cruise industry

Tom Hudson

Richard Sasso is a salesman. He punctuates a conversation about the cruise industry with a library of stories he has gathered over more than 40 years selling cruises. Hurricanes? He's experienced them. Business cycle changes? He's led companies through them.

 

Tom Hudson

Big cruise companies like Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corp. are increasingly turning to technology to step up their passengers’ on-board experiences and make boarding the ships more efficient in all aspects, including the design.

 

Tom Hudson

During the Great Recession, the cruise industry canceled or postponed building and introducing new cruise liners trying to conserve cash as passenger traffic was hurt by the sour economy. Now, those ships are entering the oceans and many of them have South Florida ports of call.

 

courtsey of Royal Caribbean Cruises

Cruise ship giant Royal Caribbean wants to build a new passenger terminal at PortMiami. And it may take away cruise ships that currently dock at Port Everglades.

 

The new terminal proposed in Miami is designed to handle Royal Caribbean’s largest ships -- the 5,400-passenger Oasis class vessels. Two of those ships now sail out of Fort Lauderdale. A third one will join them at Port Everglades this fall. Royal Caribbean says at least one of its Oasis ships will call its new terminal in Miami home.

 

Virgin Cruises Set To Sail From Port Of Miami

Jun 23, 2015
Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

It was a scene from something cooked up in a Hollywood film set: A black helicopter emerged from a cloud of red smoke, and inside the cockpit was Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

He landed outside the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where he announced that PortMiami will house the first ship from Virgin Cruises. It is expected to set sail in 2020.

“We have always loved Miami,” said Branson at a press conference held Tuesday. “And now it will partner with us for an even bigger role in our future.”

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Cruise Shipping Miami – the cruise industry’s premier convention – is taking place this week on Miami Beach. One big and lingering topic is how our Caribbean neighbors can leverage more revenue from all those ships stopping at their ports of call.

Some 125 countries are represented at the Miami Beach Convention Center for Cruise Shipping Miami. But those with the most at stake may be the island nations of the Caribbean.