Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip…
Citing safety concerns, Crystal Cruises has dropped Turkey from April and May itineraries of its 922-passenger Crystal Symphony and spring and fall sailings of its 62-passenger yacht Crystal Esprit. The ships will instead linger in Greece. The move comes in the wake of a deadly bombing in Istanbul last week that the Turkish authorities are blaming on the Islamic State.
Something funny seems to have gotten into the drinking water on Royal Caribbean. In May, the line is unveiling a "comedy dive show" called "Hideaway Heist," featuring a mystery plot-line set at a swanky 1950s holiday resort. It's also offering a musical spoof called "Columbus, The Musical!" all about the escapades of Marvin Columbus, the down-on-his-luck cousin of Christopher Columbus. Both will debut on the new world's largest ship, the 5,500-passenger Harmony of the Seas.
Big changes are coming to the Carnival Inspiration -- built in 1996 -- as a part of a multi-million update. Additions launching February 5 on a Baja Mexico sailing include poolside tequila and rum bars, burgers from "Food Network" star Guy Fieri, and more.
This spring, art lovers cruising with Holland America Line can take a gander at Dutch Masterpieces (or at least reproductions thereof). Rijksmuseum at Sea, a floating version of the Netherlands' popular art museum, debuts on the Oosterdam in April. The partnership also brings new art-related activities and museum merchandise available in shipboard shops -- you know, in case you want a Vermeer tote or Rembrandt scarf.