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Ultimate Family Suite onboard Symphony of the Seas

The Suite Life

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-09-06 02:26:20

One of the on-going trends in the cruise industry is the selling of upgraded passenger experiences. Nowhere is this more evident than in the previously unseen levels of luxury and unique options being offered in accommodations. The cruise lines are each seeking to outdo their competitors to offer the most luxurious suites at sea.   When the modern cruise industry was invented in the 1960s, the cruise companies perceived a very egalitarian experience. The first modern cruise ships offered basic...

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Carnival Horizon courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Cruise Line "Arms Race" Continues

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-08-01 21:37:52

The major cruise lines each introduced new ships this year that were the largest ships of their fleets. These ships are part of an ongoing trend whereby the cruise lines are increasing the size of their ships - sparking what some have likened to an "arms race," but one designed to bring marketing and economic advantages. While these new ships are continuations of current classes, small design changes or the addition of more passenger cabins in previously non-revenue spaces increased the capacity...

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NCL PortMiami interior courtesy of Bermello Ajamil & Partners

New Designs Help Ports Support Growing Cruise Industry

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-07-12 16:49:06

The rapid growth in the cruise industry is creating both opportunities and challenges for ports.  Increases in the number of passengers carried aboard the largest ships are adding stress on existing facilities and challenging ports to come up with new ways of handling people and the services required to support the cruise industry. The Maritime Executive spoke with Luis Ajamil, President and CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners to get an in-depth view...

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Exclusive: Wells Fargo's Timothy Conder Talks Cruise Market Revenue

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-07-07 21:42:01

The cruise industry is in the midst of a strong upturn with increasing demand extending the booking curve and contributing to rising prices and earnings as well as record new ship construction orders. The Maritime Executive spoke with Tim Conder, the Senior Leisure Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, about the factors he sees contributing to the industry’s strong performance and the outlook for cruising. With more than 20 years of experience, Tim is...

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Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn Enters Growing Expedition Cruise Market

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-07-02 17:26:01

The competition is continuing to grow for the expedition cruise segment with Seabourn Cruise Line becoming the latest to announce plans to enter the market. More than 30 new cruise ships are currently on order for expedition cruising, including the first entry into the segment from several large cruise brands and the first ultra-luxury expedition ships. Seabourn has signed a letter of intent for the construction of two new ultra-luxury expedition ships to be built by a new partnership between...

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Carnival's Ship Disposals Continue with Oriana

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-06-30 20:31:47

Ship disposals within the Carnival Corporation fleet continue with Holland America Line confirming the long rumored sale of its oldest cruise ship, the 1988-built Prinsendam to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen. Also the smallest ship in the Holland America fleet, the 37,983-gross ton Prinsendam, which carries up 835 passengers, had been sailing for Holland America since 2002. She has been chartered back to Holland America from the new owners to complete its scheduled cruises through July 1, 2019. After...

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Norwegian Bliss: An Individual Outstanding in her Class

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-05-30 21:35:03

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 168,028 gross ton Norwegian Bliss, was built by Meyer Werft in Germany in just 18 months. Delivered on April 19, she is the third member of the Breakaway Plus class and a continuation of NCL's highly unusual strategy of modifying each ship in the class.  When the first Breakaway Plus ship, the Norwegian Escape, was delivered in 2015 she had the same hull dimensions as the Norwegian Breakaway, but added an additional deck of staterooms...

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Navantia Grows as a Cruise Ship Repair Specialist

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-05-30 20:48:02

Cruise ship overhauls and revitalization are becoming an increasingly large business for the world’s shipyards. With the scope of the work growing as the cruise lines move to update older ships and incorporate newer amenities into their existing fleets, the Navantia Shiprepairs facility in Cadiz, Spain has emerged as one of the leaders in this specialized segment. This spring, Navantia is undertaking a number of significant projects that demonstrate the trends in the cruise industry. In mid-April, TUI Cruises’ Mein...

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Queen Latifah names Carnival Horizon

New York City Welcomes Carnival Horizon

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-05-23 18:39:13

Carnival Cruise Line completed the introduction of its new ship, the 133,500 gross ton Carnival Horizon with a VIP event in New York City on May 23. The second ship in the Vista class, the Carnival Horizon is currently Carnival’s largest ship and the 26th ship in the Carnival fleet. It is also the 102nd cruise ship operated by the brands of Carnival Corporation.   The Carnival Horizon arrived in New York Wednesday after a month of cruises in Europe and...

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Virgin Voyages Reveals Interior Designs

By Allan E. Jordan 2018-05-19 19:28:06

Virgin Voyages is continuing its staged reveals of details of its new cruise line and 110,000 gross ton cruise ship currently under construction by Fincantieri. At a New York City event, Virgin provided a first look into some of the interior designs for the new ship and discussed their guiding philosophy. Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages, set the tone for the discussion reiterating that they are committed to creating “more than just another cruise line.” While the...

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