All Aboard: Cruise News for Week of May 25

NCL lets food leave its dining areas again; Regent unveils its luxurious spa offerings; and Star Clippers to build first new ship in 15 years. Here are this week’s cruise updates.

Travel Pulse reports that Norwegian Cruise Line has reversed its recently enacted policy of prohibiting passengers from taking food out of its restaurants, due to customer and travel agent compliments. Many believed that the policy change was to force passengers to pay the recently instituted $7.95 delivery charge on room service. NCL President and COO Andy Stuart said in a statement that the ban “resulted from a leadership team ship inspection and was originally an endeavor to create a higher quality guest experience by eliminating dirty trays, plates, and glasses that were observed in the ship’s hallways.”

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® unveiled the details of its new Canyon Ranch Spaclub for Seven Seas Explorer, “the most luxurious ship ever built.” Developed by Canyon Ranch in collaboration with lifestyle and beauty experts of Red Flower, the spa will feature one-of-a-kind treatments, a teak-deck terrace with plush lounge chairs and infinity-edge plunge pool, and a thermal suite, a state-of-the-art infrared sauna, aromatic steam room, a cool room, and a shower room, where guests can enjoy a preset treatment with different water flow distributions, chroma-therapeutic lighting and audio effects. New body treatments include body rituals from Japan using delicate flowers and invigorating citrus oils, deep tissue massages and body-exfoliating with artic and ocean inspirations, and Turkish massages with essences of cardamom, jasmine, bergamot, amber, and clove.

Travel Weekly reports that Windstar christened Star Legend, the last of three power yachts it acquired from Seabourn, following a refurbishment.

Cruise Industry News reports Star Clippers has started building a fourth ship and its first new-build since 2000. The new ship will be the biggest project to date and will launch in the second half of 2017. The yet-to-be-named ship will feature three pools, 34 suites with balconies and four owner’s suites, and a light-filed atrium for open-seating dining. It will originally sail Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries.

 

Last Week’s Highlights

Royal Caribbean International announced the European debut in Barcelona of Allure of the Seas after an 18-day drydock revitalization that added new restaurants, new suites, and new experiences. Included in these renovations and additions were Izumi Hibachi & Sushi with a full teppanyaki menu, fresh and flavorful sushi rolls and sashimi; Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar with Mexican favorites, including hand-made tableside guacamole; Coastal Kitchen, an exclusive restaurant for suite guests and Pinnacle members featuring a fusion of Mediterranean and Californian flavors; 10 new suites, complete with an exclusive lounge and sun deck; and a kate spade new York, Michael Kors, and Regalia in the Park shopping avenues. This is the first full Oasis-class Europe season. In November 2015, Allure of the Seas will return to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Celebrity Cruises debuted the World Class™ Bar on Celebrity Eclipse, the first permanent World Class bar which offers curated and exclusive menu with new cocktailed and a series of “rituals.” The World Class Bar will expand to every Solstice Class ship with such drinks as the Mystic Ketal One®, Acapa® Old Fashioned, and Celebrity No. Ten™.

Disney Cruise Line announced that Disney Magic will return to New York in October 2016 for voyages to the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, and even to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick. Southern Cruises will enjoy a one-day Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation to Walt Disney World. Afterwards, Disney Magic will dock in Miami through the new year for sailings to the Caribbean, including western and eastern voyages. Disney Wonder will sail to the Bahamas from Galveston, starting in November 2016 until the new year, and most cruises will include a Halloween or winter-holiday event.