Cruising: Trending Stories from USA Today


Carnival adds pricier drinks to beverage package
Carnival Cruise Line has improved its onboard beverage package in a major way.


Carnival, AT&T partner to offer virtual reality cruises
Carnival Corp. has created its own virtual reality content to show in a demo at AT&T stores.


Catch and cook your own fish on an Alaska cruise
Princess is offering guests a chance to cook and eat the fish they catch on excursions.


Costa Cruises to launch Mozzarella Gourmet Bar
Costa will be the only cruise line to offer pizzas with mozzarella cheese made at sea.


Cirque du Soleil creating new shows for MSC Cruises
The shows will be exclusive to MSC, and will be offered on its Meraviglia-class ships starting in 2017.


More ships on the way for Viking Ocean Cruises
The line plans to build an even half-dozen ships like the Viking Star, which debuted in March.


Crystal Cruises’ new yacht boasts its own submarine
Crystal Esprit boasts its own submarine among other water toys for 30-minute excursions.


Costa Cruises to debut robot greeter
The robot, named Pepper, is programmed to respond to human emotion and will debut in 2016.


New world’s largest cruise ship to have monster slide
The dual slide plunges more than 10 stories, from Deck 16 to Deck 5.


New ocean line to debut with onboard helicopters, submarine
All-inclusive river cruise line Scenic is heading to sea with the all-suite Scenic Eclipse.


Crystal Cruises replaces Turkey with Greece
Crystal Cruises said it is re-routing ships in response to “ongoing security concerns.”


Harmony of the Seas’ entertainment takes a comedic turn
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas is debuting two shows played for laughs.


Emerald Waterways adds new river ships in France, Portugal
Value-focused Emerald Waterways is adding ships on the rivers in France and Portugal.


Cruise ship turns away from Haiti amid protests
Royal Caribbean said the protests would have had a “major impact” on their guests’ day.


It’s a boy! Baby born on Queen Mary 2
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 arrived in Brooklyn this week with an extra passenger.


Regent to do $125 million makeover, drop indoor smoking
Regent Seven Seas Cruises today announced a $125 million, two-year, fleet-wide renovation.


Norwegian to invest $400 million in upgrade program
Norwegian Cruise Line’s upgrade program, The Norwegian Edge, will revitalize the fleet.


Norwegian cancels all Turkey visits by three brands for 2016
Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises ships have canceled.


Tauck to redo five river ships
Luxury river cruise operator Tauck announced plans for a major rehab of five ships.


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