Cruise News Today — April 26, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Carnival Testing an Upcharge For a Second Meal at Complimentary Restaurant

Carnival Cruise Line is testing an up-charge for a second dinner at one of the included restaurants on Mardi Gras.

In a Facebook post, brand ambassador John Heald said the line is charging $8 per person for guests to eat dinner at Chibang for the second time “to give everyone an opportunity to dine in this unique venue.”

Dinner at Chibang remains free for the first visit, and lunch is free an unlimited amount of times. The test is only taking place aboard Mardi Gras.

Chibang is a new venue found on Carnival’s Excel class ships, featuring separate Chinese and Mexican menus.

STORY: Complimentary With a Catch: Carnival Cruise Line Tests Fee For Restaurant Guests

Carnival Reveals Two New Zones on Carnival Jubilee

Carnival detailed its next Excel class ship on Tuesday. The upcoming Carnival Jubilee will offer ocean-themed venues in two new zones onboard.

The first zone, Currents, will provides views of aquatic landscapes that change throughout the day to mirror life under the sea. Dr. Inks and the Golden Mermaid lounge will serve underwater and treasure themed cocktails, and Emeril’s Bistro 717 will feature an expanded seafood bar and creole dishes. Alchemy Bar, Carnival Kitchen, and the steakhouse will also be in this zone.

The Shores zone is themed after piers, boardwalks, and beaches. The boardwalk will include a ferris wheel inspired ceiling feature, while Coastal Slice and Beach Buns will offer pizza, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Nautical themed Marina Bar will be found here, as well as returning venues Rudi’s Seagull and Cucina Del Capitano with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Carnival Jubilee will debut this December from Texas and will be the third Carnival ship with a roller coaster.

STORY: Carnival Jubilee to Feature Two New Zones, Including One Inspired By Life Under The Sea

UK Cruise Market Expecting Record-Breaking 2023

The UK cruise market is poised for a record-breaking year in 2023, according to data released by Cruise Britain. The report shows the cruise industry having steady momentum after a period of halted operations.

Last year, UK ports hosted 2,176 cruise calls with nearly 1.4 million passengers visiting. This year shows 8 percent growth over last through the entire region, including the southwest, northwest, and Scotland.

Key lines, including Royal Caribbean International and MSC, have ships homeporting in the UK, while Southampton continues to position itself with mega ships and is set to see 2 million passengers this year alone.

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