(12:45 p.m. EST) — Norwegian Cruise Line broke its previous record for the most social media usage at sea during the inaugural voyages of Norwegian Escape. During the 20-day period, cruisers logged 576,896 Facebook posts, 14,150 tweets and 11,367 Instagram posts for a total of 159 million impressions. Norwegian uses a hybrid satellite-terrestrial-cellular system provided by EMC, a maritime communications provider.
Carnival Corp. Commits to Cage-Free Eggs
All ships across Carnival Corporation’s many brands will carry cage-free eggs by 2025. The cruise company, whose brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard Line, Seabourn and Costa Cruises, is working with the Humane Society on the logistics of the move. Carnival is the second company this month to pledge its commitment to going cage-free. Royal Caribbean also announced it will be cage free by 2022.
Royal Caribbean and Virgin Islands Sign 10-Year Agreement
Royal Caribbean and the Virgin Islands Port Authority have signed a 10-year contract, keeping the cruise line coming to the Virgin Islands through 2026. The agreement gives Royal Caribbean guaranteed berthing rights at the Austin "Babe" Monsanto Marine Facility in Crown Bay, St. Thomas. The contract also includes increases in port fees going forward, including port fees for berthing in St. Croix, which had been free since 2002.