Genting Hong Kong to Run Out of Cash By Month’s End
One company’s financial crisis has left a dark cloud hanging over the future of several cruise lines.
Genting Hong Kong has filed for bankruptcy, telling investors that the company will run out of money by the end of January and they’ve exhausted all possible means of fundraising. Genting owns Crystal Cruises as well as Asian lines Star Cruises and Dream Cruises.
But all hope may not be lost as Genting insisted that some divisions would remain operational, including Dream Cruises. Their statement did not give any hint as to the future of Crystal Cruises.
Late Wednesday it was announced that Crystal would be suspending services until April so they could “examine various options.”
Norwegian Cruise Line Adjusts Free at Sea Perks
Norwegian Cruise Line has made a few changes to its popular Free at Sea promotion, downgrading both the dining and internet offers.
In the past, guests on a seven-night sailing in any stateroom could dine in two specialty restaurants for free. Now, only those booked in a balcony stateroom or higher will receive the two free meals.
Those booking a studio, inside or oceanview will only receive one dining credit. The number of specialty restaurants allotted to guests on sailings 12 nights and longer has also been reduced.
With the internet perk, changes were made across the board.
Guests who previously received 250 free minutes for a seven to 13-night cruise will now receive 150 minutes each for the first two passengers in the room.
New Restaurant on Wonder of the Seas Detailed
On Wednesday, Royal Caribbean detailed a new dining concept aboard Wonder of the Seas.
The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar will debut on the world’s largest cruise ship in March. The menu will feature southern cuisine like pulled pork, southern fried chicken, crab beignets, shrimp and grits, cinnamon rolls, and other southern favorites.
The vessel will also have Royal classics like Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Hooked Seafood, and over a dozen more dining venues.
Wonder will spend its inaugural Caribbean season sailing from Port Everglades before repositioning to the Mediterranean in late spring.
Carnival Freedom Aids Distressed Boat
Carnival Freedom came to the aid of a distressed boat in the Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.
Freedom, which was at the start of an eight-night cruise, came across the vessel early Wednesday morning. The on-watch officer notified the Coast Guard and Carnival Freedom stood by until the authorities arrived.
Cruise ships are required by international maritime law to render assistance to a vessel in distress.
Freedom is scheduled to arrive back in PortMiami on Sunday.