Norwegian cuts out in cabin smoking- Umm. Surprise, surprise? No. As much as I respect someone's right to smoke, if they choose to do so, it is still crazy to me that cruise ships are one of the last holdouts as far as smoking in rooms goes. Seriously? I mean, what is the most scary thing on a cruise ship? Yep, fire. (And icebergs) I understand that people would freak if they weren't allowed to smoke on their balconies (as they did on John Heald when he first announced the new policies from Carnival Corp), but considering that cruise ships are one bad cigarette flick away from bad stuff, I kinda don't get it. For the details, click here Seatrade Insider
Carnival Extends Contract in Baltimore- Hooray! Another win for a regional port! If you have read my blog or listened to the podcast, you know what a fan of regional ports we are, and that Carnival decided to stay in Baltimore for another few years makes us happy. I, for one, believe that the growth of these regional ports is a large factor in general cruise growth, and hope to see this trend continue. Baltimore is a great city (as has been duly noted by the musical, Hairspray) and is so centrally located for so many people in the US. Check out Chris Cruises for more info
Disney Dream Helps Boost Earnings- Really? One ship that is not even the biggest or best has boosted the earnings of a company which owns ABC and ESPN as well as the most successful theme parks in the world? Okay. So, why isn't there more than one more ship on the way? I would have at least 4 more of those puppies in the pipeline. Currently, pricing is INSANE at anywhere from $600 and up for a 3 DAY cruise. Let's say they have to eventually drop prices to, say Celebrity levels. Well, that is still really, really good. Obviously, people are clamouring for what Disney has to offer through their cruise lines. Maybe if they build enough ships, I can afford one of these cruises again one day. For more info, check out dclblog.
Thirsty Frog Red to be Rolled out To Entire Carnival Fleet- While on the inaugural sailing of the Carnival Magic, I did get to visit the relaxing and enjoyable Red Frog Pub, But, due to a certain other cruise podcast host draining the tap (cough, cough, Doug Parker), I did not get to try Thirsty Frog Red, Carnival's own new line of beer. But seriously, this seems like a great idea as the beer is clearly popular and has a cute logo and merchandise attached to it. (More revenue for Carnival!) I will be intrigued to see if it is as popular without the physical location attachment, but suspect that since people are always interested in craft beers and microbrews, it will do just fine. For a great video, check out Cruise Radio.
Well, that is all for today. This was way more fun than writing news, so I expect to keep it up, but would like comments. Till the next news breaks...