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Friday Cruise News Headlines: 12 June 2015

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This week, there are some new rules for travellers regarding both baggage and bottles, there’s an update on the construction of a new mega-cruise ship, and some new dining specialist dining options coming soon

Carnival Cruise Line changes rules on bottled beverages

Carnival Cruise Line will stop passengers from bringing bottled drinks on board including water and soda. This is part of an initiative to increase safety, cut down on smuggling and up the pace of embarkation. The move comes in the wake of a number of incidents that were a direct result of alcohol being smuggled on board ship, some with tragic consequences. Previously embarkation security staff had to check bottles for alcohol content before allowing passengers to proceed. They will now confiscate bottles before passengers get on board. Passengers will still be allowed to bring a limited amount on board provided they are in cans or cartons. The changes come into effect on 9 July 2015.

Read more at Cruise Critic

Construction continues on Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International has released a number of images of Harmony of the Seas, currently under construction at the STX, Shipyard France. The ship is due to launch in April 2016 and will be the third Oasis-class ship.  It will weigh 227,700 gross registered tonnes and carry 5,479 passengers in 2,747 staterooms. There will be seven distinct neighbourhoods across its sixteen decks including Central Park, Entertainment Place, the Pool and Sports Zone and Vitality Sea Spa.

Read more at Cruise Industry News

New Speciality Dining Packages Introduced on Norwegian Cruise Line

From 7 August 2015, guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line will be able to buy new speciality dining packages that will allow them to eat in the speciality restaurants on board ship. The packages range from three nights to the duration of the cruise with prices beginning at $59 per person. Speciality restaurants on board include signature steakhouse Cagney’s; La Cucina Italian restaurant; French specialists Le Bistro; and Japanese Hibachi restaurant Teppanyaki.

Read more at Travel Agent Central

Airlines Reach Agreements on Carry-on Bags

While it’s not strictly cruise news, everyone flying to their new cruise destination will be delighted to know that a new agreement has been reached between airlines for the optimum size for carry-on bags in order to make the best use of cabin storage. A size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm has been agreed meaning anyone with this size of baggage should be allowed to carry it on board provided the plane has 120 seats. Major baggage manufactures have now produced bags which follow these new size guidelines. 

Read more at Travel Weekly

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