The future of the cruise industry will be discussed this week at the annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference on Miami Beach.
It’s not a great time to be a cruise line company if the latest financial report from Miami-based Royal Caribbean are any indication. Quarterly earnings were down a whopping 40% as bookings have been hurt by the Costa Concordia disaster, ship fires and strandings at sea.
Two major South Florida thoroughfares are celebrating an uptick in travel and goods.
Saturday was a big day at Ft. Lauderdales’ Port Everglades. More than 53,000 cruise passengers arrived or departed on eight ships, setting a new record for port terminal traffic on a single day.
A revolutionary spray that kills such things as Anthrax and the H1N1 virus is being made right here in South Florida. It’s being gobbled up by major industries such as cruise lines and Homeland Security. But it will soon be available for home use.
While much of the attention for Hurricane Irene has been on airline and rail travel, the cruise industry is also having to adjust schedules leaving some travelers stranded as they try to make it home.
Florida is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. For those who live in the Sunshine State, that means cheaper prices at the big theme parks, cruises, hotels and resorts. Some attractions that offer Florida resident discounts include Walt Disney World, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Cruise Lines and there’s the Florida Backyard Card.
Miami based Carnival Corp. had a bit of a sinking feeling Tuesday after releasing their first quarter report which showed a 13 percent decrease in net income.
With passenger counts expected to be up this year, the CEO’s of the some of the world’s top cruise lines should be in a good mood when they meet in Miami Beach this week.