Cruise News Today — September 22, 2022 [VIDEO]

Two Norwegian Drink Packages Getting $10 Price Hike

Two Norwegian Cruise Line drink packages are getting a $10 price hike come the new year.

For voyages that depart on or after January 1, the Unlimited Open Bar Package will cost $109 per person per day, up from $99. This package includes cocktails, beers, and wines worth up to $15 each, plus soda and other assorted drinks.

The Premium Plus Beverage Package, which includes higher end wines and spirits plus bottled water and Starbucks coffees, will increase from $128 to $138 per person, per day.

The Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package price will remain the same at $65 per person, per day. The soda package, which increased from $8 to $10 earlier this year, will not be changing either.

STORY: Two Popular NCL Drink Packages Will Soon Cost More

Carnival Luminosa Flies a New Flag

Carnival Luminosa is now sporting some new colors.

On Wednesday, the vessel was officially registered with the Bahamas Maritime Authority. As Costa Luminosa, the ship’s registry was with Portugal.

During a ceremony at the shipyard, Deck Cadet Mark Casson, a Bahamian citizen from Freeport, raised Luminosa’s new Bahamian flag.

This November, the ship is scheduled to begin a season of voyages from Brisbane, Australia. In May, she will head across the Pacific to spend the summer season operating Alaska cruises from Seattle.

STORY: Carnival Luminosa is Officially Flying a New Flag

Starlink Satellite Internet Up and Running on Independence of the Seas

SpaceX’s Starlink internet is now up and running on at least one Royal Caribbean ship.

A Royal Caribbean Blog reader noticed that Independence of the Seas was using the satellite internet service during a sailing this past weekend. Other cruise passengers have noticed new satellite dish installations on Enchantment, Liberty, and Allure of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Group plans to have Starlink rolled out across its entire fleet by the end of the first quarter of 2023 – that’s Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.

The new service will bring faster wifi speeds and better quality for things like video streaming and video calls.

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