New York Cruise: Gearing Up Capital Tasks

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“We’re actually gearing up on a few of our capital initiatives that can permit us to have bigger vessels name and homeport in Manhattan and Brooklyn,” stated Matthew Kwatinetz, government vp, asset administration income on the New York Metropolis Financial Improvement Company, which oversees the Huge Apple’s cruise enterprise.

First, $15 million might be spent in Brooklyn highlighted by a pier extension and set to be prepared by late 2020.

The larger information is available in Manhattan the place Pier 90 might be redone in a big-budget venture to higher berth massive cruise ships, just like Pier 88.

“The purpose is to accommodate a bigger, fashionable class of vessels,” added Kwatinetz.

A brand new apron might be added, permitting ships with overhanging lifeboats to dock, in addition to new boarding bridges. A completion date is estimated in 2021.

“After we try this we will accommodate bigger ships just like the Carnival Horizon and Norwegian Bliss, and future ships like Carnival’s XL class,” added Michael DeMeo, vp, NY Cruise.

Further capability in Manhattan comes within the type of Pier 92.

“We’re working up in opposition to the restrictions of capability proper now; we have now been speaking to totally different cruise traces to increasing berthing at Pier 92,” stated Kwatinetz, including town was close to its restrict throughout peak season in September and October.

“It’s wonderful to be on this place,” continued Kwatinetz. “We didn’t assume we’d run out of area 5 – 6 years in the past, however we’re filling up and seeking to create extra berths.”

Whereas near-term capability contains Pier 92, and the soon-to-be-upgraded Pier 90, in addition to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, an even bigger long-term venture may see the addition of one other berth in Brooklyn.

“There are a few totally different deep water areas in Brooklyn that there could possibly be a risk,” famous Kwatinetz. That risk, nevertheless, would in all probability run into the 9 determine funding vary and require a significant operator dedication or cruise line associate.

New York had a wholesome 2018, buoyed by the visits of two new model new ships within the Carnival Horizon and Norwegian Bliss, DeMeo defined.

2020 will see one other first because the Carnival Radiance will change into the primary ship to sail to Cuba from New York.

Star Wars and Marvel Day at Sea Return for 2020

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Disney Cruise Line introduced it’s bringing again two fashionable choices, Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea, for its 2020 cruise season.

Setting sail on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic to the Caribbean and Bahamas, these seven and five-night sailings mix the splendor of a Disney Cruise Line trip with a big day at sea stuffed with character encounters, stay exhibits and leisure, the corporate mentioned, in a press release.

Star Wars Day at Sea takes place on particular seven-night Disney Fantasy sailings from January to March 2020.

Along with encounters with the galaxy’s characters, together with Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, this cruise contains a full day of Star Wars actions together with stay exhibits, Star Wars-themed household and youngsters’ actions, meals and beverage and particular merchandise choices. The day ends with “Summon the Drive,” a deck social gathering that celebrates the Star Wars universe and caps off the evening with a fireworks present.

From January to early March 2020, particular five-night Disney Magic sailings will mix a crusing to the Caribbean and Bahamas with Marvel comics, movies and animated sequence for a day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe.

The meeting of Marvel Tremendous Heroes and Villains, together with the current addition of Captain Marvel, together with Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and extra, spotlight an all-day leisure lineup that features stay exhibits for the entire household, a unprecedented deck present, Marvel-themed actions for teenagers and households, particular merchandise and distinctive meals and beverage choices.

Virgin Voyages Declares Deployment of 4- and 5-Night time Cruises

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Virgin Voyages has introduced that the two,770-guest Scarlet Girl, debuting from Miami in early 2020, will sail four- and five-night cruises to the Caribbean.

4 and five-night Havana After Darkish itineraries will characteristic an in a single day keep in Havana, Cuba. There are additionally five-night Mayan Sol voyages to Costa Maya, Mexico and five-night Dominican Daze voyages to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Virgin mentioned there will probably be prolonged hours in port with an in a single day or a late-night sailaway on all voyages.

Sailings will depart from Miami at 7 pm, Virgin mentioned.

“Our analysis with Sailors unearthed their want to go to locations that permit for quite a lot of experiences,” mentioned Diana Block Garcia, vice chairman of itinerary and vacation spot growth for Virgin Voyages. “We set out on an journey to search out in a single day locations which have a mixture of alternatives for top vitality exploration and locations for rest, as the proper praise to our Virgin Voyages expertise. We’ve got composed itineraries which have a way of palpable tradition, historical past and above all induce that carefree feeling that you just solely get whereas on vacation.”

