Luxury cruise brands reject Europe

Capacity turns instead to Alaska, South America
Luxury cruise brands are cutting back on their European deployments this year, instead offering more cruises in places like Alaska and South America and to expedition regions.
This is one of the findings of the 2017-2018 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, whose statistics are independently researched and which presents forecasts of the global cruise industry up to 2027.
As a percentage of passenger capacity, Hapag-Lloyd, Regent, Seabourn and Silversea are all deploying around 40% of their annual cruise capacity in Europe this year.
This is a significant drop compared to 2016 for Seabourn and Hapag-Lloyd, though only a slight reduction for Silversea and Regent.
But most of the luxury cruise brands have seen a significant reduction in their European deployment since 2014.
Crystal Cruises has cut its presence in Europe to under 24% of its capacity, from more than 31% last year and more than 57% in 2014.
Crystal’s Mediterranean capacity has fallen to just 6% from almost 30% three years ago, instead sailing to the Caribbean, Alaska and South America.
By contrast, LA-based Viking Cruises has more than 67% of its capacity deployed in Europe in 2017.
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