Contributor: Bill Becken

Based in Los Angeles, Bill writes on the travel industry, transportation and energy for the travel trade. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna and Yale Colleges.

How Cunard is taking cruise itinerary planning to a new level

How Cunard is taking cruise itinerary planning to a new level
By Bill Becken | Friday, January 19, 2018

Cunard Line’s Josh Liebowitz explains to Bill Becken how the company’s itinerary planning will take shape in 2018 and beyond

Josh Liebowitz explains how the cruise line will plan voyages for 2018 and beyond

How Norwegian Cruise Line is stepping up the pace

How Norwegian Cruise Line is stepping up the pace
By Bill Becken | Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bill Becken talks to Andy Stuart to understand why Norwegian Cruise Line is investing in branding, hardware and the guest experience

President and CEO Andy Stuart explains why the line is investing in the guest experience

Fleet renewal and more key to Azamara's success

Fleet renewal and more key to Azamara's success
By Bill Becken | Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Azamara Club Cruises president and CEO Larry Pimentel tells Bill Becken how he is keeping his luxury brand fresh

Azamara Club Cruises' Larry Pimentel tells us how he is keeping his luxury brand fresh

Inside the class of 2016

Inside the class of 2016
By Bill Becken | Thursday, April 7, 2016

Interior innovations abound, both on ships under construction and on those undergoing refurbishment. Bill Becken reports on the latest trends

Interior innovations abound, both on ships under construction and on those undergoing refurbishment

Secrets of sourcing success in the passenger shipping industry

Secrets of sourcing success in the passenger shipping industry
By Bill Becken | Monday, December 21, 2015

Decision makers tasked with food and beverage sourcing explain to Bill Becken how they tackle trends, costs, fluctuating demand and other challenges

Decision makers tasked with food and beverage sourcing explain how they tackle trends, costs and other challenges

All the fun of a very important anniversary

All the fun of a very important anniversary
By Bill Becken | Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz discusses her plans for the brand with Bill Becken as the cruise line turns 50

Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz discusses her plans for the brand as it turns 50

Cruise control for MSC Cruises' expanding fleet

Cruise control for MSC Cruises' expanding fleet
By Bill Becken | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Emilio La Scala, MSC Cruises’ GM, technical department gives Bill Becken an overview of the demanding projects for which he is responsible

MSC Cruises' Emilio La Scala gives an overview of the demanding projects for which he is responsible

Celebrity takes a fresh look at premium brand leadership

Celebrity takes a fresh look at premium brand leadership
By Bill Becken | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo talks to Bill Becken about her new role as president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo talks to Bill Becken about her new role as president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises

A strategic appointment improves MSC's onboard experience

A strategic appointment improves MSC's onboard experience
By Bill Becken | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hans Hesselberg is boosting the efficiency of MSC Cruises’ Caribbean onboard experience. Bill Becken finds out how he is doing it

Hans Hesselberg is boosting the efficiency of MSC’s Caribbean onboard experience 

New moves for Disney

New moves for Disney
By Bill Becken | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Karl Holz discusses the company’s destination changes

Fresh ideas in food

Fresh ideas in food
By Bill Becken | Friday, September 26, 2014

Cruise lines are updating their food and beverage offerings

New faces at Crystal

New faces at Crystal
By Bill Becken | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Edie Bornstein promises growth for the luxury brand

The Asian advantage

The Asian advantage
By Bill Becken | Thursday, April 17, 2014

William Ng explains how Star Cruises is driving growth

Back on form

Back on form
By Bill Becken | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Costa recently recorded encouraging sales figures

On target for revenue

On target for revenue
By Bill Becken | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cruise lines share what drives onboard revenue strategies

High-end balancing act

High-end balancing act
By Bill Becken | Monday, January 6, 2014

Larry Pimentel reflects on Azamara’s luxury niche

New guests, new profits

New guests, new profits
By Bill Becken | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bill Becken looks at what's driving cruise sales in the US