Cruises calling in Havana will characteristic people-to-people exchanges.

As well as, Virgin’s Dominican Daze cruise will sail to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on a five-night voyage

The Scarlet Girl’s inaugural 2020 season will open for bookings on Feb. 14.

Virgin Voyages Reveals Cabin Designs

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Virgin Voyages has launched its cabin designs for the corporate’s first ship, the Scarlet Girl, debuting from Miami early subsequent 12 months.

Virgin stated that 93 % of staterooms aboard 2,770-guest ship will function an ocean view, with 86 % that includes a Sea Terrace (balcony).

Virgin Voyages Cabin

“We didn’t need to create the identical outdated field of a bed room that our Sailors would solely use to put their head down at evening, we needed to reshape the whole cabin expertise,” stated Dee Cooper, senior vp of design for Virgin Voyages. “Whether or not it’s sleeping, socializing or stargazing they need, our cabins will rework to match our Sailors’ whims. Fashionable but one way or the other nonetheless casual, these cabins change the face of recent sea journey.”

Virgin stated, in a press release, that the ocean would be the star of the cabins with an unique patent pending cabin structure designed by PearsonLloyd with Virgin Voyages’ Design workforce, which makes use of clever structure to optimize house and views of the ocean.

Virgin Voyages Cabin

The cabin is custom-created to accommodate the Seabed, the first-ever transformational cabin mattress at sea, specifically engineered and handcrafted by Walter Knoll in Germany.

“The idea of the Seabed got here from the convivial nature of cruising, and offers Sailors extra space for social gatherings within the cabin– and eliminates the unstated awkwardness of inviting new buddies over with no place for them to sit down however on the mattress. As an alternative, Virgin Voyages Sailors can get pleasure from their cabin in two distinct methods as a spot to revel or a spot to loosen up,” Virgin stated.

There may even be new and intelligent room lighting, and the temper lighting will robotically alter to boost the time of day primarily based on the place the ship is on the earth.

The cabins will function PIR presence sensors that robotically detect when somebody has left the cabin and go into vitality saver mode, the place blinds will shut and air con will alter to an eco-saver temperature.

All terraces aboard Scarlet Girl will function custom-designed hammocks.

There are 1,330 cabins aboard the Scarlet Girl and 78 RockStar Suites, Virgin stated, together with XL Sea Terrace cabins, Sea Terrace cabins Sea View cabins, Insider cabins, Social Insider cabins that sleep as much as 4 in a chalet-style bunk and Solo Insider cabins designed and priced solely for the solo traveler.



Oceania Cruises to Get rid of Plastic Water Bottles

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Oceania Cruises as we speak introduced an initiative to eradicate hundreds of thousands of plastic water bottles per yr via a brand new partnership with Vero Water.

The deal is a part of the road’s OceaniaNEXT enhancement and the corporate’s bigger Sail & Maintain environmental program.

“By introducing Vero Water to the Oceania Cruises expertise, we’re not solely taking a quantum leap ahead environmentally, we’re offering our visitors with the gold-standard of nonetheless and glowing water,” said Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.

As a part of its OceaniaNEXT initiative, the road’s ships might be outfitted with Vero Water’s nonetheless and glowing water distillation methods beginning in April. Set up of the Vero Water methods will finally eradicate an estimated three million plastic bottles per yr.

Vero Water service might be carried out in two phases in the course of the coming yr. Part One focuses on implementing the onboard water service in suites, staterooms, eating places, lounges and bars which can begin in April and is anticipated to be accomplished by mid-June, the corporate mentioned.

Part Two will marry the Vero Water service with the visitor expertise ashore. All visitors might be supplied with their very own re-useable Vero Water bottle which might be theirs to maintain and to take house with them. This phase-in is anticipated to begin within the second half of 2019.

Implementation Schedule

Riviera – April 2, 2019
Marina – April 19, 2019
Regatta – Could 1, 2019
Sirena – Could 19, 2019
Nautica – Could 30, 2019
Insignia – June 19, 2019

Good Day at CocoCay Targets 2 Million Company in 2020

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Royal Caribbean will open its Good Day at CocoCay expertise this coming Could, an expansive waterpark on the road’s personal personal island within the Bahamas.

It would additionally introduce, on the identical time, a brand new income alternative for the cruise line, which goals to have over 2 million company go to the island in 2020.

