Cruise Ship Orderbook: February 2023 Update

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After four new orders in January, the global cruise ship orderbook includes a total of 66 new ocean-going ships entering service through 2028.

The list includes ships being built for newcomers, such as Explora Journeys, which is set to launch service this year and currently has six vessels on order, and Four Seasons, which ordered a mega yacht in 2022.

Also new is, Project Sama, which is set to launch from Neptune Co., a joint venture of Aman Group and Cruise Saudi, and set to enter service in 2026.

Other brands joining the cruise industry include Orient Express, an Accor brand that ordered two large sailing ships recently, and Adora Cruises, which will receive the first two large cruise ships ever built at a Chinese shipyard.

Established brands also revealed new details about their new ships.

Oceania Cruises, for instance, announced that its second newbuild will carry the name Allura. A sister to the 2023-built Vista, the premium ship will debut in 2025.

With ships of all sizes and sizes, the average capacity of the ships currently on order is 2,250 guests.

With the recent new orders, a total of 141,881 berths is joining the cruise industry, at a total cost of $41.9 billion.

Of the major cruise corporations, Royal Caribbean Group, has the largest number of ships entering service through 2028. A total of 11 ships and 41,420 berths are set to join four of the group’s brands over the next five years.

One of the ships is the Icon of the Seas, which is set to become the next world’s largest cruise ship. At 250,800 tons, the vessel joins the Royal Caribbean International brand in 2023.

MSC Cruises Group comes at second with a total of ten ships on order for two different brands, followed by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which has eight ships on order for its three brands.

Carnival Corporation, meanwhile, has a total of seven ships on order for five of its nine brands.

Download the latest orderbook here.


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