Cruise News Today — February 8, 2023 [VIDEO]

Royal Caribbean Group Gearing Up For a Great Year

During an earnings call on Tuesday, Royal Caribbean Group reported a much lower than expected loss for the fourth quarter of last year.

The company’s revenue for the 2022 fiscal year was $8.8 billion and it reported a net loss of $2.2 billion.

2023 is looking to be a great year for the company, as it reports strong booking numbers for the start of wave season. It reported that the seven biggest bookings weeks in the company’s history have occurred since November 2022.

The brand’s stock was up 7 percent after the markets closed on Tuesday as a result of the company’s good report.

Princess Cruises Announces 2024 Alaska Schedule

Princess Cruises will have seven ships in Alaska for the 2024 summer season, representing nearly half of what will be a 16-ship fleet that year.

The season will include 158 departures on 14 unique itineraries from four homeports: San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and Whittier.

Highlights include 11-day Inside Passage sailings from San Francisco, Voyage of the Glaciers cruises with the chance to see two glaciers, and a 17-night cruisetour with stays at all of Princess’ Wilderness Lodges.

All ships will offer the North to Alaska program, which includes park rangers and naturalists on board to narrate the passing scenery, locally-caught Alaska seafood, the chance to meet sled dog puppies on board, and a Jr. Ranger program for kids.

STORY: Seven Princess Cruises Ships to Sail Alaska in 2024

Bookings Are Strong For $75,000 Ultimate Family Townhouse

If you have the cash, there’s an ultimate cruise cabin for you. During the same call on Tuesday, Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley said that the line’s upcoming ship Icon of the Seas is the best selling product in company history.

The ship’s largest and most extravagant stateroom, the Ultimate Family Townhouse, is already 55 percent sold for 2024.

The three-story suite includes a movie theater, slide, multiple bedrooms, a huge balcony, and a private entrance to the Surfside family neighborhood. It costs an average of $75,000 per week.

Icon of the Seas is set to debut in Miami in January 2024.

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