Royal Caribbean International and Dream Cruises, these cruise line based in Norway and Singapore that stands to benefit from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)’s decision to pull out Norwegian Joy from March 2019 and return to China to operate seasonally from summer 2020.
This successful ship which houses more than 4,000 guests is out of the way as the two companies ramp up on China home porting.
Royal Caribbean International will introduce its first Quantum Ultra class ship, Spectrum of the Seas, which has room for 5,622 guests, from June 2019. By then, the line will be fully deployed in China with Spectrum in Shanghai, Quantum of the Seas in Tianjin, and Voyage of the Seas in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Liu said that instead of reducing the number of cruise ships or cutting down, Royal Caribbean International has always sought a more sophisticated way to serve the Chinese customers by offering new, groundbreaking and customised options such as top-choice staterooms, meals, entertainment, shops, and even destination tours.
The geopolitical crises such as the spat between China and South Korea which affected some routes could of course happen. But overall, they believe the market will continue to grow and evolve. In just four years, the number of Chinese cruisers has grown five-fold to almost 2.5 million, a rate of growth the cruise industry has never seen before.