Cruise News Recap | Week of January 16, 2022

1. Carnival cruise director Mike Pack has accepted a promotion within the company, and will be leaving the line’s largest ship, Mardi Gras. 

2. Crystal Cruises’ parent company has filed to wind up as it says it will run out of cash by the end of this month. As a result, Crystal has suspended all ocean cruises through April 29, and river cruises through the end of May so its management team can evaluate its options.

3. Holland America has extended its Flexible Cancellation Plan through September 30. Those who book a cruise by March 31 for itineraries that depart on or before September 30 can cancel up to 30 days prior to departure in exchange for a future cruise credit.

4. Norwegian Cruise Line has adjusted the perks for two of its Free at Sea offers — the specialty dining and the wifi.

5. Royal Caribbean has announced that its upcoming mega-ship Wonder of the Seas will feature a new southern comfort food restaurant called The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar.

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The Mason Jar entrance (Rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Featured Article: 7 Cruise Trends You’ll See in 2022

There are a lot of trends that we’ve seen emerging across much of the cruise industry in recent months and years. In this week’s featured article, we identify seven trends we’re seeing more of currently — and on new ships that are set to debut this year.

Read the 7 Cruise Trends You’ll See in 2022 here.

This Week’s Podcast: Carnival Magic Review

On this week’s episode of Cruise Radio, we talk with Isaiah about his recent seven-night cruise aboard Carnival Magic out of Port Canaveral, Florida. Also, staff writer Richard Simms joins us to discuss the latest cruise news and answer a listener’s question about pre-cruise COVID-19 testing.

Featured Video: Cruise News Today

This week’s featured YouTube video is the Cruise News Brief from Wednesday, January 19. Doug goes over Royal Caribbean’s return date to Labadee, Mike Pack accepting a promotion and leaving Mardi Gras, bookings opening for MSC Seascape, and American Cruise Lines’ new Project Blue ships.

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