Royal Seas Cruises & Carnival Cruises Get Spike In Business After Trump Election

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This story is brought to you by Royal Seas Cruises via the USA Herald Platform
In this special report, we caught up with spokesmen from Royal Seas Cruises and Carnival Cruises to see how their businesses were affected after Donald Trump was elected.   Just how mainstream media got it wrong about Trump winning the election, it looks like mainstream media also got it wrong when they predicted that the US economy would collapse if he were elected.   We have collected data points that reveal that the travel industry is seeing record-high numbers of travelers this holiday season, which further substantiates how well the US economy is doing post-Trump winning.   Here’s the details:

In 2007 the world changed – with the economy collapsing, financial institutions crumbling, and once thriving verticals plummeting. The recession had begun. Triggered by the sudden burst of the housing bubble (and the rapid surge of debt incurred by overzealous consumer spending) this 19-month crisis knew no bounds. It stretched from the United States to China, creating instability as it leaped from country to country; and the global GDP crashed.

Among the sectors most affected by this crash was traveling. The Journal of Behavioral Studies in Business notes that economic uncertainty defined consumers – with many unwilling (or unable) to pursue domestic or international adventures. This led to:

  • A 42% decrease in hotel stay durations (from 4.45 days to 2.46 days).
  • A 50% decrease in daily shopping expenditures.
  • A 33% decrease in both personal and business-related travel.
  • A 13.3% decrease in hospitality and food sales.

Through this series of reductions, the Journal of Behavioral Studies reports that the recession caused a 15% total loss in profits in 2009 alone – and it’s been a struggle to recoup those losses. Though the recession has ended, its effects are still felt among luxury markets (including travel). Consumers are less likely to funnel their dollars into unnecessary expenses. Caution define every purchase.

This will soon change, however – with the results of the 2016 Presidential Election stimulating economic growth and market confidence.

Examining the Impact of the Election

On November 6th, 2016, Donald J. Trump was named President-Elect of the United States. Though this victory proved divisive among the political sector, it did herald a burst of economic power. In a recent poll, performance management company GALLUP noted that the country experienced a staggering 13-point growth immediately following the election results. This was the highest national ranking since March 2015.

Spearheading this explosive growth were members of the Republican and Independent parties, each sharing positive predictions for the future:

Pre-Election Opinions:

Economy Improving: 16%

Economy Worsening: 81%

 

Post-Election Opinions:

Economy Improving: 49%

Economy Worsening: 44%

 

These numbers highlight the optimism of consumers, with 21% of individuals now ranking the economy as “excellent.” This provides a solid basis for 2017, with consumers more willing to invest in all market areas – including cruise line travel.

 

The Rise of Travel: Understanding the Popularity of Cruise Ships

In the days immediately following the U.S. election, the travel industry (particularly cruise lines) experienced a flurry of activity – with consumers wishing to explore the open water and seek out new destinations. According to a recent report from MarketWatch, ships have now become popular options for North American travelers, with 2016 experiencing a substantial year-to-year passenger growth:

2015: 13,037,000

2016: 13,211,000

This represents a 1.3% shift in North America. A quick glance may lead critics to dismiss this number, but Royal Seas Cruises reported to us that it translates to millions of dollars – all pouring into the economy and fueling new opportunities. These opportunities will further contribute to the travel industry, allowing it to flourish.

 

Predicting the Future of Travel: The Trends of 2017

With the strengthening of the economy, cruise lines across the country are pushing themselves to new heights and new destinations. According to the recent CLI (Cruise Lines International) outlook report, 2017 should deliver steady profits from a series of developing trends:

Passenger Expectancy Increase – the global passenger expectancy ratio is currently hovering at 25.3 million (with 11.28 million representing the United States alone). This accounts for a sharp 10% rise from 2016 and reflects the optimism of consumers.

Berth Occupancy Sales – 80% of all travel agents report increases in berth occupancies and anticipate a further increase in 2017.

New Ship Availability – as of December 2016, 26 new ships (including 13 ocean-liners and 13 river cruises) have been commissioned. This will improve overall capacity ratios by 30,006 and will accommodate the surge of passengers.

Increase in Specialty Cruise Demand – passengers are now seeking specialty travels (such as river cruises or weekend vacations). This promises a 7% year-to-year rise for 2017.

Increase in Drivable Destinations – over 75% of passengers report a desire for drivable port destinations, wishing to spare themselves the cost (and frustration) of air-travel. Easily accessible hubs are now in full demand and cruise lines that depart from these hubs will experience a rise in bookings.

