The cruise industry is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. According to 2009 Travel and Tourism market report, the Caribbean represents the top cruise destination. Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Mexico, Trans-Canal, Hawaii, and South America are the fastest growing destination for the U.S. Cruisers. The cruise industry’s growth is reflected in its expanding passenger capacity. Several major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and her sister ship, Allure of the Seas (Both 5,400 Berths), Norwegian Epic (4,200 Berths) and Carnival Dream (3,652 Berths) are scheduled to launch over the next few years… Cruise Line Industry.
The Oasis of the Seas
The Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas will be the world’s biggest and most innovative cruise ship in the world When she launches in December 2009. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 220,000 gross registered tons (GRT), carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas will be the first ship to tout the cruise line’s new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Finland this November… Oasis of the Seas
The Norwegian Epic
The NCL’s largest Freestyle Cruising ship the Ship-Within-A-Ship Suite Complex, set for delivery in May 2010, will feature the biggest ship-within-a-ship suite complex at sea, comprising 60 Courtyard Villas, Penthouse Suites and Deluxe Owner’s Suites on two private decks high atop the ship on Decks 16 and 17. Guests staying in one of these suites will have exclusive access to the Courtyard Villa complex featuring a pool, two whirlpools, gym, saunas, sundeck, dining, night club, concierge lounge etc. 851 Balcony staterooms feature Norwegian’s New Wave design… The Norwegian Epic.
The Carnival Dream
The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, the line’s biggest ship is slated to debut in Sept. 21, 2009. The first of three 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises operating round-trip from Rome, followed by a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to New York. From New York, Carnival Dream will operate two eight-day Bahamas/Florida cruises. Repositioning will be made to Port Canaveral, Fla., for a special nine-day Caribbean cruise in December. Carnival Dream will then launch year-round seven-day service from Port Canaveral, offering weeklong voyages to the eastern and western Caribbean. Carnival Dream.
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