Cruise News Today — May 23, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Adjust Suite Deposit Rates

Starting June 1st, both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are changing their deposit policy for suite guests.

The new deposit rate will now be calculated as 10 percent of the cruise fare per guest, replacing the previous fixed per-person amount. However, if the 10 percent calculation is less than the current standard deposit, the standard amount will apply.

This change affects all suite categories, including suite guarantees, and will make Junior Suites’ deposits nonrefundable for new bookings. Deposit requirements for other cabin types remain unchanged.

STORY: Two Cruise Lines Adjust The Deposit Requirement For Suites

Carnival Shares Photos From Carnival Pride Dry Dock

If you ever wondered what a cruise ship looks like out of the water, Carnival has posted some photos.

During the month-long Carnival Pride dry dock, the ship will receive upgrades include the addition of new venues such as the Heroes Tribute Bar & Lounge, the Carnival Adventures Shop, and the Dreams Photo Studio. The ship’s steakhouse is being rebranded to Fahrenheit 555, and the controversial David statue will be removed.

Accessibility improvements are also a focus, with 29 existing cabins being converted into ADA-compliant cabins and the addition of five new cabins.

After the dry dock, Carnival Pride will spend its summer season in Europe before returning to North America.

Jamaica Seeing Tourism Resurgence

Jamaica’s cruise industry is experiencing a significant resurgence in 2023, with an impressive increase in passenger arrivals. Over 300,000 cruise passengers were welcomed in the first two months of the year, which is a huge increase from the under 50,000 that arrived during the same period in 2022.

As of mid-May, over 1.5 million land and cruise passengers were welcomed to Jamaica, surpassing forecasts and potentially setting the stage for a record-breaking year.

Jamaica’s five ports – Ocho Rios, Port Royal, Port Antonio, Falmouth, and Montego Bay – are driving this growth, with popular cruise ships making regular calls.

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