NCL Reducing Cleaning Service For Guests
Norwegian Cruise Line will soon be reducing its cleaning service for most cabins across the fleet in 2023.
Those staying in interior, studio, oceanview, balcony, and club balcony suites will receive stateroom service once daily. All other suites and The Haven will continue to have twice-daily turn-down service.
The first vessel to implement the change will be Norwegian Epic starting January 8th. It’s planned to be rolled out fleetwide by March 31st, with Norwegian Pearl the last ship to make the switch.
The “Stateroom Steward” and “Junior Stateroom Steward” positions will be eliminated, becoming one position called “Stateroom Attendant.”
This change comes just as Norwegian is set to increase its daily gratuities on January 1st. It puts NCL in line with Carnival, which also does turn-down service just once in either the morning or evening.
Carnival Appoints New Chief Culinary Officer
Carnival Cruise Line has appointed celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse as its Chief Culinary Officer.
The role furthers the line’s partnership with Lagasse, who already has a restaurant aboard Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration called Emeril’s Bistro. The line’s third Excel-class ship, Carnival Jubilee, will also feature an Emeril’s Bistro outpost.
As Chief Culinary Officer, Lagasse will guide Carnival’s chefs on food trends and techniques, and advise on future menu items and restaurants. He will also have input on the main dining menus, including entrées designated as “Emeril recommends” picks.
This weekend, Lagasse will join Carnival president Christine Duffy in Times Square to flip the switch on the New Year’s Eve ball drop countdown clock.