Written by on Friday January 30, 2015
The last week has seen a number of developments in the cruise industry with the announcement some new ships, a historic treasure to be displayed, and news of expanding markets helping travellers sea even more of the world.
Carnival set to join the Chinese Cruise market
Carnival Corporation and plc has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Merchants group to facilitate two joint ventures in to help the development of the cruise industry in China. Carnival Corporation and plc is the world’s largest cruise operator and the parent company of lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises and Holland America Line, while the China Merchants Group is a state run enterprise concerned with on transport and infrastructure development. There are plans to development a joint ship-ownership venture as well as plans to develop ports and destinations. It was recently announced that Royal Caribbean were also pursuing projects in China, the fastest growing geographic region for the cruise industry.
The Magna Carta to be displayed on board Cunard ships
It has been 800 years since King John sealed the Magna Carta, perhaps the most important document in the English Language. To celebrate, Cunard will be loaned a rare facsimile of the Magaa Carta from Salisbury Cathedral, one of only four of the original documents remaining. It will be displayed on board Queen Mary 2 from May until September 2015, with a brief spell on board Queen Victoria in late May.
2015 set to be a record year for Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited
Royal Caribbean has forecast a bumper year in 2015 with Chairman Richard Fain claiming they have “the best booked status in our company’s history”. While the forecast across the whole year looks promising, the first quarter is the most challenging with many cruises requiring further advertising in order to stimulate bookings. It was also revealed that European Capacity will increase by 5% and a massive rise of 33% in the Asia-Pacific region, which should continue to grow as the infrastructure improves for the Chinese Cruise Market.
Seabourn reveals the names of new ships
Luxury cruise line Seabourn has unveiled the names of the new additions to their fleet; Seabourn Encore will launch in 2016 while sister ship Seabourn Ovation will join the fleet in 2018. There are currently three Odyssey-class ships in the Seabourn fleet and these new ships will be based on the same design but will be around 26% bigger with an extra deck and carry more passengers with a capacity of 604. These new vessels will serve as replacements for three of the older vessels as Seabourn pride joined the Windstar fleet in 2014 and Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn legend will also depart in 2015.
See an artist’s impression of the new ships below via Seabourn: