Catch Up on Cruising: Latest News in bite size!

Ahoy Fellow Cruisers

Happy New Year, here is your update on Cruise News from recent times:

Oceania Cruises announced two new vessels for 2022 and 2025

The new Allura Class mid-size vessels will continue to provide the warmth, popular design and comforting elements and amenities of Oceania’s Marina and Riviera. At 1200 guests guests will receive an additional level of comfort, convenience and a host of new luxury amenities.


Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Increases Prices of Three Drink Packages

Royal Caribbean’s  Deluxe package will cost, depending on the sailing, between US$63 to US$70 (up from US$57 to US$63) per person, per day. The package includes cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, tea, bottled water, and a 40 percent discount on bottles of wine under $100, along with a 20 percent discount of bottles over $100.

The Refreshment package (with teas, coffee, bottled water, sodas, juices) will cost US$29 (up from a range of US$26 to US$29); and its Classic Soda package (with unlimited sodas) will cost US$12.99 (up from between $US8.50 and US$9.50). Prices do not include the automatic 18 percent gratuity.

Other lines made similar moves in recent year.

Late last year, Carnival Cruise Line raised prices of its Cheers! Package to US$51.95 per person, per day if purchased pre cruise and US$56.95 per person, per day if purchased onboard. Carnival also charges an automatic 15 percent gratuity.

Norwegian Cruise Line increased the price of its Ultimate Beverage Package late last year from US$89 per person, per day to US$99. That price does not include an automatic 20 percent gratuity.


Royal Caribbean Changes Main Dining Room Dress Code

Guests on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sailings will no longer be able to wear shorts or tank tops when they go to dine in main dining rooms, even during casual nights.

Royal Caribbean updated the dress policy to clear up any confusion after their blog said it had added shorts to its dress code for casual nights last week.

The new rules are:

  • For formal nights, the cruise line recommends “suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns.”
  • For smart casual nights, “think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear” and wear “collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits.”
  • For casual nights, Royal suggests “jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses” but asks guests to “keep swimwear to the Pool Deck.” Shorts and tanks will be accepted for breakfast and lunch, but not in the main dining room at dinner.


Princess Cruises Expands Ocean Medallion to 3 More Ships

Princess Cruises will be adding the Ocean Medallion technology to 3 more ships this month – Royal Princess, Crown Princess & Sky Princess.

The OceanMedallion, is a piece of wearable technology that holds a guest’s information so that crew members can identify them during the sailing. The technology allows guests to open their cabin, make payments, embark and disembark all through the a small pendant that can be worn on a wristband, a necklace, or kept in a pocket.


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