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TTC Special: Global cruise industry on the road to success in 2018

TTC Special: Global cruise industry on the road to success in 2018

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By F. Martin

TTC Service.- Undoubtedly the most successful international tourist modality is the cruise ship industry and analysts consider such global trend will continue in 2018.

A new report from the sector revealed that the demand for cruise tourism is higher year after year. In 2017 approximately 25.8 million people worldwide made a cruise compared to 24.7 million posted in 2016, according to estimates of the international association of the sector, CLIA.

The eloquent figures suggest that for this year could reach 27 million passengers worldwide.

USA Today magazine estimates that 2018 will be a big year in the world of cruising. “Just about every major cruise line will have a new ship in 2018 as the industry continues to expand rapidly around the globe”.

The prestigious publication mentioned that among the newcomers will be a new vessel from Royal Caribbean that “will smash the record for biggest cruise ship ever — if only by a tad. Dubbed Symphony of the Seas, it’ll carry more than 6,000 passengers and feature dozens of lounges, bars and restaurants as well as an array of deck-top amusements”.

According to USA Today, just as notable will be a new ship from Royal Caribbean’s sister company, Celebrity Cruises. To be called Celebrity Edge, the 2,900-passenger vessel will be the line’s first new ship in six years and boast an innovative new design.

Also unveiling new ships in 2018 are Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line. At all five brands, the newcomers will be sisters to earlier vessels. Fast-growing Viking Ocean Cruises also will be rolling out a new ship in 2018 — it’s fifth since its 2015 debut.

In all, that adds up to eight major new oceangoing cruise ships aimed at the North American market. Experts say the activity of cruising remains enormously popular among the vacationing public. The cruise industry is predicted to enjoy one of the best Caribbean winters in its history.

“So if you are anxious to enjoy a winter cruise in the warm Caribbean, you must act now. You must leap to your telephone; if you do not, you will discover that many Caribbean sailings are totally full and thus no longer accepting bookings. Act quickly, or you may be out of luck”, an analysis on the Internet stressed.

The powerful Carnival Corporation presented a positive outlook for 2018. The company expects adjusted earnings for next year. The net income from approximately $2.9 billion to $3.1 billion based on outstanding shares.

According to CEO and Carnival president Arnold Donald, cumulative bookings and pricing for 2018 is head of the prior year.

Donald added that his focus is on growing revenues and that he will accelerate the retirement of older ships if he has to. And as for China, he added that he has no hesitation to relocate ships if necessary.