Written by on Friday March 20, 2015
This week there are some improved insights on board Cunard, a couple of new ships launching for MSC Cruises, and news of the changing demographics of cruising from Europe and Asia..
Cunard team up with The New York Times for insights talks
Cunard have announced a new partnership with The New York Times to add an impressive new range of speakers to their Insights programme. This new offering will begin on 3 January 2016 on board the Queen Mary 2 and continue on East Bound transatlantic crossing throughout the year. Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize winning David Cay Johnston, columnist Clyde Haberman and science writer John Schwartz.
Cruise industry continues to grow in Asia
There’s been a huge growth in the cruise industry in Asia with a huge increase in the number of ships operating and the number of passengers taking cruises. Figures project that 2.2 million will take to the seas in 2015 compared to 1.5 million in 2013 making Asia the fourth biggest cruise market in the world. Cruise Lines are reacting to this and launching dedicated ventures in China with MSC the latest company to announce their intention to become a bigger part of the Asian sector.
MSC confirm first Seaside-class ship will be based in the US
MSC Seaside, the first of two Seaside-class ships from MSC Cruises, will be based in Miami all year around and will offer a range of itineraries in the Caribbean. The new vessel will launch in December 2017 and will be joined by a sister ship in 2018. Both of these 4,140 passenger ships will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. There’s good news for European Cruise travellers too, as MSC Divina will transfer from its current home Miami but will spend the summer season homeported in Rome.
Britain loses its place as biggest European nation for cruisers
2014 saw a drop in the number of British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a holiday at sea, ending a 10 year upward trend. New industry figures have shown that 1.64 million enjoyed a cruise holiday compared to 1.72 million the previous year. This means that Germany became the Europe’s most prolific cruisers with 1.77 million taking to the sea. It is thought that this fall was a blip based on a number of factors but with the launch of P&O’s Britannia, Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas and Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Magellan, 2015 is expected to be another strong year for the cruise industry.