The speculation was correct: the pair of vessels announced in May for an unnamed buyer as a letter of intent at Fincantieri's Vard are indeed for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The order for the 16,100gt, 240-passenger expedition ships was firmed today.
The Japanese even have a buzzword word for it. 'Bakugai' means 'an explosion of shopping sprees by the Chinese.'
A cruise port at the Pacific side of the Panama Canal has been discussed for years, with various locations considered. Now the Panama Maritime Authority has honed in on Perico Island, one of the islands off Amador Causeway near Panama City. The cost to build the facility is an estimated $30m.
Kristian Anderson, formerly with Silversea Cruises, joined Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection as svp global sales. There he'll be working for Ellen Bettridge, who brought him into the cruise industry in 2012 from Qatar Airways after she became Silversea's president, the Americas.
Empress of the Seas, the Miami-based ship Royal Caribbean has intended to sail to Cuba once approval is obtained, now has itineraries open for booking through year's end.
Total ships: 59
Total berths: 183,044
Total Order Book Value:$44,247,631,647.00
Average Price Per Berth:$296,360