2014 promises to be an exciting year for fans of cruise travel. New ships are coming online with each one crafted to bring exciting and innovative passenger experiences as never before. The cruise lines are also adding new ports of call to their ship itineraries and revisiting others not stopped at in years. Read more
The Carnival Triumph has completed the refurbishment and renovations after its famous engine room fire that left it dead in the water. The ship being towed by tug boats was reported and viewed around the world. This was clearly a black eye for Carnival Cruises. However, the ship has spent months in the shipyard and returns to its home port of Galveston, Texas to depart this today with a sold out cruise to the western Caribbean.
Carnival claims it has made substantial upgrades to the ships systems with the focus being on the power and propulsion areas.
The fun times will return as the Carnival Triumph now offers Guy’s Burger Joint for your cravings, The Blue Iguana Cantina and Tequila Bar for Margaritas and shots, The Red Frog Rum Bar for your Mojitos, The Alchemy Bar for your favorites and EA Sports Bar to quench your thirst while staying up to date with your teams.
The common areas such as pools, promenades and fitness centers have all been totally refurbished. Cruise cabins have all been stripped and outfitted with brand new soft goods.
Carnival has done a great job on the Triumph spending more than $115 million repairing and upgrading the ship. The first cruise is sold out. The real question is would you be comfortable book your cruise on this ship?
When I first entered the travel business in the late 70’s the modern cruise era was just beginning to take shape. During this time there were quite a few people involved, but two cruise executives stood head and shoulders among the rest with vision and a deep understanding of the business. These two innovators were Richard Revenes of Royal Cruise Line and Bob Dickinson of Carnival Cruise Line. Read more
A recent Harris Poll published on Reuters in May found public perception of cruise lines has declined substantially. The average perceived quality score is down 13% from the period before the Carnival Triumph engine room fire in February. Carnival Cruise Line scored the worst with a 20% decline on perceived quality. Read more
I have been in the travel industry for over 25 years. Cruising was always one of the most popular forms of vacation packages. In those years I never heard about the problems the Cruise Industry is experiencing today.
The recent fire aboard the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas is just another mishap the cruise industry has seen in the last two years. Consider the wreck of the Costa Concordia which 32 people died. The Carnival Triumph engine room fire left the ship dead in the water which required a tow back to port in extremely poor unsanitary conditions. Read more