Cruises

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

Norway Is Building the World’s First Ship Tunnel to Bypass Dangerous Seas

Norway Is Building the World’s First Ship Tunnel to Bypass Dangerous Seas

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Norway is becoming ever more popular as a cruise destination, but this tunnel won't accommodate more than the smallest of passenger ships.

2 months ago

Cruise Lines Are Jumping on the Wellness Tourism Bandwagon

Cruise Lines Are Jumping on the Wellness Tourism Bandwagon

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Cruise lines have offered healthy dining options and fitness classes for years. They're now looking to partner with weight-loss brands that already appeal to cruising's main demographic.

2 months ago

Carnival Expects a Strong Year Despite Tensions in Asia

Carnival Expects a Strong Year Despite Tensions in Asia

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Carnival Corp. is seeing strong demand and a willingness to pay more in its key markets. That's good news for the company and the industry in general, but China will warrant close attention if the dispute with Korea is not resolved quickly.

2 months ago

Holland America Line Calls Off Plans to Return to Acapulco

Holland America Line Calls Off Plans to Return to Acapulco

Associated Press

Holland America Line only recently decided to return to Acapulco in October 2017 after an absence but now those plans are off. Carnival and Royal Caribbean don't tie up there, either, hurting the city's hopes for a revival.

2 months ago

Cruise Lines See a Tourism Advantage in Cuba and Hope Trump Doesn’t Ruin It

Cruise Lines See a Tourism Advantage in Cuba and Hope Trump Doesn’t Ruin It

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Cruise lines have had plans for Cuba for years, and they're finally getting to try those out. There are two big unknowns now: Will cruise passengers be interested in the island for the long term, and will the powers in Washington make it easier or more difficult to visit?

2 months ago

Interview: Celebrity Cruises CEO on Getting the Edge in First Ship Design in a Decade

Interview: Celebrity Cruises CEO on Getting the Edge in First Ship Design in a Decade

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Celebrity Cruises had a lot of time to think about what it wanted on a new type of ship — 10 years, in fact, since the last class was designed. The line has added some concepts and features that we expect to see more of in the coming years.

2 months ago

Queen Mary Floating Hotel in Los Angeles Would Take $300 Million to Repair

Queen Mary Floating Hotel in Los Angeles Would Take $300 Million to Repair

Associated Press

Old, iconic cruise ships never die -- they become floating hotels. But even an international fundraising campaign, an idea being floated in Scotland, may be too little to save the rusting Queen Mary this time around.

2 months ago

Cruise Executives at Odds Over the Trump Effect

Cruise Executives at Odds Over the Trump Effect

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruises aren't inherently political. But as the conversation at an annual cruise conference showed, it's hard to talk about the industry without discussing the potential effect of a new administration in Washington.

2 months ago

What Cruise Lines Are Doing to Win a New Generation of Cruisers: 5 Podcast Takeaways

What Cruise Lines Are Doing to Win a New Generation of Cruisers: 5 Podcast Takeaways

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Cruise marketers may already know to pursue millennials and families, but those two groups are incredibly diverse and warrant better targeting.

2 months ago

Celebrity Bets Big on Outdoor Spaces for New Cruise Ship

Celebrity Bets Big on Outdoor Spaces for New Cruise Ship

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Cruise lines have been trying for years, with limited success, to appeal to younger travelers. Perhaps Celebrity Edge, which will be filled with technological goodies, finally will be the answer.

2 months ago

Exclusive: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Former CEO Was Removed Over Misconduct, Lawsuit Claims

Exclusive: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Former CEO Was Removed Over Misconduct, Lawsuit Claims

Hannah Sampson, Skift

There’s a lot to unpack in this lawsuit — and it’s pretty clear that Kevin Sheehan and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings wish much less would have been included. When one former CEO sues another, it’s not going to be pretty.

3 months ago