Royal Caribbean hosted a spectacular naming ceremony onboard the world’s most innovative ship, Anthem of the Seas led by Godmother Emma Wilby. Wilby is a British travel agent who was selected for the honor in a singing competition for travel agents.
During its first quarter financial results call yesterday with analysts, Royal Caribbean announced it was doing away with the last-minute cruise discounts on cruises more than two to four nights in length.
The definition of last minute cruises are cruises that might be 10, 20 or 30 days from the sailing date.
Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain called the long-held practice “disruptive” to loyal customers and travel agents during a conference call on first-quarter earnings.
“We think that getting our customers out of this used-car salesman kind of mentality will be overall good for the brand, good for their experience,” Fain said.
Fain did concede the new strategy could have a negative impact in the short term because guests who would have been driven by late discounts would not have incentive to book.
“Obviously, the reason that we have been doing last-minute discounts is because the ship wouldn’t otherwise be absolutely full, and so while the number is small, we’ve used it to top up,” he said. “There’s less topping up, so you don’t get the revenue from those last passengers. It may take a little while for travel agents and consumers to understand just how serious we are about this.”
The news is not a shock, considering Royal Caribbean has indicated a number of times over the last year that they aim to eliminate last minute cruise discounts.
Royal Caribbean had its newest cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, formally christened today at a ceremony in Southmapton, UK.
At the naming ceremony, the ship's godmother, Emma Wilby, performed the honor of naming the ship and then pressed a button that released a bottle of champagne that broke across the ship's hull.
Wilby, a travel agent that was selected to be the ship's godmother as part of a talent search, also sang the hit song "Firework" that was made famous by Katy Perry.
Anthem of the Seas is hosting members of the media and other VIPs for a short 2-night cruise before she embarks upon her first regularly scheduled cruise on April 22nd.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas has arrived and it is already generating a lot of buzz and interest. She has a ton of amazing innovations, entertainment, dining choices and more, but what we really love is just how pretty she is, especially at night.
Check out these photos of Anthem of the Seas after the sun goes down to get a good appreciation for Anthem's beauty when the lights come on.
All photos by Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean reported its 2015 first quarter earnings today that came in notably higher than expected.
Royal Caribbean's adjusted net income was $45.2 million, or $0.20 per share, versus a forecast of $0.10 to $0.15 per share. Results were approximately $0.08 better than the mid-point of guidance, despite a $0.05 currency and fuel headwind.
Overall booking volumes during the first quarter were higher than prior year levels even after adjusting for an increase in capacity. Caribbean itineraries enjoyed particularly strong demand, and bookings were also up year-over-year for Europe and China itineraries.
More recently, Royal Caribbean has taken further steps to improve the integrity of its pricing model including steps to eliminate last minute discounting.
European itineraries in general are booked at a higher load factor than last year. Western Mediterranean itineraries have been booking well, while trends have been a little weaker for Eastern Mediterranean itineraries, particularly those that turn in Turkey.
Demand for China remains strong and bookings have been outpacing expectations despite the significant capacity growth in the region.
Stay up-to-date with all the Royal Caribbean news from this week with our roundup of all this week's news.
There's no doubt the big news this week is Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas made her grand debut in Southampton, UK this week, marking the arrival of the cruise line's second Quantum-class cruise ship.
Anthem of the Seas will have her official inaugural ceremony tomorrow but already she's offering a pre-inaugural 2-night cruise as we speak and that means we have a lot of photos from onboard Anthem of the Seas to share.
Royal Caribbean News
- Ovation of the Seas will cruise to Australia in winter 2016-2017.
- Royal Caribbean is giving all past Quantum of the Seas cruisers $100 onboard credit.
- We have photos from inside the Puzzle Break room on Anthem of the Seas.
- Our guide of things to do in Old San Juan.
- Allure of the Seas will have her drydock at Navantia shipyard.
- What you need to know about Anthem of the Seas.
- Our full review of Silk on Quantum of the Seas.
- Legend of the Seas experienced a gastrointestinal virus outbreak.
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Royal Caribbean Around the Internet
Forbes interviewed Royal Caribbean COO Adam Goldstein about the growth and popularity of Royal Caribbean.
World of Cruising discussed life on board Anthem of the Seas with cruise director Joff Eaton.
The Motley Fool has a look at how Royal Caribbean plans to get U.S. and European cruisers to China.
Mirror reports when Thomson's acquires Splendour of the Seas, she will be renamed Thomson Discovery.
With Anthem of the Seas preparing for her inaugural cruise, we have photos from all over Royal Caribbean's brand new ship.
Anthem of the Seas is sailing out of Southampton, UK through October, where she will sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
Royal Caribbean has packed Anthem of the Seas with quite a number of intriguing onboard activities, restaurants and amenities.
Later this year, Anthem of the Seas will reposition to Cape Liberty, New Jersey and offer cruises out of the New York area.
Anthem of the Seas is the second Quantum-class cruise ship and is labeled as one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships ever. High speed internet, RFID technology, robotic bartenders and entertainment advances all make this ship a technological marvel.
We're getting our first look inside Royal Caribbean's brand new Anthem of the Seas, including the Puzzle Break room.
We first reported that Royal Caribbean was partnering with a company called Puzzle Break earlier this month, which will offer a new experience called "Escape from the Future."
The new room on Anthem of the Seas is based on the Crystal Maze game show and is a first of its kind at sea.
Royal Caribbean's next great adventure, Anthem of the Seas, has arrived. The world's most technologically advanced ship is now sailing from her homeport in Southampton, UK., through October where she will sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas will have its upcoming drydock session take place at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain.
Cruise Industry News reports that the dry dock work will provide ship-repair, revitalization, upgrading and related marine services for Allure of the Seas, as well as other future work on the fleet.
Royal Caribbean first started working with Navantia back in 2011, when when Navantia won the bid to refurb Splendour of the Seas. Since then, the yard has worked on ships across Royal Caribbean’s brands.
The agreement runs through 2016 and includes the current drydocking of Explorer of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas this May, as well as other ships.
Tip of the hat to Cruise Industry News for getting the information first.