Carnival Corp. & plc's huge nine-ship newbuild order was driven not by locking in the favorable euro-dollar currency exchange rate but to enable yards, suppliers and the company to plan ahead, particularly in light of a prototype ship design, ceo Arnold Donald said Friday.
Higher on-board spending, outperformance by the Carnival Cruise Line brand and strength in Asia got Carnival Corp. & plc's 2015 off to a 'strong start.'
Carnival Corp. & plc's whopping nine-ship order—split between Fincantieri and Meyer Werft—is the largest ever placed by the company and features next-generation newbuild designs for established markets in North America and Europe and newer markets including China.
Upping the ante in China, Royal Caribbean International is deploying a second Quantum-class ship in China. Ovation of the Seas, entering service in April 2016, will be based from Tianjin (for Beijing).
Some of Norwegian Cruise Line's most prominent operations executives have left in the company's recent reorganization, Seatrade Insider has learned. They include Capt. Svein Sleipnes, svp marine operations; Capt. Minas Myrtidis, vp fleet regulatory compliance and corporate environmental compliance; Brian Swensen, svp technical operations and refurbishment; and Frank Weber, vp product development.
Total ships: 33
Total berths: 101,546
Total Order Book Value:$24,633,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$274,486