Saturday, 7 May 2016

Royal Caribbean Cruises warns over Med but predicts record year

Royal Caribbean Cruises is seeing “headwinds” from the Mediterranean this summer yet is still projecting a record year.

The company's overall booking position remains strong, similar to last year's record high levels.

“However, China is a closer-in booking environment making it harder to compare positions,” the company said. “Excluding China bookings, the company's booked position is well ahead of last year's.”

The disclosure came as the parent of brands such as Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises reported that adjusted net profit for the first quarter of the year almost tripled to $124 million from $45.2 million in the same period in 2015.

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Fred Olsen reveals Indian Ocean fly-cruise

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is to embark on its first Indian Ocean islands fly-cruise next year.
The 14-night itinerary covers Mauritius, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion Island and Mayotte on the 880-passenger Boudicca (pictured).

The cruise includes flights from London and Manchester departing on November 30, 2017.
Past Fred Olsen passengers can book until Friday with the cruise going on general sale on Saturday (May 7). Prices lead in at £2,699 per person including flights.

Sales and marketing director, Nathan Philpot, said: “We are extremely excited to be launching our first ever fly-cruise to the Indian Ocean region.

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