I bring you news today of a growing number of companies Introducing there Cruise lines in China.Two major cruise lines have this week announced that their brand new ships will be bound for new homes in the Far East.
Firstly, Princess Cruises has announced that its newest ship, which will be the sister ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, will be named Majestic Princess and will be outfitted with the Chinese market in mind. The 3,560-passenger ship will be home-ported in Shanghai for cruises to Japan and Korea.
And then Norwegian Cruise Line has said they will introduce their first ship customized for the Chinese market in 2017 as the second Norwegian Breakaway-Plus class vessel will head for China. The ship which is yet to be named, will be based in China although the home-port, accommodations, dining and entertainment haven’t been divulged yet, these will be shared in the coming months.
Add that to the fact that MSC Cruises announced last month that it will deploy its 1,976-passenger MSC Lirica to Shanghai, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas sails from Shanghai and following it’s launch in April 2016, Ovation of the Seas will sail from Tianjin then the rapidly expanding Chinese cruise market really will see a parade of ships moving to China in the next 2 years.
Given the economic boom that the region has seen over the last decade and the massive population of the country itself I suppose it is hardly surprising that the cruise lines see China as dominating the cruise world for years to come.
What will this mean for us Brits? Will these ships have Mandarin as first language on board? Will more new ships go there rather than Europe or the Caribbean? Who knows what the future holds?
What are you thoughts?
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