Cruise News Today — May 26, 2023 [VIDEO]

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New Icon of the Seas Dining Details Announced

We now know a little bit more about the dining on Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Icon of the Seas.

The Icon-class ship will have over 20 culinary experiences. Among these are the AquaDome Market — the line’s first-ever food hall, the Empire Supper Club, and a walk-up sushi window called Izumi in the Park.

The ship will also feature an outdoor Mediterranean spot, The Grove, along with family-friendly options like family buffet Surfside Eatery and California-casual Pier 7.

Icon of the Seas is set to debut in Miami in January 2024.

STORY: Icon of the Seas to Feature Royal Caribbean’s First Food Hall, Walk-Up Sushi Window

Carnival to Continue Using Drug Detection Dogs

The drug doesn’t go anywhere.

Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that it will continue to employ drug detection dogs on some voyages.

The line’s brand ambassador John Heald said on Facebook that adding the dogs to the boarding process has made a big difference in keeping drugs off the ships.

On some sailings, K9s will also sail on the cruise with their handlers to detect drugs, such as marijuana, throughout the voyage.

Even though marijuana is legal in some states, cruise lines follow federal law and have a zero tolerance policy for it, as well as other drugs.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line to Continue Using Drug Dogs

Port Canaveral Proves Itself an Economic Powerhouse

Port Canaveral is proving itself as an economic powerhouse, reaching an estimated $6.06 billion this year, according to a recent study.

This surge, up from $3.85 billion in 2018, signifies a full recovery from the 16½-month cruise shutdown.

The study also highlights that cruise passengers from Port Canaveral, who opt for an overnight stay in the area before or after their voyage, spend an average of $462, with day-of-cruise arrivals spending an average of $75, mainly on parking.

In 2022, Port Canaveral became the world’s busiest cruise port, surpassing Miami in passenger numbers.

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