Tuesday, April 7, 2009

UK Cruise Ship Reduction

Economic slowdown has hit the UK hard. The number of cruise ships marketed to UK passengers are taking a hit due to the economic slowdown. So far this year we have seen:

  • The Hibridean Spirit pulled from service.
  • The reduction of Ocean Village Cruise Line - to a one ship operation

  • The departure of Island Cruises, their incorporation into Thompson Cruises and the transfer of the Island Star to Spanish operator Pullantur.

  • Carnival's decision to not sail the Carnival Splendor from the UK.

  • Fred Olsen Cruises retirement of the Black Prince later this year.

  • Page and Moy's announcement that this will be the last year for them operating the Ocean Majesty. Page and Moy may have another ship in 2010 - but it has not been announced yet.

Further reductions are expected should the economic situation not improve.

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