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Royal Caribbean Tour Venture GoBe Calls It Quits

Royal Caribbean Tour Venture GoBe Calls It Quits

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As we've said repeatedly: Everyone wants a piece of tours and activities, but not everyone can be successful. Royal Caribbean Cruises tried something different for a cruise company with GoBe, but the space was crowded.

4 months ago

How Cruise Lines Innovate When They Keep Building the Same Type of Ship

How Cruise Lines Innovate When They Keep Building the Same Type of Ship

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise lines are constantly trying to come out with more impressive bells and whistles, even when the type of ship has been around for years. Consumers appear to be responding, so don't expect the game to change.

5 months ago

Cruise Wellness Company One Spa World Could Be For Sale

Cruise Wellness Company One Spa World Could Be For Sale

Melissa Mittelman and Kiel Porter, Bloomberg

Spa treatments on cruise ships and resorts are big business, as shown by the potential $1 billion price tag for One Spa World. What would a new owner mean for the brand — and for all its partners?

5 months ago

Norwegian Cruise CEO Sees No Signs of Recession

Norwegian Cruise CEO Sees No Signs of Recession

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Like other cruise operators, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is seeing strong business for 2018 and even 2019. Two words — hurricane season — could interfere, but with so many bookings already made, even a stormy summer shouldn't ruin the year.

5 months ago

Royal Caribbean Ups Forecast But Wall Street Worries About Too Many Ships

Royal Caribbean Ups Forecast But Wall Street Worries About Too Many Ships

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Royal Caribbean Cruises has a lot of new ships coming, which will let the cruise operator charge higher prices and attract fresh interest. But as the global cruise industry continues to add capacity, analysts wonder if demand can keep up with the building boom.

5 months ago

Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

Hannah Sampson, Skift

More people are visiting hard-to-reach destinations, and the travel companies that take them there are reckoning with the impact of the higher volume of tourists. How much growth is too much? We'll probably find out in the coming years.

5 months ago

3 Big Challenges Cruise Lines Still Have to Overcome in China

3 Big Challenges Cruise Lines Still Have to Overcome in China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

China has been full of ups and downs as the cruise industry has grown its presence in the market. Identifying the cause of the downs — and taking steps to manage the factors that can be controlled — should help operators find stability.

6 months ago

Carnival Sees a ‘Hurricane Hangover’ in Parts of the Caribbean

Carnival Sees a ‘Hurricane Hangover’ in Parts of the Caribbean

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travelers held off on booking cruises to the Caribbean in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes. One big question is how many of them will want to risk sailing during this year's hurricane season — and at what prices.

6 months ago

TUI Group Is Quietly Joining the Cruise Heavyweights

TUI Group Is Quietly Joining the Cruise Heavyweights

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI Group is slowly building up quite a formidable cruise operation. How long before it starts to consider buying out joint venture partner Royal Caribbean?

6 months ago

Royal Caribbean Ends Its Joint Venture With Ctrip in China

Royal Caribbean Ends Its Joint Venture With Ctrip in China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise lines had a lot of big plans for China a few years ago, but as the market has cooled, those plans are changing. SkySea Cruises shows that winning Chinese travelers isn't as easy as taking an old ship and tailoring it to local preferences.

6 months ago

Expedition Cruise CEOs Expect Prices to Fall as Sector Booms

Expedition Cruise CEOs Expect Prices to Fall as Sector Booms

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Expedition cruising doesn't get as much attention as mass-market operators that boast of multiple restaurants and flashy water slides. But the sector is growing, and that presents opportunities as well as challenges in catering to travelers who are seeking once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

6 months ago

Royal Caribbean Is Making a Billion-Dollar Push for New Cruisers

Royal Caribbean Is Making a Billion-Dollar Push for New Cruisers

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise industry players talk constantly about attracting first-timers. Royal Caribbean International is putting some serious cash behind that talk with its new investments into private destinations and ship upgrades.

6 months ago