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New Year Cruise News

 

The cruise industry has welcomed the new decade with great fanfare – at least 13 cruise ships held their own professional fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve and there was no shortage of celebration on board other ships! Passengers around the world have reported having the time of their lives.

As we sail into 2020, let’s take a look at what we can expect this year and beyond.

 

New Cruise Ships

Cruise Industry News confirms that 25 new cruise ships will enter service this year. That’s a new record, and it includes two new cruise brands – the eagerly anticipated Virgin Voyages and Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Fancy!

One of the most publicised new vessels launching in 2020 is the Carnival Mardi Gras, which will sail the Caribbean running on eco-friendly, “clean burning” LNG fuel. It will almost be a floating city, carrying 5,200 guests!

There are smaller ships launching too though – from a 120-passenger expedition ship to beautiful, luxurious new river cruisers.

 

The New Message: No Hate

Carnival Cruises has banned t-shirts (and other clothing) with offensive or obscene messages and images – this includes racism, nudity, profanity, and sexual innuendo/suggestion. “In addition, clothing/accessories should not promote negative ethnic or racial commentary, or hatred or violence in any form."

Cruise Critis reports that in a social media survey conducted by Carnival, 97% of respondents welcomed the new rule.

 

Greener Cruises

Cruise Industry News lists environmental awareness as an even stronger trend in 2020 than it was in 2019: “Cruise lines are racing to reduce single use plastics, not only including straws and water bottles, but working back through the supply chain to eliminate packaging materials and other items.”

While the industry continues to introduce more LNG and hybrid power ships, the ultimate goal is zero emissions.

 

Price Watch

We’ve seen a few notifications of price increases for “extras” and add-ons. These include drinks packages on Carnival’s shorter cruises, and daily gratuities on Celebrity Cruises.

The increases are relatively small but it’s always good to know what you’ll be charged.

In most cases, passengers who have already booked and paid for these add-ons won’t be charged extra, but if you haven’t paid yet you may be charged the new rate. Speak to your agent to confirm.

Something that hasn’t changed since 2018 AND through 2019  is our fantastic cruise insurance rates – and the automatic 20% DISCOUNT you get every time you buy through our website!

A lot of travel insurance quotes offer discounts, but we’re the only one that discounts all premiums, including medical premiums!