Tuned In Journal
After all its bad publicity from Jon Stewart's grilling of Jim Cramer, CNBC needs to change the conversation. One attempt to bounce back will be "Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas" (9 tonight), reported by travel expert Peter Greenberg.
Correspondent Peter Greenberg and his crew
investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the fastest growing segment of travel, as they
spend seven days aboard the Norwegian Pearl, one of the newest ships in
Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet. Fourteen stories tall and more than three
football fields long, The Pearl is home to more than 4000 passengers and crew,
and Greenberg was granted extraordinary access above and below deck to document
the inner workings of the ship and the business itself.
Greenberg investigates the intricate pricing structure of the cruise industry, starting with the most luxurious accommodations, which go for $26,000 a week, butler included. He explains the huge gap that exists between the baseline cabin fee and the actual cost of indulging all the ship has to offer. The report also explores common perceptions and misperceptions about safety and security at sea, and takes viewers behind the scenes as the crew of the Norwegian Pearl train for worst-case scenarios. CNBC gets a rare look at the Pearl's state-of-the-art security operation, where officials use 1100 surveillance cameras to monitor the ship 24/7.
I generally enjoy Greenberg's travel reporting -- he had a good story on "Dateline" last month about the investigation into the crash of the Concorde -- but it's difficult to tell from the description of "Cruise Inc." if it will be a substantive report or a puff piece on the Pearl.