This is not a town or a village, this is a floating city. A ship with a park, a zip line, a ten story waterfall and 20 restaurants.
Setting sale from its home port of Miami, the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas is the biggest cruise ship ever with 2,100 crew members. That is more than many small ships hold..
This marks a growing trend and who knows where it will end with thoughts even heading towards building fun cities out at sea on stilts like they do oil rigs. Why, we are only guessing but super casinos and other operators might just be looking at a future as others look at space. But these new ships are not even built on old models, these are built for entertainment, they are built so generations of families can go to sea and holiday together and then do their own thing. They are built to host complete West End and Broadway shows as ships entertainment. Hey, you have to live somewhere, it might as well be at sea, and some people do live permanently on a cruise ship. Maybe the older cruise ships will become prison ships, great fodder for film makers….
54 million people will cruise this year, only 28% will be over 60. This massive wave (pardon the pun) shows why the TV shows or cruising are popping up and it is no wonder the series of romantic books set on cruise ships is being researched into a possible TV series. SOLO CRUISER book series. Meet author Sally Katz.
The Spirit of Discovery is SAGA’s new ship that will carry 999 passengers, proving not all ships are huge! And they have announced a second new ship, Spirit of Adventure. Cunard have also announced a new ship, the first new ship in over 12 years. Cunard have liner type cruise ships. It will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service and it will accommodate up to 3,000 guests. The new P&O ship is to hold 5,200 passengers. You can already register for the inaugural journey on the SAGA ship here.
We will add information and pictures to the ships blog in the cruise operators menu on all new ships. Except for Thomsons new ship, TUI Explorer which is already built, they are purchasing a ship so we have a film already. Click to see what ship it is. pictures like the one we have from their site. The Spirit of Discovery is due for summer 2019 and will retain the intimacy and personal service for which SAGA are renowned.
We are pleased our ships menu is developing each month and catching up the destinations menu which nearly has a film and notes on every popular cruise port in the world. We have added a great ONE PAGE, sorry, film industry term, one page of all the latest cruise deals we can find, so this is the go to one page for a deal with the popular ships and cruise operators used by most UK cruisers. Here you can compare the deals, look at routes and ships and cabin as you bounce around Doris Visits hundreds or resource pages.
There are to be more huge ships with China entering the cruise market. Ship size will now change the chart! In the league table of 69 ships below, based on size, Saga, Azamara and Fred Olsen don’t even make the list because they specialise in small ships. We now have a small ships section that is growing. It is many years since we have been on the Black Watch and it is charming. We loved every minute of it and we did Panama to Tahiti. The smaller ships are a different experience.
It is interesting that the Britannia, which P&O class as their big ship comes way down the chart of passenger capacity at number 16 and given the spread one cannot call Azura or Ventura large ships anymore. If you like lots to do, or have a family you may gravitate towards Royal Caribbean who have six of the ten largest ships with one having over 5000 passengers. One of the three new 5200 crew and passenger large ships on order by Carnival is due to sister the Britannia and no doubt usurp it as the flag ship. It will be newer and larger and have learned the lessons from the other ships. Bigger than the £473m Britannia which has 15 passenger decks. The new 180,000-ton vessel will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, a clean-burning fossil fuel that meets new maritime rules on harmful emissions. She will hold 5,200 passengers – 1,553 more than Britannia. It will have a similar club to the Limelight as it has been so successful with many entertainers in. We saw Darren Day there and it was a real treat.
|1||Harmony of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2016||5,494|
|2||Norwegian Escape||Norwegian Cruise Line||2015||4,248|
|3||Quantum of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2014||4,180|
|4||Anthem of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2015||4,180|
|5||Ovation of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2016||4,108|
|6||Norwegian Epic||Norwegian Cruise Line||2010||4,100|
|7||Allure of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2010||4,074|
|8||Oasis of The Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2009||4,074|
|9||Norwegian Breakaway||Norwegian Cruise Line||2013||3,963|
|10||Carnival Vista||Carnival Cruise Line||2016||3,936|
|11||Norwegian Getaway||Norwegian Cruise Line||2014||3,910|
|12||Norwegian Joy||Norwegian Cruise Line||2017||3,883|
|13||Costa Diadema||Costa Cruises||2014||3,700|
|14||Carnival Breeze||Carnival Cruise Line||2012||3,690|
|15||Carnival Magic||Carnival Cruise Line||2011||3,690|
|17||Carnival Dream||Carnival Cruise Line||2009||3,646|
|18||Liberty of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2007||3,634|
|19||Freedom of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2006||3,634|
|20||Independence of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2008||3,634|
|21||Majestic Princess||Princess Cruises||2017||3,560|
|22||Royal Princess||Princess Cruises||2013||3,560|
|23||Regal Princess||Princess Cruises||2014||3,560|
|24||MSC Divina||MSC Cruises||2012||3,478|
|25||MSC Preziosa||MSC Cruises||2013||3,478|
|27||Navigator of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2002||3,276|
|28||MSC Fantasia||MSC Cruises||2008||3,274|
|29||MSC Splendida||MSC Cruises||2009||3,274|
|31||Genting Dream||Dream Cruises||2016||3,200|
|32||Mariner of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2003||3,114|
