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Norwegian Cruise Line Is Moving Its Built-for-China Ship to the U.S.

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Moving Its Built-for-China Ship to the U.S.

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Norwegian Cruise Line made a significant investment in China when it built a ship specifically for that market. But as executives like to say, ships are easy to move when necessary, and clearly Norwegian sees a brighter future in the U.S.

4 months ago

Wall Street Concerns Aren’t Keeping Cruise Lines From Ordering More Ships

Wall Street Concerns Aren’t Keeping Cruise Lines From Ordering More Ships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise lines are confident that people will fill the ships they order, and shipbuilding yards are packed with business for years to come. Will Wall Street shake off its worries that demand won't keep up?

4 months ago

UK and Ireland Cruisers Are Actually Getting Older Despite Push for Millennials

UK and Ireland Cruisers Are Actually Getting Older Despite Push for Millennials

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While some cruise lines have had success targeting younger travelers, it is older people who are still the most interested. But so what? There are plenty of wealthy retirees who are happy to while away their days sipping cocktails at sea.

4 months ago

Seabourn Is Building Expedition Ships as Demand for Luxury Adventure Grows

Seabourn Is Building Expedition Ships as Demand for Luxury Adventure Grows

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Now that Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corp. have made serious moves in the expedition space, is it still a "niche" sector of the cruise industry? We expect to see more activity in the coming years from players big and small.

5 months ago

Carnival Lowers Full-Year Forecast as Hurricane Season Looms

Carnival Lowers Full-Year Forecast as Hurricane Season Looms

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival's shares took a beating Monday after the company lowered its forecast for the full year. Executives pointed out the reason was a hit from fuel and currency, not a lack of demand. That said, they (and the rest of the travel industry) could really use a quiet hurricane season this year.

5 months ago

Royal Caribbean Is Buying a $1 Billion Stake in Silversea to Boost Its Luxury Offerings

Royal Caribbean Is Buying a $1 Billion Stake in Silversea to Boost Its Luxury Offerings

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Buying Silversea will certainly improve Royal Caribbean's offering in the luxury and expedition sectors. Will it be happy as a majority shareholder, as it says now, or will it eventually want complete control?

5 months ago

How the Ritz-Carlton at Sea Will Avoid the Bus-Route Nature of Cruising

How the Ritz-Carlton at Sea Will Avoid the Bus-Route Nature of Cruising

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Luxury cruisers have some well-known options, but the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection believes it can win over both fans of cruising and non-cruisers alike. Will newcomers abandon land to check out how Ritz-Carlton translates to sea?

5 months ago

Glacier Bay Permit Fees Are Rising for Cruise Passengers

Glacier Bay Permit Fees Are Rising for Cruise Passengers

Associated Press

In addition to raising fees for cruise passengers who visit Glacier Bay in Alaska, the National Park Service is asking operators to explain the impact their presence will have on the park. As larger cruise ships sail to Alaska, it's important that the destination not become overwhelmed.

5 months ago

Newest Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Offers More Fun for a Fee

Newest Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Offers More Fun for a Fee

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Cruise lines have been adding bells and whistles — some included in the price, some not — for years now. Executives have a good sense of what passengers are willing to pay extra for, and we expect to see a continued push to generate more onboard revenue.

6 months ago

Old Cruise Ships Get New Life as Costs Soar for New Builds

Old Cruise Ships Get New Life as Costs Soar for New Builds

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

Shiny new megaships get a lot of attention, but cruise lines aren't forgetting about the rest of their fleet. Older ships can be just the ticket for emerging markets, quick weekend trips, and ports that can't handle giant vessels.

6 months ago

Havana’s Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast

Havana’s Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast

Hannah Sampson, Skift

No one doubts that Cuba will continue to grow as a cruise destination. The question is how that growth will be managed — and whether the island can cope with the influx of additional daily visitors.

6 months ago

Havana Is Tripling the Size of Its Cruise Terminal as Demand Soars

Havana Is Tripling the Size of Its Cruise Terminal as Demand Soars

Christopher Jasper , Bloomberg

Cruise lines say interest is still high for Cuba, especially because so many U.S. travelers have been forced to stay away for decades. But visits have been limited for capacity reasons. With more room for ships, will the destination become a Caribbean cruise staple — and will the island's infrastructure be able to handle the crowds?

6 months ago