Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on Saturday handed over Viking Star, the first of three ocean-going vessels for Viking Cruises.
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).
Total ships: 33
Total berths: 101,546
Total Order Book Value:$24,633,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$274,486