Cruise News Today — March 15, 2023 [VIDEO]

Atlantis Resorts President Pushes Back on RCI Beach Club Plan

Royal Caribbean is getting pushback on the beach club it plans to build on the western end of Paradise Island in Nassau.

Last week, Royal got the green light for the $100 million project and announced a 2025 opening.

However, Audrey Oswell, president of Atlantis Resorts, is asking the Bahamian government to put the brakes on the project in the name of the environment and impacting local businesses. She claims there is a concern over water treatment and desalination, as well as disrupting the reef off the coast with the construction of over the water cabanas.

The Beach Club would cover the 17-acre western end of Paradise island and be able to hold 1,000 guests per day.

It’s worth noting that the Royal Caribbean is a big shore excursion customer for Atlantis, selling day passes for just over $200 per person. At the time of broadcast, Royal Caribbean hasn’t commented on the claims.

China Reopens to International Tourism

China has reopened to international tourism, which includes cruise ships. Already ships have started calling to Hong Kong, although none have made calls to Shanghai yet.

According to the Chinese government, incoming visitors are required to have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of departure.

On Monday, South Korea also welcomed back its first cruise ship in three years.

STORY: After Three Years, China is Reopening to International Tourists

Carnival Introduces Alcohol-Free Versions of Alchemy Bar Cocktails

Carnival Cruise Line has introduced alcohol-free versions of some of the most popular cocktails at Alchemy Bar.

Cocktails that have been recreated with non-alcoholic spirits include The Remedy, Restorative Basil Drop, the Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini, and the Cucumber Sunrise, among others.

The new mocktails are available on every U.S. based ship that has Alchemy Bar. They’ll be offered on Carnival’s Australia based ships at a later date.

STORY: On The Wagon? You Can Now Get These Popular Carnival Drinks Booze-Free

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