The cruise industry has seen an extraordinary period of growth over the past two years with seven brand new ships launching in 2016 and a further eight joining hem this year (and that doesn’t include two ships being used exclusively by the Chinese cruise market). This includes what will become the world’s largest cruise ship (in terms of passenger capacity), ‘MSC Meraviglia’, which will hold 5,700 cruisers at maximum occupancy.
All these new ships mean a total of 32,400 new berths in just two years. Get ready to add another 3,000 to that total!
Just when you thought it no more new ships were one horizon, that bastion of tradition Cunard announces that it has a new addition to its fleet on the way. A fourth Cunard vessel will debut in 2022 and it is set to be the largest Cunard ship – beating the current biggest Queen Mary 2 by carrying 3,000 passengers.
Cunard is in middle of a refurbishment programme with $40 million spent on Queen Victoria this year and Queen Mary 2 having a $132 million facelift last year. The third ship in the fleet, Queen Elizabeth is due to undergo an upgrade next year – but then she was only launched in 2010.
The name of the new Cunard ship is yet to be announced with the parent company Carnival Corporation saying that more news will be announced next year….what’s the betting on Queen Katherine?