Cruises

Interview: What’s in Store for Luxury Cruising

Interview: What’s in Store for Luxury Cruising

Laura Powell, Skift

Cruise lines have the luxury of going in and out of nearly any port they choose, making it easier for them to respond to geopolitical changes as well as changing consumer tastes.

11 hours ago

AmaWaterways Is Getting Some Fresh Cash to Shake up River Cruising

AmaWaterways Is Getting Some Fresh Cash to Shake up River Cruising

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The river cruise industry has exploded since AmaWaterways was established 15 years ago. We'll be interested to see how the operator moves forward with its new investor.

6 days ago

Cruise Lines See Opportunities for Growth in China

Cruise Lines See Opportunities for Growth in China

Anand Krishnamoorthy, Adam Majendie, and Sam Nagarajan, Bloomberg

In addition to courting the next generation of cruisers here in the U.S., cruise companies are smartly looking to China's massive travel market, too.

1 week ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Getting a Rocky Start in China

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Getting a Rocky Start in China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Expanding to new markets can be tough; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is fortunate that its business in the rest of the world appears to be thriving.

2 weeks ago

Millennials Now Enjoy Cruising More Than Boomers

Millennials Now Enjoy Cruising More Than Boomers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

After years of talking up the importance of attracting millennials and families to cruising, it appears cruise lines are leaving them with a positive impression of their time onboard when they do choose a cruise vacation.

2 weeks ago

Norwegian Forms Ties With Alibaba as It Enters the Crowded China Cruise Market

Norwegian Forms Ties With Alibaba as It Enters the Crowded China Cruise Market

Hannah Sampson , Skift

No one disputes that China is a promising market for the cruise industry. But new players can use as much help as they can get reaching customers.

3 weeks ago

Royal Caribbean Says Passengers Are Spending Big on Experiences

Royal Caribbean Says Passengers Are Spending Big on Experiences

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As cruise lines find that customers want to spend on experiences, will they seek to offer more personalized options in shore excursions, dining, drinks, and onboard offerings? We think there is potential to further customize what cruise passengers can buy, even on mass-market brands.

3 weeks ago

Regulators Watch for Illegal Pollution as Cruise Traffic Surges in Alaska

Regulators Watch for Illegal Pollution as Cruise Traffic Surges in Alaska

Associated Press

Several cruise lines sailing Alaska itineraries have been fined for environmental pollution violations in recent years. Alaska hopes to deter them from doing the same in 2017.

3 weeks ago

Royal Caribbean Is Moving a Ship Back to the Big Easy

Royal Caribbean Is Moving a Ship Back to the Big Easy

Associated Press

While Royal Caribbean is continuing to grow its fleet and its global presence, this move shows that the North American market is also important to cover from multiple departure points. Competition is heating up in South Florida ports, so it's a smart move to station ships within an easy drive of passengers elsewhere in the country.

3 weeks ago

Chinese Travel Conglomerate HNA Group Now Wants to Buy a Major Cruise Line

Chinese Travel Conglomerate HNA Group Now Wants to Buy a Major Cruise Line

Daniel Meesak, Jing Daily

Yesterday we broke news that HNA abandoned its bid (and many employees) to build an online travel agency in the U.S. Now it wants a cruise line. Will it be the next great acquirer, or a waffler like the similarly opaque Anbang?

3 weeks ago

Luxury River Cruises Take Action to Avoid Irrelevance and Compete on Age

Luxury River Cruises Take Action to Avoid Irrelevance and Compete on Age

Laua Powell, Skift

River cruising doesn't just have age problems, its brands are competing on the quality of their on-shore experiences in an effort to lure in a new generation of cruisers.

3 weeks ago

Royal Caribbean Sees a China Slowdown But Other Markets Are Thriving

Royal Caribbean Sees a China Slowdown But Other Markets Are Thriving

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As cruise executives often say, having ships all over the world means some areas boom while others struggle. At the moment, China-Korea tensions are hurting Royal Caribbean's business in Asia, but other regions are strong.

4 weeks ago