It is the start of a new month and so time for us to look back at cruise industry news Jan 2022. Read about new vessels entering the market and a wonderful move from MSC. We also touch upon the latest report from CLIA, demonstrating the power and resilience of cruising.
2022 To Welcome 32 New Ships
- There will be 44,659 new berths added to the market
- 23,366 berths will be added from ships from 2021 set to debut this year
- In total there will be an extra 68,025 new berths in 2022
- MSC Cruises are adding 2 cruise ships into service, the MSC Seascape and the MSC World Europa
- Europa will be MSC’s biggest cruise ship and its first LNG-powered vessel
- Royal Caribbean International add the Wonder of the Seas and the new Oasis-class ship
- Disney Cruse Line add the Disney Wish, another LNG ship and Disney’s first newbuild in over ten years
- P&O Cruises are adding the Arvia
- Carnival Corporation is adding 6 ships into service
- The Norwegian Prima arrives from Norwegian Cruise Line
MSC Diverts Vessels To Protect Endangered Sperm Whales
It appears that MSC Cruises is set to reroute its ships in the Mediterranean between mid-April and October. This is being done to reduce the risk of harm to the sperm whale population there.
It is estimated that around 200 to 300 sperm whales remain in the area. Over half those found stranded on the Greek coast have endured a collision with vessels and most do not survive. This then is a very welcome move by MSC, who are supported by WWF Greece and the WWF network.
Over 6m Have Cruised Since Industry Restart
Positive news has emerged that since July 2020, more than 6 million people have taken a cruise. This encouraging figure was included in the 2022 outlook report from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Key numbers- More than 75% of CLIA’s member lines’ capacity has returned to service
- Almost 100% is projected to be in operation by August 2022
- 5.8 million people cruised in 2020
- This total represented an 81% drop from 2019 (when 29.7m cruised)
- The cruise industry supported 576,000 jobs
- This number represented a 51% decline due to the shutdown
That is all for your cruise industry news Jan 2022 – what do you think of the stories we selected? Are you involved in any of these developments? Perhaps you have been on a cruise or are going on one this year? Let us know in the comments section below. If you require help with IT then do get in touch and we’ll be delighted to talk.