Do you enjoy cruising on the mega cruise ships that cruise lines have been building the past few years? Then you will love to hear about a report by Cruise Industry News stating that 5,000+ passenger cruise ships are the future of the cruise industry.
There are currently only a handful of 5,000+ passenger cruise ships operated by the cruise lines. However, the ships that cruise lines are currently building or have on order, have an average double occupancy capacity of 4,000 passengers. When you add in 3rd and 4th berths, these ships will be able to carry 5,000 passengers. These ships will also have a crew size of around 1,500. Four cruise ships being built by Carnival Corp. in the next few years will be able to hold a record 6,600 passengers.
The 2015-2016 Cruise Industry Annual Report also states that these mega cruise ships will eventually replace most of the existing ships in the popular cruise destinations of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. The smaller, older ships will be relocated to new markets.
Cruise Fever would love to hear your opinions about the mega cruise trend that is currently in full swing. Do you love the larger cruise ships and all of the extra amenities and activities that they bring to cruising, or do you enjoy the intimate, smaller ships? Leave your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this page.