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Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 12, 2021 [VIDEO]

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MSC Cruises Debuts Humanoid Robot Bartender

MSC Cruises has revealed that its new flagship, MSC Virtuosa, will have a humanoid robot bartender.

The robot will be able to shake up signature cocktails, as well as a large variety of custom drinks just as a human bartender would. It will also speak eight languages, which guests can choose from when they order.

The robot-tended bar will be part of a new spaceship-themed venue called MSC Starship Club.

STORY: Move Over Royal Caribbean, MSC Debuts Robotic Bartender

Norwegian Extends Temporary Booking Policies

With cruise cancellations having already gone on much longer than originally intended, Norwegian Cruise Line is extending its Peace of Mind policy.

This is the program that allows guests to cancel their cruise for pretty much any reason right up until 15 days before sailing without penalty. The policy has now been extended to cover any bookings made before March 31 for voyages setting sail on or before October 31 of this year.

Also, any future cruise credits which were set to expire this year can now be used on new bookings made through the end of 2021.

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Extends ‘Peace of Mind’ Policy

Former Empress of the Seas Finds New Home in India

Indian startup cruise line Cordelia Cruises purchased former Royal Caribbean ship Empress of the Seas in December. The line is positioning itself as ‘India’s first premium cruise liner.’

Now, the ship has been renamed Empress and bears the new Cordelia Cruises logo on her hull.

According to the line’s website, Empress will sail two to seven-night cruises to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and various ports in India.

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