1. Carnival Cruise Line made a major change to its smoking policy. Before, cruisers caught smoking in their stateroom could face an expensive cleaning fee. Now, however, the same infraction carries a $500 fine as well as the potential to be kicked off the ship in the next port of call – and that goes for all guests in that stateroom, not just the offender. Read more.
2. Norwegian Cruise Line made unfortunate headlines when one of its ships became stuck in San Juan, Puerto Rico, forcing the line to send its guests home. Norwegian Jade was three nights into a 10-night cruise when the ship faced technical difficulties in San Juan that forced it from continuing on. Guests had to disembark and fly home early from Puerto Rico, though they were given substantial travel credits by Norwegian for their troubles. Read more.
3. The cruise line Hurtigruten is looking to become the greenest in the business by powering its ships with dead fish. (Yes, you read that right.) Liquefied biogas (LBG) is a fossil-free, renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste, and Hurtigruten plans to retrofit its ships to be the first cruise company to power its ships with fossil-free fuel. Read more.
4. Nassau continues to struggle with business, it seems. Local vendors are clashing with the local government over a lack of lighting in the straw market and whether or not rents have been paid. Meanwhile, news has reached cruisers, and the prospect of no lighting and has caused many cruisers to choose to skip a visit to the straw market, hurting business for the vendors. Read more.
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