Growth Of Major World Cruise Markets – A Revival Of Sorts At Punta Arenas – North Pole Icebreaker Cruises To Continue Into 2018

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 6th October 2014... …

The Mariner of the Seas, right, one of the Voyager-class vessels

Hong Kong’s new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal opened in 2013 on the site of its old international airport. Seen here is Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, one of two sister ships that now sail in Chinese waters.

Today we look at comparative growth in different cruise markets and the expected impact of the addition of the Asian market, particularly China, to these figures. While China, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Scandinavia are growing much faster than other markets, Canada seems to be frozen in time, with no growth in five years. Elsewhere, Punta Arenas in Chile is seeing a bit of a revival as a setting off point for fly/cruises to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. One Ocean Expeditions’ Akademik Sergey Vavilov will source most of her 2015-16 Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia passengers from Punta Arenas’s port and airport. And icebreaker cruises from Murmansk to the North Pole have been granted a reprieve until 2018.

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Shipping Connections on the Royal Caribbean Cruises Board – And Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises Ups Its Chinese Participation

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The Cruise Examiner for 19th May 2014..

Board of Directors - Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Board of Directors has good business links as well as a number with shipping backgrounds

During May, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd announced its most recent board re-elections, some of which are interesting in terms of their shipping connections. At the same time, Carnival Corporation & Plc revealed its latest contribution to the Chinese market, when it announced that the 3,004-berth Costa Serena would be moving to the Chinese market on a year-round basis in 2015. The stories follow here.

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