* Royal Caribbean Commits in Galveston
Galveston’s Board of Trustees approved a new five-year agreement with Royal Caribbean that will see them operating year round service from the port as well as increasing the size of the ship in the next couple of years.
To accommodate it, the port will expand Terminal 2 to 150,000 square feet by the spring of 2015.
* Howard Frank to Costa
Just a couple of weeks after announcing that he would move from Carnival Corp’s COO and Vice Chair to an advisory role with Carnival Corp, today the company said he would replace the recently-retired Pier Luigi Foschi as Chairman of the company’s Costa division. That division includes the Costa, AIDA and Iberocruceros brands, which operate in continental Europe, Asia and South America.
Mr. Frank has spent 25 years at Carnival Corp, and Carnival revealed he will receive a nice payday as he heads for Italy.
* How’s Business? Really Good.
Most cruise lines report business is good, following that with a bunch of figures, but then tell you about promotions they are offering to fill up some sailings. Crystal, on the other hand, tells us business is good, but instead of telling us about discounts to keep the bookings coming in, they reported today they are raising rates by dizzying 94% on all 2014, 2015 and 2016 sailings.
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