NewsBrief: HAL Updates Wine Policy, Cruise Tax Bill Introduced, & More

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A quick briefing of the latest news developing in the cruise industry.

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Holland America Line Updates Wine Policy

Holland America Line has announced that effective January 1, 2014, all guests will only be allowed to bring aboard 1 bottle of wine. The wine must be brought aboard in the ship’s embarkation port and will have a corkage fee of $20, up $2 from the current fee.

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Rockefeller Introduces Cruise Tax Bill

Senator Rockefeller has introduced two bills to the Senate that he claims would close tax loopholes and force cruise lines based in the United States to pay more taxes. Rockefeller claims that cruise lines that embark and disembark in the United States don’t pay enough in corporate taxes and claims that it is time for the cruise lines to “pay their fair share.”

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Royal Caribbean Moves Forward With Quantum Class

Royal Caribbean this past week laid the keel for the new Quantum of the Seas and cut the first plate of steel for her sister, Anthem of the Seas. Both milestones took place at the Meyer Werft Papenburg yard. The Quantum of the Seas is expected to launch in 2014 and the Anthem of the Seas in 2015.

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Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.