(11:35 a.m. EST) — Cruisers who sail Celebrity Cruises now have the choice to prepay gratuities with Celebrity Select Dining, or not, confirmed a spokesperson for the cruise line. Prepaid gratuities were previously mandatory for the anytime dining option. Cruise Critic first learned of the proposed change from a thread on our boards.
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, a small-ship cruise line known for its expedition-style destination immersion, will now include alcohol in the price of select sailings. Alcohol is included on the Europe itineraries of National Geographic Orion and on Mediterranean and Caribbean voyages on Sea Cloud.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruising and Insight Vacations have formed a partnership which combines land-based tours with river cruises. The 2016/17 Europe’s Finest program offers eight itineraries including a 17-night and 22-night . Passengers will enjoy a fully-escorted land tour with expert guides offering local insights, followed by the cruise.
In other news, Uniworld announced that it will be using a new river ship on the Mekong River in 2017. The 68-passenger, all-suite ship, Mekong Navigator, is owned by Haimark, will replace the line’s current vessel, River Orchid.