Carnival invests in upgrade to emergency power systems

Carnival Cruise Lines said it will spend $300 million improving its fleet in the wake of the engine-room fire that disabled Carnival Triumph in February. It has already started the improvements, which broadly involve more redundant systems, connecting more hotel functions to emergency power and increased fire-detection and fire-suppression systems. Carnival said an additional emergency[…]

Travelport merchandising platform enables ancillary shopping

Travelport has unveiled a new merchandising platform that enables comparison-shopping across all participating airline products — including ancillaries. Travel agents can use the platform to shop and book traditional carriers who connect with Travelport via ATPCO (the traditional source of information about fares and availability) as well as airlines with which Travelport has an API[…]

Apple Leisure Group to acquire Travel Impressions from Amex

American Express Travel Related Services Company Inc. and Apple Leisure Group have entered into an agreement under which Apple will acquire Amex’s global tour operator business, including Travel Impressions. Apple will also acquire American Express Vacations International, Amex’s international tour operator businesses in Europe and Mexico, which is managed by Travel Impressions. The transaction is[…]

Norwegian Cruise Line wants sellers to shun CruiseCompete

Norwegian Cruise Line is asking travel agents to stop working with CruiseCompete, the 10-year old firm in Des Moines, Iowa, that solicits bids from agents on cruises sought by consumers. In a memo sent to some travel outlets the week of March 18, Norwegian Vice President of Sales Camille Olivere said Norwegian would not sign[…]

Rolling on the rivers

AMSTERDAM — The invitation suggested it was going to be an intimate cocktail hour with Torstein Hagen, the outspoken chairman and CEO of Viking River Cruises, to celebrate the simultaneous naming of 10 Longships. It soon morphed into a 75-minute press conference with a 60-minute opening statement by the chairman. Hagen presented detailed evidence to[…]

On first ship in five years, Princess Cruises builds on trends

MONFALCONE, Italy — The $760 million Royal Princess, nearing completion here, is a pivotal vessel for Princess Cruises that will give it an entrant into the megaship class of vessels now being delivered to the industry. Five years in the making, the Royal Princess will be 25% larger than the last ship Princess launched, the[…]