Title: Optimal cruise itinerary design development

Authors: Thin-Yin Leong, Shaul P. Ladany

Addresses: PSA Corporation Limited, 551 Jurong West Street 42, 09-249, Singapore 640551, Republic of Singapore. Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel

Abstract: The cruise itinerary problem, different from other tourist tour problems, is introduced. The model presented helps cruise operators select optimally the destinations to visit, visit duration of each stop and visit sequence. Careful analysis of the problem structure points to characteristics of the optimal policy. A near-optimal heuristic approach is applied to an example based on data of South-East Asia to demonstrate its application as a decision support tool.

Keywords: optimal cruise; itinerary design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2001.001595

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2001 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.130-141

Available online: 10 Jul 2003 *

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