Cruise News Today — May 16, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Royal Caribbean Announces When It Will Return to China

Royal Caribbean has announced that it will be returning to China for the first time since the pandemic in April 2024.

In April, the line’s Quantum Ultra class ship, Spectrum of the Seas, will begin operating four and five-night voyages from Shanghai to ports in Japan. Starting in December 2024, the ship will also offer eight sailings from Hong Kong to Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Also in late 2024, Anthem of the Seas will begin sailing from Singapore, marking the ship’s first time in Asia.

Bookings for Asia cruises on both ships will open in the coming weeks.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Sets China Return Date, Details 2024 Asia Schedule

Margaritaville at Sea Ship Renovation Details

We are learning more about the upgrades that the Jimmy Buffet-themed cruise ship will see when it goes into dry dock later this month.

The multi-million dollar upgrade of Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will include a Cheeseburger in Paradise Burger Bar, a regulation pickleball court, a dueling piano bar, and two new theater shows.

The ship, formerly Costa Classica, was rebranded into a Margaritaville cruise ship in early 2022.

Bahamas Paradise’s second ship, Grand Celebration, was sold for scrap during the cruise industry shutdown.

STORY: Margaritaville Cruise Ship Embarks on Multimillion Dollar Makeover

U.S. Airlines Made Higher Baggage Revenue, But Mishandled Nearly 3 Million Bags

U.S. airlines made a profit of $1.6 billion in 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, marking a rebound after the pandemic.

To increase revenue, major U.S. carriers like American Airlines and United Airlines have been raising baggage fees, which contributed to the industry earning about $6.8 billion in baggage revenue last year, up from $5.3 billion in 2021.

However, airlines struggled to handle luggage, resulting in nearly 3 million bags being lost, damaged, or delayed across all U.S. airlines in 2022.

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