Cruise News Shorts: Crystal Offers Running Tours, Royal Caribbean Extends Drinks Packages & More Cruise News

May 9, 2014

(3:02 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.

Runners, Take Your Mark
Lace up your running shoes folks. Crystal Cruises is launching a new Site Running program, giving runners the chance to jog their way through several European cities. The escorted tours are scenic 5k to 10k runs in Dubrovnik, Greenock (Scotland), St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Cobh (Cork, Ireland) and old Bordeaux. Prices start at $69 for the one- to four-hour outings and include transportation to/from the run's beginning/end, instructor-led warm-ups, guide-narrated sightseeing stops, reflective safety gear, bottled water and fresh juice, and power snacks.

More Drinks, Please
Weekend cruisers, rejoice! Royal Caribbean has expanded its offering of all-inclusive drinks packages to cruises of three nights or longer. Previously, the line only offered the four all-inclusive packages on cruises of four nights or longer. The packages range from $20 to $65 per person, per day. The line also is rolling out a new menu at Chops Grille to its entire fleet after first testing it on Navigator of the Seas in February. It will be available fleetwide by the end of August.

A Shiny Diadema
Costa Cruises will add a shiny new ship to its fleet this November when it christens Costa Diadema in Genoa. Diadema is under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard near Venice. The 3,724-passenger ship will offer several new-to-the-brand services including the Birreria (beer house), Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, and the Star Laser room with interactive laser games including a laser maze.

First Sail
AIDA's newbuild, AIDAprima, dipped its proverbial toes in the water last weekend for the first time during sea trials that tested the ship's buoyancy and stability. As part of the test the 3,300-passenger ship sailed from the Tategami plant of the Nagasaki Shipyard to the Kojagi Dock on the outskirts of Nagasaki, where it will dry dock for further work. AIDAprima will be the first ship in the AIDA fleet to use an emissions scrubber system. It debuts October 2015.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor