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More 'Star Wars' and Ships for Disney Cruise Line: What To Expect on the Horizon

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The force continues to be strong with the Disney Cruise Line as it announces that Star Wars Day at Sea will be reprised onboard in 2017 and a pair of new ships are set to arrive in 2021 and 2023.

The initial 2016 lineup of eight Star Wars theme cruises is still underway now through April aboard the Disney Fantasy, and already Disney has renewed the experience for 2017. Next time around, the film franchise will feature on 15 cruises on eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

Our guests keep telling us that Star Wars Day at Sea is an experience theyll never forget, that its a thrill of intergalactic proportions, said Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. In response to guest demand, were pleased to create even more Star Wars memories aboard the Disney Fantasy in 2017 with an expanded schedule of these special sailings. Clearly, the Force is alive and well on the high seas!

The same exciting programming I had a chance to experience on the inaugural Star Wars Day at Sea cruise this January will return including screenings of all seven movies plus Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all new feature film set for release on December 16, 2016. The main event will still be a final dance party and grand fireworks deck show following character meet-and-greets and family-friendly interactions throughout the day. Guest cosplay will also be celebrated in the atrium.

Kids will once again have the chance to become Padawans and duel Darth Vader in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, and Star Wars crafts and trivia games will further test the mind as themed food and beverages satiate the stomach. Whats more, exclusive merchandise will encompass everything from apparel to collectible pins.

The 2017 experience will be aboard seven-night Disney Fantasy cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida on Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1 and 15, 2017 in the western Caribbean and Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25; March 11, 25; and April 8, 2017 in the eastern Caribbean. All itineraries also feature Disney Cruise Lines private island of Castaway Cay.

The news that the Disney Cruise Line will construct another two ships to join the fleet in 2021 and 2023 respectively currently lacks much detail, but enough is already known to glean some further insight.

First, the to-be-named ships (how about Disney Imagination for one?) will be constructed where the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy originated at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and they will begin to emerge nine years after the Fantasy set sail in 2012. Compare that to the 11 year span between the Disney Wonder (1999) and the Disney Dream (2011). Simply put, Disneys fleet expansion is accelerating.

The new pair of vessels will measure in at 135,000 tons slightly larger than their predecessors, 5,000 tons over the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to be exact but the guest capacity will remain the same as the last two with about 1,250 cabins planned for 2,500 double occupancy.

As to where that extra space might be allocated, closer inspection of the released fleet rendering shows ships that look nearly identical to the Dream and Fantasy, but a bonus suite deck is perched above the spa facility. Suite accommodations might potentially be larger this time around or doubled in number with some other cabin categories making way for new venues elsewhere. Additionally, the former porthole windows at the aft superstructure appear to now be replaced in favor of more balconies behind an architectural swooping curve, maintaining the graceful lines.

Interestingly missing from the renderings is the AquaDuck water coaster, but the pool deck does display a new bowed-out section between the funnels, indicating an enlarged space for something fresh. Might there be both the AquaDuck and free-fall AquaDunk variety from the Disney Magic onboard or a hybridization of the two?

With Royal Caribbean International having introduced the North Star passenger pod crane on its Quantum-class ships and Carnival Cruise Line introducing the SkyRide suspended cycle track aboard its forthcoming Carnival Vista, the competition for appealing deck attractions has heated up recently. What the Disney Cruise Line will present to match or exceed the others in the family cruising segment is yet to be announced. These concept sketches are likely not a final depiction of what exactly is to come, but we will soon find out.

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Carnival Cruise Line Announces Fall LIVE Lineup

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On Monday, Carnival Cruise Line announced its fall 2016 Carnival LIVE lineup, which will feature country music star Sam Hunt and comedians Chris Tucker and Jim Gaffigan.

Carnival LIVE is the cruise lines one-of-a-kind entertainment experience held in each ships main theater. The theaters found on the companys ships have a capacity that varies from 900-to-1,300 guests.

The performances take place after the ship has docked at ports of call like Cozumel, Nassau, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay.

For those looking to witness a performance from Hunt, he will play two shows on the Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Splendor while the ships are docked in Cozumel on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, respectively.

As for Gaffigan, he will do his standup routines on the Carnival Valor on Sept. 6 and Carnival Fantasy on Sept. 7 while each is docked in Nassau. In addition, Tucker will conduct his one-man show on the Carnival Freedom in Grand Cayman on Oct. 25 and another on Carnival Dream in Montego Bay on Oct. 26.

These recent announcements are in addition to a plethora of musicians and comedians already announced for 2016. For a full list of this years Carnival LIVE concert events, check out the Carnival Cruise Lines official website: http://www.carnival.com/carnival-live.aspx

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Viking River Cruises Christens Six New Ships

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Viking River Cruises yesterday christened six new long shipsthe latest in its aggressive expansionat a waterfront ceremony in Amsterdam.

Although the weather didnt cooperatethe ceremony took place in driving rain and cold temperaturesthe celebration took place without a hitch with an enthusiastic reception from Viking executives and crew, visitors and the six godmothers who christened each vessel.

In a nod to the importance of travel agents, Viking chose as the ships godmothers, six women representing travel trade organizations throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

Travel agents have done a great job for us, said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. River cruising remains one of the fastest-growing segments of travel, and we would not be the leading river cruise line without the help of travel agents.

The christening marked another year of impressive expansion for Viking, occurring just two years after the company set a second Guinness World Record for the most new ships launched in a single day.

It also comes one month before Viking Ocean Cruises is set to launch its second ship, Viking Sea.

Four of the six new longships will be deployed on Vikings most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. The other two will sail the Seine River on Vikings Paris and Normandy itinerary.

A seventh new longship will debut in a couple of weeks, said Hagen. It has been built specially for the Douro River, bringing the companys total number of ships in Portugal to three.

Before the ceremony, Hagen discussed Vikings impressive growth since its founding in 1997 with four ships in Russia.

Vikings river cruise fleet now approaches 70 and it has a 49 percent share of the North America river cruise market, a figure Hagen said is underestimated.

Hagen said that everyone in the river cruise space has experienced a slowdown in Europe this year due to the Paris terror attacks and other incidents.

But Viking continues its great leap forward, he added. We generate demand by aggressive marketing.

In fact, Hagen announced that on Feb. 28, Viking set an all-time record for the most bookings in one day: more than $25 million in gross bookings.

Were back on track, he added.

The godmothers for the new Viking longships are:

Lisa Anciaux, Godmother of Viking Rolf, is the director of travel products for AAA Washington

Beth Butzlaff, Godmother of Viking Kadlin, is the managing director of cruise sales for Virtuoso.

Michelle Chimko, Godmother of Viking Alruna, is the chief operating officer of Alberta Motor Association.

Jennifer Gasser, Godmother of Viking Egil, is the vice president of supplier relations and product operations for World Travel Holdings.

Beryl Gibson, Godmother of Viking Vilhjalm, is the joint owner of Northumbria Travel Limited.

Sinead OConnell, Godmother of Viking Tialfi, is the director of industry relations for Vacation.com.

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Norwegian Raising Prices of Beverage Packages

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For those who enjoy a cocktail or two during a Norwegian Cruise Line voyage, the prices for the drinks will increase as the company is raising the cost of its Ultimate Beverage Package.

According to Gene Sloan of the USA Today, Norwegian Cruise Line has raised prices for the Ultimate Beverage Package by almost 15 percent, jumping from $69 per person, per day to $79 per person, per day.

Add in a mandatory service charge of 18 percent, and the total cost for two passengers to enjoy the Ultimate Beverage Package over the course of a seven-night sailing will now total more than $1,300.

The price hikes dont stop there, though, as Norwegian Cruise Line has also increased the Corks and Caps drinks package cost by almost 10 percent and raised prices for the Specialty Dining Packages by $10 per person, per day.

Travel agents were informed Monday of the changes, which took effect on nine of the Norwegian Cruise Lines vessels already. The new pricing will also be adopted by three additional ships over the coming week, including the Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Epic.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Shuffles Entertainment Offerings

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WHY IT RATES: A cruise ship is quite often defined by its amenities and entertainment on-board as it is for its ports of call. Norwegian is being proactive to take advantage of its guests preferences. Rich Thomaselli, TravelPulse Senior Editor

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in award-winning onboard entertainment, today announced exciting changes to the entertainment offerings aboard the lines two newest ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Getaway.

Due to the shows overwhelmingly popularity on Norwegian Escape, For the Record: The Brat Pack will now be offered to an expanded audience, as a complimentary show in the Escape Theater beginning on April 16. Receiving rave reviews on Norwegian Escape, For The Record is a critically acclaimed Hollywood night that celebrates classic soundtracks of motion picture masters.

Guests spend an evening with a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal in this mashed-up retrospective of the John Hughes’ coming of age 1980’s teen films. Guests enjoying the show will laugh, cry, stomp their feet and relive the classic new wave sounds from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. As of April 9, The Supper Club will feature an all new dinner and live entertainment experience, with details to be revealed soon. The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit After Midnight featuring Brenda Braxton will continue in The Escape Theater as regularly scheduled.

As For the Record moves to the Escape Theater, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet will be featured on board Norwegian Escape as of the March 5 sailing and will re-open onboard Norwegian Getaway on May 15. Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” and more. Legally Blonde on Norwegian Getaway will close on April 30 and Burn The Floor will continue as currently scheduled.

From March 5 until April 16 when For the Record begins, The Escape Theater will feature Vocal Over Drive, a contemporary pop acapella group. Featuring five talented musicians, this explosive vocal band brings the popular acapella sound thats sweeping the country today in hit films like Pitch Perfect to Norwegian guests. Vocal Over Drive create the sound of a full band with just their voices to produce a high energy unforgettable theatre experience that will leave you saying”How did they do that?”

Forged out of funky beats and an award winning a cappella background, Vocal Over Drive has toured internationally wowing hundreds of thousands around the globe giving audiences the performance of a lifetime each night they take the stage. Fusing innovative harmonies, dance and comedy, this musical spectacle unites audiences young and old. Vocal Over Drive will then move to The Getaway Theater from May 1 until May 15, when Million Dollar Quartet opens.

Norwegian is leading the way in providing engaging, enjoyable and exciting entertainment for guests across our fleet, said Richard Ambrose, vice-president of entertainment for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. These updates to our entertainment offerings will ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry, providing the very best contemporary, award-winning entertainment for our guests.

Reservations for any of these entertainment experiences can be made via guests My NCL account on www.ncl.com starting on March 1, 2016.

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A Titanic Delay: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 12-18

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Looks like TITANIC fanatics will have to wait a few more years to step back in time to 1912. Titanic II, the brainchild of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer will not be completed until 2018. The route of the (hopefully incident-free) maiden voyage has also been changed originally a recreation of the originals Southampton-to-New York route, she will now sail from Jiangsu, China to Dubai. Click to learn more about Titanics near-replica.

VIFP Club. Latitudes Rewards. Crown and Anchor Society. Mainstream cruise line loyalty programs go by many names, but for frequent cruisers, it pays to be a member, no matter which you choose. Perks and discounts come in many forms, policies frequently change, and theres a lot fine print, so weve put together this brief up-to-date loyalty program guide to get you started.

From celebrity chefs to hit TV shows to Broadway legends, Princess Cruises is pulling out all the stops with its Come Back New brand enhancements. To see all these exciting onboard happenings in action, check out TravelPulse cruise expert Jason Lepperts Ruby Princess video embedded from his Popular Cruising YouTube channel.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection just introduced a ship that will sail the Seine starting in March, 2017. The 128-passenger S.S. Joie de Vivre will not lack in luxurious appointments, and among the lavish amenities, will feature butlers as skilled as those at Buckingham Palace. Click to find out more about this new vessel.

TravelPulse was at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France to have a look at Royal Caribbean Internationals Harmony of the Seas ahead of the cruise ship’s May 2016 launch. The largest cruise ship of the world is still taking shape, and this is a fascinating photo essay that offers a glimpse into the final stages of the process.

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Anthem Of the Seas Cancels Cruise After Encounter with Storm

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Royal Caribbean International said that the Anthem of the Seas will return to Cape Liberty, N.J., following a severe storm off the Carolina cost, rather than completing a seven-day Florida and Bahamas itinerary.

Four passengers were injured and there was damage to cabins and public areas on the ship after it sailed through hurricane-force winds Sunday night. During the storm, the Anthems captain asked passengers to stay in their cabins until the weather improved, Royal Caribbean said.

Photos posted on RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com, which is not an official company website, show overturned furniture and a collapsed section of ceiling in one part of the ship.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said the balance of the itinerary would likely have been affected by poor weather prospects.

“We appreciate our guests patience and cooperation. We know it was tough day on Sunday and apologize for their discomfort, Royal Caribbean said.

Passengers will get a full refund and 50% off a future cruise.

The Anthem was on a cruise that departed Feb. 6 from Cape Liberty, N.J., and was scheduled to stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., on Monday.

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Source: Tom Stieghorst, Travel Weekly, February 9, 2016 (“Anthem of the Seas Heading Home After Storm Battering”)

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River Cruises Attracting Guests of All Ages

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(Thanks to shows like “Downton Abbey” and the attraction of those PBS Viking cruise commercials, cruises on Europe’s rivers have never been more popular. Read more, courtesy of Jason Leppert @ Travel Pulse).

River cruising is booming, and its not all thanks to older generations, although that has been the traditional crowd for some time. Now, millennials, myself at 32 included, are becoming more and more attracted to international travel along historic and scenic banks, and there is plenty to hold our attention onboard and off.

Personally, I have yet only traveled with Viking River Cruises, a company not specifically interested in accommodating youth nor families with children, but that hasnt stopped me from becoming an unapologetic fan. Regardless of the line chosen, there is not a more relaxing way to travel Europe, for instance, unpacking once and sailing straight into the heart of some of the most iconic cities in the world. Many ocean cruises dont even come as conveniently close.

When travelers embark on a river cruise, they can experience the quaint villages and thriving cities that rest along the beautiful rivers that wind and bend through Europe, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, South America and Egypt, said Steve Born, VP of marketing for the Globus family of brands, including Avalon Waterways, but some cant escape for long durations. For them, he adds, shorter, more diverse and active itineraries are another way river cruise companies are luring younger travelers.

By virtue of the locks they traverse, riverboats are also by no means ocean-plowing mega cruise ships, but innovations still abound. One of the more modern players, Emerald Waterways, draws in the younger market by offering contemporary, stylish river ships with amenities not found on other river ships all of which appeal to the millennial generation, according to Lisa Norton, vice president Emerald Waterways Brand Management, North America.

She explains such Emerald amenities include the only indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool on the river with a current generator for swimming laps, a fitness center, a walking track, a putting green, and bicycles on board for guests to use at their leisure or to enjoy on guided biking excursions.

In fact, staying fit while also relaxing on the rivers is important to younger crowds, and AmaWaterways has recently renewed its commitment to biking and hiking tours ashore in 2016.

When you think of the millennial traveler, you may be picturing a young, unattached globetrotter out for that perfect selfie. But plenty of travelers that fit the millennial demographic are starting families of their own, and they’re more than happy to take the whole family along for the trip. Adventures by Disney has teamed up with AmaWaterways to offer successful family-friendly journeys. AmaViolas connecting cabins are particularly well suited to large parties as are some of its staterooms and suites that can accommodate up to three or four to a room.

We’ve had a fantastic response to our Adventures by Disney river cruise itineraries, says Heather Killingbeck, director program development and operations for Adventures by Disney. By combining the luxury experience that AmaWaterways offers with the types of active family experiences that Disney can provide, we have created something that many parents have told us they wanted to do for a long time.

