The Latest Cruise Ship Orders – Classic International Australia Charters The Delphin – Cruise Lines Cut UK Agents’ Commissions
29/10/2012 Leave a comment
New orders have been placed in the past fortnight for three cruise ships, one for Norwegian Cruise Line, with an option for a second of a new “Breakaway Plus” class, from Meyer Werft in Germany; plus two new ships, in new classes for each of Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines, from Fincantieri in Italy. Elsewhere, after the arrest of four of Classic International Cruises’ fleet of five ships in Europe, that line’s Australian affiliate, working with UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages, has apparently succeeded in obtaining the slightly smaller German-based Delphin to replace the Athena in the Australian market this winter. Finally, after P&O, Princess and Cunard slashed commissions to UK travel agents to 5% at the beginning of 2012, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, and now Norwegian Cruise Line, have followed Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, who acted in March, to cut their own base rate to 10%, in an attempt to stop agents from offering rebates on cruise bookings.