Cruise News Today — July 14, 2022 [VIDEO]

Disney Increases Daily Gratuities

Disney Cruise Line increased its recommended daily gratuities this month by one dollar.

Guests staying in standard cabins will now pay $14.50 per person, per day. Those staying in Concierge staterooms will now pay $15.50 per person, per day.

Guests who have already pre-paid gratuities for a cruise booked prior to July second will have their original rate protected.

The last time Disney increased its gratuities was in January 2019. Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line also increased their daily gratuities earlier this year.

STORY: Disney Cruise Line Increases Daily Gratuities

Norwegian Sun Resumes Service

It’s back to sea for Norwegian Sun.

Later this afternoon, Sun will depart on its first voyage back after striking an iceberg on June 25.

The ship spent some time at the at the pier in Seattle being repaired by underwater divers for two weeks until she passed a seaworthy test.

Norwegian Sun sails five to nine-night voyages to Southeast Alaska from Seattle.

This is Norwegian’s second incident this year with one of their vessels. In March, Norwegian Escape ran aground in the Caribbean and had to fly guests back to Orlando after an inspection the next morning. There were no injuries reported in either accident.

Cruises Are a Great Travel Deal This Summer

The Today Show did a report this week centered on the current cost of traveling.

Average roundtrip domestic airfare is $330. Hotels are averaging $153 a night, and gas is averaging $4.66 a gallon — high prices for summer travel.

Cruise lines, however, are offering great deals. Currently, there are over 2,000 cruises under $100 a day that are setting sail this year. There are over 50 sailings available to book that are under $50 per day, taxes and fees included.

Their top three tips for a cruise deal? Use a travel agent, look out for taxes and fees, and track prices after booking.

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