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Cruise Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 20, 2015

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | December 20, 2015

Cruise Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 20, 2015

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

When evil people accomplish their nefarious deeds, it can seem like a scary world out there — stats reveal that a number of security-concerned travelers canceled their trips altogether after the terrorist attacks of 2015. But you can feel secure on a cruise ship. Here is a boatload of reasons why.

Starting in 2016, concierge service on some Costa Group vessels will be handled by Pepper, an “emotional robot.” Designed to discern human emotion, the Pepper robots will help with passenger embarkation and make onboard recommendations for dining, events and shore excursions, in German, Italian and English. Click for more details.

The cruise industry is great for providing pure escapist onboard fun. To that end, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has unveiled the tallest slide at sea. On the Ultimate Abyss slide, guests fly along on a mat 10 stories or 100 feet down. This one is definitely just for the brave.

The days of “off the grid” cruising are over — passengers need that all-important Internet connection to upload vacation photos and other tasks. Some companies offer better systems than others at the moment, though that may change. Click for details about the future of cruise Internet access.

MSC Cruises has embarked in what it believes to be the biggest private island development in the Caribbean of any cruise line to date. The $200 million reimagining of the 95-acre Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, located 20 miles south of Bimini and 65 miles east of Miami, Florida is set to open in December 2017. Click to find out what the island will feature.


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