Articles tagged “cruising”

Celebrity Cruises Is Building a Lux New Ship to Sail the Galapagos

Celebrity Cruises Is Building a Lux New Ship to Sail the Galapagos

Hannah Sampson, Skift

People already pay a pretty penny to sail the Galapagos Islands. Will they spend more to do it on a new, high-end ship? Celebrity Cruises is banking on it.

2 days ago

Royal Caribbean Is Rolling Out New Tech to Make Cruising Easier

Royal Caribbean Is Rolling Out New Tech to Make Cruising Easier

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The cruise line tech race is heating up, and that means travelers should prepare for some changes. While ideas such as virtual reality dining are fun, more fundamental innovations including facial recognition, easier activity reservations, and drink delivery should have a greater impact on the cruise experience.

5 days ago

Royal Caribbean Bookings Bounced Back After Costliest Hurricane Season

Royal Caribbean Bookings Bounced Back After Costliest Hurricane Season

Hannah Sampson, Skift

After the costliest hurricane season in its history, Royal Caribbean Cruises still saw profits increase and exceeded its own expectations for the quarter. The business appeared to recover quickly, but we are curious to find out if travelers will be willing to book Caribbean cruises during the peak time for storms next year.

1 week ago

Virgin Voyages Sharpens Its Focus With Adult-Only Cruise Plan

Virgin Voyages Sharpens Its Focus With Adult-Only Cruise Plan

Hannah Sampson, Skift

One of the buzz phrases in the cruise industry for the past couple of years has been "multigenerational cruising." Virgin Voyages sees an opportunity in keeping one generation off its inaugural ship.

2 weeks ago

Carnival Corp. Is Delaying the Full Launch of Its New Wearable Tech

Carnival Corp. Is Delaying the Full Launch of Its New Wearable Tech

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The last thing Carnival Corp. wants is for its much-hyped new technology to be a flop with guests. So a phased rollout it is — though we wonder why that wasn't the plan from the beginning.

1 month ago

Cruise Execs Are Talking Up the Caribbean as Key Ports Recover

Cruise Execs Are Talking Up the Caribbean as Key Ports Recover

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise passengers are still taking the trips they had planned for this time of year in the Caribbean, despite recent storms. As operators seek to reassure travelers that the region is open for business, it's still unclear how demand for cruises next hurricane season will hold up.

1 month ago

Tiny Cruise Lines Azamara and Cunard Are Finally Growing

Tiny Cruise Lines Azamara and Cunard Are Finally Growing

Hannah Sampson, Skift

One new ship for most cruise lines wouldn't make a world of difference, but for these niche brands, the expansion will be significant.

1 month ago

Carnival Is Creating New Ways to Get People to Consider Taking a Cruise

Carnival Is Creating New Ways to Get People to Consider Taking a Cruise

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. is eager to communicate directly with consumers, and continues to invest in new ways to do so. It will be interesting to see if potential cruise passengers respond to these new methods of engagement.

2 months ago

Small Luxury Ships Give Passengers a Close-Up View in Alaska

Small Luxury Ships Give Passengers a Close-Up View in Alaska

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Several luxury lines already sail in Alaska, but Seabourn's return means passengers who want a high-end cruise experience mixed with adventure have even more choices in the popular summer destination.

4 months ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Sending a Second Ship to Cuba as Demand Stays Strong

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Sending a Second Ship to Cuba as Demand Stays Strong

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Flights to Cuba are expected to be less in demand once the Trump administration's travel restrictions are enforced, but could that lead to more interest in cruises? Norwegian Cruise Line's announcement indicates the cruise operator is expecting a bump in business.

4 months ago

Carnival Is Upping Its Ad Spending to Drive More Cruise Bookings

Carnival Is Upping Its Ad Spending to Drive More Cruise Bookings

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. said its cruise lines have made a case for additional advertising and marketing dollars to generate more bookings — and the parent company is listening. Now we wait to find out how that money gets spent and what kind of results they will see.

5 months ago

Carnival Says China Is a Good Long-Term Cruise Bet Despite Ongoing Struggles

Carnival Says China Is a Good Long-Term Cruise Bet Despite Ongoing Struggles

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. reminds us that China is a small part of its business — which is true. But if the market is going to become the world's largest as the company expects, there are a lot of complications to work through.

5 months ago