by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com
Cybercruises’ Cruise Ships Orderbook lists no fewer than forty-two new cruise vessels for delivery in 2014. Of these, fully thirty-six will be river or coastal ships, leaving only half a dozen ocean-going vessels. By tonnage of course, the ocean-going ships lead the way with almost 700,000 gross tons, but river craft now account for more than 85% of the number of orders.
Among the ocean-going vessels are the 132,500-ton Costa Diadema (3,700 berths), 143,500-ton Norwegian Getaway (4,000 berths), 141,000-ton Regal Princess (3,600 berths), 167,800-ton Quantum of the Seas (4,180 berths) and 99,300-ton Mein Schiff 3 (2,500 berths).
Three of these, Costa Diadema, Quantum of the Seas and Mein Schiff 3 will be first in class while the Norwegian Getaway and Regal Princess are second of their class.
Viking Star – Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Following on in 2015 will be another important first of class in Viking Cruises’ 47,800-ton Viking Star (928 berths), due to be introduced that May.
She could be the first of half a dozen such ships if all options are taken up.
Another 2015 first of class will be Aida Cruises’ 125,000-ton newbuilding from Mitsubishi (3,200 berths), first of a pair and the first new cruise ship from Mitsubishi in more than a decade since the 115,875-ton Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess (2,674 berths each) of 2004.
A further 2015 development of class will be Norwegian’s 163,000-ton Breakaway Plus (4,200 berths), a larger version of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.
Meanwhile, the remaining ocean-going ship of 2014 will be an unusual one in that the Aranui 5 will be the new supply ship to run from Papeete to the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands.
The 406-foot Aranui 5 will carry 300 passengers, many of them in suites with balconies, and is being built by the Huanghai Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Shandong province, China.
Able to carry 3,300 tons of cargo and 171 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) containers, she is due for delivery in July. This particular Chinese shipyard has a history of building roll-on roll-off passenger ferries, of which it has built fourteen for the Bohai Ferry Co Ltd.
With thirty-six of the forty-two cruise vessels on order being river or coastal ships, more than a third of this thirty-six are orders of Viking Longships for Viking Cruises. Viking Longships, at 443 feet in length and carrying 190 guests each, represent a significant development in river ship design.
Longship guests enjoy:
Viking Longship Freya in Cologne – Photo Viking River Cruises
* A new patent-pending design that allows for full-size staterooms with full-size verandas
* Large suites with a veranda outside the living room and French balcony in the bedroom
* French balcony staterooms featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
* Two sumptuous 445 sq ft Explorer Suites with private wraparound verandas and 270° views
* An all-new Aquavit Terrace—an indoor/outdoor area at the bow of the ship for viewing, relaxing and casual dining
* Quiet, environmentally friendly hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden on the sun deck
* Fine cuisine, exemplary service and immersive, culture-rich itineraries.
The first six Viking Longships were launched in 2012, ten more are being introduced in 2013 and an additional dozen, the Viking Alsvir, Viking Bestla, Viking Buri, Viking Delling, Viking Eistla, Viking Gullveig, Viking Heimdal, Viking Hermod, Viking Idi, Viking Ingvi, Viking Kvasir and Viking Lif, in 2014.
Two smaller 262-foot 106-guest versions of the same design for Portugal’s Douro River, Viking Hemming and Viking Torgil, will make a total of thirty river ships of this new design.