Three acquisitions in as many months for Tripadvisor – this time performing an acqui and tech-hire for CruiseWise, the online travel agency startup targeting fans of cruise trips.
After seeing solid use of Facebook by cruise lines for communicating with customers, more evidence emerging that the sector is less keen on the other major social network, Twitter.
Cruise technology integration specialist HMS Group and cross-device platform provider UIEvolution have announced a new venue for their guest-centric technology Guest Evolution: cruise ships.
Onboard, a website that’s all about cruise travel, aims to directly challenge Cruise Critic and Cruisemates with a posh take on online travel communities. Think Nowness + Quora.
Some time away from the lure of every-day technology appears to be a motivating factor for cruise trippers, with a total digital “detox” a popular choice for many in a recent survey.
One area were travel agents were traditionally strong in spite of the emergence of online travel, was in cruise bookings. Yet, a recent report suggests that travel agents are losing the battle on the cruise front.
No offence to Celebrity Cruises, but if a cruise trip was going to almost $250 million a night presumably passengers would want more than, well, a cabin on the Celebrity Constellation.
Online gaming and cruise trips – you couldn’t make it up?! Well, a team at Embark.at did for its entry in the recent THack @ SFO in San Francisco.