Written by on Friday May 29, 2015
This week in cruise news, there’s been a launch of a new luxury ship for Windstar, news of the amenities on board the Seven Seas Explorer and some startling statistics for the industry as a whole.
New Spa unveiled on Board Seven Seas Explorer
When the luxurious Regent Seven Seas Explorer launches in summer 2016, it will feature a lavish Canyon Ranch SpaClub. The spa will feature: a thermal suite which offers hot-to-cold experiences; the infrared sauna puts a 21st century twist on the spa experience; a shower room with various experience; and an aromatic steam room. There will also be a salon adjacent to the spa featuring manicure, pedicure and hair stations. The fitness centre is one deck up and free-weights, weight machines and cardio machines as well as a space offering fitness classes. Treatments are being developed in partnership with beauty company Red Flower and will be rolled out across the fleet following their debut on Explorer.
Cruise industry to have capacity of 30 million by 2022
The 2015-2016 Cruise Industry News annual report has been released and reveals some staggering figures about the growth of the cruise industry worldwide. While the current global capacity is 22 million, it’s expected to rise to 30 million by 2022. This is due to the 47 ships under order at shipyards around the world including cruising Goliaths like two more Quantum-class ships for Royal Caribbean International. While this may seem like a huge leap forward, it is following a trend which saw capacity rise by 7 million from 2008 to 2015 which saw a rise in passengers from Europe and North America. The big rise in the coming years is expected to come from the Asia-Pacific region with China seen as a huge growth market.
Cunard’s Three Queens event turns the spotlight on cruising
Earlier this week, we reported on the incredible Three Queen’s event on the Mersey which celebrated 175 Years of Cunard. The prestigious cruise line is hoping that the site of these magnificent ships together will have a bigger impact on the industry as a whole. It is estimated that up to 1 million people attended the event which received global news coverage. It also served as a networking event within the industry with 80 agents welcomed on board Queen Mary 2. It is hoped this media attention could encourage a surge in bookings, not just for Cunard but across the industry as a whole.
Windstar christens another new ship
Windstar Cruises has christened its second new ship of the summer with the unveiling of Star Legend following the launch of Star Breeze at the beginning of the month. The ship was launched in Rome this Monday (25 May 2015) and christened by godmother Gloria Bodham, president and CEO of Omega World Travel. The ship was purchased from Seabourn Cruises and has undergone an $8.5 million refurbishment after a three-week long dry dock in Genoa, Italy. The ship will spend the summer season sailing itineraries throughout Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.