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Norwegian Cruise Line Testing ‘Pay For Perks’ Program

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Norwegian Cruise Line is testing a new program in which any passenger can purchase onboard perks normally offered to those booked in suites or those who have accumulated a lofty status with the cruise line’s loyalty program.

NCL confirmed the pilot program to CruiseCritic.com.

Requests for further information made by TravelPulse were not returned over the weekend.

Cruise Radio first reported the new program, which has been dubbed “Priority Access.” The website said passengers are entitled to priority security, check-in, boarding and tendering; access to a daily complimentary room service breakfast menu; a $50 spa credit for use on port days; and in-cabin canapes to be delivered on the second day of the cruise. The package also includes priority disembarkation.

Trial runs are currently being conducted on the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Sky. Fees are running from $69 per stateroom to $199 per stateroom.

CruiseCritic.com noted that patrons of its message boards were not exactly thrilled with the idea, noting that the new program “devalues” the perks of those who spent extra money on a high-end suite and the benefits of those who have spent a great deal of time and money accumulating their loyalty points.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Resumes Sailings Mother’s Day Weekend

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced today that it’s extending the suspension of all sailings through May 6, 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Its ship, the Grand Celebration, is now scheduled to resume operations on Friday, May 8, 2020, with the expectation that it will be able to welcome passengers aboard just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, stated, “At Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. While we understand that this news is disappointing for many of our valued guests, we believe that further suspension is necessary to ensure their continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in communication with all guests booked on a canceled sailing, as well as with our travel advisor partners, and we are offering a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for all guests booked on a canceled sailing. We wish everyone the very best at this time and look forward to providing you a better way to getaway again soon.”

The Caribbean carrier’s updated “Sail with Ease” policy automatically issues a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for guests who have two-night cruise and ‘Cruise & Stay’ bookings that need to be canceled due to the extended COVID-19-related suspension. Affected guests need only call customer service at (800) 374-4363 to transfer their booking to any future sailing date through December 31, 2021.

While the cruise line is encouraging guests to opt for the incentivized Future Cruise Credit, those who would prefer their money back are entitled to receive a 100-percent refund of the two-night cruise or ‘Cruise & Stay’ package price, including taxes, fees, charges and any pre-paid amenity or package.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruise.com.

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