Connect with us

Cruise News

Norwegian Would Love To Have Cruise Ships In These “Underserved” Ports

Published

on

During its most recent earnings call, Norwegian Cruise Line execs spoke at length about how good the industry in general — and NCL in particular — is doing these days, in large part because cruising has become so popular around the world. Asked if there were any ports seen as perhaps weaker, President and CEO Frank Del Rio indicated that at the moment, that didn’t seem to be a problem. “Even the guy who bats 9th for the Yankees when the Yankees were good is a good hitter,” he quipped. “And that’s what we’ve got here. We’ve got a line-up where I see no underperforming regions.”

Where NCL Could Potentially Move A Ship

Of course, if a market did show weakness, the company could easily change things up. “I’m always looking where to move vessels to,” Del Rio admitted. “Cruise lines seek to move vessels to the highest-yielding destination. That’s why ships have propellers and rudders”

The Norwegian Joy is currently the fleet’s only ship servicing the China market.

 

At the moment, however, he doesn’t see the need to make big changes. “It’s one of the few times in my 25-year tenure in the industry that I wouldn’t move any of my ships. I like where they are. I think… we have optimum itineraries,” he reflected, “and I think that’s one of the reasons we’re seeing strong pricing that we’re seeing, because they’re in the right place at the right time.”

Sponsored Link

Asked if Norwegian might consider sending a second ship to China, the exec indicated that there were probably better places for them to consider. “Quite frankly, the rest of the world is doing so well,” he explained, “that it’s hard to pull a vessel when you only have 26 [ships], like we do, into China. We have many other either unserved or underserved markets that we would also consider in the mix should ships become available to us.”

Such as? “We don’t have a presence in the mid-atlantic states,” he said. “We’re not in Baltimore, we’re not in Charleston. We don’t have a presence at all in the world’s second largest port, which is Fort Lauderdale. We don’t have a presence in the golf states of Texas or Alabama. We don’t have a year-round presence in Tampa or New Orleans or Los Angeles. We only have three ships in Alaska, which is a very high-yielding market. Some of our competitors have up to eight vessels there.”

At the moment, however, Del Rio sees no need to make major changes such as those, given their strong position in the markets they currently occupy.

Where would you love to see Norwegian move a ship if one became available?

Advertisement

Cruise News

June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

Published

on

With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

Sponsored Link

There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

Continue Reading

Cruise News

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

Published

on

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

Sponsored Link

The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

Continue Reading

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

Published

on

Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

Sponsored Link

Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

Continue Reading

Sponsored Link

ads

Sponsored Link

Stay in the Know with Cruise Radio

Send this to a friend

Hi, this may be of interest to you: Norwegian Would Love To Have Cruise Ships In These "Underserved" Ports. This is the link: https://cruiseradio.net/norwegian-would-love-to-have-cruise-ships-in-these-underserved-ports/