Articles tagged “cruising”

Can Cunard Create a New Hospitality Model for the Next Generation of Cruisers?

Can Cunard Create a New Hospitality Model for the Next Generation of Cruisers?

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cunard is striking an interesting balance between old-school, traditional luxury and fast-paced, data-driven, adaptive hospitality on its longer journeys across the sea. As competition heats up, the line needs to make a compelling sell to attract a younger audience. But a few currents and trends are colliding that just might make this possible.

2 months ago

Carnival Is Blanketing the U.S. With Its Newest, Biggest Ships

Carnival Is Blanketing the U.S. With Its Newest, Biggest Ships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As cruise lines roll out new ships, they're showing them off to more markets. Carnival's approach — spreading its newest capacity around to several different ports — gives it the opportunity to reach a wide swath of the U.S.

7 months ago

Cruise Lines Are Carving Out Exclusive Spaces for the Biggest Spenders

Cruise Lines Are Carving Out Exclusive Spaces for the Biggest Spenders

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

This ship-within-a-ship concept isn't new, but it does appear to be gaining in popularity. Sometimes cruise passengers want a ton of amenities, and sometimes — especially if they can afford it — they want a break from crowds and more personal service. It makes sense for big-ship lines to offer a hybrid.

8 months ago

Glacier Bay Permit Fees Are Rising for Cruise Passengers

Glacier Bay Permit Fees Are Rising for Cruise Passengers

Associated Press

In addition to raising fees for cruise passengers who visit Glacier Bay in Alaska, the National Park Service is asking operators to explain the impact their presence will have on the park. As larger cruise ships sail to Alaska, it's important that the destination not become overwhelmed.

9 months ago

Newest Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Offers More Fun for a Fee

Newest Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Offers More Fun for a Fee

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Cruise lines have been adding bells and whistles — some included in the price, some not — for years now. Executives have a good sense of what passengers are willing to pay extra for, and we expect to see a continued push to generate more onboard revenue.

9 months ago

Royal Caribbean Ups Forecast But Wall Street Worries About Too Many Ships

Royal Caribbean Ups Forecast But Wall Street Worries About Too Many Ships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Royal Caribbean Cruises has a lot of new ships coming, which will let the cruise operator charge higher prices and attract fresh interest. But as the global cruise industry continues to add capacity, analysts wonder if demand can keep up with the building boom.

11 months ago

Royal Caribbean Is Making a Billion-Dollar Push for New Cruisers

Royal Caribbean Is Making a Billion-Dollar Push for New Cruisers

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise industry players talk constantly about attracting first-timers. Royal Caribbean International is putting some serious cash behind that talk with its new investments into private destinations and ship upgrades.

1 year ago

Virgin Voyages Is Counting on Its Brand to Win Over Cruise Skeptics

Virgin Voyages Is Counting on Its Brand to Win Over Cruise Skeptics

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Virgin Voyages is emphatic about being a different kind of cruise player while planning to sail from the world's busiest cruise port to the most popular destination. The difference will be in the details, and we're still waiting for most of those.

1 year ago

Ritz-Carlton Is Trying to Bring a Yacht Experience to Cruising

Ritz-Carlton Is Trying to Bring a Yacht Experience to Cruising

Sara Clemence, Bloomberg

Ritz-Carlton isn't the first cruise line that's drawn inspiration from yachts — Carnival Corporation's luxury Seabourn used to be called the Yachts of Seabourn, after all. But the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have the fresh benefit of loyal hotel guests and a well-known brand as it launches the line.

1 year ago

Royal Caribbean Execs Feel ‘Pretty Good’ About Key Caribbean Market

Royal Caribbean Execs Feel ‘Pretty Good’ About Key Caribbean Market

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Royal Caribbean Cruises has new ships coming into the crowded Caribbean market this year, so it's no surprise the company has a positive outlook for the year. But we still wonder how eager cruise passengers will be to sail in the region this hurricane season given the disruption caused by storms in 2017.

1 year ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Travel Brands Want to Be Experience Platforms

Travel Megatrends 2018: Travel Brands Want to Be Experience Platforms

Deanna Ting, Skift

If we received a penny for every time a travel industry executive talked about how consumers are looking for “experiences,” we’d be billionaires by now. But in all seriousness, there’s a definitive strategy behind travel brands’ desires to play an even bigger role in travelers’ experiences.

1 year ago

Carnival Draws on Shaq’s Star Power for New Fun-Centric Brand Campaign

Carnival Draws on Shaq’s Star Power for New Fun-Centric Brand Campaign

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival's high-profile new spokesman should earn the brand some fresh interest, but will it be enough to bring new cruisers on board?

1 year ago