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Cruise News: February 2019


Planning a cruise? Here’s news from around the world that could help you find what you’re looking for…


Suite River Life

A new suite-only ship is being launched on the Rhine by Avalon Waterways in 2020. This will be the cruise line’s 17th suite-only ship.

It will feature two 300-square-foot Royal Suites, 65 200-square-foot Panorama Suites – each with wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows – and sixteen 170-square-foot staterooms. River cruises offer incredible scenery and Panorama suite passengers will be able to watch these wonders float by from the comfort of their beds.


Looking After The Environment

Regent Seven Seas and Oceania are getting rid of all plastic water bottles on their ships from 2019 and will provide still and sparkling water in reusable glass bottles.

The phased roll-out will begin in April and follows the removal of plastic straws from all of the group’s ships.

Around 2 million single-use plastic bottles per year will be eliminated on Regent ships alone, according to Cruise Industry News, so a seemingly small change can eliminate many tons of plastic waste, with an enormous positive impact on sustainability.


Ultimate Entertainment

We told you about Virgin Voyages’ grand plans in our Luxury Cruise feature earlier this year, and 2020 bookings are now open!

The new cruise line has announced a dazzling entertainment line-up, as well as a private island Beach Club.

Theatre and musicals on board are being created by some of the top names on Broadway. There will also be immersive and “participatory” theatre, comedy, and aerobatics, reports Cruise Critic, and instead of a Cruise Director there will be a team of people dedicated to organising events and entertainment.

Bimini, in the Bahamas, will be home to Virgin’s private Beach Club, which will enable a full day of shoreside activities as it’s quite close to Miami – so setting sail can take its cue from sunsets without the usual rush to get back on board.

The high-energy cruise style isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly making waves in the cruise industry, raising the bar on entertainment and comfort.