Is CLIA Off Message? – Other Cruise News: UK Cruise Lines Could Be Breaking Competition Law – Norwegian vs Facebook

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 24th June 2013


Cruise Passenger Satisfaction

In remarks he made to Seatrade Insider earlier this month, Bob Dickinson, former president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines, who has returned to Carnival Corp & plc as a consultant, suggested that Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) should be getting back to its old role of marketing the cruise industry. CLIA president Christine Duffy acknowledged as much in a speech she delivered last week at the CLIA Cruise360 conference in Vancouver, confirming CLIA’s continued commitment to travel agents. This was done to counter talk that it had changed from being a group focused on agents to a global lobbying organisation.  In February, Norwegian Cruise Line and Facebook both listed on the Nasdaq, at similar opening prices of around $28. We look at what has happened since. And finally, we have a look at UK cruise operators and the law.

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Duchess of Cambridge Christens The Third Royal Princess – Other Cruise News – P&O Cruises Stung In The Tail By Vantage Fares

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The Cruise Examiner for 17th June 2013 Thursday, June 13, in her last solo appearance before giving birth to the next heir to the British throne, Kate Middleton, more formally known as Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Wales, named Princess Cruises’ new flagship, the 142,714-ton Royal Princess, third of the name, in Southampton. We compare the new Italian-built ship to her predecessors, built in Finland and France. Meanwhile, P&O Cruises has been attracting criticism of its more recent fare structure that allows for two different classes of fare, with Vantage fares and Getaway fares.

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What Kind Of Pressures Are Bearing On Carnival UK? – Other Cruise News – Dickinson Returns to Carnival in the US

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The Cruise Examiner for 10th June 2013


From last week’s news of the termination of Cunard president Peter Shanks and P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow, with effect from this September, one has to ask what kind of pressures have come to bear on Carnival UK that it should sacrifice two such long-standing executives? This story is not a recent one and dates back to the days of P&O Cruises prior to Carnival’s merger with P&O Princess Cruises in 2003 and the delivery of the Queen Mary 2 late in 2004. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, it was announced that former Carnival Cruise Lines president Bob Dickinson would be returning to Carnival Corp & plc as a consultant.

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Photo of m.v. Arcadia courtesy of P&O Cruises.