Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will offer furloughed federal employees and families that are impacted by the US government shutdown a buffet lunch and afternoon aboard its two ships, free of charge.

Oceania Cruises, known for its culinary mastery, unveiled the Dom Pérignon Experience at La Reserve. This first of its kind dining experience pairs six palate piquing courses with a different expression and vintage of Dom Pérignon’s acclaimed vintages.

In developing its Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises is going for a more relaxed, nature-oriented experience than some of the other action-intensive cruise line private islands in the Bahamas. This will not be a 'theme park' but rather a 'paradise in the Caribbean,' as Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, put it.

Steakhouse at The Verandah has become a permanent feature at the alternative dining venue on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

MSC Cruises' first world cruise is under way, a voyage that will visit 49 destinations in 32 countries. MSC Magnifica is traveling from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, through the Arabian Gulf and back to Europe.

Caviar is a Seabourn staple but now the line is introducing Regiis Ova caviar on its five ships. This offering is an extension of Seabourn's culinary partnership with chef Thomas Keller through his new caviar company, co-founded with Shaoching Bishop, former CEO of Sterling Caviar and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar.

Following negative reaction, Carnival Cruise Line is reassessing its plan to begin charging for all room service items—apart from continental breakfast, which remains complimentary.

Dream Cruises rolled out new benefits and services to enhance the experience in its exclusive, all-suite enclave The Palace in a bid to align the brand as the Asian equivalent of international, all-inclusive, high-end cruise lines.

Princess Cruises expanded its wine menu, offering nearly 50% more selections for a total of 142 wines selected in partnership with master of wine and master sommelier Doug Frost.

Edie Rodriguez, Americas brand chairman of Ponant, is scheduled to host a gastronomy and wine cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour.

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