Cruise News: The Time Is Now
Today's Cruise News focuses on one very important element: time.
No, we're not about to get all philosophical here. Hear us out.
It's a hot time in the cruising world for new ship launches, historical breakthroughs and epic cruiser breakdowns (we'll explain that last one later). Because time is also of the essence, we'll start with one of the most important bits of news: FOOD.
Earlier this year, we got the chance to sample some of Queen Mary 2's newest culinary treats, and now the cruise line has rolled out even more information on what you can expect to see (and taste) on the remastered luxury ship.
And now, onto dessert.
Queen Mary 2 will undergo an extensive 25 day refurbishment beginning May 27 and will include completely refreshed interior spaces and overall interior decor as well as revamped dining options (though you already know that last one).
It's finally time for Oceania Sirena to hit the open water, and her ocean debut was celebrated in a christening ceremony on April 27 at the Port of Barcelona. Among the new ship's luxury amenities are lavish stateroom options (Owner's Suite pictured below) and some pretty impressive dining and entertainment options (we especially love the idea of culinary creations from famed chef Jacques Pepin, but hey, we're all about food today). Sirena's inaugural cruise concludes in Rome, Italy on May 2.
Recent changes to the Cuban policy will now allow Cuban-born people to sail to the island. Carnival Corporation, who as of last month became the first U.S. cruise company to sail to the Caribbean island, made the announcement last week. MV Adonia, from Carnival's Fathom line, who is fresh off her inaugural sailing to the Dominican Republic will begin sailing to Cuba every other week starting this Sunday.
A LESSON IN CRUISE SHIP TIMING
One of the most common concerns we hear when cruisers explore a port of call is "will the ship leave if I'm not back on time?"
After last week's Norwegian Breakaway incident, it's pretty clear that the answer is yes. One couple learned this lesson the hard way after watching their ship sail off with their two young children on board while they watched from a Bahamas pier. Here's what went down:
- The ship departed from New York City on April 17 for a week-long Bahamas and Bermuda cruise, which was scheduled to dock in Nassau at 5:30pm on April 21.
- A female passenger was unable to make it back onto the ship at the communicated 5:30 departure time, while her husband and children were already on board.
- After the ship waited an additional half-hour for the absent passenger, her husband agreed to disembark with their travel documents to wait for his wife while their children stayed on board with their uncle and his family.
- Because this is 2016 and time is measured by how quickly a video can go viral, the cruise incident is all over YouTube.
The lesson? Time tracking is key, even when you're relaxing in paradise.
A FINAL PARTING NOTE
We can't talk about the concept of time without paying homage to an artist whose own time was tragically cut short. If you hear this or any Prince song on your next cruise, put on your dancing shoes and celebrate one of music's most iconic legends: