NewsBrief: Royal Caribbean’s Ocean Voyages, Norwegian’s New Ice Cream Parlor, and Norovirus

Royal Caribbean Adds New Ocean Voyages

Royal Caribbean has launched a new set of ocean voyages, which will allow guests to sail between North America and Europe on a variety of ships. The new Ocean Voyages will offer unique onboard programming, new shore excursion packages, and discounted rates on staterooms. Cruisers can choose among 11 Royal Caribbean ships that call at more than 35 exciting destinations on Ocean Voyages, which also include late-2014 sailings aboard the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, and the next-generation Quantum of the Seas.

NCL ICE CREAMNorwegian Opens Ice Cream Parlor on Breakaway & Getaway

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that a new ice cream bar has opened aboard the new Norwegian Breakaway. The new ice cream bar, located inside O’Sheehan’s, will offer guests classic ice cream parlor creations, from floats, milkshakes and malted shakes, to egg creams and a variety of spectacular ice cream sundaes. The new ice cream bar will also offer a signature sundae, depending on which ship you are sailing , the Breakaway or the Getaway Sundae. The massive sundae serves from three to four guests, includes a whopping nine scoops of ice cream in up to three different flavors and is topped with “everything but the kitchen sink,” from chocolate fudge, butterscotch and raspberry sauces to chocolate shavings, sprinkles, crumbled Oreos, sliced almonds, marshmallows, gummy bears, whipped cream and cherries. The new ice cream bar will also be available aboard the Norwegian Getaway when she debuts in Miami next year.

Norovirus Spreads Across Two Ships

Reports of norovirus have emerged aboard the Queen Mary 2 and Black Watch. It was reported earlier this week that the Black Watch returned to Rosyth after at least 130 passengers claimed to have come down with the gastrointestinal illness. The Black Watch is currently undergoing deep cleaning and and fumigation in order to remove any traces of the bug. 8 passengers aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 have also reported coming down with the bug. In response, Cunard has opted to enact their enhanced sanitation protocols throughout the ship. There have been no further reports of the bug on either ship. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal illness that is able to spread in close spaces very quickly. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States each year.




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.