Cruise News – Sept. 12, 2014
Oceania offers free Internet
Oceania Cruises has joined the list of cruise lines providing guests in Suite- and Concierge-Level staterooms with free Internet access. The perk begins this winter for guests booked in Owner’s, Vista, and Oceania suites who will receive unlimited access. Those in Penthouse suites or Concierge-Level staterooms will receive blocks based on cruise length —200 free minutes for a one-week cruise, for instance. According to Oceania, 55 percent of guests sailing on Marina and Riviera and nearly half sailing on the line’s three smaller ships will qualify. The line recently upgraded the WiFi system fleetwide to increase bandwidth and connectivity.
All-inclusive sister line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, last month said it was adding free Internet to its inclusions.
- Princess Cruises has signed on as a proud sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks. The line is also catering to football fans with key NFL games shown on outdoor Movies Under the Stars screens and a weekly, Monday-night Tailgate at Sea party aboard 13 of its ships.
- Grand Circle Cruise Line has scheduled its recently acquired, 98-passenger, all-suite Corinthian for itineraries in South America, North Africa, and Europe in 2015.
- Fashionistas on Celebrity Cruises’ ships will soon be able to pick up Kate Spade or Cole Haan leather goods, an enhanced shopping experience debuting on Celebrity Reflection. The line is also adding Diane von Furstenberg fashions next year on select ships. All are industry firsts, Celebrity officials said.
- Aqua Expeditions is set to debut its luxurious new, 40-passenger Aqua Mekong on September 30, on Cambodia and Vietnam itineraries. The all-suite ship has a full spa and fitness room among other amenities including cuisine overseen by Australian-born Chef David Thompson, who was awarded the first-ever Michelin star for a restaurant serving Thai food.
— Fran Golden
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