Contrary to conventional wisdom, the affluent most often named Royal Caribbean and Carnival as the brands they cruised with during the past five years in a new survey by the American Affluence Research Center of the wealthiest 10% of US households.
More than 290 technicians are at work on Costa Concordia, a figure that will climb to 400 in the next few weeks as efforts continue to remove the wreck from Giglio Island as soon as possible. Currently the refloating is projected by the end of June.
Helping cruise lines boost profit through smarter pricing is the goal of Aprefis, an award-winning big-data technology provider that recently set up shop in Miami. Aprefis—which stands for Automated Pricing and Forecasting System—developed software that it touts as 'the only real-time pricing optimization platform for cruise lines.'
The 108,000gt Golden Princess will homeport in Melbourne for five months when she arrives in Australia for the first time in October next year, part of a large Princess Cruises deployment in the region.
Though norovirus impacted bookings, Carnival Corp. & plc still expects pricing to go up, has a better grasp on the impact of this year's Caribbean capacity growth and welcomes the potential entry of Richard Branson into the cruise arena while being surprised about MSC Cruises' orders.
Total ships: 25
Total berths: 74,811
Total Order Book Value:$17,630,800,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$272,194