OA260 wrote:Thanks for the new thread and will be great to have a new one at start of 2018 .
Just in response to the last few posts :
My favourite name proposals in historical order:
Queen Anne (ruling Queen 300 years ago)
Queen Charlotte (wife of George III)
Queen Alexandra (wife of Edward VII)
I am not sure really what I would like it to be called. Out of those Queen Alexandra is ok. That is of course if they stick with tradition and it actually is named after a Queen .
Not sure if I'm a big fan of the outdoor promenade. That runs the risk of lost business if it's extremely windy, rainy, or rough seas, all of which can happen at any time.
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
I was thinking the same. Ok in good climates but not sure I would want to spend time out there unless it was ideal conditions. Nothing better then breakfast Al Fresco usually at the Aft of the ship but sometimes I have been on ships where it was only open 50% of the time due to winds etc...
The rapid pace of new construction is continuing for the cruise industry. In recent weeks, five orders were announced, construction began on three new cruise ships and four others were floated or nearer to delivery.
90 new cruise ships are on order, representing a investment of more than $60 billion and a 50 percent increase in the industry’s total berths. Deliveries are scheduled out to 2026, but the largest group of new ships will be introduced in 2019. That year alone 23 new cruise ships with more than 42,000 berths are due.
According to industry analysts, increasing global demand for the cruises is coming from all parts of the industry and will be spread out globally. One of the largest growth segments will be in expeditions with 20 new ships on order and scheduled to begin entering service in mid-2018. In the deluxe segments, three ships were delivered this year and another 13 are on order, including Marriott International’s recently announced entry into cruising with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Eight additional ships are also on order dedicated to the Chinese market, but after three ships deployed this year, the next new ship for China is not scheduled until 2019.
Among the recently-announced orders was the first new ship in seven years for Cunard Line ordered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and expected to be delivered in 2022. This will also be the first time since 1998, and the acquisition by Carnival Corporation, that Cunard Line operates four ships. The 113,000 gross ton ship with accommodations for up to 3,000 guests, is based on the Koningsdam design for Holland America Line, and will be the 249th in Cunard’s history.
Saga Cruises has exercised its option for a sister ship to its 58,250 gross ton Spirit of Discovery whichis currently under construction at Meyer Werft, while Disney Cruise Line added a third ship to its current contract with Meyer Werft for two 135,000 gross ton ships.
Following the launch earlier this year of the 40,600 gross ton Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises ordered a sister ship from Fincantieri and signed a contract to lengthen one of its luxury ships, the Silver Spirit. Starting in March 2018, Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard will insert a 49-foot-long midsection with 34 new suites into the nine-year-old ship.
These new contracts are a continuation of the cruise industry’s current growth. So far, in 2017, nine new ships have been delivered, including the Majestic Princess (Princess Cruises) and the Norwegian Joy (Norwegian Cruise Line) dedicated to the Chinese market, as well as new ships in Europe for TUI, AIDA Cruises, and MSC Cruises. Viking Ocean Cruises also took delivery of its fourth new ship on September 25, its second new ship this year.
Deliveries are pending in the coming weeks for both Dream Cruises’ World Dream, which will enter the Asian market, and MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, which is due in Miami in December.
In September, the first keel blocks were laid at Meyer Werft for the AIDAnova, the industry’s first LNG-powered cruise ship, while at Meyer Turku steel cutting began for the Costa Smeralda, another LNG-powered ship. Fincantieri began construction in Monfalcone on Princess Cruises’ next new ship while the launch of the Seabourn Ovation was celebrated at Sestri, and the MSC Seaview was floated out at Monfalcone.
There is no sign that the pace will slow. With consumer demand continuing to grow and the cruise lines still seeking to expand their market share, the outlook for new orders remains strong.
jetwet1 wrote:ChrisKen wrote:
Crossing N. Atlantic in December sounds unappealing but you swap a purpose built TATL liner for an oversized gin palace that's still crossing the North Atlantic in December.....seems logical.
Well you will be happy to hear, Mrs Jetwet1 went behind my back and set up a family reunion on my side of the family, with the time off already booked we will be heading back to the QM 2 for the Trans Atlantic.
Kiwirob wrote:The keel was laid for the first Virgin Voyages ship yesterday. If the renders are accurate these will be pretty distinctive vessels.
Virgin Voyages has a message for parents thinking of booking one of its first sailings: Leave the kids at home.
The first ship in development for the start-up cruise line will be for adults only, president and CEO Tom McAlpin revealed Tuesday during an event at the shipyard in Italy that is building it.
Appearing alongside Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, McAlpin said the minimum age to sail on the 2,860-passenger vessel will be 18 — a cut-off he said was influenced by feedback from the public and travel sellers.
McAlpin said 86% of the cabins on the ship will have balconies, which he's calling sea terraces.
Virgin's first vessel is scheduled to debut in 2020 with two more arriving in 2021 and 2022.
Kiwirob wrote:The number of new vessels on order is really crazy.
I struggle to see how the industry can sustain such growth.
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