“We can be taking simply shy of two million company a yr to Good Day (beginning in 2020),” stated Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Worldwide, on the corporate’s fourth quarter and year-end earnings name. “Definitely what we have seen in our bookings, not solely within the Caribbean, however significantly for these ships which are scheduled to go to Good Day has been actually fairly constructive, and we’ve not formally opened it but.”

Added Chairman Richard Fain: “We actually suppose Good Day is a sport changer for us and fairly thrilling.”

The brand new vacation spot can be serving to drive the corporate’s Caribbean product regardless of file capability within the area, in accordance with the 2019 Cruise Trade Information Annual Report.

“We have been very happy with the demand that we have seen coming by on the merchandise which have course into Good Day, and that is been an actual constructive driver of our Caribbean general well being by way of bookings,” Bayley stated. “And we have additionally seen actually good uptake by way of the pre-cruise gross sales of experiences and merchandise on Good Day. So each of those actually are fairly constructive.”

Are there future comparable tasks coming in different elements of the world?

“We need to get this factor launched, perceive how the patron takes to that after which take into account whether or not or not there are future alternatives for us to think about,” added Jason Liberty, CFO.

Good Indicators in China for Royal Caribbean

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A bullish outlook on the home Chinese language market and outbound sourcing potential had been among the many optimistic matters on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ year-end and fourth quarter earnings name on Wednesday.

“China continues to be an vital marketplace for us, and we noticed vital yield development for the product all through 2018,” mentioned Jason Liberty, CFO. “2019 China sailings are booked forward of identical time final 12 months. Over half one million Chinese language friends sail with us every year, totally on sailings from China.

“Nevertheless, we’re seeing a major development in outbound journey with 75% extra Chinese language friends on a non-China itinerary in 2019 when in comparison with simply three years in the past. Cruises in Europe and Alaska have seen the variety of Chinese language friends greater than double.”

Of word, the previous China-based Ovation of the Seas will debut in Alaska this summer time.

Within the home Chinese language market, the brand new Spectrum of the Seas will be a part of the Quantum of the Seas this summer time.

Ticket pricing needs to be sturdy with two fashionable ships in China, plus a major decline in provide, in response to the 2019 Cruise Business Information Annual Report.

The corporate has additionally added longer cruises to its China portfolio because the Chinese language cruise market continues to mature.

Added Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Worldwide: “We have been out there for 10 years, and we proceed growth. And as Jason (Liberty) talked about, ’18 efficiency was considerably improved from ’17 and ’19 is in a very good e book place, and we’re feeling fairly good in regards to the dynamics there in the intervening time.

“It’s the world’s largest outbound journey market, and issues are altering with regard to visa restrictions and group journey and what have you ever,” Bayley continued. “We’re beginning to see an enchancment when it comes to the variety of Chinese language friends who’re going by our merchandise in Alaska and the Mediterranean and Europe, and we expect that is a chance, notably because the model turns into an increasing number of well-known within the China market and as we set up wider, broader, deeper distribution, then it turns into a very good alternative for us when it comes to that outbound development.”

Regent Unveils Most Unique Suite Onboard Seven Seas Splendor

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises has introduced what it’s calling probably the most luxurious residence at sea aboard the Seven Seas Splendor, a four,443-square-foot suite perched on the 14th deck of the ship, above the bridge and overlooking the ship’s bow when she units sail in February 2020.

As the most important suite ever constructed on a luxurious cruise ship with greater than three,000 square-feet of inside lodging, the Regent Suite is four,443 whole square-feet of magnificence at sea, the corporate stated, full with an in-suite spa retreat that includes a private sauna, steam room and therapy space with limitless spa remedies, a 270-degree views over the ship’s bow from the 1,300 square-foot wraparound veranda, and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting space on prime of the bridge.


“The Regent Suite is the last word instance of how Seven Seas Splendor will astonish luxurious vacationers with an unmatched expertise, and it displays the superior degree of element you’ll uncover all through this beautiful ship,” stated Jason Montague, president and chief govt officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Within the Regent Suite, whether or not you’re entertaining associates in your elegant front room, having fun with caviar or lobster in your eating room, enjoyable in your hand-crafted Hästens Vividus mattress, delighting in limitless spa companies in your private in-suite therapy space, or exploring a seaside village together with your private automotive and information coordinated by your devoted head butler, the holistic expertise represents luxurious perfected.”

The 750-guest ship solely encompasses a single Regent Suite, and the lodging has been refined from the Regent Seven Seas Explorer, which launched in 2016.

