Here are the top cruise industry news stories for Friday, December 1, 2023, and the stock report for Carnival Corporation (CCL), Royal Caribbean Group (RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).
Cruise News Updates for Today
Princess Cruises, Cunard to Skip Melbourne Port in 2025
In response to Melbourne AUS’s decision to raise the port fee to $32 per passenger from $28.50, Princess Cruises and Cunard have decided to skip the port in 2025.
Teresa Lloyd, Carnival Australia’s chief strategy officer, criticized the steep price hike, emphasizing that the cruise industry is still recovering from the shutdown.
While open to discussions with Ports Victoria and the Victorian government for a long-term solution, government authorities defended the move, saying Melbourne needs pier work.
With both cruise lines ditching Melbourne, the port will miss out on $ 3.2 million in port fees.
This tax increase in Melbourne reflects a broader trend of cruise ports raising taxes on cruisers, such as The Bahamas and Amsterdam, and the proposed hike to Cozumel in 2025.
RCCL’s Star of the Seas to Sail from Port Canaveral in 2025
In 2025, when Royal Caribbean introduces its second Icon-class ship, Star of the Seas, it’ll sail from Port Canaveral.
Bookings for Star of the Seas open on December 5, 2023, with the ship primarily sailing to the Caribbean and The Bahamas.
Notably, Star of the Seas will be among the largest cruises in the world, boasting over 250,000 gross tons.
Sister ship Icon of the Seas debuts next month from Florida.
HAL, Princess Cruises Sets Booking Record for Thanksgiving
Holland America Line and Princess have reported a record-breaking increase in bookings for the second consecutive year during Black Friday.
The company experienced a surge of over 20 percent in booking volumes on Black Friday compared to the previous year and a 23 percent increase for the period extending from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.
Destinations with the highest booking volumes were Alaska, Europe, and Canada/New England, witnessing higher booking volumes than last year’s Black Friday sales.
Cruise Line Stock Report
- CCL 15.06, up 1%
- RCL 107.46, up 1.5%
- NCL 15.27, up 3%