Most of the major European brands are reducing their European deployment in 2016 from 2015.

According to the 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, MSC Cruises will have 52.8 percent of its capacity sailing in European waters in 2016, down from 62.7 percent last year, while the Caribbean will be 17.3 percent up from 9.0 percent. Other sailing regions will also be up for MSC, except South America.

Costa Cruises will have 46 percent of its cruise capacity deployed in Europe, down from 57.5 percent last year. Meanwhile, its Asia/China capacity will be up 39.9 percent year over year. South America will see a significant drop.

P&O Cruises will see a smaller drop in Europe from 69.6 percent last year to 67.7 percent this year, and TUI will drop from 53.7 percent to 52.9 percent. P&O will see an increase in the Caribbean and the Canary Islands. TUI is maintaining most of its sailing regions, but cutting back in the Canary Islands.

Among the major brands only AIDA Cruises will have more capacity in Europe this year, thanks to the AIDAprima. Even so, the increase will be slight at 61.4 percent up from 60.2 percent last year.

The AIDAprima is sailing year-round cruises in Northern Europe, embarking passengers in Hamburg and Rotterdam, while calling in Southampton, Le Havre and Zebrugge. The Rotterdam embarkation is to facilitate access for passengers from Western Germany and also to tap into the Be-Ne-Lux market, according to AIDA.

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