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Cruise industry to add 36 new cruise ships within 4 years

Over 36 brand new cruise ships are being built or planned currently, which will provide a staggering capacity of over 125,000 extra passengers per night by the end of 2019.

Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas under construction in STX France

Massive orders have been placed by cruise lines such as Carnival Corporation (10 ships), MSC Cruises (5 ships) and Royal Caribbean (4 ships). The figures are staggering with each ship on average costing $500million, which would equal $18billion dollars worth of new ships on order up to the end of 2019.

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Barely a week goes by without one major cruise line announcing another new ship to be added to their fleet as the race is on to attract as many customers as possible, with the latest features and trends passengers desire on their ships. New fast-growing markets, such as Asia (and China in particular) are making cruise lines re-deploy current ships on the other side of the world from their usual home-ports. Replacement ships are being built to fill the gaps with some cruise lines scheduled to have 3 or 4 new ship launches per year.

Genting Dream
Genting Dream is being built for the Chinese market

It’s also great news for shipbuilders, STX, Meyer Werft, Fincantieri and many other associated companies who will need thousands of staff to build and furnish all the ships. Additionally, each ship on average will carry 1250 crew when in service, which alone is an additional 45,000 crew needed by the end of 2019!

This can only mean good news for cruise passengers – increased competition means the latest facilities and features on ships for passengers. Although pricing for cruises is unlikely to fall anytime soon, the value for money passengers enjoy from cruising already will increase even further.

To keep track of all the new cruise ships and bring you the latest photos, videos and news from the cruise lines, we’ve created a section on our site for new cruise ships on order – visit now and see all the ships that have been ordered up to 2022!

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