MSC Divina sent it back to the Mediterranean this summer. Its new itineraries starting in spring 2016 will rotate between the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
MSC, which has contracted to build four new ships by 2019 and has options to build three others by 2022, also announced last week at the steel-cutting ceremony that the first ship in its Vista class will be named MSC Meraviglia. The ship, which will debut in May 2017, will sail in the Mediterranean.
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▪ Passengers on one Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line ship will get unlimited drinks in exchange for higher fares starting in January. Aboard the Norwegian Sky, which sails three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas, and at the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, there will be no extra charge for wine, beer, spirits and soda up to $11.
Norwegian will raise fares, but not by as much as the $60 a day price of an unlimited beverage package sold separately. The plan is to attract more guests to the short cruises; it is not a test to see whether it should be adopted on other ships, said Andy Stuart, the line’s president and CEO.
— MIAMI HERALD STAFF