Airbnb is preparing for a surge in demand for its new fleet, but it isn’t afraid of being outmaneuvered by other rental properties.
The company has announced a number of new features to help passengers find their perfect Airbnb, but none of them are going to get more attention than its new Cruisers, which can seat up to two people in their beds.
For the first time in a decade, Airbnb is planning to have an entire fleet of luxury cruise liners in service, and there are already more than 1,500 in operation around the world.
Airbnb chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman told reporters this week that the company will now build a fleet of up to 1,000 cruisers, each with an onboard “passenger room” with a kitchenette, living area and bathroom.
Airbnb is not only looking to replace its fleet of cruisers but also to make sure its new guests get a good night’s sleep, as its cruisers will be fitted with the same technologies as those that were used in the hotels’ luxury hotel cabins.
“We don’t want to make it hard for our guests to find their hotel room, because we want to ensure that our guests stay as comfortable as possible,” Stoppeman said.
“It’s a very simple, yet powerful tool.”
According to Airbnb, the company’s cruise fleet will be more affordable than hotel cabinage and will be able to offer a more personalized experience to its guests.
“In addition to providing the most luxurious experience available, the Cruisers will offer the most flexible and affordable options available to guests of any of our Airbnb properties,” Airbnb said.
It said that the new cruise ships will not be as luxurious as those used in hotels.
“Our guests are going a bit more luxurious than hotel guests,” Airbnb chief operating officer Kevin Rose told reporters.
The new cruise lines are also expected to offer an improved suite experience for Airbnb guests, as they will have “more room, more room, a better space to eat,” Stoffman said.”
And of course they’ll also offer a lot more space for our crew to enjoy.”
The new cruise lines are also expected to offer an improved suite experience for Airbnb guests, as they will have “more room, more room, a better space to eat,” Stoffman said.
The Cruisers are expected to be ready for occupancy by late next year, though Airbnb is already selling them for about $300,000 per unit.
The company is also reportedly selling the new cruisers in select countries, including the UK and Australia.