Cruises

Carnival Corp. Wants Wearable Tech to Elevate the Cruise Experience

Carnival Corp. Wants Wearable Tech to Elevate the Cruise Experience

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We think this will take some getting used to for cruise passengers and crew alike. But the widespread acceptance of Disney's MagicBand — at least in Florida parks — shows that vacationers can adapt and embrace new forms of technology, especially if it improves their trip.

2 months ago

Cruise Companies Are Using Tech to Innovate Beyond Wi-Fi and Robots

Cruise Companies Are Using Tech to Innovate Beyond Wi-Fi and Robots

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise lines have been working on ways to improve guest-facing technology so passengers have a better experience on their trip. But it sounds like those efforts are moving to a new level this year — which should be good news for cruisers.

2 months ago

Windstar Cruises Is Looking to Capitalize on Smallness as it Grows

Windstar Cruises Is Looking to Capitalize on Smallness as it Grows

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Being small isn't quite enough to stand out in the cruise crowd. But elements of quirkiness, fun, and surprise — along with the advantage of greater access to some destinations — could do the trick.

2 months ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Looks Back at 50 Years of Innovation and Challenges

Norwegian Cruise Line Looks Back at 50 Years of Innovation and Challenges

Chabeli Herrera, Associated Press

NCL's anniversary is a reminder how young the cruise industry actually is.

2 months ago

Fathom Is Adding Even More Cuba Stops Early Next Year

Fathom Is Adding Even More Cuba Stops Early Next Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

This move combines Fathom's two aims — social impact in the Dominican Republic, culture-focused visits to Cuba — in one trip. Although the experiences in each will be truncated, this could be enough to attract passengers looking for variety rather than a full week in one country.

2 months ago

Carnival Corp. CEO Says Cuba Is a ‘Longer Term Play’

Carnival Corp. CEO Says Cuba Is a ‘Longer Term Play’

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Cruise operators are counting on Cuba to stir up new interest in long-established Caribbean sailings. That could ultimately increase demand and prices for cruises that are typically budget-friendly. But as Carnival's CEO said, adding Cuba as a destination may not do much for the bottom line at first.

2 months ago

Uniworld Is Launching a New Brand to Sell River Cruises to Millennials

Uniworld Is Launching a New Brand to Sell River Cruises to Millennials

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Uniworld is making an interesting play to expand the market for river cruising. We'll be curious to see how the new brand tries to create an experience that appeals to millennials without pandering.

2 months ago

Latest Royal Caribbean Sustainability Report Shows Slow Rate of Progress in Cruising

Latest Royal Caribbean Sustainability Report Shows Slow Rate of Progress in Cruising

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Royal Caribbean is hoping to accomplish major progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste by a self-imposed 2020 deadline. The problem is that the cruise giant fell short of its 2015 goals, and faces an uphill battle to reach its ambitious goals for the future.

2 months ago

Carnival Corp. Beats Analysts Expectations in Q4

Carnival Corp. Beats Analysts Expectations in Q4

Associated Press

Carnival Corp. has succeeded in generating incremental demand from consumers so it is entering 2017 with the ability to offer higher cruise fares.

2 months ago

Cruise Passenger Numbers Are Expected to Top 25 Million Next Year

Cruise Passenger Numbers Are Expected to Top 25 Million Next Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The cruise industry is generally very good at getting passengers to fill all their ships, especially new ones with the latest bells and whistles. Executives have also been trying to get those passengers to pay more for their trips, which is sometimes a struggle.

2 months ago

Major Cruise Lines Will Visit Havana (But Not Much Else in Cuba) Next Year

Major Cruise Lines Will Visit Havana (But Not Much Else in Cuba) Next Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Suddenly, Havana is popping up all over Caribbean itineraries for next year. We expect to see still more cruise lines announce plans for the city — and, eventually, other sites in Cuba.

2 months ago

The 3 Largest Cruise Companies Can Now Take Tourists to Cuba. What’s Next?

The 3 Largest Cruise Companies Can Now Take Tourists to Cuba. What’s Next?

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise ships in Cuba are adding capacity to keep up with a demand that hotels can't match. Right now, they're an essential part of the tourism development story.

2 months ago