Now that the year is over and we’ve polished off the last of the mince pies, it’s a good time to reflect over the month and sum up some of the headlines that made waves in the cruise industry in December 2013.

Oceania “R Class” ships to undergo refurbishment

Oceania Insignia
Oceania Insignia

Oceania has announced that three of their ships, Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica will undergo a $50-billion makeover, the biggest refurbishment project in the cruise line’s history.

Due to take place in 2014, the project will see each of the ships fitted with a new fresh décor and brand new furniture. If you fancy checking out what the revamped ships will have to offer, have a look at our Oceania cruises for late 2014.

Seuss at Sea to make an appearance on Carnival Cruise ships in 2014

Seuss at Sea
Seuss at Sea

Fans of the likes of The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch who Stole Christmas and The Lorax will be delighted to hear about Carnival Cruise’s latest offering – Seuss at Sea.

The new family entertainment program will roll out to select Carnival ships in 2014, and will consist of a variety of activities including screenings of films such as The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Fans will also be able to indulge in The Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, which along with items mentioned in the title, will include moose juice and goose juice, colourful pancake stacks, and funky French toast!

There will also be a Seuss themed parade on board, and the most extreme Seuss fans will even be able to book their very own Dr Seuss themed cabin!

Norwegian launches new butler-drawn bath menu

Relax on Norwegian Cruise Lines
Relax on Norwegian Cruise Lines

We love a bit of pampering here at CruiseDeals, so we were excited to hear about Norwegian Cruise Lines’ latest addition to their luxurious offering – a handpicked selection of butler-drawn baths.

There are seven bubbly delights to choose from, each one inspired by one of the destinations visited by Norwegian ships. The packages start at $49 and include a bath drawn by one of their certified butlers and a tasty cocktail that perfectly accompanies the indulgent products in the bath itself.

Our personal favourite is the Mediterranean soak, which includes a bath drawn with French verena bubbles, an eye mask, a snack of sturgeon caviar and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne. Safe to say that the ‘Matey’ can stay in the suitcase for that one!

What do you think of this month’s news stories? Do you fancy trying out a Green Egg and Ham breakfast or having a butler drawn bath? Let us know in the comments below!

Images via Oceania, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines

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