Regent Dining

The Regent Suite grasp bathtub and in-suite spa are 30 p.c bigger on Seven Seas Splendor to include a floor-to-ceiling ocean-view bathe. Additionally completely different: A custom- made Treesse minipool spa is positioned on the entrance balcony,

There’s additionally the fully-stocked bar bordering the lounge and the solarium permits ocean views.

Regent Suite Sitting Area

The centerpiece for the master suite is a custom-made $200,000 Vividus mattress from the Hästens model. The king-sized continental mattress is being constructed by 4 grasp artisans on the Hästens workshop in Köping, Sweden and encompasses a pinewood body, metal springs, and layers of flax, horsetail hair, and cotton and wool batting. With over 300 hours of labor and an 18-month timeline to finish, the mattress would be the most luxurious mattress at sea, Regent stated.

A separate sitting space in the master suite encompasses a couch and huge flat-screen 4K extremely high-definition tv. The visitor bed room within the two-bedroom, two-and-one-half bathtub suite displays the main bedroom design with a separate and welcoming sitting space, walk-in closet and personal balcony. The Regent Suite accommodates as much as six company in whole.

With an all-inclusive worth of $11,000 per evening based mostly on double occupancy, the Regent Suite is already sold-out for practically all of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural season sailings, the corporate stated.

Mardi Gras to Sail in Europe and New York Earlier than Port Canaveral

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras is now open on the market of its inaugural schedule for 2020.

The Mardi Gras will provide a schedule with six- to 15-day sailings visiting high locations all through Europe and the Caribbean starting in summer time 2020, Carnival introduced.

“For Mardi Gras, we’ve developed some really thrilling and numerous itineraries that may present our friends with alternatives to expertise and discover high locations in Europe and the Caribbean,” mentioned Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “These itineraries will function the right complement to the distinctive shipboard expertise that Mardi Gras will provide. We’ve begun releasing a few of the new stateroom designs to our friends and journey company companions as a part of as we speak’s announcement and plan to share extra particulars over the approaching weeks.”


A nine-day maiden voyage from Copenhagen to Southampton Aug. 31 – Sept. 9, 2020 calling at Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium; and Le Havre (Paris), France.

A 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York Sept. 9-23, 2020, with stops at Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; and Funchal (Madeira) and Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.

A six-day cruise round-trip from New York to Portland, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick Sept. 24-30.

A 15-day Carnival Journeys voyage departing New York Sept. 30, 2020 and arriving in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Oct. 15, 2020, calling at Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk, positioning the vessel for year-round voyages to the Caribbean.

Following a particular eight-day Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral on Oct. 16, 2020, the Mardi Gras will kick off its seven-day program from the Area Coast Oct. 24, 2020, providing two completely different three-port, seven-day itineraries, alternating weekly to the japanese and western Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Reviews 2018 Full 12 months and This fall Earnings

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Royal Caribbean Cruises as we speak reported 2018 US GAAP earnings of $eight.56 per share and adjusted earnings of $eight.86 per share. As well as, the corporate introduced that 2019 adjusted earnings are anticipated to be within the vary of $9.75 to $10.00 per share.

For 2018, US GAAP Internet Revenue was $1.eight billion or $eight.56 per share and Adjusted Internet Revenue was $1.9 billion or $eight.86 per share in 2018 versus US GAAP and Adjusted Internet Revenue of $1.6 billion or $7.53 per share in 2017.

Gross Yields have been up three.eight% in Fixed-Foreign money (up three.9% As-Reported). Internet Yields have been up four.four% in Fixed-Foreign money (up four.5% As-Reported).

Gross Cruise Prices per Obtainable Passenger Cruise Days (“APCD”) elevated in Fixed-Foreign money (up three.2% As-Reported). Internet Cruise Prices (“NCC”) excluding Gasoline per APCD have been up four.1% in Fixed-Foreign money (up four.four% As-Reported).

For the total 12 months 2019, the corporate stated adjusted earnings are anticipated to be within the vary of $9.75 to $10.00 per share.

Internet Yields are anticipated to extend 6.5% to eight.5% in Fixed-Foreign money and to As-Reported. These metrics embrace roughly 350 foundation factors from the operation of Silversea, the brand new cruise terminal in Miami and the Excellent Day improvement.

NCC excluding Gasoline per APCD are anticipated to extend eight.5% to in Fixed-Foreign money and eight.25% to eight.75% As-Reported. These metrics embrace roughly 650 foundation factors from the operation of Silversea, the cruise terminal in Miami and the Excellent Day improvement.

