Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip.
- There seems to be no slowing down when it comes to Cuba cruises. Carnival Cruise Line is the latest mainstream line to be approved to sail to this hot new destination, starting this June from Tampa. The cruise, on one of the line’s older ships, Carnival Paradise, will include an overnight stay in Havana as part of 4- and 5-night Caribbean itineraries.
- Ready to take the kids to Europe? This summer, Disney Cruise Line itineraries will include a few new cities. Disney will now sail to Milan, Italy as part of a 10-night Mediterranean cruise, and to Cork, Ireland on a 7-night British Isles cruise.
- Calling all wine lovers: Un-Cruise Adventures announced a new wine-themed itinerary, sailing roundtrip from Portland, Oregon on the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette rivers. Sommeliers will prepare wine tastings and pairings on 88-passenger S.S. Legacy between April and October, with an itinerary that features some of the Pacific Northwest’s most well-known wineries.
- Cruising on Princess ships is getting easier. The line's wearable technology, called Ocean Medallion, will now be offered on a fourth ship, the Island Princess, in 2018. The medallion allows guests to skip check in, pre-order and pay for food, access digital photos, and receive notices of onboard events.
- If you're a fan of artist Guy Harvey and his enormous sea life mural on the hull of the Norwegian Escape, you'll soon have a chance to meet -- and sail -- with him in person. Norwegian Cruise Line is partnering with Harvey for a week-long, conservation-themed cruise on the ship this October. Harvey will greet guests, participate in discussion panels, and lead a painting session onboard.