Missing Crew in NYC Force New Rules

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has put in a new temporary restriction regarding crew shore leave in New York and New Jersey following a recent spike in desertions, according to a statement.

“During a two-week period in September 2019, seven crewmembers deserted after being granted shore leave while in the New York/Newark seaport,” a spokesperson said.

The new rules also coincide with the spike in cruise traffic in the Northeast with fall foliage season.

“Crewmembers must now complete five contracts prior to being eligible for shore leave,” the spokesperson said. “CBP recognizes the hardship this may place on crewmembers; however, this protocol is necessary to address the increase of desertions at this port.”

On a recent call overnight call in New York, a senior officer told Cruise Industry News that only 9 per cent of his ship’s crew met the new criteria, which is not in place in other U.S. ports.

Many Asian restaurants on Norwegian ships become complementary

The Jasmine Garden restaurant on Norwegian Jade.

Norwegian Cruise Line said Asian restaurants across its fleet of ships will become complimentary as part of an investment in enhancing the dining experience.

The restaurants affected by the move include Shanghai’s Noodle Bar aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway Class ships and Norwegian Epic, Jasmine Garden aboard Norwegian Jade, and Chin Chin aboard Norwegian Jewel.

The changes also apply to Orchid Garden on Norwegian Gem, Lotus Garden on Norwegian Pearl, Giza on Norwegian Star, Shogun on Norwegian Spirit, Bamboo on Norwegian Dawn and East Meets West on Pride of America.

All previously had cover charges or items priced ala carte on their menus.

Norwegian said its Teppanyaki restaurants will continue to carry a per-guest cover charge, and sushi venues across the fleet will retain nominal a la carte pricing.