Allan E. Jordan

Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises: Different by Design

By Allan E. Jordan 2019-04-21 21:07:41

The introduction of the award-winning Celebrity Edge marks the latest advance in Celebrity’s 30-year history of redefining modern luxury at sea. Celebrity has always done things a little differently. Started as the premium offshoot of a budget-friendly brand, its founding principles emphasized stylish décor, gourmet cuisine and gracious service. Now, as it celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, the company is expanding on those core principles...

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AIDAnova

Welcome Aboard!

By Allan E. Jordan 2019-04-21 19:45:23

Concerns about overheated growth, geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty have done little to slow the cruise industry’s momentum. “2018 was a very robust year for cruise sales,” says Mary Kleen of Travel Edge, a Virtuoso agency in New York City. The industry recorded yet another record year – fueled by strong demand, a solid pricing environment and increased onboard revenues – and enters 2019 with high expectations. A dozen new cruise ships were introduced,...

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Market for Expedition Cruising Evolving Rapidly

By Allan E. Jordan 2019-04-17 18:20:42

The expedition segment continues to be one of the most discussed elements of the cruise industry.  Once a small niche, it is now poised for dramatic growth, prompting some to question how the market will develop. The first new ships for expedition cruises began to appear late in 2018 with the growth expected to accelerate this year. 40 or more ships are already on order or rumored by 2023 for the market. Both new entrants and established cruise lines, ranging...

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LifeCraft

An In-Depth Look at Viking's LifeCraft

By Allan E. Jordan 2019-04-13 21:22:24

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is introducing a unique new approach for lifeboats that it believes will offer strong advantages for mid- to large-sized passenger vessels. After 10 years of development, the Viking LifeCraft System recently received official approval from its first flag authority, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), and the company is currently in discussion with a number of shipowners about the advantages of the new approach. According to Niels Fraende, Vice President of Viking’s Cruise & LifeCraft Division, the concept...

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CEO panel

Cruising: An Industry “Kept on its Toes”

By Allan E. Jordan 2019-04-09 18:09:38

Speaking at the State of Industry panel at Seatrade Cruise Global this week, the industry's executives focused on the opportunities and challenges that growth is presenting. The executives all expressed their satisfaction in the industry’s current performance. Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, summarized the overall sentiment calling it “a very good time period,” while Frank Del Rio, Chief Executive Officer and President of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings highlighted the record performance noting that all...

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Industry Optimism High as Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 Kicks Off

By Allan E. Jordan 2019-04-07 19:15:46

Having just completed another record year, optimism remains high in the cruise industry as the business leaders, port and government officials, suppliers and other vendors all gather for one of the industry’s largest business conferences – Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 in Miami, Florida.   The year just concluded, 2018, was a record for the cruise industry showing not only strong growth in passenger bookings and fares, but also importantly in onboard revenues, which continues to be one of the key...

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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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Port Everglades

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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