Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) has no plans to change its commission structure in the next year, its UK president confirmed today. Dominic Paul, vice president and managing director at RCCL said any changes would be a strange move off the back of its recent trade team restructure and increased trade initiatives.
“It is too early to tell [the impact of the CCS cuts] but there will be no significant changes from us in2012,” said Paul.
He added that if it became apparent that an industry partner could collapse, RCCL would take a different approach. “There are some issues with some partners. We would prefer to make case by case changes rather than blanket,” he explained. “If we think a partner is in trouble we will talk to them about other methods such as direct payment. However, we do not envisage changes for most of our partners, who are profitable”.
Meanwhile, cruise prices are set to increase next year as sales are expected to remain flat. However,with the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) continuing to say the market is on the rise, albeit small, Paul shared the optimism within the industry. “We are just beginning to hit the sweet spot of growth,” he said.