On Monday, September 26, ISP was unexpectedly informed that Happy Cruises, charterers of the cruise vessels Gemini and the Ocean Pearl, would cease operation and cancel all remaining cruises for the 2011 season.
Based on this, the Gemini and the Ocean Pearl have been untimely redelivered by the charterers and are therefore immediately available for sale or charter. The two vessels were in full operation in the Mediterranean; are fully classed; SOLAS-approved and ready for trading. ISP invites interested parties to visit their website: www.isp-usa.com , under Fleet Information where detailed specifications, general arrangement plans and photographs can be found.
STX Finland Oy and TUI Cruises have today signed a contract for the design and construction of a 97,000 gross ton cruise vessel. The sophisticated and highly innovative cruise vessel is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2014. The vessel has many environmentally friendly features, with a particular emphasis on the vessel's energy efficiency. The project will bring some 5,500 man-years of labour to STX Finland's Turku shipyard. TUI Cruises has an option to order another ship subject to the decision of TUI Cruises shareholders.
The vessel will be approx. 295 meters long and approx. 36 meters wide. The ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will serve maximum of 2,500 passengers and a crew of 1,000 persons. High balcony ratio will ensure that most of the passengers will have a possibility to enjoy their own balconies during the cruise. The ship has a wide variety of restaurants, a theatre, a spa, a nightclub and a large deck area which all are carefully designed to ensure a unique cruising experience for passengers of all ages.
"We are extremely pleased to sign this contract with TUI Cruises. This order is highly important for STX and STX Finland. By building this innovative ship we continue our successful and long history of building top class cruise vessels," says Sujou Kim, CEO of STX Europe and STX Finland.
"This is a very important contract for STX Finland's Turku Shipyard and for the entire Finnish maritime cluster. We are delighted to deliver to TUI Cruises their first newbuilding which will represent the next generation of energy efficient and environmentally friendly cruise ship," says Jari Anttila, Director of STX Finland's Turku Shipyard.
"Due to its outstanding positioning as a shipyard and long-term cooperation with Royal Caribbean Cruises, we trust that STX Finland is a great partner for us and will successfully realize our ideas in the new ship," says Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises. Turku shipyard was the only yard that was capable to delivery the ship by May 2014.
It is often noted that cruise lines add
services for which they charge passengers separately in addition to the cruise
ticket: the largest two cruise shipping groups depend on more than one-fifth
of their total revenue on onboard sales.
However, figures from the annual reports of
Carnival Corporation & plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), the two
largest cruise shipping groups in the world, show that the percentage of on
board sales from total revenue has developed differently between the two groups
over the past three years.
At Carnival, on board sales accounted for
21.5% of its total revenue of $14.47 billion in the 12 months to 30 November
2010, the company’s latest full financial year. In the previous financial year,
the figures stood at 21.4% and $13.46 billion respectively, while in the 2008
financial year, on board sales only had accounted for 20.4% of the total
revenue of $14.95 billion.
Meanwhile, at RCCL the share of on board
revenue fell to 27.3% of total revenue of $6.75 billion last year from 28.6%
and $5.89 billion in 2009, respectively.In 2008, on board sales had accounted for 27.6% of RCCL group’s total
revenue of $6.53 billion.
The figures show that from 2008 to 2009,
the share of on board sales of total revenue increased at both Carnival and
RCCL, by 1.0 percentage points in both cases. Again, both companies recorded a
fall in 2010, but in the case of Carnival, this was only 0.1 percentage points
(and actually even less if you exclude rounding up of figures to single
decimal) , while the fall for RCCL was 1.3 percentage points. This also means
that the reading for 2010, of 27.3%, was actually slightly lower than that for
2008 had been (27.6%).
In light of these figures, it seems that
RCCL depends more on onboard sales than the Carnival group. On the other hand,
Carnival appears to have managed in stabilising the share of on board sales
from total revenue better than RCCL last year.