Tauck is another cruise line eager to please families as it is, particularly well-suited to host millennials as they become parents, because [it] operates three Tauck Bridges river cruises on the Danube, Rhone and Rhine designed specifically for families with young children, says Katharine Bonner, Tauck’s Sr. VP for River and Small Ship Ocean Cruising.

As for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, its ships may not exhibit a modern decor in fact, they eschew it but its president, Guy Young, says, we were the first river cruise company to offer multi-generational itineraries, which have proven to be extremely successful we doubled these offerings for 2016 and they now have their own dedicated brochure. These family-friendly departures attract both parents and grandparents traveling with children, effectively introducing the newest generation to river cruising.

Thats the sweet spot: appealing to all generations and sharing the experience with larger family trees. Just as once perceived stodgy ocean cruise lines are broadening their horizons from an older clientele to a younger one, so too are river cruise lines offering youthful active groups, couples and solo travelers alike a growing list of enticing options.

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Norwegian's New Cancellation Policy Tougher Than Most

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s sweeping reform of its cancellation policies effective Jan. 1 will make them tougher than other brands in the contemporary segment.
 
In one example, guests who book a seven-day or longer cruise must now make final payment 90 days, rather than 75 days, in advance. If they cancel after that, a penalty equal to 25% of the fare will apply if the cancellation is made from 76 to 89 days before sailing. The penalties increase to 50% when made from 61 to 75 days before sailing and 75% when made from 31 to 60 days before sailing, with complete loss of payment for cancellation within 30 days.
 
Currently, only guests who cancel within 14 days face 100% penalties.
 
Marsha Rosner, owner of Rosner Travel in Marietta, Ga., said she thought 90 days was too restrictive for many customers.
 
 “They have to have full payment so far in advance,” she said. “Three months ahead, some people don’t even book a cruise that early. It means they’re going to have to pay the full cruise, and if something happens they lose it all. That can have a negative impact, especially if other cruise lines are only doing 75 days — unless this is going to be a norm and other cruise lines are going to follow suit.”
 
The cancellation policies of other cruise lines vary, but several in the contemporary segment, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and MSC Cruises, require final payment 75 days out for seven-day cruises.
 
And their terms remain looser. At Carnival, for example, a guest canceling a seven-night Caribbean cruise from 56 to 75 days before sailing loses only her deposit, not 25% of the fare.
 
Likewise at Royal, although the time frame is from 57 to 74 days.
 
Lindsay Hardy, owner of a Travel Leaders outlet in Palm Coast, Fla., said she thought the new Norwegian policy would have little impact on her clientele.
 
“We sell travel insurance to 90% of our clients,” Hardy said. “Travel insurance covers these penalties.”
 
Hardy said the new policy is actually easier on agents in one way because it extends the loss-of-full-fare period from 14 to 30 days. Hardy said that if a client cancels in anything other than the full penalty period, she has to file a commission-protection notice with the travel insurer.
 
“If they’re in a 100% penalty at 30 days and they cancel, then I don’t have to go through all that extra paperwork to get my commission,” she said. “So from an agent’s standpoint it’s actually a good thing. Our commission’s protected for 30 days as opposed to 14 or 15 days.”
 
Norwegian Cruise Line President Andy Stuart said the policy would prove to be a positive for travel agents.
 
“It commits bookings earlier on, protects agent commissions earlier and minimizes cancellation space from going on sale close to sailing,” he said. “This new policy will allow us to continue to further drive our goal of maintaining pricing integrity.”
 
Hardy speculated that Norwegian under Frank Del Rio, who was appointed CEO earlier this year, is adopting the cancellation policies in effect at Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which are also part of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Del Rio founded Oceania in 2002.
“I’m sure that’s where it came from,” Hardy said. “Those companies have had a stiffer cancellation penalty phase for quite some time.”
 
