Carnival Cruise Lines to Launch Three Ships in Three Years
by Roy Witman © 2008
When a company gains the lion’s
share of a marketplace, you might think
they would choose to rest on their laurels.
Not the case with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Holding a reported 60% share of the
cruise market, according to Kiplinger,
Carnival has become a giant following a
strategy of making cruising accessible to
the average person. With that success
comes a push for bigger, better and more
entertaining ships. From 2008 until 2010,
Carnival will build and launch “Splendor”
plus two additional ships: The largest
Carnival has ever endeavored to build.
Announced in December
2006, “Splendor” is the second of four
ships ordered from Italian shipbuilder
Fincantieri. “Splendor” will weigh in at
112,000 tons and will offer several firsts in
the Carnival fleet.
A massive spa (17,800 square feet),
the largest ever built on a Carnival ship, will
encompass two forward decks. The spa
area will feature an elaborate thermal
suite, as well as a thalassotherapy pool,
featuring warm salt water plus a peaceful
winter garden, which includes a
ceremonial teahouse. Another first is the
5,500-square-foot children’s playroom
complete with its own water play area. The
mid-ship pool will boast an enclosure with
retractable dome roof so that the pool can
remain open even during rainy
Of 1,500 staterooms planned
for “Splendor,” 60% offer ocean views and
60% feature private balconies, giving more
passengers the opportunity to cruise with a
“Splendor” is slated to launch in spring
Super Liners for 2009 &
As spectacular as “Splendor” sounds,
Carnival has even bigger plans. The super
liners planned for 2009 and 2010 will be
sister ships of a groundbreaking class for
Carnival - 130,000 tons. Both remain
unnamed at this point in time and details
are sketchy, but each ship promises to
exceed anything Carnival has ever
There are currently 21 “Fun Ships” in
Carnival’s fleet that drop anchor in Alaska,
the Bahamas, Canada, the Caribbean,
Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and Panama.
Carnival also offers ultra-luxurious
By making once exclusive cruises
accessible to everyone, Carnival has, in
essence, created a beast it now must
battle. Because cruising has become
affordable to virtually all, the popularity of
these vacations has soared. With it has
come an increased demand for newer,
better and grander ships. In order to keep
pace with demand, Carnival, like other
cruise lines, is now in a race to give the
public what they want.
If you love to cruise, or if you’ve been
thinking of trying it out, now’s an excellent
time to find bargains. With all the cruise
lines pouring money into new ships, they’ll
be making deals to recoup their
investments. Keep your eyes open and
you’re sure to find highly affordable
vacations to exciting destinations onboard
one of these new, luxurious ships.
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