Record 24 River Cruisers Christened In March – The New MSC Ships – The Case of The 64,000 Disappearing Brits – Carnival Back In Norfolk

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 24th March 2014..

Viking LongshipThis month has been a busy one for river cruise ship builders as operators have been ordering them in series, like railway carriages. By the end of the month, fully twenty-four new river cruisers will have been delivered in March, in time for the new 2014 season. Three-quarters, or eighteen of these, are for Viking River Cruises alone. The decision has now been made by MSC Cruises to build its latest “shorter but wider” class of mega ships at STX France and, as we guessed two weeks week, they will feature an internal promenade. In the UK, meanwhile, it appears that CLIA slipped up when it lost 64,000 British cruisers between January and this month. Finally, comes word that Carnival Splendor will mark a return to Norfolk by Carnival Cruise Lines when she arrives in 2015

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