As 2013 comes to a close, year in review stories are appearing across the Internet. I just came across a story in Travel Weekly “The Top Stories of 2013” which listed a number of impact events within the travel industry. Read more
Every month the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau announce statistics about new tourist arrivals that smash previous records. Hawaii is indeed the hottest vacation destination this year. Much of this increased demand from both the east and west comes can be attributed to the energy generated by the hotel properties. They have used the recent recession as an opportunity to update and renovate providing entirely new vacation experiences. Here’s a sample of improvements the Hawaii Hotels are offering. 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