Before I get into my yearly recap, I’d like to thank you, our readers, for helping make 2012 a banner year for CruiseSource.us. In 2012, CruiseSource significantly increased traffic and subscribers while we were honored to receive awards and recommendations from trusted publications like NY Times and Travel Weekly.
I would also like to thank our writers whose expertise as travel professionals sets CruiseSource apart from all other cruising blogs.[box] Want to receive CruiseSource posts via email? Click here to Subscribe for FREE[/box]
A Quick Look at our 2012:
– CruiseSource was the first US site to report on the Costa Concordia sinking off the coast of Giglio using to live information & images from Twitter.
– During an ABCnews 20/20 special report on cruise industry, ABCnews responds to CruiseSource on Twitter with a Tweet that says Cruising is 8x safer than crossing the street in NYC.
Allure of the Seas
– In February, I took advantage of low prices caused by a slow down bookings following the Concordia incident to take my family on the Allure of the Seas. The 11 Tips for the Allure of the Seas blog post has been a top 5 post of the year.
CruiseSource in the NY Times
– NY Times recommends CruiseSource in their article discussing how to save money on cruises by getting alerted on cruise price drops. Martha Allen, cruise price analyst, writes a weekly CruiseSource blog post on Fridays analyzing cruise sales to let you know which “sales’ are truly great deals. This analysis sets CruiseSource apart from all other sites and plays a large role in the recognition we get as a leader in saving cruisers money.
Disney Fantasy inaugural
– After taking his family on the Disney Dream inaugural, Kevin Weisner, CruiseDeals.com’s GM, answers the question ‘Why is a Disney Cruise so Expensive?’
– As River Cruising sees exponential growth, Kevin Weisner shares his Summer Avalon River Cruise experience from the eyes of a first-time River Cruiser on CruiseSource.
– CruiseSource co-hosted the 2nd annual SeaTweetup, a cruise for Twitter and social media enthusiasts, on board the Norwegian Sky. #SeaTweetup II attendees were treated to a one of kind VIP experience thanks to our sponsors, Norwegian Cruise Line, Bicardi, Miller/Coors, Visit Bahamas, and CruiseDeals.com.
– CruiseSource was the first cruising blog to report on the potential of Tropical Storm Sandy becoming a ‘Super Storm’ thanks to following the best weather geek on Twitter, @WXBrad. CruiseSource was one of the first cruising blogs to cover cruise related impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes in 2008. During Hurricane Sandy, we used the years of experience to help tens of thousands of cruisers stay on top of the situation for their cruise vacation.
CruiseSource win Travel Weekly Magellan Award
– Great content does payoff! To the point, we’ve spent very little time on the design [look & feel] of CruiseSource. We focus all our efforts on creating original content that will add value to your cruising and travel experience. Receiving the Silver Magellan Award for best Travel Blog was a huge honor!
– The Celebrity Reflection, the last Celebrity ship in the Solstice Class, set sail in the Caribbean in December. CruiseSource was on board for the inaugural cruise. Martha Allen shares first impressions of the Celebrity Reflection by travel professionals.
2012 CruiseSource Summary
There is no avoiding the fact that 2012 was a year full of bad news and the cruise industry kicked it all off with the sinking of the Costa Concordia. Hurricane Sandy was a devastating ‘Super Storm’ that impacted many cruise itineraries as it moved from the Bahamas toward New Jersey and New York.
The sinking of the Costa Concordia was a horrible man-made disaster caused by the poor decision of the captain. But in light of this horrible incident, cruising still remains the safest form of travel.
Through it all the cruise industry continued to grow in 2012. Innovative new ships like the Disney Fantasy and Celebrity Reflection added more inventory to help handle the increase in cruisers.
A sign of the strength of the industry is the fact that Royal Caribbean [ticker: RCL] and Carnival Corp [ticker: CCL] are trading close to their all-time highs.
River cruising which is almost the complete opposite to what you think about when it comes to ocean cruising is becoming so popular that the River Cruise Lines are having trouble building ships fast enough. It is a unique way to see Europe, Asia, and even the US that you may want to look into for 2013 or 2014.
In 2012, on CruiseSource we started a weekly summary of Cruise News curated by Vickie Meeuwsen to save you time keeping up with what is going on in the cruise industry. Due to the popularity, This post will continue in 2013!
Cruising into 2013
We look forward to 2013, a year in which we hope the US and global economies continue to strengthen and grow. A year where there are no major news events involving the cruise lines. A year that is now full of so much promise! We hope that you have the opportunity to knock a bucket list destination off your list in 2013. CruiseSource is here to help….. Whether it is alerting you to the best cruise sales or giving you tips and advice to make your travel experience better – our only goal is add value to your cruising experience![box] Click Here to Join the thousands of others who receive CruiseSource posts in their email! [/box]
Author Note: Rich Tucker is founder and editor of CruiseSource.us. When he started writing CruiseSource in 2007, getting 20 people to read a post was exciting. In 2012, several of our posts had well over 10,000 readers.