Cruises

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.

3 days ago

Ritz-Carlton Enters the Luxury Cruise Business With 3 Custom Yachts

Ritz-Carlton Enters the Luxury Cruise Business With 3 Custom Yachts

Laura Powell, Skift

We've seen both luxury hotel and luxury cruise companies develop private jet products recently, but only one hotel brand is currently taking its moniker to sea. This is easily the most interesting thing the otherwise traditional Ritz-Carlton has ever done.

4 days ago

Royal Caribbean Had the Most Highly Compensated Cruise CEO of 2016

Royal Caribbean Had the Most Highly Compensated Cruise CEO of 2016

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Passengers may not care much what executives at cruise companies earn, but it's instructive to realize what goals those CEOs are driven to reach.

2 weeks ago

MSC Cruises Is Building Ships That Will Break Passenger Records

MSC Cruises Is Building Ships That Will Break Passenger Records

Hannah Sampson, Skift

MSC Cruises continues to show its ambition as it plans to add more ships to an already fast-growing fleet. Now the question is whether demand can keep up with all that supply.

3 weeks ago

Millennial-Only River Cruising From Uniworld Will Start Sailing in 2018

Millennial-Only River Cruising From Uniworld Will Start Sailing in 2018

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Will a no-Boomers-allowed policy, youth-focused design, and tailored shore excursions be enough to convince millennials that river cruising is the way to experience Europe? The CEO of U by Uniworld thinks so — and she only has to win over 120 passengers at a time.

4 weeks ago

The Cruise Industry Keeps Beating Its Own Expectations

The Cruise Industry Keeps Beating Its Own Expectations

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Higher-than-expected cruise passenger counts are good news for an industry that saw much slower growth just a few years ago. A lack of high-profile disasters has been helpful, and cruise lines are getting better at promoting themselves and expanding into new markets.

1 month ago

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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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 month 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 months 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 months 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.

2 months ago