MSC Cruises dominates European markets this year with an estimated passenger capacity of nearly 1.1 million passengers, according to the 2015-2016 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
The second largest brand is Costa Crociere with an estimated passenger capacity of 912,500, trailed by AIDA with 612,000, followed by Royal Caribbean with 422,400; Norwegian, 314,200; P&O Cruises, 276,000; TUI, 241,500; and Celebrity, 241,500.
MSC has the most capacity in the Mediterranean while AIDA is the market leader in Northern Europe and the Canary Islands.
Among the recent notable changes, Royal Caribbean reduced its Mediterranean deployment from an estimated 526,000 passengers in 2012 to 301,000 this year, while maintaining approximately 90,000 in Northern Europe. Norwegian has largely maintained its capacity over the past three years.
With Costa moving more ships to Asia, MSC is expected to maintain and possibly increase its dominance in Europe.
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