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Ten Questions for the New Decade
In the welter of new ships and cruise news over the past year many questions arise as to the future of cruising as we enter a new decade. This week, The Cruise Examiner asks a random ten such questions and wishes all its readers the best for the Holiday Season that is now upon us.
1. Now that Azamara has becone Azamara Club Cruises with added inclusivity and more of a destination orientation will its intended price increases be successful in bringing its daily revenue per passenger above the level that it is at now, which is hardly any higher than sister brand Royal Caribbean International?
2. Will the introduction of the Epic of the Seas succeed in enticing an even larger following to Norwegian Cruise Line's "Freestyle Cruising" program?
3. Now that the Oasis of the Seas has joined Royal Caribbean International will the line succeed in maintaining higher fares and better passenger yield for both this ship and the Allure of the Seas when she is introduced next year? Equally, will the introduction of a third "Solstice" class vessel allow Celebrity Cruises to do the same thing?
4. With the recent delivery of so many new ships, will MSC Cruises succeed in developing as a "fourth force" in the world of cruising, and will it be able to attract a larger share of the American market?
5. Now that P&O has decided to return to having a smaller ship in its fleet with the 34,000-ton 700-passenger Adonia will it succeed in attracting back the P&O crowd who used to book the Victoria and the Minerva II? The new Adonia is of course the former Minerva II; but returning now in P&O colours.
6. Will Cruise West's Voyage of the Great Explorers 335-day world cruise by the Spirit of Oceanus succeed in attracting a larger following and producing a better financial result for Cruise West?
7. Now that NCL and Royal Caribbean International have introduced respectively "Freestyle Cruising" and "neighbourhoods" to cruising does this mean that Carnival Cruise Lines is now more of a traditional cruise line?
8. After several years of work will the efforts of Costa Cruises and Royal Carribean International succeed in developing the Far East market where Star Cruises has not succeeded?
9. With the delivery of the Queen Elizabeth will Cunard be able to continue its expansion with a Queen Anne and a Queen Charlotte by following the example of Holland America Line, which has grown to a fleet of 14 ships under Carnival ownership?
10. With Regent, Seabourn and Silversea all now offering all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruises with open sitting dining will Crystal Cruises continue to stand alone or eventually join the all-inclusive grouping?
(Source: By Mark Tré - Cybercruises.com)