October 11, 2013
Mo' Money Anyone sailing on a Celebrity cruise ship who wants to take advantage of its beverage packages take note: The cruise line has raised prices for the packages ifthey are bought onboard the ship. For instance, the classic alcohol-inclusive beverage package, which costs $44 per person, per day if you prepurchase it, is $5 more expensive per person, per day when bought onboard. The classic nonalcoholic and premium nonalcoholic packages, and premium water package are each $2 more expensive (per person, per day), while the premium alcohol-inclusive package is $5 more. The soda package is $1 more.
Royal Caribbean is turning to former NFL player Dhani Jones to act as its Quantum Experience Advisor for sports and fitness. The former linebacker will help the line create active cruise experiences for passengers sailing onboard Quantum of the Seas, scheduled for launch November 2014. Last month, Royal announced interior designer Genevieve Gorder will collaborate on ship decor and furnishings.
Big Easy Bling
Norwegian Cruise Line is upping its New Orleans capacity with the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel, which begins sailing weekly seven-night Western Caribbean cruises Sunday. The ship will be the largest the cruise line has home-ported out of the Big Easy.
Two For One
Solo cruisers might be paying enough for two people, but now they're also getting rewarded for paying double -- at least with Royal Caribbean. The line is doubling the number of Crown and Anchor Society points solo cruisers receive to two points per night sailed. Additionally, solo cruisers willing to fork over extra money for a suite will get a third point per night.
Social Media Storm Starting today, Carnival Cruise Lines is taking to social media to promote its completely refurbished Carnival Sunshine (nee Destiny), which will sail out of New Orleans starting November 18. Running through October 19, the "Nine Days of Sunshine" promotion will take to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to highlight the ship's features. Carnival fans also can participate in chats with crew members and polls. Passengers sailing on the Mediterranean itinerary can post video shoutouts to family and friends via Instagram. --By Dori Saltzman, News Editor