- Britannia: P&O Cruises, March 2015
- Anthem of the Seas: Royal Caribbean, April 2015
- Le Lyrial: Ponant, April 2015
- Viking Star: Viking Ocean Cruises, April 2015
- Mein Schiff 4: TUI Cruises, June 2015
- AIDAprima: AIDA Cruises, October 2015 (delayed)
- Escape: NCL, October 2015
Total capacity in 2015 entering into service: 18,867 passengers
This may sound a lot, however cruise enthusiasts were getting accustomed to at least 10 new ships each year (sometimes more), which reflects that the industry was growing around 7% for the last 2 or more decades.
However it’s back to mega business next year, as 2016 promises to be a boom year for Cruise Ships with 10 new mega and luxury vessels entering into service as follows:
- Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruises: GT: 135,000 Pax: 4,000 Launch: Spring 2016
- Unnamed ship, AIDA Cruises: GT: 125,000 Pax: 3,250 Launch: March 2016
- Mein Schiff 5, TUI Cruises: GT: 97,000 Pax: 2,500 Launch: April 2016
- Koningsdam, Holland America Line: GT: 99,000 Pax: 2,660 Launch: April 2016
- Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean: GT: 167,800 Pax: 4,180 Launch: April 2016
- Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean: GT: 225,282 Pax: 5,400 Launch: April 2016
- Viking Sea, Viking Ocean Cruises: GT: 48,000 Pax: 928 Launch: June 2016
- Regent Seven Seas Explorer: GT: 54,000 Pax: 738 Launch: July 2016
- Encore, Seabourn: GT: 40,350 Pax: 604 Launch: September 2016
- Genting World, Star Cruises: GT: 150,000 Pax: 3,360 Launch: November 2016
Total capacity in 2016 entering into service: 27,556 passengers +46% on 2015. Some 23 million people are expected to Cruise in 2016 and roughly half of his will be North American.
Clearly these figures demonstrate that the Cruise Industry is sailing ahead, regardless of worldwide financial jitters and potential global instability. To make these expansion possible Cruise Lines need to entertain new source markets, such as the Chinese and Asians in general, but all markets are being tapped from Russian and Turkish, to Indian, Arab and African.
There is a long way to go before penetration rates even in Europe are anywhere near the limit, so the Cruise Industry remains to be the good news success story of Tourism, as so many jobs are generated and cultures engaged.
1. Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruises (launched)
GT: 135,000 Capacity: 4,000 Launch date: Spring 2016
This new edition to the comprehensive Carnival Cruises fleet (25th "Fun Ship.") will be the line's first since 2012, which was the Carnival Breeze.
The Carnival Vista will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and will feature all of 2.0 enhancements, as well as a number of innovative features. This is the first ship in the Vista Class, which will include a second unnamed ship set to debut in spring 2018.
2. Unnamed ship, AIDA Cruises
GT: 125,000 Capacity: 3,250 Launch date: March 2016
This mega state-of-the-art ship is second ship to be built for the German market leader at Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Yard.
The AIDAprima was the first in this mega class, which are significantly larger than any other vessels within the fleet.
Interestingly, AIDA Cruises is considered to be the most profitable brand within the carnival Corporation group which dominates the Cruise Ship Industry with a market share of nearly 50% with its 9 brands.
3. Mein Schiff 5, TUI Cruises (Launched)
GT: 97,000 Capacity: 2,500 Launch date: April 2016
Mein Schiff 5 is the 3rd Mein Schiff class cruise ship built at Turku Shipyard and will become the 5th member of their well-being “Premium All Inclusive” fleet.
TUI Cruises is targeting couples and families that desire freedom, space, quality and personal service. The Mein Schiff (meaning “My Ship”) vessels feature numerous service restaurants, the spa and sport zone, a personal Nespresso machine in every cabin, spacious balconies as well as relax islands on the deck ensure that a cruise holiday with TUI Cruises is ideal for the body and soul. The start of production for Mein Schiff 6 is already under way.
4. Koningsdam, Holland America Line (Launched)
GT: 99,000 Capacity: 2,660 Launch date: April 2016
The Koningsdam is a mega ship which offers a plethora of groundbreaking features for Holland America Line. To start it’s the biggest ship in the HAL fleet. It will be the first since the launch of the Nieuw Amsterdam and forms part of the new Pinnacle Class. New highlights for HAL include:
- Solo and family cabins
- New dining venues: Sel de Mer (French), the Lido Market (twist on fleet-wide Lido Restaurant), Grand Dutch Cafe and Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center.
The Koningsdam’s maiden season will include itineraries in the Mediterranean, Baltic, British Isles and Northern Europe.
5. Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean (Launched)
GT: 167,800 Capacity: 4,180 Launch date: April 2016
This vessel is Royal Caribbean's 3rd in their Quantum Class and is set to sail in 2016. Keeping with the same attributes of its famous sister ships the “Quantum of the Seas” and “Anthem of the Seas”- this new edition will feature new-to-the-seas activities such as:
- Onboard bumper cars
- Skydiving simulator
- North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views.
Inside cabins boast "virtual balconies" which is in essence floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It will also be home to a wildly innovative entertainment space “Two70” which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics. Ovation of the Seas is expected to be positioned in China year-round and is being built to lure Chinese cruisers. This further demonstrates the commitment Royal Caribbean has to the Chinese market.
6. Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean (Launched)
GT: 225,282 Capacity: 5,400 Launch date: April 2016
You guessed it, yet another mega ship from Royal Caribbean, which belongs to the Oasis Class and becomes the 3rd ship within this category. This class of ship is still the world’s biggest and significantly larger than the nearest class by arund 1000 people.
The new edition to the every expanding Royal Caribbean fleet, which is the largest of any Cruise Lines, will be built and ready to sail by April 2016. A fourth-in-class ship, still unnamed, will also launch mid-2018, meaning there is no stopping this relentless drive for expansion at Royal Caribbean International.
7. Viking Sea, Viking Ocean Cruises
GT: 48,000 Capacity: 928 Launch date: June 2016
The Viking Sea will become the 3rd of 4 ships to debut for the Viking Ocean Cruises brand, which only commenced operations as from May 2015.
The ship will include several of the company's successful riverboat tried and tested features, including
- The Aquavit Terrace
- An alfresco dining venue
- Plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond.
The vessel also will treat Guests to a promenade that fully encompases the ship.
8. Regent Seven Seas Explorer
GT: 54,000 Capacity: 738 Launch date: July 2016
The Explorer will become the largest ship within Regent Seven Seas Cruises' fleet and thereby expanding its passenger capacity by a notable 40%.
The 5 star luxury vessel will feature:
- 369 suites ranging from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet,
- 6 open-seating gourmet restaurants
- a 9-deck atrium and a 2-story theater
9. Encore, Seabourn
GT: 40,350 Capacity: 604 Launch date: September 2016
Seabourn will build 2 new all-suite ships that will be the largest in their fleet.
All 302 suites will boast private balconies and both vessels will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
10. Genting World, Star Cruises
GT: 150,000 Capacity: 3,360 Launch date: November 2016
The Genting World will become the 7th ship in the Star Cruises fleet, which is set to expand in the coming years with the first of 2 ships that will be delivered in fall 2016 and fall 2017 respectively, and to be homeported in Asia.
Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific, officially launched the start of the production of next generation of mega-ships, which will be built at the Meyer Werft yard in Germany.