Slow

October 15, 2009

So it is kind of a slow time in the industry. The Dream is delivered and I am still looking for a good walk through of it.

The Oasis is back and settled in from the Sea trials. In fact all the crew have been assigned and will start arriving soon.

I have absolutely no idea why NCL is so tight lipped about the Epic. As you can tell from my Epic page, there has not been a significant  update in a while.

So please be patient while these things are built.  As always once an update hits of photos leak, they will be here up immediately.

…Well only of the water park. The winner of the Carnival Book of Dreams contest, 8-year old Hailee Steberger of Egg Harbor, N.J., will have the honors of being the Carnival Dream’s water park Godchild. The Carnival Dream will be christened in New York’s Passenger Ship Terminal in November.

The contest involved kids submitting an essay and a drawing to be voted by the public. The winner gets this “honor.”

To me, just seems like a PR move and nothing more. I’ll tell you this much, I have never heard of a waterpark godchild before and there isn’t a nautical significance of it. Just another way to keep the Dream in the headlines while it sails around the Med, killing time before it makes the big trip “across the pond.”

cclLogo[1] Today, Carnival Corp’s President and C.E.O. Micky Arison stated that “Queen Mary 2 is probably the biggest ship we will ever build. Carnival Dream…is probably as large as we will build for Carnival.”

Mr. Arison continued on to state that the reason they don’t wish to build larger is the lack of flexibility they have for itineraries. The opposite of Oasis.

The Oasis has to have special accommodations made wherever she sails. Lets see: A pier has to be built in the tender port of Labadee (RCI’s private beach NOT Island), St. Maarten is upgrading facilities, a completely new port is being devolved in Falmouth, Jamaica (which ironically won’t be ready in time!), Grand Cayman is being avoided entirely. Interesting note about Grand Cayman, the cruise lines have threatened to pull out of Grand Cayman if a pier is not built. There can easily be a total of seven ships or more a day during the peek Caribbean winter season.

Back to Carnival’s decision. This is a pretty interesting reason given that Carnival is the only major line to not seasonally send a majority of its ships to seasonal destinations(i.e. Europe, Alaska, Canada & New England, Bermuda). What carnival does instead is build up the secondary embarkation ports. Ports such as Jacksonville, Mobile, Tampa, and of course Galveston. The ships here are based year-round instead of seasonally (i.e. Royal Caribbean). If Carnival were to have their project Pinnacle built at lets say 240-250,000 grt. There would pretty much be only the overcrowded Caribbean for routes. If they were to place an order for say 4-5 of these then you would need more places to sail. In this aspect I would guess that the size does limit.

Take what you may from the statement of Carnival’s main man in charge, but I think this may be the end of the ego battle between him and Richard Fain (RCI’s President and CEO).

Once the market stabilized it would not surprise me to see Carnival go their “vista route”  and order a few smaller than the Dream, but big enough to have lots of amenities. These ships I could see and being PANAMAX(2014), so just a large Spirit class, but the same purpose.

Any thought are welcomed here as always.

-Greg

Update: Changed the typo. Thanks to those who noticed.

Update Friday Oct. 9 11:56: Having given more though to the subject, has there ever been a  time where Micky Arison got it wrong. The guy is a genius of the industry. Here we are in a global economic downfall, and here is Carnival with a strong future. No tremendous debt on the books, and most major contracts finishing up. I believe he is on the right track with investigation Asian shipyards for future work. I know some of those yards are on the verge of disaster. The bottom falling out on break-bulk cargo is not helping anything for new construction.

On Royal Caribbeans side, they have high debt on the books. They are borrowing from several banks for the construction of Oasis, Celebrity Solstice and Equinox. But they will be able to attract customers with the WOW factor of Oasis. This could be a critical factor in marketing the ship to fill up the 5,000 beds every week.

Oasis and Dream

September 28, 2009

I update some of CruiseInd’s ship pages:

  • The Carnival Dream page now has photos of her pulling into Venice while still on her maiden voyage.
  • The Oasis of the Seas page now has some external shots of her departing Turku Finland at the commencement of her 2nd seatrials.

Two tid-bits of news

September 22, 2009

Pretty slow recently. I’m eagerly awaiting photos from the Carnival Dream which has set sail on her maiden voyage.

Carnival reported that it earned 1 Billion (not million) this summer. This is good news as Micky Arison stated that guests are now booking more and more in advance, meaning the market is rebounding.

NCL is launching a new marketing project for the Norwegian Epic. Concentrated on social media (a genius move on their part I believe)  and online advertising.  You will soon be seeing the phrases “That’s Epic” ; “A world class resort that likes to travel” ; “Blurring the line between journey and destination” ; “7 days that will make your whole year” ; “200 feet of OMG”; and “A butler and a concierge might sound excessive. That’s the point.”  Props to NCL for jumping on the social media/new media bandwagon. That is where the future of advertising lays. Now if only they can exploit their twitter to its fullest extent.

Carnival Dream Handover

September 19, 2009

These from John Heald’s Blog:

Gerry Cahill accepting the Carnival Dream

Micky Arison (worth $5.8 Billion for those wondering) C.E.O. of Carnival Corp.  is on the left with his back to the camera:

Carnival Dream heading out:

Carnival Dream

September 18, 2009

Today Carnival took delivery of the 130,000 ton Carnival Dream from Fincanteri in Italy. This is a traditional maritime ceremony, where the Fincanteri flag is lowered and the Carnival house flag is raised. The ship is currently, at the time of the post, enroute from Monfalcone to Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy, for 3 Mediterranean cruises and a transatlantic to New York.

I’ll post pictures when they are released.

UPDATE 6:18pm: Well due to carnival’s decentralized press area (seriously: http://carnival-news.com -or- http://carnivalpressroom.wordpress.com/ both are wordpress too!) all I’ve been able to track down are a few. Click here: CruiseInd’s Carnival Dream Page

UPDATE 6:33pm: Hang on tight until I get the pics up.

UPDATE 6:42pm: I finally got the three new pics up.

So as we near the delivery date and the Dreams maiden voyage, more and more photos are making their way out of Monfalcone, Italy. This batch of photos released today are of the lanai whirlpools. Remember that the Dream features an external (outside directly above the life boats) promenade.

Carnival Dream Page

There are some more pictures of the cabins on the Dream Page.

CruiseInd’s Carnival Dream Page

The newest report is up. Click here