Viking River Cruises confirmed plans to introduce a dozen river vessels in 2015 including 10 Viking Longships and two newbuilds tailored for the Elbe River. All will be built at Neptun Werft in Rostock.
For 2015, its third season in Japan, Princess Cruises will deploy Diamond Princess but not Sun Princess, which is going to Australia. The line will also introduce cruises as short as three nights to appeal to local travelers seeking a quick get-away.
With Royal Caribbean due to report first quarter earnings and update its guidance on Thursday, followed by Norwegian Cruise Line on April 28, brokerages like William Blair and UBS are forecasting stronger pricing in Europe. This springs from Europe's improving macroeonomic picture, reduced 2014 capacity and the continued recovery from ship incidents in 2012 and 2013.
Royal Caribbean entered into a credit agreement for the US dollar financing of a portion of the Oasis 3 newbuild at STX France. The agreement makes available an unsecured term loan in an amount up to the US dollar equivalent of approximately €178m.
Carnival Corp. & plc said it will meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipboard operations by 20%. The company has cut emissions by more than 19% since 2005 and is likely to exceed its 20% goal by 2015, according to Jim Van Langen, vp management systems for Carnival Corp.
Total ships: 25
Total berths: 74,811
Total Order Book Value:$17,630,800,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$272,194