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.
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.'
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.
A decline in the intent to purchase a cruise in a Harris Poll earlier this year goes against research cited by Cruise Lines International Association and the travel industry, along with the latest findings by the American Affluence Research Center.
Total ships: 25
Total berths: 74,811
Total Order Book Value:$17,630,800,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$272,194