New Celebrity and Carnival Ships for the UK Market – Other Cruise News: Royal Princess Debut A Prelude To New P&O Ship – British and Spanish Cruise Awards
27/02/2012 Leave a comment
THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com
by Kevin Griffin
The Cruise Examiner for 27th February 2012
Two lines with different UK connections will each add a ship each to the UK market in 2013 when Celebrity Infinity transfers to Harwich and the Carnival Legend to Dover for next year’s summer season. While Celebrity hopes to expand its UK carryings by 70%, Carnival’s ship will be new to market. At the same time Princess Cruises, another North American-based cruise line with ships in the UK, will introduce its latest Royal Princess in Southampton in June 2013 with two 3-day taster cruises followed by a maiden voyage from Southampton to Barcelona on June 16. This ship will be a precursor to P&O’s new vessel due for delivery in 2015. Finally, we have a look at the differing results of two sets of local British and Spanish cruise awards. In the UK, the once-criticised Thomson Dream takes five awards, Celebrity and Azamara win on best value and P&O, Princess and Cunard don’t score.