MSC Cruises has joined forces with communications agency We Are Social to develop a global social media strategy.
Though Norwegian Cruise Line's board approved a three-year $500m share buyback program, analysts noted the company lacks the liquidity to act immediately and said bigger overhangs for the stock are the 60-day lock-ups and investor concerns that Genting Hong Kong may sell its entire 27.7% stake in NCLH this year.
Holland America Line's Rotterdam and Volendam return to Asia for a second season, from winter 2014 through spring 2015. The 1,432-passenger Volendam will sail 14- to 17-day cruises and non-repeating itineraries, while the 1,404-passenger Rotterdam makes a 90-day 'Passage to the Far East.'
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association tapped the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa as the official hotel for its 2014 Conference & Trade Show in St. Maarten, Oct. 6-10.
Voyages to Antiquity's 2015 Mediterranean brochure features more than 16 new destinations, river cruising in Spain, overnight stays in Morocco and air bundled into the US pricing.
Norwegian Cruise Line's reduced net yield outlook for 2014—from up approximately 4% year over year to up in the 3% to 3.5% range—is mainly due to softer than expected Caribbean pricing that Royal Caribbean is also experiencing. Meanwhile, Europe is trending better, as Royal similarly reported last week.
Lynn Clark was promoted to VP travel agency sales and national accounts for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. She will provide strategic direction and leadership to the teams responsible for revenue production from US-based travel agencies and national accounts for domestic products including Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani and Adventures by Disney.
For the first time publicly, Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Kevin Sheehan indicated Asia has been 'on our radar' and said that, 'over the next year or so, there will be some action from us as far as moving our footprint to be a global player.'