Cruise lines waiting longer for new ships

Waiting times are getting longer for newbuilds
The sheer volume of bigger, better cruise ships being built means it is taking longer to get them completed and ready for sailing these days.
Travel Weekly cites the latest example – Disney Cruise Line’s two new ships, scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2023. That’s up to seven years between the announcement of the order and the time passengers can experience them for the fist time.
The last time Disney ordered new ships, in 2007, it took less than four years to get them ready.
Virgin Cruises ordered its first three vessels last June; the first won’t be with us until 2020. But luxury line Crystal Cruises announced a trio of new ships last year; the first is to be delivered in late 2018. KT Lim, chairman of Genting Hong Kong, which owns the Crystal brand, was so concerned about the scheduling that he bought four shipyards.
Travel Weekly


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