These elements combine to create a dynamic future for cruise lines – and that future will be bolstered by both loyal passengers and those who have never sailed before. The CLI notes that 48% of individuals who’ve never expressed interest in cruises are now considering this form of travel. This is a direct correlation to the nation’s economic stability, and it promises new demographics for 2017.

Conclusion

The recession wreaked havoc on the travel industry – leaving consumers fearful of the expense and cruise lines struggling to achieve full-berth occupancy. A spokesman from Royal Seas Cruises commented to USAHerald that this downward trend has finally ended, and that they’ve seen a huge spike of travelers on their cruiseline over the holiday.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/131779.pdf

http://www.gallup.com/poll/197474/economic-confidence-surges-election.aspx

http://www.cruisemarketwatch.com/growth/

http://www.cruising.org/docs/default-source/research/clia-2017-state-of-the-industry.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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Bobby Anderson: That's good ,amen.
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Michelle Bivens: Good. Charles Johnson must be a Democrat.
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Patricia Treu: Charles Johnson might be a millennial minded liberal.  
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Michelle Bivens: Thats one name for it.  
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Nick Niedbalski: Well, it probably has something more to do with President Obama's 4th longest recovery in US History & the travel industry's marketing to capture some of that money, plus the season of the year for that business cycle.
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Paul Lopez: One last voyage before the Circus begins!!
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Michael Harvey: One way ticket????
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John Blando: We did our only cruise in 2008...tried to have a good time before the muslin takeover
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Steven Maylor: FUCK TRUMP RACIST CHEAP DRAFT DODGING RAPISTS ASS  
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Garold Haynes: "Muslin Takeover," as in the sheets that are worn by the Ku Klux Klan?  
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Marga Timis: Steven Maylor you so stupid you are racist not him  
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Larry Bromley: Now comes the Golden Age of the KKK.  
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Margot Alfaro: Wonderful !!!
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Steven Maylor: AND WHAT ABOUT MUSLIMS JOHN BLANDO YOU WHITE RACIST ASSHOLE
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Larry Bromley: the KKK endorsed the president elect. They will have a ceremonial cross burning in front of the Lincoln Memorial followed by a rib BBQ at Ford's Theatre.  
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Philip Agne: People are just starting to realize the economy is ok. Let's see what the numbers are like in 4 years before we come to some sort of conclusion.
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Peter Hudson: Yes the economy is so great. The unemployment rate does not take into account underemployed or part time employment when they used to be full time. It also does not include the ones that looked for ao long, never found anything. Those families had to go on public assistance. After Obama care is repealed then we will see how it is. I worked at home Depot for 8 years. 5 of them were part time. Before Obama care they offered health care for part time employees. Just remember just because it may be great where ever you live. There are 49 other states that may not be as great.  
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Steven Bicknell: Obama's 8YEARS, WELFARE TRIPLED, GOOD JOBS WHITTLED DOWN TO 2 SHITTY JOBS,WITH NO HOURS AN NO BENEFITS, UNEMPLOYMENT EVERYONE RAN OUT OF IT,!! YA ITS ALL GOOD!! GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS AT ITS HIGHEST IN HISTORY!! YOU GOTTA BE A DEMOCRAT IN DENIAL OF THE TRUTH!!  
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Philip Agne: Well, if it's all so f****** awful why the hell is my friend setting records selling cars? It's not perfect but it ain't nowhere near what it was 8 years ago.  
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Philip Agne: Those so-called real unemployment numbers have never dropped below 8. Nobody really wanted to talk about em until Obama was in office. Tell me how many of your friends are unemployed. Every person I know who wants to work is working now  
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Philip Agne: The economy hasn't change selection psychology of people has changed. They realize they got enough money to travel now they're traveling. If they wouldn't have their head up their ass they would have traveled last year  
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Philip Agne: Psychologically some of the idiots that thought we weren't in good shape probably think we are in great shape now even though nothing's changed yet. The economy's been fine for three years at least. Hey a friend of mine has been selling so many cars he may go into early retirement. I guarantee that the record year he had this year will be the best one he's ever going to have.
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Jerry DesLaurier: If must be the wealthy taking the cruises....The ones with the tax breaks!
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Joan Kennedy: Great!!
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Doug Whitlatch: More likely, this cruise line is owned by trump and is operating at a loss. I find it hard to believe there's been a spike, considering trump (Putin) just won the election and Obama is still president.
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Golong Kajunki: Big ship N.Y.
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Frank Suarez: "...well, well Trump has the Midas touch, next he'll make the rain fall in the Mohave desert..."
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Robert Knapp: It's possible that some good things could happen. I'm much more optimistic than 8 years ago.
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Marcia Barrett Standish: His ancestors were German & Scottish.  
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Janice Ardelean: Everyone trying to get away from Trump
