Articles tagged “cruises”

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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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

4 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.

12 months 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.

12 months 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.

12 months 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.

12 months 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

Cruise Ships Are Bringing Tourists Back to Hurricane-Hit Caribbean Islands

Cruise Ships Are Bringing Tourists Back to Hurricane-Hit Caribbean Islands

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Don't sacrifice quality for quantity – that's the message some Caribbean islands are taking to heart these days as they weigh risking their upscale reputations against the benefits of letting large cruise ships and other tourists return as hurricane clean-up continues.

1 year ago

Video: Lindblad CEO on Cruising Despite Environmental Risks

Video: Lindblad CEO on Cruising Despite Environmental Risks

Sarah Enelow, Skift

When it comes to environmental impact, major cruise lines have a hard time sleeping at night. The smaller ones only occasionally wake up in a cold sweat.

1 year ago

Hurricane-Spared Caribbean Islands Are Preparing to Welcome More Cruise Ships

Hurricane-Spared Caribbean Islands Are Preparing to Welcome More Cruise Ships

Dan Peltier, Skift

The cruise industry in the Caribbean quickly pivoted as it headed into its busiest season. While cruise lines might be able to scrape by relatively unharmed — it's easy to change ports when something goes wrong — the negative impact on destinations missing out on cruise sailings will be felt for years.

1 year ago

Cuba Trips Still Getting Green Light From Tour Operators, Airlines and Cruise Lines

Cuba Trips Still Getting Green Light From Tour Operators, Airlines and Cruise Lines

Beth Harpaz and Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

Because there is no concrete evidence that American travelers would be endangered in Cuba, the vast majority of U.S. travel companies are maintaining their schedules to Cuba. Many companies are getting used to ill-conceived policies emanating from Washington, and are sticking with business as usual.

1 year ago