|33||Explorer of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2000||3,114|
|34||Voyager of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||1999||3,114|
|35||Adventure of the Seas||Royal Caribbean International||2001||3,114|
|38||Ruby Princess||Princess Cruises||2008||3,080|
|39||Crown Princess||Princess Cruises||2006||3,080|
|40||Emerald Princess||Princess Cruises||2007||3,080|
|41||Caribbean Princess||Princess Cruises||2004||3,080|
|42||Celebrity Reflection||Celebrity Cruises||2012||3,046|
|43||Costa Fascinosa||Costa Cruises||2012||3,016|
|44||Costa Favolosa||Costa Cruises||2011||3,016|
|45||Carnival Splendor||Carnival Cruise Line||2008||3,006|
|46||Carnival Sunshine||Carnival Cruise Line||1996||3,002|
|47||Costa Pacifica||Costa Cruises||2009||3,000|
|48||Costa Serena||Costa Cruises||2007||3,000|
|49||Carnival Liberty||Carnival Cruise Line||2005||2,974|
|50||Carnival Freedom||Carnival Cruise Line||2007||2,974|
|51||Carnival Conquest||Carnival Cruise Line||2002||2,974|
|52||Carnival Glory||Carnival Cruise Line||2003||2,974|
|53||Carnival Valor||Carnival Cruise Line||2004||2,974|
|54||Celebrity Silhouette||Celebrity Cruises||2011||2,886|
|55||Celebrity Solstice||Celebrity Cruises||2008||2,852|
|56||Celebrity Equinox||Celebrity Cruises||2009||2,852|
|57||Celebrity Eclipse||Celebrity Cruises||2010||2,852|
|58||Carnival Triumph||Carnival Cruise Line||1999||2,758|
|59||Carnival Victory||Carnival Cruise Line||2000||2,758|
|60||Costa Fortuna||Costa Cruises||2003||2,720|
|61||Costa Magica||Costa Cruises||2004||2,720|
|62||Diamond Princess||Princess Cruises||2004||2,670|
|63||Sapphire Princess||Princess Cruises||2004||2,670|
|64||Queen Mary 2||Cunard Line||2004||2,592|
|65||Star Princess||Princess Cruises||2002||2,590|
|66||Golden Princess||Princess Cruises||2001||2,590|
|67||Grand Princess||Princess Cruises||1998||2,590|
|68||Disney Fantasy||Disney Cruise Line||2012||2,500|
|69||Disney Dream||Disney Cruise Line||2011||2,500|
New ships have to face new regulations on emissions, like cars. New ships to fleets will be LNG ships. LNG-powered ships will start sailing for Carnival’s Costa and AIDA brands over the next five years. The size of ships is changing, and despite their size that will not put them in the top three. passenger numbers can differ as configurations can change as officer cabins get freed up for passengers and crew cabins get taken by entertainment specials. You can be assured that within a very short time the Britannia will not make the top twenty chart of large ships, it is barely there now.
MSC Cruises have ships being built in France that hold 5,400 guests and Hurtigruten, Norway’s passenger-cruise service, has plans for at least one 5300 guest ship due for delivery in 2018. It could be that by 2022 the top ten cruise ships by passenger size will all be over 5,000.
The P&O press release says ….
“We’re delighted that the P&O Cruises family is about to get bigger, offering you even more holiday choice. Construction of the latest addition to the fleet will get underway next year at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard in Germany. Cruises on our new ship go on sale autumn 2018 and the ship will enter service in the UK in 2020. At 180,000 tons, it will have a capacity for 5,200 guests, making it the largest cruise ship ever built for the British market.”
What a bigger ship offers is choice. Private and quiet areas away from the crowds at a small premium so a large ship becomes small, but you still have a choice of fine dining restaurants, of different entertainment. The same ship can be a totally different experience. You can go with the flow and never spend another penny, or use all the premium facilities and have a better experience way way expanding your basic cruise cost. And, like in any town, we can all live together and meet down the pub. That is what makes cruising so special.
The larger newer ships will offer more choice. P&O say; …”….new levels of entertainment, dining, and relaxation, and features a host of innovative features and cutting-edge technology to wow you with new cruising experiences. The signature heart of the ship, our Atrium, will be the boldest and brightest yet. Glass walls spanning three decks will let natural light flood in while a grand staircase, gallery and overhead walkways will provide dramatic focal points.
The ship will also be the most environmentally efficient ship in the history of P&O Cruises. Powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas, exhaust emissions will be significantly reduced to help protect the environment.
These exciting new developments will help you and a new generation of guests find even more rewarding holiday experiences. And rest assured our P&O Cruises DNA will still shine through. You’ll be treated to the best British hospitality and standards of service that you know and love.” Our tip for the new name is Canberra even though the public have been asked to suggest a name. Click here for the press release.
How many new Cruise Passengers are needed & where will they come from?
There is interesting insight into the accelarating advance of the cruise industry in the third book of the book series Solo Cruiser. In American Portrait, Violet has become involved in marketing for a cruise liner and goes on an unexpected fact finding mission with a director. READ THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. In the book charts! Sally Katz used the films on Doris Visits to peg her romantic cruise novels on! With our permission. Each story lead book takes place over a cruise! Book 1 is a Canary Islands cruise, Book 2 is in the Baltic, Book 3 is in the Caribbean. Books 1 to 3 are Violet’s story.
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The big news on the cruise front, however, is the huge increase in the cruise market in China. It could be that within ten years China is the worlds biggest cruise market. Carnival Corporation who own many cruise brands are to double their cruise brands in China, with Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises joining Princess Cruises and Costa Cruises. The new ships specifically designed for the Chinese market will bring the number of Carnival Corporations ships up to six by 2017.
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