Cruise line to offer subsidised flights to boost Bermuda cruise passengers
A cruise ship company is offering return flights from the US to Bermuda for as little as $99 return in a bid to attract passengers to its homeporting voyages.
A report on Royal Caribbean Lines’ Royal Caribbean Blog, said Vicki Freed, the company’s senior vice-president for sales, trade support and service, had held a webinar for travel agents where discounts on flights for Vision of the Seas from Bermuda this summer were announced.
The report said: “Royal Caribbean senior manager Renee Didier said that Royal Caribbean has renegotiated new airfare rates for these Vision of the Seas cruises, while also subsidising fares if booked through the cruise line's airline booking service, Air2Sea.”
It added that rates were now as low as $99 a head for a round trip from Newark or LaGuardia airports.
The report said that Royal Caribbean admitted it had "taken risk" with the subsidised fares to boost bookings.
Vision of the Seas will sail from June from Bermuda, where it will be homeporting, until August.
The ship’s voyages will include time in Bermuda, as well as a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, in The Bahamas.
Viking Ocean Cruises will also to homeport a ship in Bermuda.