The arrival of new ships, exciting destinations and itineraries and the onboard experience all contribute to the growth in cruises.
So far this year we have seen the introduction of Disney Dream, the first new cruise ship for Disney in more than 10 years, with the first water coaster at sea. Oceania Cruises has also launched Marina, described as a delight for all epicureans with facilities including 10 dining venues, six of which are open-seating gourmet restaurants.
Between 2011 and 2012, an additional 22 ships are on order including 14 for this year. As well as the Disney Dream and Marina, these include ships for Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line, while we also see new vessels for river members including AMA Waterways, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld.
River cruising continues to offer a unique holiday experience and with more navigable waterways than ever before and greater numbers of ships, river holidays are expected to follow the growth of ocean cruising.
Investment and innovation is not only taking place within the cruise sector. We’ve seen the introduction of two new ships for Stena Line on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route – Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica are the world’s largest ferries with the latest technology to make them as energy efficient as possible.
More recently, P&O Ferries introduced the first of two new ships on the Dover-Calais route. The Spirit of Britain is the largest and most revolutionary ferry ever seen on the Dover Strait and carries up to 2,000 passengers. Spirit of Britain, to be officially named by Dame Kelly Holmes at the end of March, will be joined on the Dover-Calais service by a sistership, Spirit of France, in September.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - April 2011 Issue
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