Cruises

Skift Analyst Session Finds Little Cause for Gloom in Global Travel Outlook

Skift Analyst Session Finds Little Cause for Gloom in Global Travel Outlook

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

We think 2018 is setting up to be a solid year for growth in travel, despite lingering uncertainty over the direction of economic, foreign, and political policies around the world. Subscribe to Skift Research to learn more.

2 days ago

Video: Royal Caribbean CEO on Building Smarter Ships

Video: Royal Caribbean CEO on Building Smarter Ships

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As cruise ships grow in size, the need for innovation in onboard activities and experiences has grown in tandem. Companies like Royal Caribbean Cruises have led the way, but there is still a long way to go until megaship cruises shed their image as a low-brow vacation.

3 days ago

A Cruise Ship Called The World Is a Luxury Home at Sea for the Super Rich

A Cruise Ship Called The World Is a Luxury Home at Sea for the Super Rich

Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg

The World is a fascinating hybrid of vacation home and luxury ship. Casual cruisers need not apply: In order to own a piece of the "Residences at Sea," interested parties need $10 million in assets, a clean background, connections to current owners, and nearly $1 million a year for maintenance.

6 days ago

Cruise Lines Escape Proposed Tax for Sailing in U.S. Waters

Cruise Lines Escape Proposed Tax for Sailing in U.S. Waters

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

U.S.-based cruise operators have been fighting lawmakers' tax proposals for years. Looks like they've won another round.

1 week ago

Cruise Lines Rethink Retail Shopping for Age of Experiences

Cruise Lines Rethink Retail Shopping for Age of Experiences

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As travelers crave more meaningful experiences during their vacations, where does that leave cruise ship shopping? Cruise operators are trying to figure that out and deliver the kind of retail that passengers will respond to.

4 weeks ago

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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month ago

Video: Lindblad CEO on Cruising Despite Environmental Risks

Video: Lindblad CEO on Cruising Despite Environmental Risks

Sarah Enelow, Skift

When it comes to environmental impact, major cruise lines have a hard time sleeping at night. The smaller ones only occasionally wake up in a cold sweat.

1 month ago

NCL Boss Predicts New Cuba Rules Are Good for Cruise Lines

NCL Boss Predicts New Cuba Rules Are Good for Cruise Lines

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Could cruise lines actually benefit from stricter regulations on American travel to Cuba? Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio thinks so — and with even more cruises scheduled to the island next year, he'll find out if he's right.

1 month 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 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago