Record: 90 New Ocean Cruise Ships on Order
According to the folks at Cruise Industry News, October opens with a record 90 new ocean ships on order.
Holy good time to be in the shipbuilding business Batman, that’s a lot of ships!
You might ask, “who the heck is going on all of these cruises”?
Well, there’s the 80,000,000 baby boomer travelers. And then families are beginning to recognize the value of an ocean cruise vacation. And lastly, the growth opportunities in the Far East are staggering with billions of Chinese entering the middle-class and beginning to travel the world.
According to the Cruise Industry News’ Cruise Ship Orderbook, there is a steady stream of new cruise ships being delivered way out into 2026. However, let’s just take a peek at the arrivals this year and out into 2019.
2017 Cruise Ship Deliveries
Of note to luxury boomer cruisers, Viking Ocean Cruises took delivery of two ships and Silversea took delivery of their new Silver Muse.
2018 Cruise Ship Deliveries
In 2018, the pace quickens from 10 ships in 2017 to 16 new ships being delivered.
One that catches my eye is the Flying Clipper. The Flying Clipper will be the biggest and the most ambitious of the Star Clipper’s fleet to date, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8770 tons GRT and powered by 35 sails totaling more than 6.350 m2.
It is a near replica of the dramatic France II ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard Bordeaux, which was the largest square rig sailing ship ever built. SPV Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat today.
Viking Ocean Cruises has the new Viking Spirit coming out which will be assigned to the Pacific offering sailings to Alaska, the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. To learn more about these sailings, click here.
Also, the folks from Scenic River Cruises will be making their first foray into ocean cruising with their new Eclipse expedition ship. And further, luxury boomer cruisers are certain to enjoy the new offerings from Seabourn and Ponant.
2019 Cruise Ship Deliveries
But, take a look at this. There are 23 new ocean cruise ships being delivered in 2019! Viking Ocean Cruises scores again, Ponant brings two more ships to the seas, and did you notice that Ritz-Carlton’s first ocean liner is being delivered? Also of note, Crystal Cruises will be coming out with its first new-build in over two decades. That should be fun!
Expedition Cruise Ships
Another noteworthy fact to consider is that 20 of the 90 cruise ships on order are expedition ships. As most cruisers have done the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Alaska, and other well trodden destinations, these ships will take luxury ocean cruisers to places like the Antarctic, the Galapagos, and other far-reaching adventure destinations.
As you can see, the ocean cruise industry is busting at the seams with growth as they work to meet the coming demand.
So, this begs the question, which of these cruises can we help you get booked?
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