2018 Highlights

US GAAP Internet Revenue for the 12 months was $1.eight billion or $eight.56 per share and Adjusted Internet Revenue was $1.9 billion or $eight.86 per share. This consequence beat the January 2018 mid-point steering by $zero.21 per share and equates to a 17.5% year-over-year progress in adjusted earnings per share. This consequence was achieved regardless of the unfavorable impression from foreign money and gas which negatively affected earnings by roughly $123 million or $zero.58 per share versus the January 2018 steering.

“This 12 months our groups achieved report monetary outcomes whereas introducing 4 new vessels, buying Silversea Cruises, inaugurating two beautiful cruise terminals and implementing Excalibur on about half of our fleet,” stated Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. “By any measure 2018 was a very stellar 12 months, and the sturdy Wave makes us optimistic about 2019 as properly.”

Internet Yields have been up four.four% in Fixed-Foreign money. Robust demand for core merchandise, higher onboard revenues and the consolidation from Silversea’s operations drove the year-over-year improve, the corporate stated.

NCC excluding Gasoline per APCD have been up four.1% in Fixed-Foreign money. The primary drivers behind the year-over-year improve have been extra drydock days, the lapping of modifications, investments in expertise and the consolidation of Silversea’s operations.

US GAAP Internet Revenue for the fourth quarter was $315.7 million or $1.50 per share and Adjusted Internet Revenue was $322.1 million or $1.53 per share. Final 12 months, US GAAP and Adjusted Internet Revenue have been $ million or $1.34 per share.

Gross Yields have been up 7.three% in Fixed-Foreign money. Internet Yields have been up 6.eight% in Fixed-Foreign money, barely higher than the midpoint of steering.

Gross Cruise Prices per APCD elevated 6.1% in Fixed-Foreign money. NCC excluding Gasoline per APCD have been up 5.1% in Fixed-Foreign money, decrease than steering, pushed by timing.

Favorability from depreciation and joint ventures additionally contributed to the quarter’s constructive efficiency.

Lastly, a mixture of a stronger greenback and gas charges negatively impacted the quarter by $zero.04.

Bunker pricing internet of hedging for the fourth quarter was $546.70 per metric ton and consumption was 357,700 metric tons.

The corporate expects full 12 months Adjusted EPS steering to be within the vary of $9.75 to $10.00 per share for the total 12 months 2019.

Wave Season has began on a powerful word and the corporate’s total booked place for 2019 is best than final 12 months’s report excessive and at greater charges, the corporate stated.

The corporate expects a Internet Yield improve within the vary of 6.5% to eight.5% in Fixed-Foreign money and to As-Reported for the total 12 months.

These metrics embrace roughly 350 foundation factors from the operation of Silversea, the cruise terminal in Miami and the Excellent Day water-park and resort on the island of Cococay in The Bahamas, which is able to launch in Might of 2019.

As an ultra-luxury model, Silversea’s revenues and bills, on a per APCD foundation, are each greater than the corporate’s common.

Furthermore, the brand new Miami based mostly terminal and Excellent Day can even improve each firm income and value metrics, since their additions don’t embrace APCDs.

“Our yield outlook for 2019 could be very encouraging” stated Jason T. Liberty, government vice chairman and CFO. “Demand for our manufacturers continues to speed up and we’re properly positioned for an additional 12 months of double-digit progress in our earnings per share.”

Q1 2019

Internet Yields are anticipated to extend 7.5% to in Fixed-Foreign money and 5.5% to As-Reported within the first quarter. These metrics embrace roughly 375 foundation factors from the operation of Silversea and the cruise terminal in Miami.

NCC excluding Gasoline per APCD for the quarter are anticipated to be up roughly 10% in Fixed-Foreign money (up to 9.5% As-Reported). These metrics embrace roughly 800 foundation factors from the operation of Silversea, the cruise terminal in Miami and the Excellent Day improvement.

The corporate additionally famous that Silversea’s seasonality is much like RCL’s core merchandise. Silversea, which was acquired on July 31 2018, will probably be accounted for on a one quarter lag. Its historically weaker fourth quarter will due to this fact be included in RCL’s first quarter outcomes.

Primarily based on present gas pricing, rates of interest, foreign money trade charges and the elements detailed above, the corporate expects first quarter Adjusted EPS to be roughly $1.10 per share.