The Cruise Examiner for 3rd October 2011 – AIDA Cruise Ship Order In Japan – Other Cruise News: Paul Gauguin Cruises Expands – St Kitts Sees Cruise Boom – Cruise Survey of Cruise Virgins

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd October 2011

Just as the order for a new 98,000-tonner for TUI Cruises, with option for a second, was confirmed last week, came criticism by European shipbuilders of the two-ship order already placed by AIDA Cruises with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in August.  Both Fincantieri and STX claim the price is below cost. Elsewhere, Paul Gauguin Cruises expands with the acquisition of Compagnie du Ponant’s 90-guest Le Levant, which it will rename Moana. Doubling the Paul Gauguin fleet and increasing the berth count by about a quarter, Moana will widen the Paul Gauguin product range,  cruising the Mediterraean and Caribbean, and in Latin American waters. Meanwhile, the Caribbean island of St Kitts is due for a cruise ship boom with eleven first-time callers this winter. And a UK cruise blogger asks how do we overcome old outmoded attitudes and get cruise virgins to book their first cruise?


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