Articles tagged “cruise”

Expect Solid Year of Growth for Travel in 2019: New Skift Research

Expect Solid Year of Growth for Travel in 2019: New Skift Research

Rebecca Stone and Seth Borko, Skift Research

Our latest Skift Research report provides a look-back on 2018 and details our 2019 economic expectations for the U.S. and globally. All in all, we expect a solid year of economic growth in 2019 which should translate well for the travel industry.

3 weeks ago

Carnival Plans Onboard Roller Coaster for Biggest Cruise Ship Ever

Carnival Plans Onboard Roller Coaster for Biggest Cruise Ship Ever

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Cruise lines continue to compete by upping the ante with onboard attractions. As ships get bigger and more profitable, there is more room for experimentation with theme park-style attractions.

1 month ago

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI seems to have mitigated the potential damage from a challenging operating environment. It will be interesting to see how it sustains its growth over the coming years.

1 month ago

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Paul Biasco, Skift

Rocky Mountaineer relies heavily on travel advisors to sell its luxury train experiences through the Canadian Rockies, but there’s room for improvement. The rail tour company launched a new agent training program to clear up misconceptions about its mode of travel.

2 months ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Virgin and Ritz Cruise Lines Have Brand Loyalty Hopes

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Virgin and Ritz Cruise Lines Have Brand Loyalty Hopes

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Will Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Virgin Voyages, two high-end and newbie cruise lines, be able to attract passengers who have never chosen a cruise vacation? The two brands are counting on it.

2 months ago

Why Luxury Companies Need to Pay Attention to the Newly Wealthy

Why Luxury Companies Need to Pay Attention to the Newly Wealthy

Laura Powell, Skift

Just as a gold digger goes after an older mate with deep pockets, so the luxury market has traditionally kept a focus on the mature top 5 percent. But as the world of wealth evolves, companies need to broaden their horizons to consider the new and younger groups that are becoming eligible for elite status.

2 months ago

Norwegian Targets High-Spending Cruise Customers

Norwegian Targets High-Spending Cruise Customers

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Taking a peek behind the scenes during earnings seasons offers some useful insights. Can Norwegian make a successful play for bigger cruise spenders, and will Belmond eventually sell itself?

2 months ago

Committee Leadership Changes in Divided Congress Will Be Mixed Bag for Travel Industry

Committee Leadership Changes in Divided Congress Will Be Mixed Bag for Travel Industry

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, controlled by opposing parties, will be at loggerheads over many issues related to both the travel industry and travelers. However, there will be plenty of wiggle room, if not on airplanes with reduced passenger legroom, then in the halls of Congress, where some legislation will undoubtedly get done.

3 months ago

Hybrid Solutions for Cruise Ships Are Gaining Steam

Hybrid Solutions for Cruise Ships Are Gaining Steam

Áine Quinn, Bloomberg

It's good news in the fight against climate disruption. Cruise ships, which devour fossil fuels, may someday shift some of their power needs to rechargeable battery power, trimming carbon emissions along the way.

5 months ago

UK and Ireland Cruisers Are Actually Getting Older Despite Push for Millennials

UK and Ireland Cruisers Are Actually Getting Older Despite Push for Millennials

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While some cruise lines have had success targeting younger travelers, it is older people who are still the most interested. But so what? There are plenty of wealthy retirees who are happy to while away their days sipping cocktails at sea.

6 months ago

Travel Industry Feeling Spry as More of the World Goes Gray

Travel Industry Feeling Spry as More of the World Goes Gray

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Instead of doing nothing when they retire, older people increasingly want to travel more. This is good news for the travel industry but it needs to work out better ways to target the baby boomer generation.

7 months ago

Carnival Lowers Full-Year Forecast as Hurricane Season Looms

Carnival Lowers Full-Year Forecast as Hurricane Season Looms

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival's shares took a beating Monday after the company lowered its forecast for the full year. Executives pointed out the reason was a hit from fuel and currency, not a lack of demand. That said, they (and the rest of the travel industry) could really use a quiet hurricane season this year.

7 months ago