The world's leading cruise ship builder has signed memoranda of understanding with Carnival Corp. & plc and China's largest shipbuilding group to explore the possibility of joint ventures in constructing cruise ships for the Chinese market. Fincantieri inked the agreement with China State Shipbuilding Corp. and Carnival Friday following Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plans to transfer the 1992-built Majesty of the Seas to Pullmantur in 2016, boosting that brand's capacity by more than 20%. The ship's last three-night sailing for Royal Caribbean International will depart on April 29, 2016. It will then enter drydock to be tailored to fit Pullmantur's brand standards and offerings.
With international cruise ship deployments to Asia growing by 31% this year, the potential size of the cruise market in Asia was one of the hot topics for discussion at the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference in Hong Kong.
Some key people are gaining wider responsibilities, while others will have a narrower focus but a broader scope of brands. Some people are moving up, and others are leaving. In an interview with Seatrade Insider, Kevin Sheehan, president and ceo of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, explained how the organization is structured following the acquisition of Prestige Cruises International.
Cunard Line appointed Holland America Line veteran Rick Meadows as president-North America, assuming operating responsibility for the brand throughout North America, starting Dec. 1. He will report to David Noyes, ceo of Cunard.
Total ships: 29
Total berths: 92,195
Total Order Book Value:$22,119,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$270,179