Seabourn said its two new ships will be called Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation. They will enter service in late 2016 and spring 2018.
The first official word on how the 2015 wave season is going is expected Thursday when Royal Caribbean gives guidance in reporting its fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings. Analysts expect the No. 2 cruise operator to exceed its Q4 projection for a profit in the range of 35 cents to 40 cents per share, with the consensus of 42 cents up from Royal's 23 cents the prior year, and pricing checks by William Blair and UBS Investment Research suggest a mixed picture for the critical wave booking period.
Holland America Line will operate 39 Canada/New England cruises this year, down from 48 last year in what was the line's most extensive program, but offering a new twist with three nights in Bermuda on several sailings between Boston and Québec City.
As expected, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced a new company-owned sales office in Brazil, where bookings are growing for Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Carnival Corp. & plc signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned enterprise China Merchants Group to explore the possibility of two joint ventures—a domestic cruise line for China and turnaround and transit port development.
Total ships: 34
Total berths: 105,157
Total Order Book Value:$25,437,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$272,961