Cruise News Today — July 26, 2022 [VIDEO]

Holland America Celebrates One Year Since Return to Service

Holland America celebrated one year since its return to service on Sunday.

Following the cruise industry shut down due to the pandemic, Nieuw Amsterdam was the line’s first ship to sail on July 24, 2021, from Seattle. All ships in the fleet are now back in passenger service, with Volendam set to complete its charter in the Netherlands and return to regular voyages in September.

Since its restart last year, Holland America has operated 242 cruises and visited 169 different ports of call. 6.5 million meals have been served on its ships, and 7 million eggs and 150,000 gallons of ice cream have been used.

Skagway Cruise Dock at Significant Rockslide Risk

A new report from geotechnical engineers says that Skagway’s busiest cruise dock is at significant risk for rockslides.

For one of the rockslide areas, the report says “We believe that there is a significant risk associated with complete failure of this feature… the consequences of such failure will be catastrophic in nature with significant risks to life and property. The timing of such a failure is difficult to predict but accelerating movement rates suggest that the failure event is approaching.”

Last month, an early morning rockslide in Skagway damaged part of the dock. No passengers were on the dock at the time, and no one was injured. That rockslide area is at low risk for another slide, as compared to the others also above the dock that now pose a catastrophic risk.

To reduce the risk, the port has rearranged passenger foot traffic in the dock area. Effective immediately, the port is moving the security area where passengers get back on the ship south, as well as the coffee shop and shore excursion booths.

Norwegian Introduces Starbucks Beverage Package

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a new drink package for those who need their Starbucks fix at sea.

The Unlimited Starbucks Package includes unlimited coffee, tea, and refresher beverages by the cup at Starbucks locations on the line’s ships. It’s now available for pre-purchase or for purchase once on board.

The line also announced that the Sports Complex and Spice H2O on Norwegian Epic will be closed for maintenance on all voyages departing in August.

Norwegian will give $50 in onboard credit per cabin for the inconvenience.

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