NewsBrief: Norwegian Breakaway Visits Great Stirrup Cay, Crystal Limits Free Dining & QE2

nb 1Norwegian Breakaway Makes Inaugural Call At Great Stirrup Cay

Earlier today, Norwegian’s newest ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, made her inaugural call to Norwegian’s private island, Half Moon Cay. The Norwegian Breakaway will call at Great Stirrup Cay on a weekly basis on her 7 night Bahamas & Florida itinerary from New York City through May 2014. The Norwegian Breakaway is the second largest of Norwegian’s ships to ever call at Great Stirrup Cay, the first is the Norwegian Epic.

Crystal Cruises Limits Free Dining In Specialty Restaurants

Crystal Cruises has announced that beginning in January 2014, guests will be limited to dining in one speciality restaurant for free, adding an additional charge for other speciality dining options. This change in policy reverses Crystal’s current dining policy, allowing guests to dine in each specialty restaurant on a complimentary basis. The line claims this new change will ensure every guest has a chance to dine in each restaurant, preventing some guests from dining in the same restaurant each night, which could prevent another guest from dining in that restaurant. Guests wishing to dine in an additional restaurant will be charged a $30 fee, covering all food, wine, spirits, beer, and gratuities.

qe2QE2 Set To Be Transformed Into A Hotel

A brighter future is ahead for the iconic QE2. In a press conference held in Shanghai earlier this week, the Chinese COSCO shipyard announced that the historic ship will undergo a major transformation into a hotel at their yard. The transformation is expected to be completed by 2015. The transformation will transform the ship’s 900 cabins into 400 suites, refurbish the ballroom, add seven restaurants, ten lounges, a movie theater, a shopping mall, and a QE2 memorabilia museum. While no official have been made public as to the ship’s final berthing place, the QE2’s website suggests that the ship will become a “floating hotel in Asia Pacific.”

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Mike Faust

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.