Cruises

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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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?

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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?

3 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.

3 months ago