ICYMI: Cruise December 2017
RCL digital push
Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced it will be pushing forward with a raft of new technological innovations designed to enhance every aspect of its business.
A major part of the digital strategy will be aimed at improving guest experience by eliminating unnecessary wait times and improving the convenience of core services.
“We are harnessing a range of technologies to enhance…every minute of our guests’ vacations, and every inch of the ships we build,” RCL’s chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain said.
Specific benefits to passengers include being able to board ships in minutes, ordering a range of services through an intuitive app and the integration of virtual and augmented reality installations designed to optimise the enjoyment of existing facilities.
QLD greenlights terminal
The Government of Queensland has granted Brisbane International Cruise Terminal the go ahead to construct its proposed $158m facility at Luggage Point.
The impressive development plan is set to include a 9,300m2 space spanning two levels with gangways incorporated to facilitate passenger access.
Preliminary preparations will commence next month with formal construction scheduled to begin in about a year’s time.
The ACCC recently announced it will not grant interim authorisation to the proposed licence agreement between Port of Brisbane and Carnival but will revisit the request in 2020.
Imagine explores Holiday Planet
Imagine Cruising has purchased Perth-based travel company Holiday Planet, paving the way for the cruise company to expand its operations nationally.
Until recently, Imagine Cruising only had an active presence in the NSW, SA, Vic and Qld markets, however through the acquisition the company plans to strengthen its market position and expand its reach.
“Alan and his team here at Holiday Planet are very experienced and we will bring some more innovation, flair and product,” Shanks told travelBulletin.
Holiday Planet offers products across Cruise Planet, Holiday Planet, Flight Planet and Seniors Planet.