On the seas
Deck chair hogs, take note: Carnival Cruise Lines has your number. Under a "use it or lose it" policy being tested on the Carnival Breeze, passengers can't leave a sun lounger unoccupied for more than 40 minutes. When that time is up, belongings will be moved, freeing the chair for someone else. Carnival is the first line to take action on what has become a serious irritant for cruisers. Carnival plans to eventually implement the practice on all its ships.
In the shower
No one will see you (or your reflection) if you take a shower in the Reflection Suite on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Reflection, which will make its maiden voyage this fall. But passengers in the spacious and luxurious two-bedroom suite will have a stunning view of the ocean from the all-glass shower that juts over the edge of the ship. Bathers will be shielded from prying eyes by reflective glass. For even more privacy, the press of a switch will change the glass from transparent to translucent.
In the restaurant
While the cuisines of Italy and France still top the list for global travellers, sushi, tempura, ramen and soba are gaining popularity, according to a survey by Hotels.com. Japanese food was favoured by 18 per cent of the 27,000 respondents, putting it in third place, with Italy and France scoring 32 and 24 per cent each. Hotels.com credited the high ranking of Japanese dishes to their healthy nature and to more cosmopolitan tastes. Following in order were foods of China, Spain, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan and India.