EasyCruise has pushed back its plans to purchase a second vessel from 2009 to 2010.
“We don’t expect we’ll see anything in 2009, given the state of the global economy,” said Paul Ellerby, sales and marketing director for the UK and the U.S. “It won’t be until 2010 before you see a two-ship program.”
This past summer, CEO Fotios Kalatzis told Cruise Industry News that he was hoping to have a new vessel by spring 2009.
The next ship will most likely be deployed in Greece, Ellerby said. “Greece has been working well for us, and our intention is to stay there.”
The easyCruise Life will begin sailing again on June 5 from Piraeus and Bodrum (Turkey). Ellerby said the line’s program, which will include 2010 sailings, will be announced in March.
Originally, EasyCruise sailed in the Mediterranean in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter, but has withdrawn from the Caribbean since its first season there.
The easyCruiseOne sold was this past October. However, Ellerby would only say that the buyer is based in Dubai and is not a cruise line.
As for the new ship, Ellerby said that it is expected to be the same size as its current vessel, although the onboard program “may deviate.”