Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. beat second quarter expectations with a profit of $185m, or 84 cents per share, on better than forecast close-in pricing for Caribbean and China cruises, and ratcheted up guidance 15 cents per share for the rest of the year.
UK telecom veteran Rahul Chakkara is joining the recently formed Costa Group Digital Unit in Hamburg as chief digital officer, reporting to Costa Group ceo Michael Thamm.
Quantum of the Seas sports the first Kung Fu Panda-themed restaurant anywhere. The new family-style Kung Fu Panda Noodle Shop offers dim sum, noodle bowls and traditional Chinese desserts along with Po and the cast of characters from the DreamWorks animation film 'Kung Fu Panda.'
A veteran of the Hamburg convention business, Matthias Rieger, was appointed managing director of Hamburg Cruise Center, succeeding Nadine (Palatz) Maraschi, who is taking a job with MSC Cruises.
Costa Cruises updated its lunch and dinner menus with more authentic Italian cuisine, helped by Michelin-star chef Fabio Cucchelli. He worked with a new team of corporate chefs to create 14 regional lunch and dinner menus and 252 new dishes.
Total ships: 41
Total berths: 132,148
Total Order Book Value:$30,874,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$260,959