Articles tagged “royal caribbean”

Old Cruise Ships Get New Life as Costs Soar for New Builds

Old Cruise Ships Get New Life as Costs Soar for New Builds

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

Shiny new megaships get a lot of attention, but cruise lines aren't forgetting about the rest of their fleet. Older ships can be just the ticket for emerging markets, quick weekend trips, and ports that can't handle giant vessels.

3 weeks ago

Havana’s Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast

Havana’s Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast

Hannah Sampson, Skift

No one doubts that Cuba will continue to grow as a cruise destination. The question is how that growth will be managed — and whether the island can cope with the influx of additional daily visitors.

3 weeks ago

Havana Is Tripling the Size of Its Cruise Terminal as Demand Soars

Havana Is Tripling the Size of Its Cruise Terminal as Demand Soars

Christopher Jasper , Bloomberg

Cruise lines say interest is still high for Cuba, especially because so many U.S. travelers have been forced to stay away for decades. But visits have been limited for capacity reasons. With more room for ships, will the destination become a Caribbean cruise staple — and will the island's infrastructure be able to handle the crowds?

1 month ago

Royal Caribbean Tour Venture GoBe Calls It Quits

Royal Caribbean Tour Venture GoBe Calls It Quits

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As we've said repeatedly: Everyone wants a piece of tours and activities, but not everyone can be successful. Royal Caribbean Cruises tried something different for a cruise company with GoBe, but the space was crowded.

1 month ago

How Cruise Lines Innovate When They Keep Building the Same Type of Ship

How Cruise Lines Innovate When They Keep Building the Same Type of Ship

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise lines are constantly trying to come out with more impressive bells and whistles, even when the type of ship has been around for years. Consumers appear to be responding, so don't expect the game to change.

2 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.

2 months ago

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Hannah Sampson, Skift

While Americans lost some of the ability to explore Cuba on their own due to restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, cruise ships are offering organized trips approved by the U.S. government. That seems to be working out well for operators, who are eager to increase their presence in the destination.

2 months ago

3 Big Challenges Cruise Lines Still Have to Overcome in China

3 Big Challenges Cruise Lines Still Have to Overcome in China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

China has been full of ups and downs as the cruise industry has grown its presence in the market. Identifying the cause of the downs — and taking steps to manage the factors that can be controlled — should help operators find stability.

3 months ago

TUI Group Is Quietly Joining the Cruise Heavyweights

TUI Group Is Quietly Joining the Cruise Heavyweights

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI Group is slowly building up quite a formidable cruise operation. How long before it starts to consider buying out joint venture partner Royal Caribbean?

3 months ago

Royal Caribbean Ends Its Joint Venture With Ctrip in China

Royal Caribbean Ends Its Joint Venture With Ctrip in China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise lines had a lot of big plans for China a few years ago, but as the market has cooled, those plans are changing. SkySea Cruises shows that winning Chinese travelers isn't as easy as taking an old ship and tailoring it to local preferences.

3 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.

3 months ago

Cruise CEOs Want to Ease Overtourism Without Taking Blame

Cruise CEOs Want to Ease Overtourism Without Taking Blame

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As much as cruise lines don't want to take responsibility for contributing to overtourism, there's no denying that they flood destinations with thousands of visitors in a short time. The fact that they are discussing ways to do that more thoughtfully is a good step.

4 months ago