(10:30 a.m. EDT) — Disney Cruise Lines has changed its dress code to allow passengers to wear jeans at its adult-only specialty restaurant, Palo. The new dress code states that jeans must be in good condition, with no holes. Dress pants, slacks and collared shirts for men, and a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse for women are still the recommended guidelines (and the Disney website still urges passengers to "dress to impress"). Palo costs $30 per person.
Princess Cruises Announces Launch of Downton Abbey Exhibits on Two UK-Based Ships
Princess Cruises is to exhibit items from the TV drama "Downton Abbey" on its UK-based ships, Emerald Princess and Caribbean Princess, from next month.
The ships will showcase items — including jewelry and costumes — alongside an exclusive "Making of Downton" Abbey film, which will be played before afternoon tea.
The exhibit will appear onboard Emerald Princess from May 20 to September 3 and Caribbean Princess from May 18 to September 3.
Carnival Officially Takes Possession of Carnival Vista
Carnival Cruise Line officially took possession of its newest ship, Carnival Vista, Thursday at Fincantieri Ship Yard in Italy. The nearly 4,000-passenger vessel — which features an onboard IMAX movie theater, brewery and SkyRide offering aerial views of the ship and surrounding scenery — is set to embark on its first voyage, from Trieste to Barcelona, on Sunday. It will spend the summer sailing Europe itineraries before arriving in New York in November 2016. It will then reposition to Miami to offer year-round Caribbean cruises.
Royal Caribbean Erects New Tender Pier in Vanuatu
Explorer of the Seas became the first cruise ship to use the new tender pier on Vanuatu’s Mystery Island. The $2.5 million pier was paid for by Royal Caribbean. It is larger than the previous pier so can handle larger cruise ships.
Haimark Line Cancels All Cruises
Haimark Line has canceled all upcoming cruises, according to a press release put out the Federal Maritime Commission. The Denver-based company filed for bankruptcy after its ship, Saint Laurent, suffered damages in a collision with the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway in June 2015. The line had also been approved for Cuba sailings from the United States, with the cruises slated to start February 2016; those have all been canceled. The release says that the company is liable to refund passenger fares and deposits; this does not include payments for flights, hotels or other expenses that "do not constitute water transportation."