At Oceania, a standard deposit is $750 on cruises of 15 nights or less, and guests pay a $250 administration fee for canceling from 90 to 120 days before sailing. The fee can be applied to a future cruise.
 
Final payment is due at 90 days, and cancellations made 76 to 90 days before sailing are penalized at 25% of the cruise fare, with the other graduations corresponding to the schedule Norwegian will adopt as of Jan. 1.
 
Regent Seven Seas has one of the stricter cancellation policies in the industry. On cruises of 15 days or less, it requires a deposit equal to 15% of the cruise fare. Those canceling 90 to 120 days before sailing lose that deposit.
 
The balance of the cancellation schedule follows the new Norwegian policy.
 
Like many lines, Regent has a separate cancellation schedule for longer-length cruises that requires more advance notice to win a full refund. It also has a separate, higher-deposit requirement for the inaugural season of its new Seven Seas Explorer due in July.
 
In the contemporary segment, there are easier cancellation penalties for shorter cruises, generally less than six days, although the standards vary line to line.
 
Under Norwegian’s current policy, cruises from one to five days in length can be canceled 45 to 60 days prior to sailing with loss of deposit, 30 to 44 days with a 50% penalty, 15 to 29 days with a 75% penalty and 14 days or less with full loss of the cruise fare.
 
Starting Jan. 1, the policy on cruises from one to six days in length calls for loss of deposit for cancellations 57 to 75 days from sailing, a 50% penalty from 30 to 56  days, a 75% penalty from 16 to 29 days and a 100% penalty at 15 days or less.
 
Certain types of sailings or certain ships are exceptions to the policy. For example, Norwegian’s high-end Haven Garden Villas and Suites, and sailings around the Christmas and New Years holidays have stricter requirements, as does Norwegian’s Pride of America, the only cruise ship in Hawaii. Norwegian consolidated the Haven and holiday sailings into one category in the schedule that starts Jan. 1.
 
Also there is a separate cancellation schedule that applies to add-ons to the basic cruise or cruise tour.
 
If a guest, for example, cancels the air portion of a cruise booking but not the cruise itself, there is a $100 fee if the cancellation comes 76 to 89 days before cruise departure.
 
The cost gradually increases to 50% of the air fare from 61 to 75 days before sailing, 75% of the air fare from 31 to 60 days and the entire cost of the ticket within 30 days of departure.
 
Source: Tom Stieghorst (Travel Weekly, “New Norwegian Cancellation Policy Strictest Among Contemporary Cruise Lines”, December 22, 2015)
 
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Opening of NCL's Harvest Caye Resort Port in Belize Now Delayed

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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that Harvest Caye, the cruise line’s new resort-style port of call in Belize, will now open in November 2016.
 
Plans for the new development were announced back in August 2013, when Norwegian Cruise Line purchased approximately 75 acres in Southern Belize for the planned development of an eco-friendly cruise destination. The land, called Harvest Caye, is made up of two adjoining islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts that had previously been approved for a resort development with an air strip. 
 
At the time of its announcement plans called for a cruise destination consisting of two locations: an island destination with docking/tendering facilities and a mainland connection point for inland tours. Major components of the project are anticipated to include a floating pier, island village with open-air structures on raised platforms, marina, transportation hub for tours to the mainland, a lagoon for a variety of water sports and a beach area.
 
According to 7 News Belize, the destination was originally scheduled to open February 16, 2016. In late December of last year, Valdemar Andrade, director, destination planning and cruise, BTB, told 7 News Belize that the project had been delayed. 
 
In a statement released today by Norwegian, Vivian Ewart, vice president, passenger services, said that the grand opening will now take place in November 2016. Guests sailing on Western Caribbean cruises now through mid-November will instead call in Belize in Belize City. 
 
Further details on final plans for the destination and the experiences will be revealed in early 2016. Norwegian said it plans to send a communication to booked guests later this week with revised itinerary details. 
 
 
Source: Adam Leposa (Travel Agent Central, January 12, 2016 “Norwegian Cruise Line Delays Harvest Caye in Belize Opening Until November”)
 
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