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Schifffahrt | Shipping »MSC Seaview«, the second Seaside class ship for 5,300 Passengers, is operational since June 2018 © Fincantieri Cruise fleet expanding faster than ever The total cruise ship tonnage and bed capacity leaving the active fleet is less than that of one large new vessel. Will this trend continue in 2019 and beyond? By Arnulf Hader 2019 »Big Six« operators > 10,000 beds Group Ships 1,000 GT average GT 1,000 beds average beds last deliv. Carnival 104 9.301 89.433 239 2.299 2025 Royal Carib. 50 4.984 99.689 120 2.394 2024 NCL 26 2.245 86.346 54 2.095 2027 MSC 15 1.666 111.068 45 2.969 2024 TUI 14 968 69.138 24 1.729 2026 Genting 8 638 79.784 15 1.872 2022 Big Six 217 19.802 91.253 497 2.290 2027 all others 92 2.189 23.793 55 598 – During 2018 the growth of the fleet by number of ships has, nevertheless, not been as fast as expected because several ships could not be completed as planned. The 5-masted »Flying Clipper«, the hybrid »Roald Amundsen«, the luxurious »Scenic Eclipse« and the »World Explorer« are all no big ships, but they are »firsts« for their shipyards. New technologies provide high hurdles for their builders and, therefore, they could not be delivered in time. Meyer Werft also faced a delay of some weeks due to the new LNG technology but could transfer the »AIDAnova« to the owner just before the end of last year. Other newbuildings will leave their shipyards several months later and miss a whole season. This reduced the number of deliveries in 2018 to twelve plus one delayed from 2017. The total tonnage and bed capacity which left the active cruise fleet since 2017 is definitely less than that of one big new vessel. Worth mentioning is the »Aegean Queen«, better known as »Louis Aura«. This 349 cabin vessel was delivered 1969 by AG Weser Seebeckwerft in Bremerhaven under the name »Starward« to Norwegian Cruise Lines. The »Superstar Libra« (42,276 GT, 1,464 Pax) left the active fleet to become a home for shipyard workers in Wismar, Germany. A few small ones left the oceangoing fleet for retrofit into a yacht or their capacity and/ or status as ocean ship was redefined or reduced. The »Marella Spirit«, ex »Nieuw Amsterdam«, (33,930 GT, 1,120 Pax) was sold for scrap at the relatively young age of 35 years. Rui Alegre made the experience that a collection of famous classics is no more in the interest of passengers and sold the laid up small »Porto« (ex »Istra«, 5,888 GT, 320 Pax) for scrap and the »Funchal«, which never changed her name since 1961 (9,563 GT, 481 Pax), as stationary hotel vessel on the Thames. Thus, at the end of 2018, the fleet counted 309 ships with 22.00mill. GT and 552,000 beds. The average ship size climbed to 71,170 GT. This jump of 2,330 GT is not only caused by the elimination of a few small ships but also by the late delivery of some new small ships last year while the big ones were delivered on time. This year, the list of new deliveries might include up to 23 vessels summing up to 1.649 mill. GT with 42,700 lower beds. This compares to the 13 new ships with 1.321 mill. GT and 33,300 lower beds which were completed during 2018. Next year’s ships cannot all be mentioned individually here. A short overview is given as follows brand by brand beginning with the largest group: •• The Carnival group adds the 5,200 bed giant »Costa Smeralda« to the European and the 4,200 bed »Costa Venezia« to the Chinese market, the 3,660 bed »Sky Princess« to Princess Cruises and the 4,000 bed »Carnival Panorama« to Carnival Cruise Lines. •• Hurtigruten expects to commission the »Roald Amundsen«, the first of a series of 530 bed expedition ships with hybrid engines. •• Mediterranean Shipping Co. gets again two big additions, the 4,500 bed »MSC Bellissima« and the 4,888 bed »MSC Grandiosa«. •• The Portuguese Mystic Cruises is keen to introduce the delayed »World Explorer« (176 Pax) as first of up to ten sisters. Two more are already fixed. •• Norwegian Cruise Lines await the 4,200 bed »Norwegian Encore« from Papenburg before one switches over to Fincantieri for several new series. 30 HANSA International Maritime Journal – 156. Jahrgang – 2019 – Nr. 3

Schifffahrt | Shipping mmmm 600 500 Ships and Beds 1989 - 2019 Ships 1,000 lower beds 400 300 200 100 0 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014 2019f © Hader •• Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions expects a pair of new ships like the year before, the 184 bed »Dumont d’Urville« and the »Bougainville«. •• The Royal Caribbean group expects the fourth of five ships of the »Quantum« class, the 4,000 bed »Spectrum of the Seas«. •• A very special case is Saga Shipping because it is a small company which has decided to order two new ships. The first to come from Meyer in 2019 is the 999 bed »Spirit of Discovery« •• The river cruise operator’s Scenic Tours of Australia’s »Scenic Eclipse« was delayed last year and will now be the first of two 225 bed luxury expedition yachts. •• SunStone Ships starts a new series with the 175 bed »Greg Mortimer«. •• TUI Cruises has already started this year’s long queue of new ships with the recent delivery of »Mein Schiff 2« which doesn’t replace the former one. Anxious Auf einen Blick: Multimediale Havariechronik Die HANSA bekommt ein + HANSA International Maritime Journal – 156. Jahrgang – 2019 – Nr. 3 31

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