Cruise Operators Are Partnering With Brands to Help Rebuild Their Reputations

Expanding marketing reach as well

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The cruise-ship business has faced rough seas in the past year or so. From the Norwalk stomach virus to passengers falling overboard to last year’s memorable “Poop Cruise,” the floating vacation needs a PR boost. Over the past several weeks, that’s exactly what ship operators have been trying to do—by luring land-based brands aboard. These partnerships (such as Carnival’s Dr. Seuss at Sea program for 2014) not only help combat the perceived sameness of the megaships, but they also get something other than trepidation into travelers’ minds. “Cruise lines are stepping up these partnerships to expand their marketing reach—and also rebuild their reputations in the wake of all the bad publicity,” said Daniel Edward Craig, founder of hospitality marketing firm Reknown. Below, some of the brands soon to ship out.  





@UpperEastRob Robert Klara is a senior editor, brands at Adweek, where he specializes in covering the evolution and impact of brands.