Articles tagged “cruises”

Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

Maria Lenhart, Skift

This might be the best time in history for travel advisors to sell cruises, but it's also the most complex. Those who take time to know the growing array of cruise choices and focus on the high end of the market are the most likely to succeed.

4 days ago

TripAdvisor Launches Cruise Metasearch to Tap Into a New Revenue Stream

TripAdvisor Launches Cruise Metasearch to Tap Into a New Revenue Stream

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor is smart to try to tap the ad budgets of cruise lines and online travel agencies with a relevant new price-comparison search tool. But many first-time cruisers may feel too overwhelmed by all of the review content given all of the complexity in booking a cruise.

2 months ago

Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices

Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Virgin Voyage's decision to charge high fares that include gratuities, premium dining, and other onboard features means higher earning potential for travel advisors. That's because advisors often lose out when cruise lines offer cheap fares, and then make up for it with onboard, non-commissionable charges.

3 months ago

Advisors Tap Into the Changing Consumer Behavior of Boomer Travelers

Advisors Tap Into the Changing Consumer Behavior of Boomer Travelers

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Despite all the marketing interest in reaching millennials, it may be the baby boomer generation that is the most likely business source for travel advisors. It’s a high-spending demographic that values interaction with those they can trust.

3 months ago

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Windstar Eyes the Future of Cruising With a Major Renovation Project

Windstar Eyes the Future of Cruising With a Major Renovation Project

Windstar Cruises + Skift

Travel providers need to step up the experiences they offer to compete in an increasingly crowded market –– and those in the cruise sector are no exception. With the recent announcement that it’s overhauling three of its ships, Windstar Cruises is one example of a cruise brand that realizes this.

5 months ago

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The relationship between American tourists and Mexico is nearly a century old and has weathered ups and downs. Today's drug-related violence, mounting border tension, and political rhetoric won't stop these trips, but are clearly disrupting them.

7 months ago

Why the Cruise Industry Stands Out for Diversity in Its Leadership

Why the Cruise Industry Stands Out for Diversity in Its Leadership

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cruising has embraced diversity in leadership and diversity in experiences for consumers in recent years. This bodes well for the industry as it continues a concerted effort to get more people to try cruising.

8 months ago

Cruise Lines Want to Turn Newcomers Into Repeat Visitors

Cruise Lines Want to Turn Newcomers Into Repeat Visitors

Joe Kafka, Associated Press

Cruise operators are eager to bring newcomers on board. This story presents some basic information that could help first-timers, but cruise lines would be wise to better demystify the experience.

1 year ago

Behind-the-Scenes Tales From the World’s Biggest Cruise Ship

Behind-the-Scenes Tales From the World’s Biggest Cruise Ship

Brandon Presser, Bloomberg

Cruise passengers are likely not aware of everything that goes on behind the scenes on a giant cruise ship — or why they suddenly might crave a coffee while on board. This story gives an entertaining look behind the curtain.

1 year ago

New Cruise Ships Built to Dazzle Newcomers

New Cruise Ships Built to Dazzle Newcomers

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Most of the world's largest cruise lines have new tonnage to show off this year. To fill those ships, the industry needs to convince land-loving travelers to consider the sea instead.

1 year ago

The Bahamas Has Too Many Cruise Ships and Not Enough Hotel High Rollers

The Bahamas Has Too Many Cruise Ships and Not Enough Hotel High Rollers

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many cruise passengers sail because it's a more economical way to visit a destination. Caribbean countries like the Bahamas have known this for years and are getting more ambitious about trying to attract more flights — a perennial problem — and hoteliers that can help do a better job at growing their economies in the long term.

1 year ago

Carnival Expects Solid 2018 After Waiting Out Hurricane Slump

Carnival Expects Solid 2018 After Waiting Out Hurricane Slump

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. had a good quarter despite the fact that it included two monster hurricanes in key markets. That should bode well for other players in the cruise industry.

1 year ago