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Norwegian Cruise Line Bets More on Alaska After Caribbean Disappoints

Norwegian Cruise Line Bets More on Alaska After Caribbean Disappoints

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Norwegian Cruise Line is betting that Alaska cruise passengers will turn up — and pay a premium — for a big new ship designed for the market.

2 months ago

Royal Caribbean Is Ordering a New Class of Megaships

Royal Caribbean Is Ordering a New Class of Megaships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Royal Caribbean will need to completely rethink the way it designs and powers ships in order to use liquefied natural gas and fuel cell technology. It's an interesting challenge, and we find it especially notable that the cruise company is not trying to break its own capacity records.

2 months ago

Large Cruise Ships in the Arctic Prompt Calls for Regulation

Large Cruise Ships in the Arctic Prompt Calls for Regulation

Gwladys Fouche, Reuters

We've written often about the dangers of overtourism. As cruise lines and other travel industry players bring larger ships and greater numbers of visitors to fragile destinations such as the Arctic, they should proceed with caution and care.

2 months ago

Cruise Industry’s Latest Sustainability Report Doesn’t Contain Data on Sustainability

Cruise Industry’s Latest Sustainability Report Doesn’t Contain Data on Sustainability

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

If you're going to release a report trying to show the strides your industry has made in sustainability, it helps to have concrete evidence to bear that out. Asserting that advanced technology, which has yet to even be installed, has solved the problem is misleading and damaging to the credibility of cruising at large.

2 months ago

Carnival Corp. CEO Says Empathy Is Vital in Complicated World

Carnival Corp. CEO Says Empathy Is Vital in Complicated World

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Arnold Donald has done an impressive job turning around Carnival Corp.'s image. Now he has to lead it into the future in an extremely competitive global cruise market.

2 months ago

Carnival Corp. Says Its Cruise Business Is Strong, Even in Europe

Carnival Corp. Says Its Cruise Business Is Strong, Even in Europe

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. had a strong quarter at a time when some competitors struggled, but questions will remain about how quickly the industry is growing in China.

2 months ago

Celebrity Cruises Wades Into Political Waters With Its New Ad Campaign

Celebrity Cruises Wades Into Political Waters With Its New Ad Campaign

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Celebrity Cruises recognizes that fear is bad for travel — and doesn't seem worried about rocking the boat with a politically charged ad.

2 months ago

Sitka, Alaska Is Banking on More Cruise Ships in 2017

Sitka, Alaska Is Banking on More Cruise Ships in 2017

Shannon Haugland, Associated Press

It's great to see economic impact measured in bagels and bacon rather than T-shirts and bad jewelry.

2 months ago

China’s Cruise Boom Is Getting Some Homegrown Ships

China’s Cruise Boom Is Getting Some Homegrown Ships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

China's cruise market is still in its early days, but the world's biggest industry players are trying to help it mature fast.

2 months ago

MSC Is Adding One More Ship to the Crowded China Market

MSC Is Adding One More Ship to the Crowded China Market

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Global cruise lines have been feeling the pressure on pricing as more competitors enter China. Still, MSC Cruises is betting that the market will be ready for a second ship from the line in 2018.

3 months ago

Carnival Corp. Is Producing TV Shows That Star Its Own Ships

Carnival Corp. Is Producing TV Shows That Star Its Own Ships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corporation is putting a lot of effort into getting its cruise ships, destinations, and shore activities in front of a massive audience. Smart travelers will realize they're seeing a highly produced, promotional version of a cruise experience.

3 months ago

Another Boat Heads to the Mississippi as Americans Get Curious About U.S. River Cruising

Another Boat Heads to the Mississippi as Americans Get Curious About U.S. River Cruising

Hannah Sampson, Skift

River cruising in the United States is growing slowly, but we expect to see this segment continue to gain popularity — especially with travelers who are fond of the close-to-land experience but don't want to travel overseas.

3 months ago