Cruise lines in Europe are at somewhat of a crossroads, with a major brand like Norwegian saying its European cruise bookings are down and Carnival's CEO arguing Brexit could give UK cruising an edge. With more cruise lines shifting focus to China it will be interesting to watch if a European cruise site can continue commanding investor attention over others in China, for example.
Here are six companies that announced they raised funding this week. You can see previous roundups here.
>>Dreamlines raised a $15.7 million venture round from new investors Shmuel Chafets, Yair Re’em, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures and existing investors Altpoint Ventures, Dimaventures, Hasso Plattner Ventures, Target Global, Alexander Frolov and TruVenturo. This brings the Hamburg, Germany-based startup’s total funding to $53.4 million.
The startup creates custom tour packages for cruise passengers and claims to be Europe’s fastest-growing cruise booking site. It launched in 2012 and has 350 employees in four cities including Amsterdam and Sao Paulo and localized websites in Germany, Russia, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. The site has more than 30,000 cruises bookable on more than 100 cruise lines.
>>Dufl raised a $5.3 million Series A round from undisclosed investors and this brings the Tempe, Arizona-based startup’s total funding to $8.3 million.
The luggage storage company was founded in February 2015 and stores, ships and cleans business attire for business travelers. Users can send their belongings to Dufl and then select which clothes they’d like cleaned and sent to their destinations before each trip. The service removes the need to pack or carry luggage during a trip. Dufl recently started storing and shipping travelers’ sporting equipment.
>>OneTwoTrip raised a $2.5 million venture round from undisclosed investors bringing the London, UK-based startup’s total funding to $39.5 million. The startup enables travelers to compare and book flights offered by more than 800 carriers.
>>Hotelchamp raised a $1.9 million seed round from new investors Thomas Joosten and Marc Albert and this is the Amsterdam-based startup’s first funding round.
The software-as-a-service company was founded in 2015 and launched in June 2016. Hotelchamp helps hotels increase their direct bookings and properties pay the company a fixed rate each month. That fee depends on a property’s room inventory and hotels are not required to pay Hotelchamp commissions for bookings. Millennium Hotels, which has 120 properties around the world, recently began using the software along with several other independent European properties.
The company has about 25 employees and also has offices in Berlin and Groningen, Netherlands.
>>Travello raised a $1 million venture round from undisclosed investors and this is the Queensland, Australia-based startup’s first funding round. The startup helps travelers connect with other travelers during their trips.
>>Volantio raised a $725,000 seed round from Ingleside Investors and this is the Atlanta, Georgia-based startup’s first funding round. The company, which launched last year, helps airlines with digital marketing and so far has eight global carrier clients including Emirates and Qantas.
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