Cruises

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.

9 hours 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.

2 weeks 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 weeks ago

Royal Caribbean CEO Thinks Hurricane Recovery Will Happen More Quickly Than Expected

Royal Caribbean CEO Thinks Hurricane Recovery Will Happen More Quickly Than Expected

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Tourism will be crucial for the recovery of island nations devastated by recent hurricanes. The travel industry, across all sectors, needs to do its part to help in the recovery effort.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

Cruise-Loving Over 50s Are Seemingly Immune to the Brexit Effect

Cruise-Loving Over 50s Are Seemingly Immune to the Brexit Effect

Joe Easton, Bloomberg

The people who were more likely to have voted in favor of Brexit are the ones who are least likely to suffer if it all goes wrong. Another victory for the baby boomer generation.

4 weeks ago

Crystal Cruises Hires Disney Veteran In Shakeup to Replace Outgoing CEO Edie Rodriguez

Crystal Cruises Hires Disney Veteran In Shakeup to Replace Outgoing CEO Edie Rodriguez

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Crystal Cruises has no shortage of ambitious plans for growth, but those plans have occasionally changed. Its new CEO will need to reassure fans of the luxury brand that the company will steer a consistent course under new leadership.

1 month ago

Cruise Lines Will Favor Mexico and Western Caribbean in Hurricane Irma’s Wake

Cruise Lines Will Favor Mexico and Western Caribbean in Hurricane Irma’s Wake

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Tourism recovery in the eastern Caribbean will take an extended period. The cruise lines themselves won't suffer too much and the western Caribbean and Mexico should be the beneficiaries.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Costa Cruises Takes a Cue From Airlines With New Branded Fares

Costa Cruises Takes a Cue From Airlines With New Branded Fares

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruises have always been complicated to book, so we're curious if customers will appreciate Costa's new approach.

2 months ago

Luxury Companies Create Gateway Products for Tighter Budgets

Luxury Companies Create Gateway Products for Tighter Budgets

Laura Powell, Skift

Should luxury companies introduce lower-priced offerings, or do they risk diluting their brand and/or cannibalizing business from the main brand? We look at how several high-end travel companies are approaching the challenge.

2 months ago

China Cruises Are Packed at Lower Prices Amid Tensions With South Korea

China Cruises Are Packed at Lower Prices Amid Tensions With South Korea

Hannah Sampson, Skift

An international dispute that forced itinerary changes for China-based cruises threw operators for a loop, but demand seems fundamentally intact. If tensions ease and South Korea reopens, will pricing return to high levels or have lower fares become the new normal?

2 months ago