NewsBrief: Holland America Reverses Wine Policy, Crystal Cancels Bangkok, & More

Holland America Reverses Controversial Wine Policy

Following largely negative feedback from guests, Holland America Line has made the decision to reverse their recently updated carry on wine policy. Earlier in 2013, Holland America Line limited the number of bottles of wine and champagne to one bottle per guest. After a wave of negative feedback, Holland America Line has decided to reverse the policy, once again allowing guests to carry an unlimited number of bottles onboard, subject to a corkage fee. Each guest will be allowed to bring one bottle onboard without a corkage fee. Each additional bottle brought onboard will be charged an $18 corkage fee, regardless where the bottle is to be consumed.

Port Everglades To Renovate & Expand Terminal

Port Everglades has announced Terminal 4, located at the northwest corner of the port, will undergo a major renovation this year to accommodate newer, larger ships and an increased number of passengers. The renovation is expected to begin mid-March and will be completed by November, costing a total of approximately $24 million. Terminal upgrades will include a new passenger pick up and drop off area, 50 new check in counters, new parking spaces, new restrooms, and a new interior design.

Crystal Cancels Bangkok Calls

Crystal Cruises has cancelled all calls in Bangkok through 2015, following increased civil unrest in the region. A total of 6 calls have been cancelled, which were scheduled aboard both of the line’s ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

Salvage Diver Dies At Costa Concordia Wreck

A salvage diver working at the Costa Concordia site has died after cutting his leg on a sheet of metal. At the time of the incident, the diver was reportedly preparing the ship for the installation of ballast tanks when he cut his leg on a sheet of metal and become stuck. The diver was reportedly brought to the surface by a fellow diver, but died after suffering major blood loss.

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