Written by on Friday July 31, 2015
It’s been a huge week in the world of cruising with fleet expansions announced, a new terminal for one of Europe’s most desirable cities and a new scheme launched to help passengers save money.
Costa Cruises bolsters fleet with two new ships
Costa Cruises have ordered two new ships which will have a capacity of 6,600, making them the biggest cruise ships in the world by a number of passengers! The two gargantuan vessels will be made alongside another pair, which will be utilized by Carnival Corporations German Cruise line – AIDA. The Costa ships celebrate the line's Italian heritage incorporating the country's style, entertainment and culinary prowess. Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation said: "These new ships will be phenomenal additions to our fleet, and we're looking forward to seeing our Costa and AIDA brands bring this ground-breaking new ship design to life for our guests in a way that is customized for each brand." These mammoth ships are set to be launched across a four year period from 2019 to 2022.
Carnival expanding Chinese fleet to meet demand
Carnival Corporation are set to deploy two new ships in China making them the first cruise company to invest six ships within the country. The two new ships will be launched in 2016, and will more than double the aggregate guest capacity in China when compared to figures last year. Three of the ships will be operating year round, whilst the other liners will be operating seasonally. Alan Buckelew, chief operations officer for Carnival Corporation, said: "Our Costa and Princess brands are performing extremely well in China, and these new ship deployments will strengthen our growth position and enable us to carry nearly one million passengers in 2016, as we continue executing our plan to meet surging consumer demand for cruising in China.” The company are even considering a domestic cruise brand within China, and the potential to build new ships within the expanding market.
Construction underway on Silversea’s latest addition
Silversea Cruises has announced that work has commenced on the latest addition to its fleet. A ceremony was held in Italy to celebrate the first steel cutting on the new ship, Silver Muse. The ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy last Friday, overseen by Silversea’s chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio and Fincantieri’s CEO, Giuseppe Bono. The ultra-luxury ship will offer more restaurants than its sister ships and a range of carefully curated itineraries. The new flagship ship will debut in the spring of 2017, and will host 596 passengers.
€30 Million Barcelona cruise terminal given green light
Carnival Corporation is set to invest €30 million into the building of a new cruise terminal in Europe’s largest cruise port - Barcelona. Set to launch in 2018, the terminal will be located in the port’s Adossat Wharf and will cover a whopping 11,500 square metres and host 300 car parking spaces. The company currently operates seven of their ten brands out of the wharf, as both a destination and a home port; and are looking to further solidify the port as one of their major bases through the huge investment. Building is planned to commence in 2016, and when completed will help to serve the current 2.36 million passengers that the six existing terminals handled last year.
Norwegian Cruise Lines expanding into new markets
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it is developing a base within Hong Kong, potentially heralding the start of the company’s entrance into the expanding Asian market. The company’s chief operating officer – Andy Stuart – announced that Bill Harber (that’s Harber, not Harbour) had taken on the role of senior vice president and managing director for Asia. Look out for more cruise news surrounding this expansion in the near future.