The cruise line Carnival Corporation has ordered nine new ships, with delivery due between 2019 and 2022. As reported by the Danish travel and tourism site ”Take Off”. According to Carnival, it represents ”the new generation of cruise liner”, and is being built at shipyards in Italy, Germany and Finland. The idea is that the ships will serve the cruise markets in North America and Europe, as well as in Asia.
“Carnival’s investment reflects the growth in the cruise market, which for some time has been at around 6% per year”, comments Arnt Møller Pedersen, COO Cruise and Ferries within CMP. “However, there is still plenty of potential considering the fact that cruise tourism still only accounts for around five per cent of the global travel and tourism industry”.
Europe – growing rapidly
The shipping companies are constantly developing new concepts in order to further develop their output – for example, themed cruises, a focus on families with children and all-inclusive concepts. During 2015 alone, the industry is expected to launch seven new ships, thereby increasing the total capacity with some 18,800 passengers.
“The picture also includes the fact that the cruise industry in Europe is displaying high growth. The number of passengers increased by some 40% to about 6.4 million between 2008 and 2013. This makes Europe one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Asia is another fast-growing market”, says Arnt Møller Pedersen.