The global cruise ship orderbook keeps breaking records, as 2018 has opened with 94 cruise ships on order, with two more additions from Viking Ocean Cruises and a luxury state-of-the-art LNG-powered ice breaker from Ponant.
With 94 ships on order, the diverse orderbook extends to 2026, with an average ship size of 101,955 tons and 2,567 passengers, and a modest average cost of $628 million. The total value is also at a record level: $59 billion.
Nine ships are being built specifically for the Chinese market, while 23 of the 94 cruise ships on order are expedition newbuilds.
2019 will be a record year for berth introductions, with 24 ships expected to be delivered.
Fifteen separate shipyards have current cruise newbuilding contracts, and more news is expected shortly.