Articles tagged “cruises”

Travel Advisors Cruise Over to Book Independent Shore Excursions

Travel Advisors Cruise Over to Book Independent Shore Excursions

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Shore excursions offered by third-party companies are growing in popularity among passengers and travel advisors alike. Independent options tend to offer more customization than ship-sponsored tours while also offering financial benefits for travel advisors.

1 month ago

Shore Excursions Not Run by Cruise Lines Are a Hit With Passengers and Travel Advisors Alike

Shore Excursions Not Run by Cruise Lines Are a Hit With Passengers and Travel Advisors Alike

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Independent shore excursions are proliferating, enabling passengers to avoid the crowds and travel advisors to earn commissions. With competition more intense, some cruise lines are attempting to improve their excursion offerings as a result.

1 month ago

Travel Agencies Still Make 7 Times More in Commissions Than Fees

Travel Agencies Still Make 7 Times More in Commissions Than Fees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel advisors need to further diversify their revenue beyond commissions. That's for sure.

1 month ago

Federal Judge Warns Carnival on Ocean Pollution: Promise Less, Act More

Federal Judge Warns Carnival on Ocean Pollution: Promise Less, Act More

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Carnival Corp. may now make a point of trumpeting its sustainability efforts, but it's worth remembering that it's on environmental probation for a reason.

2 months ago

Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The low base fares promoted by some budget and mid-level cruise lines rarely indicate what the actual cost of a sailing will be. Travel advisors are stepping in to advise clients about onboard charges and, in some cases, showing that a higher-end cruise with all-inclusive pricing is actually a better value.

2 months ago

Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The base fares advertised by many cruise lines rarely indicate the proliferation of onboard charges that can send the cost of the cruise soaring. Travel advisors are stepping in by counseling clients about the added costs and, in some cases, presenting all-inclusive cruises as a better value.

2 months ago

How Carnival Grapples With Cruise Overtourism and Sustainability

How Carnival Grapples With Cruise Overtourism and Sustainability

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A little bit of cognitive dissonance going on here​?​ ​Carnival CEO Arnold Donald ​talked up the cruise line's obligation to its customers while explaining away a $20 million penalty it paid with the U.S. government for secret illegal pollution.

2 months ago

Themed Cruises Present New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Themed Cruises Present New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Themed cruises are a fast-growing segment of the cruise industry with broad appeal. Although many are sold directly to consumers, travel advisors should get in on the action.

3 months ago

Themed Cruises Are a Double-Edged Sword for Travel Advisors

Themed Cruises Are a Double-Edged Sword for Travel Advisors

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Travel advisors who understand their clients’ interests and hobbies will likely find a themed cruise that meets their needs. But it may not be plain sailing since some operators seem to prefer to sell direct — and have the marketing reach to do so.

3 months ago

Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Paul Biasco, Skift

In the age of mass media, word of incidents in travel destinations quickly spread across the globe, and travel advisors need to be prepared to handle client requests for changes in their wake. It's important for advisors to start looking for backup plans when news begins to break.

4 months ago

Travel Advisors Book Their Clients Away From Resort Fees

Travel Advisors Book Their Clients Away From Resort Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The proliferation of resort fees even at non-resort hotels is creating an extra layer of responsibility for travel advisors. Along with ensuring that their clients are aware of the charges, many are also recommending alternative hotels.

4 months ago

Is a Peloton Hotel Next?

Is a Peloton Hotel Next?

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Whether it’s travel companies looking to partner with fitness brands, private equity firms buying up exercise businesses, or new investors looking to pour money into fitness-tech startups, the outlook is rosy for the exercise industry.

4 months ago