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.
The lack of face-to-face business relationships is a cruise industry 'weakness,' in the view of Rick Sasso, president and ceo of MSC Cruises USA, who described a series of bold actions to address that as MSC strives to help travel agents 'create business that doesn't exist today.
After nearly 18 months of development, Azamara Club Cruises is introducing what president and ceo Larry Pimentel described as 'high-touch' experiential tours 'which are unique and highly appealing.'
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.'
Total ships: 25
Total berths: 74,811
Total Order Book Value:$17,630,800,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$272,194