Confidence reflected in new cruise ships

Economy slows growth of fleets, but new vessels due in 2012-2013

The years 2012 and 2013 will see a substantial decline in the number of the new cruise ships being introduced to fleets worldwide. Only seven big new cruise vessels will enter service this year and just four in 2013. However, a number of cruise companies have placed orders for large ships in the last year – a sign of improving economic confidence. It usually takes about three years for a ship to develop from initial order to finished product.
Four ships to debut in 2012 are to sail the Americas – the Carnival Breeze, Disney Fantasy, Celebrity Reflection, Oceania’s Riviera – while the other three will sail Europe: the 3012-passenger Costa Fascinosa, the 3013-passenger MSC Divina and the 2,174-passenger AidaMar.
Meanwhile, a new cruise line, Viking Ocean Cruises, is being launched by Torstein Hagen, chairman and CEO of Viking River Cruises. Aiming to cater for the luxury market, Viking has ordered two ocean going 888-passenger vessels for delivery in 2014 and 2015. At the same time, Viking River Cruises will put as many as six new luxury river-cruise ships into operation in 2012.
Miami Herald
[pictured: MSC Splendida, sister ship of the soon-to-be-launched MSC Divina]