Posts Tagged ‘china’

Majestic Princess Substitutes Sydney For Shanghai.

April 13, 2017

(Courtesy Princess)

Princess Cruises has announced that their latest ship, Majestic Princess, which was tailored for the Chinese market, will be based in Sydney over the 2018-2019. She will not be cruising year-round in China, home-porting in Shanghai, China, as previously announced.

This 143,000 gross tonne, 3,560-passenger vessel, is the third Princess ship in their ‘Royal Princess’ class (although P&O’s Britannia is also based on the same design). She is sporting the new Princess hull art, complete with the ‘Sea Witch’.

Majestic will become the largest Princess vessel ever to serve Australian waters.

As well, in 2018, Princess will move the Sapphire Princess out of the Chinese market and re-deploy the ship to Europe.

(Princess Cruises)

Malcolm says: with all the major cruise lines sending ships to China, perhaps a lack of bookings has caused Princess Cruises to come to the conclusion the Chinese market is not yet mature enough to support all of the new tonnage. Fortunately, unlike hotels, ships are mobile and be sent to where the demand is.

NCL: A Second Newbuild For China

February 23, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line’s as yet unamed newbuild, scheduled for delivery in late 2019, will be designated for the Chinese market.

She will be the sister ship of Norwegian Joy.

According to a statement, the decision has been based on the strong market interest in Norwegian Joy, which will enter service from Shanghai in late June this year.

The two 164,600gt ‘Breakaway Plus’ class ships are being built at Meyer Werft, shipyard, in Germany.

(NCL)