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Koningsdam Delivered: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 25-31

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | April 03, 2016

Koningsdam Delivered: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 25-31

Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

After much anticipation, Holland America Line has at last taken delivery of ms Koningsdam. TravelPulse has been following the construction of this grand new vessel via the cruise line's “Countdown to Koningsdam” video series, and now passengers can soon begin to enjoy the ship's amenities on Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries. Click for more on Koningsdam.

Cunard’s classy Queen Mary 2 is due for a dry-dock redesign in late May, and according to TravelPulse cruise expert Jason Leppert, this spruce-up will hearken back to the original, iconic Queen Mary, now permanently moored in Long Beach, CA. Click to check out a video that details the new, yet familiar changes being made to the vessel.

In an effort to stay competitive with cruise line rivals, Royal Caribbean International has raised gratuity rates. Per diem for standard staterooms will be $13.50 per person and for suites, $16.50 per person. The increase will go into effect automatically on sailings departing on or after May 1, and added onto ticket totals for those who have not prepaid gratuities before April 14. Click for further details

Viking Ocean Cruises has just taken delivery of the new Viking Sea from Fincantieri shipyard, and is celebrating the float-out of Viking Sky. A river cruise giant, Viking has seen much success with Viking Star, its first ocean-going vessel, but it's not stopping here, there are three more ships on the way that will be sailing the open seas in the next couple of years. Click for more information.

Norwegian Cruise Lines' intra-island Hawaii mainstay has returned after a lengthy refurbishment. Pride of America spent three-and-a-half weeks in dry-dock as part of the company’s $400 million Norwegian Edge fleet enhancement program, and Andy Stuart, NCL's president and COO, declared that it is "now essentially a new ship." Click to learn more.


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