2016 & 2017 Big Years For China Cruising – Empress of the Seas To Return to Florida – Pacific Explorer To Bring P&O Australia Fleet To Six
THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin
The Cruise Examiner for 26th October 2015
Last week’s big news was the announcement by Carnival Corp & plc, in the presence of the Chinese president and British prime minister, that it was forming a new Chinese-based cruise line (whose ships may fly the UK flag) in conjunction with two Chinese state-owned concerns. Meanwhile, plenty of action is set to take place. In 2016, Royal Caribbean International will introduce the first newbuilding to China when its Ovation of the Seas sails east, Norwegian Cruise Line will send its Norwegian Star, MSC Cruises its MSC Lirica, Costa and Princess one more ship each and Star Cruises the first of two newbuildings. In 2017, three more newbuildings are set to follow, with the Norwegian Bliss (to be renamed), Majestic Princess and the second new Star ship, while Carnival Cruise Lines and AIDA Cruises enter the China market for the first time with one ship each.