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Norwegian Cruise Line Increasing Room Service Fees

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Travelers who sail with Norwegian Cruise Line should be taking note of the changes being made to the fees for room service.

According to Cruise Critic, Norwegian has raised the mandatory fee for all room service orders by $2 per order, with the only exceptions being continental breakfasts orders and passengers staying in Haven suites.

Norwegian customers who would typically pay a $7.95 fee per order will now be charged $9.95. The cruise line first added the mandatory room service fee in April 2015.

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Norwegian also recently announced it had eliminated single-use plastic beverage bottles across its fleet. As part of a partnership with JUST Goods, Inc., the cruise line has replaced the bottles across its 17-ship fleet, starting with its most recent vessel, Norwegian Encore.

In total, Norwegian will replace over six million single-use plastic water bottles every year.

The cruise line also took the delivery of its newest ship in October, Norwegian Encore, which was christened in November by singer-songwriter and television personality Kelly Clarkson.

TravelPulse Canada was amongst the small selected group of media invited to stay aboard Norwegian Encore and experience the company’s elevated offerings, which can be seen here.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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