Articles tagged “cruises”

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.

2 days 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 month 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.

2 months 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.

3 months ago

Travel Brands React to New U.S. Travel Warning for Cuba

Travel Brands React to New U.S. Travel Warning for Cuba

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's hard to see how other airlines, hotels and cruise lines don't follow JetBlue's lead in issuing waivers on change fees and cancellations for itineraries to Cuba given the U.S. government's ill-conceived warning for travel to the Caribbean island. The warning looks like it will help reverse the Obama administration's loosening of restrictions on U.S. citizen travel to Cuba.

3 months ago

Celebrity Cruises Reimagines Onboard Entertainment

Celebrity Cruises Reimagines Onboard Entertainment

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

Cruise lines have long attempted, with mixed results, to woo younger customers. Avante-garde shows may not do the trick on their own. But the effort to try new things is worthwhile.

3 months ago

Key West Signals Slow Recovery With First Cruise Ship Arrival Since Hurricane Irma

Key West Signals Slow Recovery With First Cruise Ship Arrival Since Hurricane Irma

Associated Press

Many cruise ships are floating cities and the lines don't need to worry about repairing and restoring hotels, electricity, flights and running water after a major storm. The arrival is a good sign for Key West, but for the time being, the kind of experiences cruise passengers have onshore likely won't be the same as pre-Irma.

3 months ago

Florida Keys Tells Vacationers Not to Visit as Destinations Still Reeling After Hurricane Irma

Florida Keys Tells Vacationers Not to Visit as Destinations Still Reeling After Hurricane Irma

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Many Caribbean destinations were untouched or are back to normal while others are really hurting after Hurricane Irma. But with the Florida Keys and some Caribbean tourism officials telling travelers to postpone their trips it's evident that recovery will take an extended period in some places.

3 months ago

Florida Theme Parks and Delta Ready Resumption of Operations Post-Irma

Florida Theme Parks and Delta Ready Resumption of Operations Post-Irma

Rob Golum and Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

Disney, Universal Orlando and Delta are all exhibiting their resourcefulness as they resume operations post-haste.

3 months ago

Norwegian Ship Is Escaping Irma at Sea on a Cruise to Who Knows Where

Norwegian Ship Is Escaping Irma at Sea on a Cruise to Who Knows Where

Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg

This kind of evacuation is not what Norwegian Cruise Line had in mind when it named a ship Norwegian Escape. But for thousands of passengers, spending an unknown amount of time in safe waters will be better than staying in the path of Hurricane Irma or scrambling to get out of Florida.

3 months ago

Norwegian Cruise CEO Says Cuba Sailings Are Selling Strong

Norwegian Cruise CEO Says Cuba Sailings Are Selling Strong

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Norwegian's results are more evidence that the cruise industry is booming despite the downturn in the up-and-coming China market. By using language like "the stars aligned," however, executives sound like they're trying to lower expectations that the good luck will stick around.

4 months ago

Royal Caribbean Says Just About Everything Is Going Right

Royal Caribbean Says Just About Everything Is Going Right

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Royal Caribbean Cruises has stuck by its plan to avoid lowering fares to fill up ships, and that strategy appears to be working. But the cruise operator is benefitting from a lot of other factors right now too.

5 months ago