With $50m in three ship upgrades over the coming months, a $450m newbuild in the pipeline and dreams for an initial public offering someday, plenty is going on at Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Florida International University and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are going to build a $20m rehearsal facility for shipboard performers that will give FIU students access to training, internships and research opportunities in the hospitality and cruise sectors.
Russian waterways operators Imperial River Cruises and Orthodox Cruise Co. formed World Quest Cruises, a new river and ocean expedition brand. To assist in the launch and provide significant North American sales, marketing and call center support, the venture is partnering with Global Voyages Group of Bellevue, Wash.
With 2013 revenue up 25% compared to last year, it has been another successful year for Compagnie du Ponant, ceo Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, told Seatrade Insider during a one-to-one interview in Paris this week.
Product innovations like the Dr. Seuss partnership and a dining revamp 'put more gas on the fire' in Carnival Cruise Lines' image recovery, chief marketing officer Jim Berra told Seatrade Insider.
Total ships: 21
Total berths: 65,633
Total Order Book Value:$15,112,800,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$262,811