I was watching a news bit on YouTube and at the end of the clip they teased something about "what will this cruise line need to do to bring passengers back?" I expected the item would talk about Carnival, but much to my surprise they put up a picture of an RCCL ship (sorry I don't know the profiles well enough to say what class.)
I'm guessing their graphics department just grabbed the wrong graphic. Then I started to wonder
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The ships on both Royal Caribbean and Carnival are sailing full or nearly full. With the recent snows I've been wanting to get somewhere warm and have been looking at last minute sailings. The inventory is pretty scarce.
Also: As of yesterday, Royal Caribbean's stock price was higher than Carnival's.
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They were probably talking about Carnival and accidently put up a picture of a RCCL ship instead. Wouldn't be the first time the press screwed up the facts.
The only thing going on in the industry to negatively impact sales is all the problems Carnival has been experiencing. RCCL hasn't had any problems and is a big seller among families. The only negative comments we're hearing from our clients about RCCL is that those who have sailed with them for many years have noticed a decrease in the quality of food. While this is not exclusive to RCCL, since most of the cruise lines have taken steps to save money, RCCL just began a new program to improve the quality of their food.
So based on what we're seeing in sales and reports from our clients, I would speculate the report you were listening to was more than likely directed towards Carnival.
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On our recent cruise on the Oasis the food was fine and better that it had been in the past.
Of course the ship was full.
The press seems to love to put down the cruise industry in general.
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