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Wayne Hawkins: No, just no it's safe to travel and spend money again.  
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Josh Burleson: Hope every liberal goes away!  
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Sandra Sturgill Weston: Awesome!
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Anita Cruz Narvaez: What did trump do for the economy to boom?
His still in New York tweeting and insulting the Intel, and praising Putin..
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Marga Timis:   
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Terry Kennedy: He hasn't done anything but take credit for things that are looking good because of President Obama , lol 😄😄  
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Gary Meredith: People trying to leave the country
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Josh Burleson: Let all the liberal haters of justice and America GO!  
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Barbara Smith: Sticks and stones...  
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Jane McSherry Cline: Bullshit
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Cheri Arnst Dupuis: So stupid.
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Betty Alexander: Is this because of President Obama's term or Trump trying to take credit for our present presidents achievements. He is such a liar and cruel person. He will get his just rewards in hell.
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Josh Burleson: Obama put us in more debt and tried to bankrupt citizens with "affordable health care" what a joke he has been! Trump is left the biggest mess ever as that anti American does all he can to destroy & screw up as much as he can as fast as he can.  
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Barshay Sims: People are gonna need a vacation before what's about to happen to this country and while they can still afford one. God help us all. If you people think you would be safer in the world because of Orange Hitler your delusional but you will see soon enough!!!
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Josh Burleson: Our danger comes from obamas hidden legacy  
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Barshay Sims: Josh Burleson oh like his hidden legacy like taken people's guns which never happen or destroying America which never happened. I will be glad when President Obama leaves office so you people can see how much worst life gonna because you help elect an imbecile.  
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Don Sims: Josh Burleson Yes, it may be worse because of Obama and people who have been indoctrinated by progressive liberalism  
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Steve Buckley: Obama's legacy lol !!  
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Jewell Smith: Great
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Teri Wilke: Looking for other countries to live in
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Terry Heath: Planning for prosperity.
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Buddy Daniell: Look at all of those life boats....Looks like the Titanic. Fifteen boats....6000 people.
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Karim E Hechemy: The travelers need some fresh air after this election between two misfits.
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Greg Camp: People fleeing? :)
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Theresa E Hawkins: 😀
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Gary Meredith: So true Larry
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Steve Buckley: Good news !! Only the beginning folks !!
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Donka Trajcevska Adams: DON'T LIKE.
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Suzanne Geyer Walker: Lol, what a joke! He isn't even in office yet!! I think we are going to hear how everything in the next 4 years will be his fault! Get over it! He is mocked for everything.....Ridiculous 🇺🇸
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Bart Pirino: Hope they're selling a lot of one-way tickets
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Daniel Freeman: They trying their best to get away from Trump...
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Gary Meredith: Heil Trumpkin
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Juanr Robledo: GREAT.!
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Ronald Mehalik: Trump is an idiot.
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Gary Huelsman: Obama is FAR WORST, THATS WHY WE DEFEATED HILLARY CLINTON, MORE OF SAME  
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Ronald Mehalik: Gary Huelsman who's we, the soviets??  
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Candy Wahl: We the American people! Trump!🇺🇸❤  
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Ronald Mehalik: Candy Wahl just what I thought Russians.  
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Anna Dean: And this is important, WHY??!
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Tim Scott: Yea people fleeing the country before this idiot starts ww3 how long before we can declare this piece of shit mentally incompetent
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Tim Scott: Josh Burleson communist idiot that doesn't understand democracy or real life for that matter
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Patty Ludlow: Trying to get the he'll out of here.
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Craig Swanson: Can't wait to see details of TrumpCare
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David Miley: Bringing in H1Bs and H2bs.
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Patti Anzar: Thank God for Trump and Mike.
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Skip Moore: Are they one way trips? lol
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Jose Mercado: People are spending the money some place else. Nice going trumpeters!
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Randall Heide: Loving to hear the whining of the liberal class. Keep it coming I'm enjoying the chuckle.
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Ryan Brown: I agree Randall Heide! I used to think "when will all the liberal crying, bitching and whining end"? Now I just sit back, laugh and enjoy the show! LMFAO
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