Categorized | Cruises

Bookings at Disney Cruise Line down, too, in wake of crash…

Posted on 08 February 2012

 

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder and Disney Magic at sea.
 

Entertainment giant Disney is the latest cruise ship operator to note a drop in cruise bookings in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident.

 

Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and Julia Boorstin on Tuesday that the company saw a slowdown in calls to its reservation centers after the Jan. 13 event.

 

“Overall, the entire cruise ship business was affected by the crash in Italy,” Iger said. “And I know that — we can speak for ourselves, but we know this is true across the business — that our call centers have decreased in volume. And our bookings for the week were down somewhat because of that.”

 

Still, Iger noted that overall Disney’s cruise business remains very strong. The company’s ships, including the soon-to-debut, 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy, already are 75% booked for the year, he said.

 

“We have added 40% more inventory (with the new ship), so we’re selling many more rooms,” Iger noted. “We’re about 75% booked, (and) that’s a very good sign. I think that says a lot about the business and about the economy.”

 

Royal Caribbean Cruises, the parent company of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and several other cruise brands, said on Thursday in a quarterly earnings report that booking volume from North American customers had fallen by the “low to mid-teens,” percentage-wise, since the Costa Concordia accident. Industry giant Carnival Corp., the parent company of Costa, Princess, Carnival and more than half a dozen other brands, on Monday noted a similar decline in bookings.

 

Cruise executives have said they expect the downturn to be relatively short-lived, and so far major cruise operators generally have been holding the line on fares.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Tags

Twitter

Videos, Slideshows and Podcasts by Cincopa Wordpress Plugin