Major cruise lines will cut back in the Chinese market next year, as market capacity is estimated to be down 13.3 percent, according to the 2018 China Market Report by Cruise Industry News.
Almost all operators in the Chinese market are trimming capacity back, citing supply concerns as well as the ongoing travel restrictions to South Korea.
Projections include all mainland Chinese ports and Hong Kong.
Among those adding capacity in 2018 will be MSC Cruises, with the arrival of the Splendida on a seasonal basis, as well as Norwegian Cruise Line, which is poised to operate the Joy in the market year-round.
Those cutting back will include Costa Crociere, which is re-deploying the Victoria to Europe.
Princess Cruises will follow suit, sending the Sapphire to Europe and then Singapore seasonally, while the Majestic Princess will sail out of Taiwan in the spring, followed by a short peak China summer program and winter 2018-2019 in Australia.
Royal Caribbean is also trimming capacity. The Mariner will reposition to the Caribbean, while the Ovation spends more time outside of the Chinese market.
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