In brief: Cruise for February 2019
Cruiseco’s new agent portal
CRUISECO finished off 2018 by announcing a consolidation of a number of its platforms to launch CruisePRO, an agent portal that incorporates a new booking system, website, member white site solutions, online payment gateway and members’ area.
The new platform allows members to make online bookings in real time from a choice of over 300 packages across 21 cruise lines.
A further 32 cruise line brands are available through traditional channels, with a consumer-facing version of the platform also allowing members to service their clients’ needs “24 hours a day”.
CLIA makes global emissions cut pledge
CLIA has announced a global cruise industry commitment to reducing the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40% by 2030.
Progress will be measured against a 2008 baseline, with rates calculated based on the industry fleet’s total carbon emissions, total ship berths, and total distance travelled.
The reduction is set to be fuelled by technologies in ship design and propulsion, including the increasing number of vessels being powered by liquid natural gas (LNG), of which 25 are expected to enter into operation by 2025.
As part of the pledge, member cruise lines will also deploy advanced air quality systems that aim to reduce a ship’s exhaust.
Princess expands MedallionClass
Princess Cruises has announced it will expand its Princess MedallionClass experience to include Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess.
Ocean Medallion features on all MedallionClass ships and is a wearable device which aims to help the cruise line deliver an enhanced level of personalisation and innovative service.
It already exists on several Princess ships sailing in the Caribbean and will be added to the three more vessels on 17 February, with further vessels to be added by the end of 2019.
The first ship to visit Australia utilising the Ocean Medallion technology will be Golden Princess, which is set to be welcomed into the P&O fleet in 2020.