Cruise News Shorts: A Bayonne Facelift, More Drink Packages, Getting Hitched at Sea and Other Cruise News

August 2, 2013
Quantum of the Seas (2:34 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 cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

The Bayonne, New Jersey port is headed for quite a facelift. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have approved a redevelopment plan by Royal Caribbean that would add a new terminal, parking lots and more to part of the Cape Liberty Cruise Port. Construction begins this summer and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014, in time for the arrival of Royal's brand new Quantum of the Seas.

Bottoms Up
MSC Cruises has a lot to look forward to as 2014 approaches. Aside from moving MSC Divina to Miami on a permanent basis in November, the line recently released new drink packages. Some of the changes, which range from discounts on specific drinks to tweaks within basic all-inclusive packages and VIP options, will launch once Divina begins sailing from Miami. Others already are in effect.

Si, Oui, I Do
Couples cruising Norwegian Cruise Line now have a choice of three options for tying the knot. They can opt for a "Symbolic" wedding ceremony at sea; a "Harborside" ceremony, which is performed while the ship is docked in select ports of call; or a "Destination" wedding, performed on shore in select ports. Domestic ports as well as destinations, from Canada and the Caribbean to Alaskan glaciers and Greek Isles, are available. Packages, which start at $1,600, include an officiate or ship officer to perform the ceremony, an onsite wedding coordinator, a private ceremony location, the ceremony vows, the bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere, prerecorded ceremony music, a bottle of sparkling wine, keepsake wedding certificate and wedding cake. Vow renewal and engagement packages are also available onboard.

All in the Family
Carnival Cruise Lines has named Lin Arison, wife of the late Ted Arison, founder of the cruise line, as godmother of Carnival Sunshine. Formerly Carnival Destiny -- with Arison as the godmother -- the ship was renamed earlier this year after a $155 million makeover. She will officially name the ship in its U.S. homeport of New Orleans in November.

Au Revoir Marseille Royal Caribbean has scrapped a series of round-trip embarkations from Marseilles scheduled for summer 2014 on Liberty of the Seas. A spokesperson for the line cited "changing business needs" and the desire to encourage passengers to sail out of the ship's main homeport in Barcelona as the reasons behind the move. No bookings were affected, according to the line.

What Rhymes with Steel? Royal Caribbean is celebrating two ship building milestones: The keel laying took place for Quantum of the Seas and the first steel cutting has been completed for Anthem of the Seas.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor, Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant, Gina Kramer, Associate Editor and Jamey Bergman, U.K. Production Editor