If you’ve been busy over the past week, you’ve come to the right place with another cruise news update. We have coverage on major cruise lines, as Carnival gets strict, Norwegian makes a huge change and many changes from Royal Caribbean.
Cruise News Update
In this week’s roundup, we’ve got a mix of news from the major cruise lines, but one of the biggest stories is about Carnival Cruise Line starting to get tough on customers, which we’ll get to shortly.
There are also a blanket on an exciting new ride for the new MSC cruise ship, many changes from Royal Caribbean, including the huge development with Starlink. Norwegian Cruise Line is making a major change and Virgin Voyages is gearing up for a new loyalty program.
MSC unveils new robotic tower
MSC Cruises has revealed the first round of robotic arm at sea for its new cruise ship, the MSC Seascape.
The ride named ROBOTRON, which has three seats suspended from a robotic arm, will propel guests in all directions and knock them over while flying 175 feet above sea level suspended from the edge of the deck.
Riders can select their own level of thrill and speed, from family fun to ultimate thrill. Customers can also set the mood with their choice of music, lights and more.
Behind them will be a giant video screen where rhythm and bass are visualized as the robotic arm bounces and twists along with the music.
MSC Cruises has announced even more thrill rides in addition to ROBOTRON, focusing on virtual reality, 3D and simulation-type games. The flight simulator will be a 360-degree virtual reality tour, where guests can choose from different worlds.
VR Motorcycles will be a VR experience where guests can ride a motorcycle, with special effects such as wind and water splashing. There’s also the MSC Formula Racer and an immersive XD 3D cinema.
The 169,000 gross tons MSC Seascape will leave on November 19 from Italy. Its first cruise will be a 17-night Grand Voyage, which will end in New York for its inauguration. The ship will eventually operate year-round Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from PortMiami beginning December 7, 2022.
Carnival Cruise Line is getting strict
In a surprising modification of its policy relating to underage guests which applies to passengers under the age of 21, Carnival Cruise Line has instituted a fleet-wide curfew for young people on board. The curfew will only apply to guests 17 and under and will take effect immediately.
It means that “Guests 17 and under who are not accompanied by an adult in their traveling party, aged 21 or over, must vacate all public areas by 1:00 a.m. each evening, unless involved in a Club 02 or Circle C teen activity.”
Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador John Heald clarified the consequences of violating this new policy, Heald said, “Any guest violating the curfew or whose behavior contradicts our rules may be disembarked at the next port at their own expense and no longer permitted to cruise with us.
The change comes just days after Carnival Cruise Line updated its “Know Before You Go” information that is sent to guests ahead of their cruise. In the documentation, the cruise line reminds guests to respect others on board, noise in the hallways is kept to a minimum, guests follow the queues, and that a spirit of community and good neighborliness is shown by all.
Carnival is effectively putting its foot down, and it comes after a few high-profile ship altercations in recent weeks. In June and July, separate incidents occurred on board Carnival Magic of New York and Carnival Exhilaration of Jacksonville, Florida. Such incidents, however, are not limited to Carnival Cruise Line. Royal Caribbean Navigator of the seas had a similar incident in early July.
Royal Caribbean moves forward with Starlink
Royal Caribbean Group is the world’s first cruise line fully implement the SpaceX Starlink Maritime High-speed Internet on board cruise ships.
Effective immediately, the company will begin installation aboard cruise ships sailing for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea.
Royal Caribbean has extensively tested the system on board freedom of the seas in recent weeks, the information that the company has taken into account for the rest of the fleet.
Celebrity Cruises has already provided an update on when it plans to implement the new systems on its ships. Celebrity’s newest ship, Celebrity Beyondwill receive the new system on September 5.
All ships in the Celebrity Edge series will have been updated by the end of this year. The installation will then continue until 2023 and will be completed by May.
According to Royal Caribbean, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and by the end of the first quarter of 2023 the cruise line hopes to have completed the fleet-wide rollout.
Not only does the speed far exceed the current standard, but SpaceX reports speeds of up to 350 Mbps. Connecting via satellite in low orbit also means extremely low latency, which actually means that faster connections actually work as they would at home.
New Virgin Voyages benefits program
In 2023, Virgin Voyages will launch its official loyalty program. Prior to launch, the Richard Branson-owned cruise line published details of several benefits available to customers this year. These benefits and previous onboard purchases will help propel passengers to elite status in 2023.
Virgin Voyages will offer two different benefits in the coming months, aimed at helping customers achieve higher status once the official loyalty program launches next year.
The first, ‘Deep Blue Extras,’ will offer guests who book a massive amount of extras once they set foot on board, elevating them to VIP status.
The second benefit is the Red Hot booking bonus months. Between August 30 and November 15, 2022, any booking made during this period will qualify passengers for special onboard spend benefits and chances to win extraordinary experiences within the Virgin family.
As a thank you to the pioneer guests who were the first to sail on board scarlet lady and valiant lady, the cruise line is also introducing tokens. These tokens track all eligible onboard spend to ensure sailors are well positioned to receive benefits in 2023.
Those who sailed in 2021 with Virgin are called Sea-Blazers. Among other benefits, they will receive a Bar Tab bonus of $125 for life. Anyone who has sailed twice with Virgin Voyages in 2022 is a Sea-Rover. They will earn a $100 Bar Tab bonus for two years.
There’s plenty of information about Virgin Voyages’ new benefits program on cruisehive.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line switches to Coca-Cola
Following earlier reports and sightings of beverage offerings on various ships, Norwegian Cruise Line has officially announced the switch from PepsiCo soft drinks to Coca-Cola some products.
This change is in conjunction with the inaugural sailing of the cruise line’s newest ship, norwegian primawhich already serves Coca-Cola drinks.
New norwegian prima is the first ship in Norwegian’s 18-ship fleet to carry Coca-Cola as its official soft drink. The remaining NCL ships will all be fully switched to Coca-Cola products by December 2022.
Guests aboard various ships have already reported the increasing availability of Coca-Cola beverages, including on Norwegian breakaway, norwegian epicand norwegian joy.
Additional ships will begin offering Coca-Cola drinks as bars and lounges can be adequately stocked, but no timetable has been announced indicating which ships will have which drinks and when.
It can be difficult to make the switch, even on a single ship, as each ship has many different bars, lounges, and restaurants that all need to be outfitted with the right supplies and rebranded to promote the new partnership.
Royal Caribbean updates transatlantic protocols
While protocols for various cruise itineraries, ports of embarkation and destinations have evolved rapidly over the past few weeks, guests booked for upcoming transatlantic crossings from Europe to North America will be relieved of finally have updated tips for their cruise trip.
According to updated protocols, all passengers aged 5 and over must be fully vaccinated before boarding. The last dose of the primary series must be administered at least 14 days before departure.
All passengers on these cruises must submit a negative pre-cruise test result. Passengers who are fully vaccinated and up to date with their vaccinations, including the booster when their series of primary vaccinations have been completed more than 9 months before departure, can have a supervised PCR or antigen test up to three days before departure. boarding.
Unvaccinated passengers do not need to take two tests, but should ensure that their tests are administered within the appropriate time frame prior to boarding to be valid.
No unsupervised self-testing will be accepted for any pre-cruise testing, regardless of vaccination status or timing of testing.
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