The Caribbean booking environment continues to be 'extremely promotional,' particularly for cruises of seven and fewer nights, Royal Caribbean officials said Thursday, adding they expect this climate to continue throughout 2014. Longer Caribbean sailings are performing better.
MSC Divina, which became MSC Cruises' first ship to sail year-round from the US, is going back to the Mediterranean in a year's time, for the summer season. The ship will sail seven-night cruises with the option to embark at Civitavecchia (Rome) or Barcelona, May 16 through Oct. 3, 2015.
Royal Caribbean is sending its most innovative ship to China based on the strength of that market, not weakness in the Caribbean, and Quantum of the Seas will establish the company as the leader in Asia, Adam Goldstein said Thursday.
Carnival Cruise Lines upped its game in Texas, where it's already the largest cruise operator, by adding a third year-round ship in Galveston. Carnival Freedom will launch a seven-day cruise schedule in February 2015, marking the first time a cruise line has deployed three year-round ships in the state.
Six voyage disruptions dragged Royal Caribbean's first quarter profit to the lower end of guidance but the company expects to make up for that in the rest of the year and raised its 2014 earnings per share range by a nickel.
Total ships: 25
Total berths: 74,811
Total Order Book Value:$17,630,800,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$272,194