A few tidbits from today:
- Though luxury cruising is soft at the moment, luxury line execs promise they're still bullish on the long-term outlook. Pam Conover, president of Seabourn, said that when her company decided to build three new luxury ships, they based their decisions on a 30-year plan that, she believes, will still hold solid despite the current economy. "You can't always get your timing perfect, but the model is still the same,'' she said. Seabourn will introduce the first of the ships, Odyssey, in Europe this summer. And it's a relative bargain, with fares discounted as much as 65 percent off brochure rates.
- Richard Fain, chairman of Royal Caribbean, said one of his fave features aboard the 5,400 passenger Oasis of the Seas being launched in November is an elevator-bar that rises three floors and seats 50 people. Adam Goldstein, the line's president and a ping-pong enthusiast, said he was looking forward to the ship's ping-pong facilities.
- One of the hot topics on the blog-waves these days is the assertion that Royal Caribbean has been rewarding cruisers who post positive reviews of its cruises on websites. Gene Sloan of USA Today details the conversation.