Royal Caribbean is building new ships
Royal Caribbean decided on features of another Sunshine type cruise ship. The second-largest cruise operator intends to present a premiere route for the new ship in 2015.
The ship will be constructed at the leading cruise shipyard in Germany - Meyer Werft. Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft have a long and successful history of collaboration. In particular, the largest cruise liner of our time - Oasis of the Seas – was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard.
It is worth noting that Royal Caribbean announced its first order for the Sunshine type ship from Meyer Werft in early 2011. According to the company's plans, the first Sunshine ship will be launched at Meyer Werft in autumn 2014. In a letter of intent the company specified that ensures placing order for only one liner. Now it became clear that Meyer Werft will build two vessels.
New Royal Caribbean projects once again confirm the global trend of the cruise industry. Today it is creation of large tonnage mega liners. In addition to the desire to impress, these projects have a very practical goal. Due to the rising fuel prices creating of big mega liners is more profitable than small ships.
Anyway, new type of Sunshine is still inferior in size to its predecessors - the giant Oasis class liners with more than 225 thousand tons displacement. At the same Sunshine will exceed the Freedom class ships by 4 tons. Each Sunshine class ship will be able to receive 4100 passengers.
Currently Royal Caribbean operates in total 22 ships of 6 classes.
Royal Caribbean has repeatedly stressed that they were interested in fleet differentiation. At the same time it is obvious that the company will increase the number liners by building mega ships such as Sunshine.
As for the small ships, Royal Caribbean plans to start its large-scale modernization as part of the «Royal Advantage» 330-million dollar project. One of the first ships to be upgraded under the «Royal Advantage» program will be Vision type «Rhapsody of the Seas».
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.