(11:20 p.m. EDT) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting snippets we think you might like to know about.
Sorry 25 and Unders
Norwegian Cruise Line cruisers know the line's ultimate beverage package has always been pulled during Spring Break season. But next year, only those 25 and under will be barred from purchasing the package. For the first time since the cruise line introduced the package, which offers unlimited alcoholic beverages for a per cruise price, it will be available for passenger over the age of 25 to purchase during spring break season (March 1 – April 15, 2015).
An Expedition Upgrade
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will place the National Geographic Orion into dry dock this September to receive renovations to its main lounge and the Observation Lounge. The library will be removed from The Lounge, which will enable all passengers and the expedition team to gather in a single room at once. Another space called the “circle of truth” will be the focal point for all presentations in the center of The Lounge. A newly designed bar, as well as updated carpet and furnishings for the main lounge will be put in place. The Observation Lounge will undergo a complete redesign with new layout featuring a library, self-service beverage station and nautical chart table. Aiding shipwide presentations will be upgrades to all audiovisual equipment including new, high definition flat-screen TVs.
Good news for solo sailors: Celebrity Cruises has announced that single travelers will receive double Captain's Club points when they pay a full (200 percent) single supplement on their cruise fare. These Double Club Points will be credited for sailings that began on or after July 1, 2014.
Royal Caribbean has their Haitian port, now Carnival wants one too. Carnival Corp. is planning on building a $70 million port facility on the island of Tortuga, off the northern coast of Haiti. Plans are still in the early stages and details of what the port will include are not yet known.
--By Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant; Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor; and Dori Saltzman, News Editor