One by one, cruise lines increase gratuities

Photo Credit: Shutterstock Cruise passengers are paying more in gratuities, as almost all big cruise lines seek to retain and attract good service personnel and remain competitive with each other. Five lines have raised or announced increases so far this year, with one, Norwegian Cruise Line, raising its gratuities twice. Princess Cruises was the latestContinue reading “One by one, cruise lines increase gratuities”

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Holland America Line’s Seattle-centric strategy

By Tom Stieghorst Holland America Line has launched a campaign to promote itself as Seattle’s hometown cruise line. It’s a smart move that dovetails with an increasing emphasis on local as well as national marketing of cruise brands. HAL won’t be advertising itself that way in Omaha or San Antonio, said President Orlando Ashford. But theContinue reading “Holland America Line’s Seattle-centric strategy”

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Norwegian takes delivery of Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 4,270-passenger Norwegian Escape Thursday. The 164,600-gross-ton ship, which was constructed by the Meyer Werft yard in Bremerhaven, Germany, will make its way to Miami via stops in Hamburg, Germany, and Southampton, England. It is scheduled to arrive in Miami on Oct. 29 and will be christened by Miami-based musicianContinue reading “Norwegian takes delivery of Escape”

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