Royal Caribbean

A Royal Caribbean ship is shown at the company’s private destination, Labadee, in Haiti. The company is rolling out new tech to make cruising easier. Royal Caribbean

Skift Take: This week in tourism, cruise lines were busy. Celebrity Cruises is building a new luxury ship to sail the already expensive Galapagos, and Royal Caribbean is prioritizing new tech. We're more excited about facial recognition streamlining the boarding process than we are about virtual reality dining.

— Sarah Enelow

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines tourism.

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>>The cruise line tech race is heating up, and that means travelers should prepare for some changes. While ideas such as virtual reality dining are fun, more fundamental innovations including facial recognition, easier activity reservations, and drink delivery should have a greater impact on the cruise experience: Royal Caribbean Is Rolling Out New Tech to Make Cruising Easier

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>>People already pay a pretty penny to sail the Galapagos Islands. Will they spend more to do it on a new, high-end ship? Celebrity Cruises is banking on it: Celebrity Cruises Is Building a Lux New Ship to Sail the Galapagos

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