Giant meeting in Ålesund in 2019: On the right “Serenade of the Sea”, owned by Royal Caribbean International, and on the left “Norwegian Star”, owned by Norwegian Cruise Line.
10. June 2023 16:08 – Updated June 10, 2023 4:08 p.m
Royal Caribbean International will have overtaken Carnival Cruise Line as the world’s largest cruise line by 2029, industry analysis shows.
Royal Caribbean International will be the largest cruise brand in the world by 2029 – significantly ahead of Carnival Cruise Line, according to 2023 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
The analysis is based on what has been registered globally of new builds for cruise ships for the coming years.
The Royal Caribbean brand will have an annual global capacity of approximately 6.5 million passengers by 2029, compared to 5.4 million for Carnival Cruise Line.
Royal Caribbean will sail 30 ships compared to 27 for Carnival. While Royal Caribbean will be the largest globally, Carnival will most likely continue to dominate in the Caribbean where the cruise line tends to prioritize the deployment of its ships.
Royal Caribbean Internationals “Anthem of Seas”.
The other largest shipping companies internationally based on size in 2029 will be MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, Celebrity, AIDA, Costa, TUI and Holland America.
– Two question marks will be what happens in China with Carnival’s joint Adora venture which could grow rapidly when the Chinese market returns, and if more Costa ships should be transferred to Carnival’s Fun Italian Style product, writes Cruise Industry News.
The company was founded by the Norwegian shipowner Arne Wilhelmsen, who died in 2020.
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